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BMO Financial Group Senior Legal Counsel, Capital Markets in New York, New York

Provides legal advice and services to BMO Financial Group’s client-focused high-performing Commodity/Metals business that operates globally in a dynamic trading and regulatory environment.

The candidate would support the business with a focus on:

  • Obtaining legal opinions from external counsel in new jurisdictions

  • Working closely with the BMO Legal Team and the line of business to negotiate documents that govern metals-related transactions including financing (metal loans, leases, consignments, prepaid forwards, deferred payment forwards), derivatives, trading of physically settled metal, metals storage and transportation, supply and offtake agreements and give up agreements

  • Working closely with the BMO Legal Team and the line of business on other metals-related capital markets initiatives and policies

  • Supports the capital markets business based on knowledge of legal principles, practices and procedures, and knowledge of the financial services industry and its environment.

  • Influences and negotiates to achieve business objectives. Works to achieve organizational goals while minimizing legal risk.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Delivers legal advice, instructs external counsel and ensures compliance with internal policies and procedures.

  • Drafts and negotiates metals documentation including OTC derivative confirmations, leases, consignments, confidentiality agreements, collateral agreements, and ancillary documentation.

  • Participates in the design of legal advice strategies and approaches for capital markets activities and making recommendations to minimize legal issues, create efficiencies and contribute to growth.

  • Operates at an enterprise-wide level and serves as the prime subject matter expert and a specialist resource to senior leaders and other internal/external stakeholders (including sales and trading, tax, corporate banking and cross-business risk) on relevant laws, regulations and policies.

  • Identifies, exercises judgment and resolves complex, confidential and sensitive matters.

  • Makes recommendations to senior leaders on strategy and new initiatives, based on an in-depth understanding of the business/group.

  • Resolves daily issues and/or escalates with appropriate analysis and/or recommendations.

  • Implements areas of improvement to ensure consistency with marketplace.

  • Geographic scope: up to global, with assistance of local counsel in each jurisdiction.

  • Applies expertise and thinks creatively to address unique or ambiguous situations, identify risks and mitigants, and finds solutions to problems that can be complex and non-routine.

  • Implements changes in response to shifting trends.

  • Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed.


  • Typically, 7 years of legal practice or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Legal practice expertise in contract law, OTC metal derivatives, metals financing transactions, metals give-up agreements and other metals transactions.

  • Ability to draft and negotiate metals documentation including (i) metals leases, consignments, loans, purchase agreements, master trading agreements, storage agreements, deposit agreements, inventory agreements, and transportation agreements, and (ii) OTC commodity derivatives documentation including ISDAs, CSAs, control agreements, confidentiality agreements, collateral agreements, risk participation agreements, give-up agreements, confirmations and ancillary documentation.

  • Degree in law (LLB or JD) and license to practice law in relevant jurisdiction.

  • Knowledge in legal field, typically with a functional or business line specialization.

  • Knowledge of business and regulatory environment in which BMO Financial Group operates.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize wide variety of matters simultaneously.

  • Negotiation skills - In depth / Expert.

  • Verbal and written communication skills - In-depth / Expert.

  • Analytical and problem solving skills - In-depth / Expert.

  • Influence skills - In-depth / Expert.

  • Negotiation skills - In-depth / Expert.

  • Collaboration and team skills; with a focus on cross-group collaboration - In-depth / Expert.

  • Results-oriented, driven and self-motivated with a commitment to excellence.

  • Seasoned professional with a combination of education, experience and industry knowledge.


Compensation and Benefits:

$130,000.00 - $241,200.00

Pay Type:


The above represents BMO Financial Group’s pay range and type.

Salaries will vary based on factors such as location, skills, experience, education, and qualifications for the role, and may include a commission structure. Salaries for part-time roles will be pro-rated based on number of hours regularly worked. For commission roles, the salary listed above represents BMO Financial Group’s expected target for the first year in this position.

BMO Financial Group’s total compensation package will vary based on the pay type of the position and may include performance-based incentives, discretionary bonuses, as well as other perks and rewards. BMO also offers health insurance, tuition reimbursement, accident and life insurance, and retirement savings plans. To view more details of our benefits, please visit:

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