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MUFG Union Bank Financial Crimes Attorney, AVP in New York, New York


Do you want your voice heard and your actions to count?

Discover your opportunity with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), the 5th largest financial group in the world (as ranked by S&P Global, April 2018). In the Americas, we’re 14,000 colleagues, striving to make a difference for every client, organization, and community we serve. We stand for our values, developing positive relationships built on integrity and respect. It’s part of our culture to put people first, listen to new and diverse ideas and collaborate toward greater innovation, speed and agility. We’re a team that accepts responsibility for the future by asking the tough questions and owning the solutions. Join MUFG and be empowered to make your voice heard and your actions count.

Job Summary

The financial crimes legal function serves MUFG globally by providing thought leadership, subject matter expertise and strategic counsel on financial crime-related legal risks and issues, including in proactive support of the Global Financial Crimes Division (GFCD) operations and its regional office, program development and rollout. The scope of financial crimes legal support is economic and trade sanctions, AML/CTF, and anti-bribery and corruption issues.

This role will serve as supporting financial crimes legal counsel for the Americas Region, with accountability to the Global Financial Crimes Legal counsel and Americas Legal Department. This role will be responsible for proactively providing financial crimes legal advice throughout the region, and will support the GFCD Americas Financial Crimes Office (“FCOA”) operating model, as well as other financial crimes stakeholders through MUFG’s regional operations, such as local transactional legal.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Analyze the scope and application of financial crimes laws and regulations in light of the facts presented.

  • Identify financial crimes risk related to a transaction and provide deal-specific counsel on adequacy of financial crimes-related contractual provisions.

  • Report to and advise the Lead Americas and Global Financial Crimes Legal counsel on region-specific financial crimes legal matters, and cooperatively work with the financial crimes legal for the other regions on ensuring consistent quality and approach to legal advice.

  • Advise the FCOA team and help proactively spot and address legal risks and identify gaps and inconsistencies when they may arise.

  • Assist with liaising between FCOA and the broader Legal Department and/or external counsel, where appropriate

  • Assist in identifying and connecting appropriate Legal and GFCD resources as needed

  • Participate in Legal initiatives.

  • Help identify and manage external counsel relationships in a cost efficient manner

  • Partner with litigation and investigations attorneys on financial crimes-related internal investigations, subpoena responses and related communications with local enforcement agencies and regulators.

  • Support and advise on reports to and communications with local regulators on financial crimes-related issues.



  • Juris Doctor degree required

  • U.S. state bar admission


  • A minimum of 3 years’ work experience acting in the capacity as either as in-house counsel with a major financial institution or at a leading law firm advising global financial institutions on regional financial crimes laws and regulations.

  • Experience with U.S. AML laws, OFAC sanctions, and/or anti-bribery and corruption.

  • Excellent skills in issue spotting, risk assessment, and problem-solving.

  • Excellent skills in written and verbal communication.

  • Strong ability to work cooperatively with globally diverse stakeholders.

  • Experience advising compliance programs, including on the development of compliance policies and procedures and risk mitigation frameworks is a plus.

  • Ability to explain legal advice in practical and effective manner.

  • Proven ability to multi-task and work effectively and independently under pressure.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified .

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer and committed to leveraging the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experience of our workforce to create opportunities for our colleagues and our business. We do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of any protected category.

A conviction is not an absolute bar to employment. Factors such as the age of the offense, evidence of rehabilitation, seriousness of violation, and job relatedness are considered in all employment decisions. Additionally, it’s the bank’s policy to only inquire into a candidate’s criminal history after an offer has been made. Federal law prohibits banks from employing individuals who have been convicted of, or received a pretrial diversion for, certain offenses.

Job: Legal

Primary Location: NEW YORK-New York

Schedule Full Time

Shift Day

Req ID: 10033401-WD