Senior Lead Counsel – Digital & Tech Regulatory

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Wells Fargo

San Francisco, CA

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets, proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of small businesses in the U.S., and is a leading middle market banking provider in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth & Investment Management. Wells Fargo ranked No. 47 on Fortune’s 2023 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, small business growth, financial health, and a low-carbon economy.

Position Summary
Wells Fargo is seeking a Senior Lead Counsel to join the Technology, Digital & Innovation Section within the Enterprise Functions Division in the Legal Department to support regulatory and issue management work for Strategy, Digital & Innovation and Wells Fargo Technology. Learn more about the career areas and lines of business at

Duties and Responsibilities
In this role, you will:

– Serve as a senior legal advisor to Wells Fargo Technology, Strategy, Digital & Innovation, their control executives, and their line of business clients in analyzing and managing issues and risks that arise from their business activities.
– Lead the strategy and resolution of highly complex and unique challenges across multiple areas or the enterprise, delivering solutions that are long-term, large-scale and require vision, creativity, innovation, advanced analytical and inductive thinking, and coordination of highly complex activities and guidance to others
– Collaborate with and influence all levels of professionals, including Regulatory Relations, Control Executives, Government Relations & Public Policy, legal, risk and compliance stakeholders
– Review and analyze complex large scale or long term challenges that require in-depth evaluation of multiple factors including intangibles or unprecedented factors
– Advise more experienced leadership to develop or influence objectives, plans, specifications, resources, and long-term goals for highly complex business and needs
– Handle matters that have a significant impact on the Company’s operations, strategies, or profitability
– Provide legal advice on matters for management of the Corporation and its subsidiaries
– Provide vision, direction and expertise to more experienced leadership on implementing innovative and significant business solutions that are large in scale or companywide strategies
– Develop and lead implementation of strategic business initiatives, and lead work team to meet deliverables and drive new initiatives
– Provide substantive legal advice on matters for more experienced management of the Corporation
– Educate, train, and supervise less experienced attorneys within the Legal department
– Oversee and take an active role in the education and training of a team of attorneys
– Engage and influence stakeholders, internal partners and peers associated with the function or affected by its outcomes

Skills and Competencies
– Significant experience in advising banks or financial technology companies related to supervisory agency reviews, risk and issue management and remediation related to U.S. and international third-party service provider risks, antitrust laws, payment networks, business resiliency and continuity, import/export controls, cloud technology, licensing, records management, privacy and data security.
– Significant knowledge of OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC, FFIEC, FINRA and SEC supervisory requirements for bank holding companies, banks, broker-dealers and investment advisors
– Proven collaboration skills with the ability to interface with regulators, internal regulatory relation stakeholders, external trade associations, legal subject matter experts across the enterprise, and business stakeholders
– Ability to think creatively with dynamic presentation skills
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills with proven experience presenting to senior leaders and providing expert analysis of proposed initiatives when there is a lack of clear law or regulation
– Strong risk assessment skills and subject matter knowledge
– Ability to build relationships with internal and external clients

Qualifications and Prior Experience
– 7+ years of Law experience, or equivalent demonstrated through one or a combination of the following: work experience, training, military experience, education
– Active State Bar membership or the equivalent in a country outside the United States

How to Apply
Apply online at (requisition number R-312568)

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