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Description and Requirements

Role Value Proposition: 

In Legal Affairs, we strive to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent with the potential to be future leaders of our department and of MetLife as a whole. We seek legal and compliance professionals who demonstrate high intellectual capacity to understand complex matters facing our company, combined with strong leadership competencies to motivate and inspire higher performance by all our professionals. We take an active role in developing the skills of our talent and guiding their professional growth. By promoting skill development and career advancement for our professionals we are better positioned to serve our internal business partners.

Key Responsibilities:  

·       Acting as legal counsel to Corporate Development Mergers & Acquisitions and supporting business growth by advising on potential domestic and international mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions and initiatives.

·       Preparing detailed legal analysis in connection with potential strategic opportunities.

·       Providing legal services necessary to support global enterprise growth initiatives.

·       Assisting in managing MetLife’s approach to all phases of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) transactions globally, from initial consideration of opportunities, engagement letters, confidentiality agreements, due diligence, bid letters, and purchase and sale agreements through to closing, including by leading and coordinating the M&A-related work of domestic and international lawyers from other units and sections.

·       Working closely and proactively in partnership with internal business partners and outside counsel to identify issues and develop practical solutions.

·       Keeping business partners and colleagues apprised of relevant M&A issues and developments.

·       Assisting in negotiating outside counsel fees, effectively assisting in managing their performance and thoroughly reviewing invoices and reporting information on outside counsel spend to other M&A attorneys and Unit Manager.

Essential Business Experience, Technical/Knowledge Skills:


·       Law degree (J.D. or equivalent) and bar admission required with a minimum of five years of M&A and other corporate legal experience, preferably with a strong record of in-house or law firm success.

·       Highly collaborative, proactive business partner.

·       Strong leadership, interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills; performs well under pressure.

·       Ability to combine proficiency in M&A and corporate law and craft with understanding of strategic and business objectives and to deliver clear, concise and crisp legal advice in terms useful to non-lawyers

·       Some knowledge of international privacy and personal information protections laws/regulations desirable.


·       Law degree (J.D. or equivalent) and bar admission required with a minimum of five years of M&A and other corporate legal experience, preferably with a strong record of in-house or law firm success.

·       Some experience drafting and negotiating reinsurance treaties and related documentation desirable.

The wage range for New York for applicants for this position is $153700 to $204900. This role is also eligible for annual short-term incentive compensation. MetLife offers a comprehensive benefits program, including healthcare benefits, life insurance, retirement benefits, parental leave, legal plan services and paid time off. All incentives and benefits are subject to the applicable plan terms.

The salary range for applicants for this position is 135500 - 200900.
Benefits We Offer

Our U.S. benefits address holistic well-being with programs for physical and mental health, financial wellness, and support for families. We offer a comprehensive health plan that includes medical/prescription drug and vision, dental insurance, and no-cost short- and long-term disability. We also provide company-paid life insurance and legal services, a retirement pension funded entirely by MetLife and 401(k) with employer matching, group discounts on voluntary insurance products including auto and home, pet, critical illness, hospital indemnity, and accident insurance, as well as Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and digital mental health programs, parental leave, volunteer time off, tuition assistance and much more!
About MetLife

Recognized on Fortune magazine's list of the 2023 "World's Most Admired Companies" as well as the 2023 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For ®, MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies; providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to individual and institutional customers. With operations in more than 40 markets, we hold leading positions in the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Our purpose is simple - to help our colleagues, customers, communities, and the world at large create a more confident future. United by purpose and guided by empathy, we’re inspired to transform the next century in financial services. At MetLife, it’s #AllTogetherPossible. Join us!
Equal Employment Opportunity/Disability/Veterans

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MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.
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