Senior Tax Counsel

  • Company: MetLife
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Posted: April 21, 2017
  • Reference ID: 53161-en_US




At MetLife, we seek to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our customers and our communities.  In Legal Affairs, we strive to attract, develop and retain diverse talent with the potential to be future leaders of our department and of MetLife as a whole.  We seek legal and compliance professionals who demonstrate high intellectual capacity to understand complex matters facing our company, combined with strong leadership competencies to motivate and inspire higher performance by all our professionals. We take an active role in developing the skills of our talent and guiding their professional growth.  By promoting skill development and career advancement for our professionals, we are better positioned to serve our internal business partners and to help achieve MetLife’s vision of becoming a world-class leader in the insurance, retirement savings and employee benefits industries.




Job Location: United States : New York : New York  




The Senior Tax Counsel would have significant responsibility on a number of tax legal positions - including investments, M&A and general corporate tax matters for MetLife. The attorney will help save the company millions of dollars, help to structure large M&A transactions and otherwise work on legal issues that would significantly help the company.





  • Provide expert tax legal advice to non-tax executives with business clients on the applications of federal or local statutes and regulations, domestic and abroad, based on legal research.
  • Provide expert legal advice covering a variety of issues for the investment business units.
  • Drafting and negotiating legal documents, including fund agreements, taking a lead role in closing of co-investments and deals.
  • Overseeing outside counsel and service providers.
  • Overseeing junior tax counsel.




  • Handles legal matters for assigned business clients or the tax department and can resolve difficult problems using sound legal judgment.
  • Builds client relations with diplomacy and by providing insightful, timely, and pragmatic counsel.
  • Analyzes legal issues, drafts and executes legal documents, and negotiates matters.
  • Significant work with real estate, lending activities, investment funds and partnerships. 
  • Can handle tax legal matters with minimal supervision. 
  • Juris Doctorate (or equivalent); LLM in Taxation preferred.
  • 6 to 10+ years of legal experience in advisory firm, large financial institution or law firm.




Financial Management Group








At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.” 



MetLife is a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is MetLife's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.

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Requisition #: 53161 

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