Senior Corporate Counsel

  • Ascensus
  • Remote
  • Oct 20, 2021
Full time Legal

Job Description

The Senior Corporate Counsel will support more than one business line within Ascensus, with primary focus on the Ascensus Retirement, Health, and FuturePlan divisions, which service 401(k)s, IRAs, health savings accounts, and other tax-advantaged savings plans. The successful individual will provide legal counsel to executives across Ascensus’s business units and shared services functions. Key job responsibilities include acting as subject matter expert in relevant areas of law; negotiating and drafting contracts; supporting mergers and acquisitions; managing disputes and litigation; supporting a registered investment advisor, a broker-dealer, and two trust companies; and other day-to-day legal matters.  The individual must demonstrate sound legal and business judgment. 

***This position can be onsite in our Newton office, or remote from any state in the Northeast.***


  • Provide advice and counsel to business leaders on legal, regulatory, legislative, compliance, and business issue
  • Draft, negotiate, review, and interpret various contracts and other legal documents between Ascensus and its clients, partners, vendors, and other third parties
  • Support mergers and acquisitions by assisting with due diligence, agreement negotiation, post-closing integration, and related matters
  • Manage and resolve disputes and litigation, including overseeing outside counsel
  • Provide legal and regulatory guidance to a registered investment advisor, a broker-dealer, and two trust companies
  • Handle other day-to-day legal issues arising in a growing and complex business including employment, intellectual property, and corporate governance
  • Responsible for protecting, securing, and proper handling of all confidential data held by Ascensus to ensure against unauthorized access, improper transmission, and/or unapproved disclosure of information that could result in harm to Ascensus or our clients.
  • Our I-Client service philosophy and our Core Values of People Matter, Quality First and Integrity Always® should be visible in your actions on a day to day basis showing your support of our organizational culture.


  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited U.S. law school with 7 to 10 years of experience
  • Licensed to practice law in at least one state and in good standing
  • Experience in the financial services industry is strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with ERISA and laws related to mutual funds, securities and other investments is preferred
  • Law firm and in-house experience is a plus
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced and demanding environment
  • Remote candidates will be considered and ability to travel occasionally is required
  • Understand Ascensus’ businesses and give practical advice to business leaders
  • Think and act strategically
  • Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with business leaders, clients, prospects, business partners, and others
  • Exhibit adaptability and lead change
  • Think creatively, solve problems effectively, and act decisively
  • Work effectively independently with minimal instruction, and as part of a team with the willingness and desire to collaborate
  • Be proactive and entrepreneurial
  • Multitask and prioritize while producing high-quality, on-time work