The Legal & Regulatory Group is responsible for partnering with Bridgewater businesses to protect the legal and regulatory interests of Bridgewater and its clients, manage legal risk and to ensure that employees act in accordance with the highest legal and ethical standards. Our group maintains in-house expertise in many areas, including corporate, investment management, private funds, intellectual property, employment and commercial law and compliance. The team works closely with a broad range of departments within the firm and manages active relationships with external counsel.
About the Role:
We are currently seeking an exceptional lawyer who is practical, logical, intelligent, and highly motivated to work on a wide variety of legal matters. A broad background in an asset management and investment funds practice will be critical to this role, but the right person must also have the interest in and ability to stretch across multiple disciplines, partnering with senior subject-matter experts and outside counsel on a wide variety of legal and regulatory disciplines. The environment is fast-paced and dynamic and requires juggling a large number of priorities. The right candidate will possess a high degree of integrity, be able to receive and give critical feedback, find ways to improve internal processes and procedures, and commit to the continuous development and improvement of him/herself, the department, and Bridgewater.
You will drive the following responsibilities:
Managing, preparing, reviewing, and negotiating documentation relating to private fund client and investment activities, including counterparty agreements, fund offering documentation, investment management agreements, side letters, and ancillary documents
Act as subject-matter expert regarding questions related to agreements and documentation
Provide legal support for regulatory compliance activities including advising business units on regulations regarding investment management, trading, marketing, conflicts of interest, and regulatory reporting
Assist in the research, development, and launch of new products and strategies
Maintain relationships with and manage outside counsel
Why Choose Bridgewater?
The unifying experience at Bridgewater is meaningful work and meaningful relationships — the unique and lasting personal bonds forged out of a purposeful, rigorous, and inclusive work environment. Consistently, our employees find that this environment enables personal and professional growth, developed through an honest examination of their abilities and performance. We strive to provide you opportunities that will challenge you and unlock your potential.
One of our core priorities at Bridgewater is to enable our employees to build a great life and career, and we believe our benefits are an important extension of that philosophy. Bridgewater offers a competitive suite of benefits including health insurance with 100% premium coverage, a 401(k) plan with generous employer match, fully paid parental leave, a competitive PTO package, workplace flexibility, adoption and egg-freezing assistance, wellness offerings such as on-site gyms, free meals, healthy snacks, and meditation rooms, and an engaged and active community that includes company events, affinity networks and extracurricular interest groups.
Bridgewater reserves the right to change its current benefits program at any time, in a manner that is consistent with applicable federal and state regulations
This job description is not a contract and confers no contractual rights, privileges, or benefits on any applicant or potential applicant. Bridgewater has the right to change any and all terms of this job description, including, but not limited to, job responsibilities, qualifications and benefits. Nothing in this job description constitutes an offer or guarantee of employment. Please note that we do not provide immigration sponsorship for this position.
Bridgewater Associates, LP is an Equal Opportunity Employer
We are looking for candidates with the following minimum qualifications:
Undergraduate and law degrees from top-tier institutions
5-10 years of practicing law at a law firm with a deep concentration in asset management and private funds; experience working for a private fund manager is a plus
Ideally will have experience independently drafting and negotiating trading agreements (including, for example, prime brokerage, repurchase, and global distribution agreements with complex counterparties)
Familiarity with regulations and global compliance regimes applicable to alternative investment managers and private and public funds (ETFs)
Familiarity with global bank wealth platforms and sub-advisory relationships, including those related to insurance providers, is a plus
Ability to communicate complex legal issues for executive leadership
Commercial orientation and ability to provide practical counsel as a business thought partner, biased towards considered action, rather than the provision of legal advice alone
Passion for financial markets and asset management
Willingness and desire to develop knowledge in new areas of law
About Bridgewater Associates
Bridgewater Associates is a premier asset management firm, focused on delivering unique insight and partnership for the most sophisticated global institutional investors. Our investment process is driven by a tireless pursuit to understand how the world’s markets and economies work — using cutting edge technology to validate and execute on timeless and universal investment principles.
Powering this engine requires a diverse community of investment professionals, technologists, managers and other specialists. The firm attracts independent thinkers who share a commitment to achieving excellence in their respective lines of work and operating in our unique culture. Bridgewater was founded in 1975 and its principal offices are located in Westport, CT — an hour outside New York City.
Bridgewater aspires to be an idea meritocracy in which radical transparency and believability-weighted decision-making allow the best ideas to prevail. Feedback is frequent and flows in all directions, meetings are recorded and shared, mistake-based learning is encouraged, and everyone is expected to uphold high standards of excellence and personal accountability.
Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is central to that mission – to develop the deepest understanding of markets and economies we must find, retain, and grow the best talent across gender identity, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gained experiences, and more. To unlock the power of that diversity also requires an inclusive environment. In pursuit of this vision, Bridgewater has a full-time D&I team reporting to our CEO, vibrant affinity networks, and several companywide initiatives to drive progress. Ask your Bridgewater recruiter to learn more.