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Bank of the West Senior Counsel - Corporate and Regulatory in San Francisco, California

Senior Counsel - Corporate and Regulatory


At Bank of the West, our people are having a positive impact on the world. We’re investing where we feel we can make the most impact, like advancing diversity and women entrepreneurship programs, financing for more small businesses, and promoting programs for sustainable energy. From our locations across the U.S., Bank of the West is taking action to help protect the planet, improve people’s lives, and strengthen communities. We are part of BNP Paribas, a global leader supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yes, we’re a bank, but as the bank for a changing world, we are continually seeking to improve the ways we help our customers, while contributing to more sustainable and equitable growth.

Position Summary

This role provides legal advice and counsel to Bank of the West and BancWest Holding Inc. on corporate governance and non-consumer financial regulatory issues. The senior attorney will be responsible for advising on relevant non-consumer federal and state banking statutes and regulations, as well as monitoring and analyzing regulatory and legal developments affecting the organization and advising business lines as appropriate.

Position Accountabilities

  1. Provide counsel and legal support for all regulations that pertain to bank and bank holding company corporate structure, formation, branching and permissible activities.

  2. Primary focus on federal and California banking laws and the regulations of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation.

  3. Solid knowledge of applicable banking regulations, including those relating to insider lending (e.g. Reg. O), affiliate transactions (e.g. Reg. W), bank powers, lending limits and anti-tying.

  4. Familiarity with the enhanced prudential standards and supervision requirements and other issues under the Dodd Frank Act, including Reg. Q, Reg. QQ, Reg. VV, Reg. WW and Reg. YY.

  5. Familiarity with the Commodities Exchange Act, Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Securities Act of 1933 as they impact bank swaps, securities and permissible activities.

  6. Exposure to, and preparedness to become involved in, the bank's M&A and investment activities.

  7. Analyzes and makes recommendations regarding the impact of statutory and regulatory changes.

  8. Performs complex legal research and recommends course of action for the highest level of management and on the bank’s most significant issues.

  9. Advise and assist clients with appropriate implementation steps.

  10. Some direct interaction with regulators, including the drafting of formal and informal correspondence and memoranda.

  11. May act as a bank liaison with trade associations and other organizations in certain areas.

  12. Works collaboratively with US and non-US regulatory lawyers within the BNP Paribas Group as a member of the Group’s Legal Regulatory Platform.

  13. Performs other duties as assigned.

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Required Education or Equivalent Experience

  • Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited law school

  • Candidate must be qualified to practice law as in-house counsel in applicable jurisdiction.

Required Experience

  • 10 years of experience in a law firm, corporate or bank regulatory agency handling bank regulatory issues across a number of traditional lines of business


  • Excellent analytical and research skills

  • Proven ability to apply related laws to business practices and identify and assess compliance risk

  • Good issue spotting, risk assessment and problem solving skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Team player and self-starter

  • High level of professionalism

  • Ability to work well with personnel and inspire confidence at all levels of the organization

  • Adaptable and flexible work-style with a proven ability to handle competing demands and priorities. Must be willing to work on all types of matters, large and small

  • Able to successfully navigate changing environments and perform in a fast-paced setting

  • Work history indicates a demonstrated track record of performance

  • Excellent negotiation, planning and organizational skills

  • Good computer skills – Microsoft Office products

Level Supervised:

  • No supervisory responsibility

Physical Requirements:

  • Sedentary work; lifting a maximum of 10 pounds, frequent standing/walking

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

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Bank of the West is an Equal Opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers without regard to any status protected by applicable law. Bank of the West is also an Affirmative Action employer - Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran.

Job: Legal

Location: United States-California-San Francisco

Requisition ID: 054392