Counsel, US Regulatory Affairs

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Position Title: Counsel, US Regulatory Affairs

Location: Washington, DC (Currently Remote)

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports to: Executive Vice President, Head of Content and Programming

Position Summary:

The Managed Funds Association, based in Washington, DC and New York, represents the global alternative investment industry and its investors by advocating for regulatory, tax, and other public policies that foster efficient, transparent, and fair capital markets.

MFA is seeking a legal/policy professional to join the global policy team, who will also work across functions to advance policy initiatives for the Association. The team member will help lead tax policy and regulatory initiatives, as well as other securities and derivatives regulatory initiatives impacting alternative investment fund managers. The team member will collaborate with legal and government relations professionals on the global policy team to help effectively communicate policy and regulatory matters.

The ideal candidate is a strong communicator and strategic thinker with experience working in a fast-paced policy office in tax at a financial services firm, law firm, trade association, or government. In this role, a successful candidate will help staff tax policy issues, among others, and may analyze the impact of legislative and regulatory developments on MFA members, work with MFA members to develop Association policy, and assist with drafting comments to regulators. The candidate must be a team player, self-starter, organized, and willing to learn new skills and take on a variety of assignments.

Essential Responsibilities:

The Counsel will report directly to the Chief Counsel, Head of US Regulatory Affairs and will perform the following responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Chief Counsel, support regulatory and legislative activities affecting the alternative investment industry;
  • Provide support to MFA committees in developing and reaching consensus on complex public policy issues;
  • Support the management of alternative investment tax issues with outside counsel;
  • Identify, track, analyze and advise on legislation and rulemaking proposals;
  • Coordinate research on policy issues;
  • Assist with drafting congressional testimony, comment letters, and policy papers;
  • Support and prepare for MFA meetings with government officials;
  • Work on private sector initiatives with related industry groups;
  • Assist MFA with various legislative and regulatory initiatives before Congress and federal agencies (such as CFTC, SEC, Treasury/IRS, the Federal Reserve Board, state officials, and international regulators), as well as certain private sector industry groups;
    • Work closely with regulatory and government relations professionals within the Global Policy team and outside counsel; and
    • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • JD degree required;
  • A minimum of 5 years’ attorney experience, including at least 2 years of experience as regulatory counsel in trade association, financial services, government, or law firm environment, with experience in legislative and regulatory rulemaking processes preferred;
  • Proven experience in investment management, trading and market regulations, tax, derivatives, corporate finance, and/or ESG is preferred;
  • Ability to provide strategic and practical legal advice;
  • Ability to build strong working relations with colleagues, MFA members, external partners, and government officials;
  • Ability to collaborate within a cross-functional team to develop solutions to complex policy issues, and to work closely with communications and conferences and events teams to educate the public and support member programs;
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative manner with tact and ability to creatively solve problems;
  • Ability to manage highly sensitive organization information with discretion;
  • Ability to multi-task projects on behalf of multiple constituencies in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Ability to excel under pressure and implement last-minute details and changes confidently.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.  Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary.  In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.