Junior OTC Derivatives Attorney

Permanent contract|New York|Legal / Tax / Insurance

Junior OTC Derivatives Attorney

New York, United States Permanent contract Legal / Tax / Insurance


The Junior OTC Derivatives Attorney will provide legal and transactional advice and counsel to clients in SG’s U.S. offices in connection with a variety of OTC derivatives and other sales & trading activities within the Global Markets Division.  The work will generally include: drafting, reviewing and negotiating all manner of transaction documentation; providing advice and counseling on documentation; structuring and negotiating transactions; advising and supporting clients in new product development; following and advising legal and regulatory developments affecting covered products and businesses; working with multiple stakeholders within the firm (risk, tax, accounting, compliance, etc.) as well as with the primary business personnel; and coordinating/supervising activities of external counsel.

Required/Must have:  

  • 2+  years of broad-based professional U.S. legal experience, with experience in OTC derivatives (any asset class), repo and securities lending transactions.  
  • 2+ years working in a major US law firm with a specialized focus on OTC derivatives, structured products and/or sales & trading issues, with respect to any asset class.
  • Background in U.S. banking and securities regulations, Dodd-Frank swap and Volcker rules is desirable.


  • Experience working on proprietary indices, structured products and/or prime brokerage is highly desired.  
  • Experience in a bank or other financial services institution.   
  • Knowledge of French

Profile required

Required/Must have:  

  • Diligent work ethic and positive attitude
  • Ability and willingness to learn new and unfamiliar areas of law and business
  • Highly intelligent, capable and responsible
  • Excellent written and oral communication and advocacy skills
  • Flexible and creative personality, adaptable to changing business and product mix 
  • Strong client service mentality
  • Ability to balance commercial needs while protecting the interests of the bank  
  • Ability to listen to diverse points of view 
  • Basic computer skills (Word, email, etc.).
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and effectively respond to and service demanding clients
  • Ability to communicate complex legal concepts in a commercially accessible manner
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams
  • Fluency in English and experience in legal drafting in English


  • Ability to exert influence and persuade others
  • Ability to take a position even in absence of broad-based support
  • Ability to conceive of and manage complex projects.
  • Skill and experience in managing interdisciplinary projects and project teams.  


  • Active Member, New York State Bar
  • Law degree from a well-regarded U.S. law school (or foreign equivalent)
  • Undergraduate degree from a well-regarded 4-year college/university

Business insight

The mission of the SGUS Legal Department is to protect SG from legal, regulatory, reputational and other risks, while at the same time assisting the SGUS business units in the achievement of their legitimate business interests by providing legal advice, drafting and reviewing legal documentation and ensuring that business is conducted in compliance with relevant laws and regulations. The SGUS Legal Department is also responsible for (a) overseeing US litigation, enforcement actions and those investigations deemed to be under the scope of responsibilities of the SGUS Legal Department; (b) promoting strong and ethical legal culture within SGUS; and (c) identifying and taking relevant steps to mitigate legal risk arising in SGUS. Accordingly, the SGUS Legal Department seeks to provide effective and quality legal services and representation to SG on all matters having legal and regulatory significance to the management, businesses or operations of SG in the United States. The SGUS Legal Department works closely with the Group Legal Department in Paris to ensure timely and effective implementation of Global Legal Function policies and procedures, and to coordinate, where necessary or appropriate, on all cross-border business transactions and activities.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are proud to make diversity a strength for our company. Societe Generale is committed to recognizing and promoting all talents, regardless of their beliefs, age, disability, parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, membership of a political, religious, trade union or minority organisation, or any other characteristic that could be subject to discrimination.

Reference: 22000H8F
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2022/08/12
Publication date: 2022/06/14