At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.
The Northwestern Mutual Law Department is seeking an experienced and agile fund investment or fund formation attorney interested in joining a diverse, challenging, and fast-paced practice advising the Company on a wide range of issues as the Company works to transform how clients experience financial security.
What's the role:
This attorney will be a member of the Department’s Securities Investments Team and will support the Company’s $250+ billion investment portfolio. Specifically, this attorney will:
Provide legal support on matters relating to the Company's ~$5 billion private equity fund investment portfolio, including reviewing and negotiating the governing documents of private equity funds for potential investment; and
Serve as a trusted advisor in connection with the formation and operation of the Company’s proprietary investment funds.
As a member of the Securities Investments team, and working collaboratively with other Department members, this attorney may also have the opportunity to provide legal support in connection with:
Complex, multi-million dollar domestic and foreign investments including First Lien, Second Lien, Senior Unsecured, Unitranche, Mezzanine, HoldCo PIK, Preferred Equity, Common Equity, Structured and Project Finance, Limited Partnerships, and Syndicated Bank Loans;
A wide range of asset management activities for the Company’s investment portfolio including amendments and waivers, restructurings, bankruptcies, realizations, and regulatory matters; and
Company initiatives including M&A, capital markets transactions, venture capital investments, joint ventures, and other transactional matters.
Bring Your Best! What this role needs:
Candidates must have at least five to seven years of legal experience as a fund formation or private fund investment attorney. Experience in the areas of corporate finance, M&A, project finance, or bankruptcy and restructuring would be a plus.
To qualify, this candidate must be able to analyze a variety of legal issues, synthesize complex information, and provide solution-oriented legal advice to business professionals throughout the enterprise.
A candidate must have an exemplary academic record and a Juris Doctorate degree. A license to practice law in the State of Wisconsin or a commitment to become licensed within the first year of employment is required.
Desired personal attributes:
The scope of this role may change over time to respond to business needs. The successful candidate will be flexible and adaptable in terms of general skill sets & aspirations.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a highly analytical and curious mind, creativity, comfort dealing with ambiguity, integrity, high ethical standards, and a positive demeanor.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate and contribute effectively in a team environment and to manage a multijurisdictional practice.
Ability to work autonomously as well and to deal with multiple tasks at the same time.
A keen problem-solving approach using sound legal reasoning and practical business judgment to identify and address risks and achieve results that balance benefits for all stakeholders of the enterprise.
Internal Number: JR 23362
About Northwestern Mutual
We help you live the life you want,
and the life you never thought you could.
When people feel better about their money, good things happen – they become more confident and feel more secure. Taking away the everyday financial stress that most people experience (1 out of every 3, in fact), helps them breathe easier, sleep better, and feel happier.1 That's why Northwestern Mutual exists. It's why we do what we've been doing for the last 160 years.
Being a mutual company means we've been there for our clients since day one — and will continue to be — because we report to them, not Wall Street. Instead of having to worry about short-term gains, we take a long-term approach – both in the way we help people plan, and in the way we do business. This has served our clients well through all kinds of economic ups and downs – even the 2008–2009 financial crisis.2 Mutuality also means that our policyowners get to be a part of our company and may benefit from annual dividends.3 So when we do well, you do well, too.
MORE ABOUT OUR APPROACH TO FINANCIAL PLANNING
As a mutual company, we don't have shareholders – we report to our policyowners.