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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is seeking a well-qualified individual for our Principal Counsel, Regulatory opening in Washington, DC or Rockville, MD or New York, NY. To be considered for this position, please submit your resume through our career site at www.finra.org/careers - no phone calls, please.
Render legal advice and support in connection with the complete life cycle of the adoption of new regulatory initiatives, and serve as subject matter resource in one or more areas of legal expertise including dispute resolution. This is experienced-level professional work in which incumbents are defining their assigned roles, increasing their skills, and working with other experienced attorneys.
Position may be filled at various levels depending on experience and job skills of a successful candidate.
Essential Job Functions:
* Provide interpretative advice to the Board of Governors and FINRA advisory committees with respect to regulatory initiatives and rule changes under consideration by the Board.
* Assist in briefing and communicating regulatory initiatives to senior executives of FINRA. Must be able to provide such analysis under urgent deadlines.
* Serve as a source of legal expertise within FINRA in subject areas, including dispute resolution, and provide advice on questions in these subject areas.
* Prepare Board materials that contain sophisticated analyses and discussions of competing policy or political considerations necessary for the informed judgment of the issues by the Board.
* Review and draft new rule proposals, with increased independence; gather and incorporate views of industry participants, other regulators, and senior staff; and prepare rule filings to the SEC.
* Work with the Office of Dispute Resolution with respect to arbitration related interpretive issues, regulatory initiatives and proposed rule changes.
* Work with the Office of the Chief Economist in conducting economic impact assessments of rulemakings.
* Together with senior-level OGC attorneys, meet with senior staff of SEC, industry groups and other interested parties concerning regulatory initiatives.
* May represent FINRA before industry groups.
* Prepare Regulatory Notices, rule guidance and other correspondence with member firms and their outside counsel.
* Demonstrate increased proficiency in conducting legal and other research into matters of regulatory policy as necessary to (1) develop rule proposals and to respond to internal and external comments, and (2) respond to interpretive and exemptive requests.
* Together with senior-level OGC attorneys, identify and present original, creative, innovative and sophisticated solutions and proposals for changes to existing rules, including the elimination or reduction of unnecessary regulation and the adoption of new rules.
* May serve as liaison to FINRA advisory committees as assigned.
* Keep abreast of and analyze SEC, industry and other self-regulatory organization initiatives, and develop and maintain strong working relationships with SEC staff and other regulators.
* Attend and speak at regulatory policy public conferences and meetings of FINRA advisory committees on areas of subject matter expertise.
* Participate in ad hoc special projects and initiatives as requested.
* Provide status reports of assigned matters or projects.
* Develop communications as needed for Chief Legal Officer and other senior management.
* Provide and implement suggestions to increase efficiency and effectiveness of office procedures.
* Law degree from an accredited law school, admission to a bar, and a minimum of 4-8 years of directly related legal experience.
* Advanced working knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations governing the securities industry.
* Strong organizational skills.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills.
* Excellent judgment, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
* Normal office conditions.
* Occasional travel and extended hours may be required.
To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume. A writing sample may be required as part of the submission.
The information provided above has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work of the position. It is not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required.
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In addition to a competitive salary, comprehensive health and welfare benefits, and incentive compensation, FINRA offers immediate participation and vesting in a 401(k) plan with company match. You will also be eligible for participation in an additional FINRA-funded retirement contribution, our tuition reimbursement program and many other benefits. If you would like to contribute to our important mission and work collegially in a professional organization that values intelligence, integrity and initiative, consider a career with FINRA.
FINRA's Code of Conduct imposes restrictions on employees' investments and requires financial disclosures that are uniquely related to our role as a securities regulator. FINRA employees are required to disclose to FINRA all brokerage accounts that they maintain, and those in which they control trading or have a financial interest (including any trust account of which they are a trustee or beneficiary and all accounts of a spouse, domestic partner or minor child who lives with the employee) and to authorize their broker-dealers to provide FINRA with duplicate statements for all of those accounts. All of those accounts are subject to the Code's investment and securities account restrictions, and new employees must comply with those investment restrictions-including disposing of any security issued by a company on FINRA's Prohibited Company List or obtaining a written waiver from their Executive Vice President-by the date they begin employment with FINRA. Employees may only maintain securities accounts that must be disclosed to FINRA at one or more securities firms that provide an electronic feed (e-feed) of data to FINRA, and must move securities accounts from other securities firms to a firm that provides an e-feed within three months of beginning employment.
As standard practice, employees must also execute FINRA's Employee Confidentiality and Invention Assignment Agreement without qualification or modification and comply with the company's policy on nepotism.
FINRA is an independent, non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business with the public in the United States. FINRA works to protect investors and maintain market integrity in a public-private partnership with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), while also benefiting from the SEC's oversight. In its role as investor guardian, FINRA is informed, but not influenced, by the industry that it regulates. FINRA's independent regulation plays a critical role in America's financial system-all at no cost to taxpayers.
FINRA touches virtually every aspect of the securities business-from registering and educating industry participants to examining securities firms; writing rules; enforcing those rules and the federal securities laws; informing and educating the investing public; providing trade reporting and other industry utilities; and administering the largest dispute resolution forum for investors and registered firms. FINRA uses technology powerful enough to look across markets and detect potential abuses. Using a variety of data gathering techniques, we work to detect insider trading and any strategies firms or individuals use to gain an unfair advantage.
In today's fast-paced and complex global economy, FINRA is a trusted advocate for investors, dedicated to keeping the markets fair and proactively addressing emerging regulatory issues before they harm investors or the markets. FINRA operates from Washington, DC, and New York, NY, with other offices around the country.
Find out more about us and how we work-and view our current openings-at www.finra.org/careers.
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