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General Counsel – Moody's Analytics

$270,000- $391,500/ year
Posted Aug 23
Full Time
On Site
New York, New York



Moody’s Analytics provides financial intelligence and analytical tools to help business leaders make better, faster decisions. Our deep risk expertise, expansive information resources, and innovative application of technology help our clients confidently navigate an evolving marketplace. We are known for our industry-leading and award-winning solutions, made up of research, data, software, and professional services, assembled to deliver a seamless customer experience. We create confidence in thousands of organizations worldwide, with our commitment to excellence, open mindset approach, and focus on meeting customer needs.



The General Counsel for Moody’s Analytics (MA) will serve as the primary legal advisor to the President, Moody’s Analytics and the MA senior leadership team. This position will report to the General Counsel, Moody’s Corporation. The role will be responsible for overseeing all legal matters for MA with an emphasis on commercial and strategic transactions, and guiding the organization’s legal strategy as it navigates rapid growth, the emergence of new technologies, and an evolving legal and regulatory landscape. This includes providing strategic counsel on legal, business, and operational matters. The ideal candidate would have significant experience in leading teams negotiating a wide range of revenue generating contracts (software and data license and subscription agreements, SaaS subscriptions, and professional services), as well as expertise in Intellectual Property and M&A execution and deal management. The role will manage a seasoned team of approximately 40 legal professionals around the world.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice on a wide range of issues that arise in Moody’s Analytics operations. Advise the business unit’s leadership on potential legal implications of strategic decisions and operational practices.
  • Strong, proven ability in complex, global commercial contracts and IP law.
  • Knows how to lead a global and remote team to drive high performance, innovation and collaboration with a strategic focus on DEI.
  • Negotiate key strategic deals in collaboration with the MA senior leadership, business line leaders, and the MA global sales team.
  • Employing a customer-centric focus, drive continuous improvements to MA’s global contracting processes, while effectively balancing legal and commercial risks
  • Develop a strong rapport to collaborate with MA leadership team and key stakeholders across the enterprise.
  • Using excellent judgement, must have success in analyzing complex legal issues, finding creative solutions, and effectively negotiating deals.
  • Partner with Moody’s Compliance organization and central Moody’s legal functions to ensure MA’s compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and internal policies.
  • Develop strong relationships across the Moody’s global legal team.
  • Must have a passion for innovation and the latest technological advancements in partnership with the MA leadership team to scale the organization.
  • Support Moody’s General Counsel on corporate governance activities, including preparing materials for board meetings and ensuring compliance with corporate governance requirements.
  • Partner with Moody’s Compliance and Government and Regulatory Affairs teams to keep abreast of, and implement changes to comply with or adapt to, legislative and regulatory developments that may affect MA’s business globally.



Desired Characteristics:
  • Innovation and growth mindset
  • Interest in SaaS technology and business models, use and regulation of Generative AI, and the rapidly evolving technology landscape
  • Must be a culture carrier of Moody’s values including highest level of integrity, inclusion and equity, customer focus, collaboration and innovation.
  • Effective management and motivation traits, but also a willingness to “roll up your sleeves” and drive results at an individual deal or project level
  • Passion to work in a fast paced, complex environment


  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school.
  • Minimum of 15 years of legal experience, preferably with experience in a SaaS, Software/Data, FinTech or Business Intelligence/Analytics field
  • Strong knowledge of the legal and regulatory landscape relevant to the business unit’s operations.
  • Executive level communication, decision making and strong analytical skills to influence the business on strategic direction.
  • High level of professional ethics and integrity.


Moody’s is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, national origin, citizen status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Moody’s also provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities or based on a sincerely held religious belief in accordance with applicable laws. If you need to inquire about a reasonable accommodation, or need assistance with completing the application process, please email This contact information is for accommodation requests only, and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

For San Francisco positions, qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

This position may be considered a promotional opportunity, pursuant to the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

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For US-based roles only: the anticipated hiring base salary range for this position is $ 270,000 to $391,500, depending on factors such as experience, education, level, skills, and location. This range is based on a full-time position. In addition to base salary, this role may be eligible for a completion bonus. Moody’s also offers insurance and a discounted employee stock purchase plan for limited duration employees.


Candidates for Moody’s Corporation may be asked to disclose securities holdings pursuant to Moody’s Policy for Securities Trading and the requirements of the position. Employment is contingent upon compliance with the Policy, including remediation of positions in those holdings as necessary.
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