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At First Republic, we care about our people. Founded in 1985, we offer extraordinary client service in private banking, private business banking and private wealth management. We believe that personal connections are everything and our success is driven by the relationships we form with our colleagues and clients.

Position Summary:

The Senior Counsel would primarily be responsible for providing legal advice and support for the Bank’s rapidly expanding Professional Loan Program line of business, which finances individuals’ investments into private equity and venture capital funds and individuals’ equity interest purchases in other professional services firms, such as law, accounting and architecture firms. The Senior Counsel will advise the business on Professional Loan Program loan documentation and product development and regulatory requirements that may affect Professional Loan Programs. The Senior Counsel will also provide support for other general banking or lending issues and legal needs for the other products and lines of business, as well as the Bank generally as they arise.

What you’ll do as a Senior Counsel:

  • Provide legal advice and services to the Professional Loan line of business in conformance with the Bank’s Lending Standards and as approved by the Executive Loan Committee, Senior Credit Committee or the Board of Directors.
  • Draft, consult, and advise (both internally and externally) on documentation for the PLP lending product including interacting with the Eagle Closing Department and opposing and outside legal counsel.
  • Negotiate unique, complex transactions and approaches “across the table” from top law firms.
  • Assist in the formulation, communication, and implementation of strategic business plans and other strategic and systems initiatives to help the business line function more efficiently.
  • Ensure the business line complies with all applicable state and federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
  • Advise and help guide the business teams and Executive Loan Committee on loan structuring, troubled loan, and workout scenarios.
  • Manage outside counsel and vendors as appropriate.
  • Produce deliverables to support internal and external audits, regulatory examinations, or any other oversight review in the set time frame.
  • Perform other duties specific to department functions and/or supporting broader corporate needs as appropriate.

You could be a great fit if you have:

  • Excellent analytical and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Solid understanding of transactional processes and procedures.
  • Proactively manage multiple and competing priorities.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
  • Operate efficiently and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to quickly forge effective working relationships with a variety of personalities.
  • Ability to succeed in a team-oriented work environment.
  • Excellent strategic planning skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in organization and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle both a wide range of matters and a high volume of matters with a focus on risk/reward and adding value.
  • Provide extraordinary service.
  • Embrace and further the First Republic Bank culture and values.
  • It is paramount that applicants for this role be willing to “roll up their sleeves” on the job and learn new subject areas and undertake tasks outside of their prior experience with enthusiasm and confidence.

What qualifications you must have:

  • Strong working knowledge of all aspects of MS Office.
  • Required: J.D. from a top law school and 5-10 years of transactional experience at large law firm or in-house in the banking, private equity, or investment firm industries.
  • Preferred: Significant experience representing clients in lending transactions and negotiating lending agreements.