The attorney will join an active Investments Law group in Whippany, New Jersey that assists and advises the MetLife Alternative Investments unit in Whippany, NJ that originates infrastructure/project finance, structured finance and private fund investments and the MetLife Agricultural Finance department in four regional offices (Overland Park, KS, Fresno, CA, Memphis, TN, and Sao Paulo, Brazil) that originates and manages a diverse agricultural mortgage loanportfolio including farm and ranch, agribusiness and timber assets in the US and Latin America. Specifically, the attorney will be part of the Portfolio Management, Alternative and Agricultural Investments legal team and provide insightful, timely, and pragmatic counsel on a wide range of legal services related to the special servicing of a large investment portfolio including workouts, strategic restructurings, bankruptcies and foreclosures, and support the origination of alternative investment transactions by building collaborative relationships with business partners as well as outside counsel.
- Provide advice and counsel to key business decision makers on the enforcement, restructuring and workout of delinquent or non-performing mortgage loans in accordance with applicable law and MetLife policy.
- Advise business partners and manage outside counsel on bankruptcies, foreclosures and other enforcement proceedings and general litigation matters.
- Draft and negotiate contracts, documents and work product related to special servicing matters.
- Assist in the structuring, negotiation and closing of infrastructure/project finance, structured finance and private funds.
- Provide bench strength in support of MetLife Investments Law Department Alternative Investments unit.
- Prepare, initiate, advocate for, and effectively present legal points and recommendations to guide key decision makers and to represent business partners as legal counsel.
Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:
- Requires a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school; admitted to practice before a state bar.
- At least 10 years of relevant experience with a law firm or in-house, including significant experience counseling on bankruptcy, foreclosure and workout matters.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, with proven business acumen.
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Competencies: analytical thinking; problem solving; demonstrated technical and functional expertise; exercises sound judgment; building and working within collaborative partnerships; and negotiation skills.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously.
- Able to work under limited supervision.