Anti-Financial Crime Legal Counsel

London, United Kingdom
15 Nov 2022
03 Dec 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
About Us:

We are PIMCO, a leading global asset management firm. We manage investments and develop solutions across the full spectrum of asset classes, strategies and vehicles: fixed income, equities, commodities, asset allocation, ETFs, hedge funds and private equity. PIMCO is one of the largest investment managers, actively managing more than $1.8 trillion in assets for clients around the world. PIMCO has over 3,070 employees in 22 offices globally. PIMCO is recognized as an innovator, industry thought leader and trusted advisor to our clients.

PIMCO is one of the world's premier fixed income investment managers with thousands of professionals around the world united in a single purpose: creating opportunities for our clients in every environment. Since 1971, we have brought innovation and expertise to our partnership with the institutions, financial advisors and millions of individual investors who entrust us with their assets. We aspire to cultivate performance and leadership through empowering our people, diversity of thought, and a commitment to an inclusive culture that engages in our global communities.

Position Description:

Due to business growth, an expanding product range, and increasingly complex laws and regulations focused on sanctions, anti-bribery, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering (collectively, "Anti-Financial Crimes" or "AFC" laws), PIMCO is looking for an experienced lawyer who can leverage subject matter expertise in these areas to provide practical advice and counsel in all aspects of PIMCO's EMEA business.

The role demands an experienced AFC lawyer with a first class intellect and significant experience in asset management, including in alternative (or private) investment funds, public funds, and separate accounts.

The candidate should be well versed in EU and UK AFC laws, as applied to investors/clients, investments, fund formation and product distribution. The lawyer will partner closely with the business, including portfolio management, product strategy, finance, compliance, operations and other functions, from across the globe.

The ideal candidate will also be well-versed in anti-fraud controls as they relate to the asset management industry.

Lawyers with relevant experience, whether in-house or private practice, will be considered.

Key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Providing stakeholders with advice regarding the requirements of EU and UK AFC laws, and best practices for accomplishing compliance with those laws;
  • Providing AFC input in fund documentation (including LPAs, subscription documents, PPMs, and prospectus and other public fund disclosure documents), side letters, investment management agreements, service provider and vendor agreements, consultant agreements, distribution and platform agreements, and privately negotiated transaction documents;
  • Providing AFC advice in connection with transaction diligence and securities trading;
  • Supporting other legal functions and projects (e.g., regulatory monitoring and implementation projects, policy advocacy and industry engagement, corporate projects and governance support);
  • Overseeing and managing external counsel; and
  • Providing subject matter expertise for AFC and anti-fraud training.

Position Requirements:

Experience Required:

  • Extensive knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements in EMEA relating to AFC requirements
  • Monitoring of AFC requirements in EMEA jurisdictions
  • Trade floor advisory experience
  • Deal experience relating to transactions in asset classes such as real estate and private equity
  • Interaction/management of related regulatory inquiries
  • Experience working with senior management/Boards


  • Ideally, 8-10 years of relevant experience in a similar role, with investment management industry experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (with the ability to communicate in a clear and succinct manner);
  • Excellent communication skills Commercial and business oriented
  • High degree of client service orientation, proactivity and responsiveness; Collaborative, professional and team player essential;
  • Good attention to detail;
  • High degree of personal and professional integrity; and
  • Ability to organise and deliver under tight deadlines.

The Legal team is very client service focused and is looking for someone who can deliver the highest of client service standards, as well as communicate confidently with all levels of the organisation, work well within a team environment, own and drive forward their own workload and use initiative to continually assess and improve existing processes. With PIMCO's rewarding environment and growing business, this role is full of opportunity for the right candidate.


PIMCO is committed to offering a comprehensive portfolio of employee benefits designed to support the health and well-being of you and your family.
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