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VP - Legal Counsel (Banking & Lending) (Hybrid)

$140,640- $210,960
Posted Jun 05
Full Time
Tampa, Florida

As part of the Citi Global Wealth (“CGW”) Legal department, the Senior Counsel will primarily be engaged in providing broad-based advice on various issues and projects, primarily related to the margin and securities-backed product, of the North America (“NAM”) and Latin America (“LatAm”) Lending business (“Lending”) of CGW for transactions that are booked out of Citibank, N.A. in New York. This role will be integral to the global Banking & Lending Legal team, involving a wide range of transactional work in connection with lending to individuals and various entity types across Lending and focused business-critical initiatives.

The role will provide exposure to a wide range of legal work across a broad spectrum of products and services and will provide a unique opportunity to obtain insight into both CGW and the priorities and expectation of the business. The role requires regular interaction with CGW Legal and other functional colleagues (and external counsel as required) to ensure adequate coordination on practices and procedures from a legal and regulatory perspective.

Reporting directly to the Legal Senior Group Manager for CGW Banking & Lending in the Americas, the Senior Counsel will be required to be closely aligned, and collaborate, with the Business and with key areas across Citigroup, including other Legal areas, Compliance/ICRM and Risk.


  • Support the Lending business by drafting and overseeing the maintenance of credit documentation as well as draft and negotiate transaction specific loan agreements, principally for the margin and securities-backed lending product;
  • Assist in the preparation of legal opinions on capacity and authority and jurisdictional perfection requirements for lending transactions;
  • Oversee transactions that are documented by external counsel from inception to completion, addressing key legal issues, participating in the negotiation of core documentation, and liaising with external counsel and transactors to ensure efficient and structured process;
  • Establish, both directly and with outside counsel where appropriate, a well-founded basis for the institution to access collateral even in the event of a client’s insolvency and guide the Lending business on the impacts of Basel III (and IV);
  • Providing general support to business projects, including related to regulatory and cross-border matters;
  • Instructing and managing external counsel in relation to various matters, including those set out above;
  • Appropriately assess risk when business decisions are made, demonstrating particular consideration for the firm's reputation and safeguarding Citigroup, its clients and assets, by driving compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations, adhering to policy; and
  • Apply sound ethical judgment regarding personal behavior, conduct and business practices, and escalating, managing and reporting control issues with transparency, as well as effectively supervise the activity of others and create accountability with those who fail to maintain these standards.

Qualifications :

  • 5+ years of relevant financial services and lending experience
  • Knowledge of international laws, regulations and practices while staying abreast of regulatory and legal environment, internal policies and industry trends that impact the business
  • Experience with complex deals, demonstrated ability to analyze issues and develop legal solutions
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills and ability to build and maintain trusted relationships
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, organizational and relationship management skills
  • Proven ability to apply sound judgement while managing assignments in a demanding, fast-paced environment and to view the larger picture of the product process and associated risks
  • Proven ability to apply the care and exactness required in internal and client-facing documentation, identify legal and franchise risk, and to escalate issues on an appropriate basis
  • Bar license in good standing to practice law

Education :

  • Juris Doctorate or equivalent law degree


Job Family Group:



Job Family:

Legal - Product


Time Type:

Full time


Primary Location:

Tampa Florida United States


Primary Location Full Time Salary Range:

$140,640.00 - $210,960.00

In addition to salary, Citi’s offerings may also include, for eligible employees, discretionary and formulaic incentive and retention awards. Citi offers competitive employee benefits, including: medical, dental & vision coverage; 401(k); life, accident, and disability insurance; and wellness programs. Citi also offers paid time off packages, including planned time off (vacation), unplanned time off (sick leave), and paid holidays. For additional information regarding Citi employee benefits, please visit Available offerings may vary by jurisdiction, job level, and date of hire.


Anticipated Posting Close Date:

Jun 11, 2024


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