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MetLife Senior Counsel - Commercial Real Estate in Chicago, Illinois

Role Value Proposition:

MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services

companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to

individual and institutional customers. We’re united by our purpose to help our customers and

each other create a confident future; we’re guided by empathy; and we’re inspired by each

other to make a difference in the lives of our coworkers, customers, communities, and the world

at large. At MetLife, it’s #AllTogetherPossible. Join us!

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 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


The attorney will join an active Investments Law group that assists and advises the MetLife global real estate investments unit on all legal aspects of a sophisticated real estate practice.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide transactional support and advice in the structuring, negotiation and closing of mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, preferred equity, warehouse lines, loan-on-loan financings, and other types of financings, both as a lender and as a borrower.

  • Provide transactional support and advice in the structuring, negotiation and closing of acquisitions and dispositions of real properties.

  • Draft and negotiate contracts and documents related to real estate investments, such as loan commitments and joint venture agreements for stabilized and development properties.

  • Provide advice and counsel with respect to the acquisition, disposition, financing (both as lender and as a borrower) and asset management of a variety of asset types, including hotels.

  • Work with, guide and manage outside counsel representing the company on a wide range of debt and equity transactions, such as loan closings, sales and acquisitions, leasing matters and other loan, asset servicing matters and litigation.

  • Counsel business teams involved in all areas of commercial real estate transactional work, new product development, third-party real estate investment management and on insurance regulation and compliance matters impacting MetLife’s commercial real estate portfolio.

  • Provide advice and counsel to key business decision makers on the enforcement, restructuring and workout of delinquent or non-performing mortgage loans in accordance with applicable law and MetLife policy.

  • Advise business partners and manage outside counsel on bankruptcies, foreclosures and other enforcement proceedings and general litigation matters.

  • Prepare, initiate, advocate for, and effectively present legal points and recommendations to guide key decision makers and to represent business partners as legal counsel.

Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:


  • Requires a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.

  • Admitted to practice in California

  • 7+ years of relevant work experience with a law firm or in-house.

  • Proficient in negotiating, drafting, and closing complex loans, sales, and acquisitions.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with proven business acumen.

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously.

  • Able to work under limited supervision.

  • Competencies: Analytical thinking; problem solving; demonstrates technical and functional expertise; exercises sound judgment; builds, and works within, collaborative partnerships; and negotiation skills

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.

The wage range for applicants for this position is $153700 to $204900. This role is also eligible for annual short-term incentive compensation. MetLife offers a comprehensive benefits program, including healthcare benefits, life insurance, retirement benefits, parental leave, legal plan services and paid time off. All incentives and benefits are subject to the applicable plan terms.

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