VP Investment Management Attorney

October 17, 2020
New York, NY
Job Type


Company’s Legal and Compliance Division is seeking to hire a lawyer in New York to provide legal coverage for Company Investment Management’s (MSIM) in the Americas in coordination with Company colleagues in Europe and Asia. 

The attorney will primarily provide legal coverage for Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s (“MSIM”) Mutual Fund business, interacting with senior management and a global team of approximately 25 legal professionals supporting MSIM’s institutional Funds, Unregistered Funds, Fund to Fund and Money Market Funds businesses worldwide while working closely with other Morgan Stanley legal and compliance professionals. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Providing legal support across MSIM’s business including 1940 Act registered mutual fund, private fund and institutional business including:
  • Supervision and coordination with external counsel with respect to mutual fund registration statements,  proxy materials, and other documentation in connection with mutual fund annual updates, reorganizations and other business transactions for MSIM’s proprietary mutual funds
  • Supervision and coordination with external counsel with respect to fund formation, investment activity, and regulatory matters
  • Reviewing and negotiating various types of service and trading agreements
  • Advising on legal obligations arising in connection with sales activity, corporate governance, investor relations, fund raising and investing activities, institutional client relationships
  • Assisting business units in development of new products
  • Advising the business on regulatory developments and changes in legal requirements
  • Advising on the development and implementation of internal policies and procedures
  • Providing general legal advice to a global asset manager, including coordinating with Legal colleagues in MSIM’s non-US offices in London, Hong Kong, and Japan as well as with colleagues in other groups such as Compliance, Litigation, and Global Financial Crimes/AML


Skills Required:

  • Three to five years of experience practicing law, including experience with respect to the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, structuring of private investment funds, negotiation of investment management agreements
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, maturity and judgment
  • The ability and desire to take on and effectively prioritize multiple projects
  • A solid academic background
  • The capacity to work independently as well as be an effective team member, partnering with LCD colleagues and clients
  • The ability to work in fast-paced, dynamic and challenging environment
  • Excellent research and creative problem-solving skills
  • A strong work ethic
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