Executive Director, Associate General Counsel – Equity Derivatives

Santander BankNew York, New YorkFull TimeRemote




  • Provide comprehensive legal support for Santander Corporate & Investment Banking US’s growing Equity Derivatives business. 

  • Draft, review and negotiate relevant legal documentation. 

  • Oversee engagement of external counsel.

  • Manage legal issues and provide legal guidance to management and relevant business lines.

  • Partner closely with Risk, Compliance, Operations and other internal stakeholders to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Provide specific advice on relevant laws, rules, regulations and regulatory guidance.

  • Ensure compliance with internal governance.

  • Act as legal/technical expert providing advice, insights and solutions to clients and consultants on applicable legal/technical and compliance issues affecting strategies, programs, plans (design and operations) and practices.

  • Analyze key policy, legislative and legal developments and issues, and share advice, insights and solutions with internal business and functional clients.

  • Research relevant legal issues and technical and industry specific topics.

  • Review current developments in the area of legal/technical expertise, prepares complex technical analyses and develops advice, insights, and solutions.

  • Act as a subject matter expert (SME) while providing leadership, guidance, and mentorship to other team members.

  • Assist with the support of other Santander Corporate & Investment Banking US businesses as needed and contribute to Firmwide and Legal Department projects and initiatives.



  • Bachelor's Degree, Law / J.D. degree, and active license to practice law in New York.

  • 12-15+ years of work experience.

  • 10+ years experience practicing law in financial services and/or law firms.


Skills and Abilities

  • Entrepreneurial mindset to support a dynamic and growing investment bank.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication (including briefing) skills.

  • Ability to effectively and quickly build relationships and establish trust and respect.

  • Excellent interpersonal/people and collaboration skills and ability to interact effectively at all levels of the organization and able to stand firm on issues when necessary.

  • Exert gravitas, judgment and self-confidence, but also a respect for others, regardless of position, and a desire to work as a team and with all levels of management.

  • Ability to effectively, efficiently and calmly manage multiple time-sensitive projects.

  • Team player with a desire and aptitude to work in a collaborative environment on a team of high-performing legal professionals.

  • Excellent drafting, negotiating and counseling skills.

  • Strong ability to identify and solve complex problems.

  • Strong sense of urgency with the ability to meet deadlines.


Diversity & EEO Statements: At Santander, we value and respect differences in our workforce and strive to increase the diversity of our teams. We actively encourage everyone to apply.

Santander is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Working Conditions: Frequent Minimal physical effort such as sitting, standing and walking. Occasional moving and lifting equipment and furniture is required to support onsite and offsite meeting setup and teardown. Physically capable of lifting up to fifty pounds, able to bend, kneel, climb ladders.

Employer Rights: This job description does not list all of the job duties of the job. You may be asked by your supervisors or managers to perform other duties. You may be evaluated in part based upon your performance of the tasks listed in this job description. The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time. This job description is not a contract for employment and either you or the employer may terminate at any time for any reason.


For NYC Job Applicants: The base annual salary range for this position is $195,000-$250,000. The exact compensation may vary based on skills, experience, training, licensure and certifications and location.


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