Corporate Counsel - New York - 16836BR

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $4.4 billion in 2018, employs approximately 13,100 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 42 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.
Moody’s Shared Services are the front line professionals including Finance, Technology, Legal, Compliance and Human Resources, that operationally support our business units. Exceptional Shared Services teams are vital to the international success of our business.

Department

Legal

Job Description

Moody’s Analytics (MA) seeks a highly qualified Corporate Counsel to provide support to the Americas Sales and Customer Service organization. This position will be based in the New York offices of MA (7 World Trade Center). The Corporate Counsel position, which reports into the MA Assistant General Counsel, presents an opportunity to provide business-critical professional services in an important and growing segment of the company.
The Corporate Counsel position will focus on drafting and negotiating commercial transactions such as license, subscription and services agreements with MA’s sophisticated customer base (including a diverse range of US and Canadian banks, brokers, insurers and large corporates), as well as divisional responsibilities in partnering with product management in updating products templates, including new service level agreements. The successful candidate will also draft and negotiate JV and partnership agreements with complementary technology and service providers, and participate in due diligence and integration efforts for acquired businesses.

Responsibilities will include:

· Conducting all aspects of contract drafting and lead negotiations concerning software and data licenses, SaaS product subscriptions and related service level agreements, maintenance agreements, RFPs, professional services agreements and alliance partner/subcontractor agreements, while providing support to the relevant regional MA sales and services organizations in a broad range of commercial transactions.
· Supporting and carrying out MA’s business policies and practices, including preferred contract terms and compromise positions; gaining familiarity with and observing compliance policies such as anti-bribery, economic and trade sanctions and competition law policies; navigating privacy and information security issues relating to MA’s SaaS and cloud-based products; and observing MA’s revenue recognition policies in the preparation and conclusion of contracts. The successful candidate must also have the ability to explain these policies and procedures clearly to others.
· As appropriate, working closely with outside counsel and with many of the company’s other in-house lawyers, sales operations and finance staff, as well as product, support and delivery teams in the lines of business.
· Navigating customer bureaucracies and working to effectively close deals in a timely manner on acceptable terms to MA.
· Answering questions and offering professional legal advice on a wide range of issues.
· Managing and streamlining internal processes. We value employees who exercise initiative and display creativity in solving challenges and accomplishing business objectives.

Qualifications

Qualifications:
  • Law Degree from top tier law school
  • Member of NY bar in good standing
  • This role focuses on corporate structured finance: Strong background in Structured Finance and Securities Regulation.
  • 7-10 years total legal experience, at least 3 years of which are in a law firm, with a practice focused on IP licensing/tech transactions, corporate, securities, capital markets, financial services, M&A, or other transactional based work; and (ii) the remaining years of experience are either with a law firm or with an in-house legal team, preferably with a technology, professional services or financial services company
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and a strong team orientation; ability to communicate confidently with senior management on complex legal and contractual issues.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills
  • Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills and a sound understanding of various types of software licensing and services transactions, subscription-based business models and familiarity with software revenue recognition principles
  • Experience in banking and financial services or a technology / software company is a strong plus, as are candidates who have a technical or financial background.
  • Hard working, well organized, detail-oriented and process-driven candidates who have a demonstrated ability to manage a diverse workload under demanding deadline pressures.
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 in accordance with applicable laws. If you need to inquire about a reasonable accommodation, or need assistance with completing the application process, please email accommodations@moodys.com.. This contact information is for accommodation requests only, and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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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.