Requisition Number: 2021-05-02066-0125-002
Job Title: Conflicts Attorney
City: New York
Shift: Monday - Friday; 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Established in 1884, the Firm currently has more than 850 lawyers. On a world-wide basis, the Firm provides coordinated legal advice on the largest and most complex corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the Firm’s practice.
The Conflicts Attorney is responsible for assisting the Chief of Global Conflicts & Legal Ethics with the management, control and direction of specifically assigned functions within the Conflicts & Legal Ethics department supporting the Firm's critical risk management function, acting as a resource and managing functions regarding all areas of conflicts of interest inherent in a large global law practice. This role facilitates new matter and new client intake scenarios, decision-making and resolution for attorneys Firm-wide by conducting conflict-of-interest research, accurately identifying potential conflicts for new clients, new business matters, lateral attorneys, and preparing any necessary conflicts waivers and engagement letters to address conflicts issues identified, and liaising with Partners and clients with respect to obtaining such conflicts waivers as necessary. The Conflicts Attorney supervises the Conflicts Analysts in the preparation of quarterly partner restricted list audits and the preparation of daily, weekly and monthly client matter reports to the Partners.
Respond to Partner Conflict inquiries on a Firm-wide basis; interface with Partners and Associates to confirm the status of existing or pending transactions and resolve identified conflict issues
Manage conflict research process and procedures ensuring potential conflicts are quickly and accurately identified and resolved and conflicts are cleared for new matters and new clients Firm-wide
Review and analyze conflicts of interest and monitor processes with respect to new clients and matters and lateral attorneys
Assist in supervision of conflicts of interest and new client and new matter intake
Facilitate resolution of potential conflicts problems for attorneys Firm wide
Develop expertise on conflicts rules and approaches in specific practice areas and possess and maintain knowledge of conflicts rules in New York; assist in projects on non-New York based conflicts rules
Advise attorneys on conflicts rules and assist in adherence to such rules and Firm policies when drafting, reviewing and coordinating client engagement and conflict waiver letters
Participate in lateral lawyer intake process as it pertains to conflicts
Assist with communicating Firm policies and procedures relating to conflicts and intake and make recommendations for changes when appropriate
Assist in training Firm personnel in conflict of interest rules and procedures as requested by Chief of Global Conflicts & Legal Ethics
Supervise Conflicts Analysts with respect to daily, weekly and monthly client reports to partners
Supervision the establishment and maintenance of formal ethical screens
Supervise the maintenance of the Firm’s restricted list and the clearance of all purchases and sales of securities by Firm personnel and partners
Perform other duties as assigned
Relevant legal experience at a peer law firm or as an in-house attorney required
Proficient knowledge of large firm practice areas: financial organizations -banking and capital markets, private equity firms and other business organizations
Ability to identify parties involved, define relationships (client relationships and adverse parties) and resolve actual and potential conflicts of interest within various types of legal transactions
Proficiency in internet research, Hoovers, Dun & Bradstreet, Thomson and other corporate databases
Ability to research corporate ownership/SEC filings to determine shareholders and substantial owners of target companies and other adverse parties
Ability to handle multiple complex situations, organize, prioritize, plan, adapt quickly to changes in workflow and multi-task work activities in a high pressure environment
Demonstrated good business judgment and analytical skills are essential
Ability to research and understand complex corporate relationships and determine how proposed relationship relate to the Firm’s existing engagements
Ability to work independently while using sound judgment, initiative, and discretion
Demonstrated ability to maintain confidential and sensitive data
Ability to work effectively with all levels of personnel in a global market with tact and diplomacy
Ability to communicate professionally, clearly, concisely, and diplomatically both verbally and in writing and articulate legal relationships and the nature of representations
Ability to analyze and summarize conflict situations, articulate potential issues, and suggest resolutions to attorneys as required
Ability to learn and utilize specialized internal conflict checking software and multiple software applications and workflow processes of various departments
Ability to apply both logical and common sense understanding to carry out a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, and diagram forms.
Proven analytical and organizational skills with the ability to provide a quality, accurate, and efficient work product in a high-volume environment.
Strong project planning, management and execution skills
Must be flexible in order to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is committed to a collegial work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The Firm prohibits discrimination or harassment based upon race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, marital or partnership status, sexual orientation, protected veteran’s status or any other legally protected status. “Gender” includes actual or perceived sex, a person’s gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression, whether or not that gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the legal sex assigned to that person at birth. This Policy pertains to every aspect of an individual’s relationship with the Firm, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training and development, promotion, transfer, discipline, termination, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.