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Counsel- Corporate Secretary Group at BNY Mellon

Posted on: 13 May 2019 61 views
: Counsel
: BNY Mellon
: Law Degree
: 3
: 7

Job Description

Principal Duties

The Lead Attorney for the Pittsburgh Corporate Secretary Group will be responsible for day to day oversight and supervision of the governance team in Pittsburgh.  This is a Pittsburgh-based position.


The attorney will oversee a team responsible for:


  • Handling of corporate secretary matters for Company entities, including:

  • Preparing board and board committee agendas and materials.

  • Drafting a variety of documents such as board and shareholder consents, minutes, etc.

  • Working with regulatory requirements in various jurisdictions.

  • Documentation management, monitoring and tracking

  • Processing the issuance of Powers of Attorneys, authorized signature delegations/lists, dual hatting letters and secretary certificates (delegation documents). 

  • Monitoring and tracking issuance of delegation documents including prompting and arranging termination or re-issuance.

  • Data Authentication

  • Process and verify all mandatory information required for legal entities to be entered into databases. 

  • Conduct analysis of the data elements in the existing data authentication process for appropriate good governance; identifying the gaps and working with the relevant teams to ensure closure of these gaps.

  • Maintain corporate documents such as certificates of incorporation, memorandum of association/by-laws.

  • Maintenance and updating of the relevant databases.

  • Reports

  • Provisions of reports, analysis and tracking of the above items to management.

  • Generate reports on legal entities from databases for regulatory reporting purposes.

  • Governance and Disclosure Matters

  • Provide assistance with Parent governance and disclosure projects.

  • Assistance with Parent Board logistical matters, including:

    • Preparing and distributing materials for board and committee meetings, including:

      • maintaining user access and settings for the electronic Board portal, and

      • reviewing and compiling board and committee materials via the electronic Board portal, including content and quality review and assessment.


  •  Contribute to the drafting and review of the Company’s proxy

  • Contribute to various departmental projects.



  • Previous corporate secretary experience a plus but not required.

  • Strong organizational and project management skills.

  • Keen attention to detail.

  • Takes ownership and is accountable; anticipates issues and works proactively to address them and willing to roll up sleeves for excellent execution.

  • Handles substantial and varied workload and timely situations effectively, balancing and assessing business priorities.

  • Handles highly confidential matters appropriately.

  • Previous financial services experience a plus but not required.



Advanced Legal Degree or local country equivalent degree usually required. Progression to this level usually requires licensure/certification by the local country or jurisdiction. In some jurisdictions, may not require licensure or certification for placement in the role; in others, licensure/certification is required. 3-7 years minimum of total work experience as a qualified attorney is preferred. Prior corporate legal experience within the financial services industry or experience in assigned practice area (e.g., securities, employment, etc.) with an outside law firm is preferred. 

BNY Mellon is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Minorities/Females/Individuals With Disabilities/Protected Veterans.

Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Internal Jobcode: 85115
Job: Legal
Organization: Legal Affairs-HR06241
Requisition Number: 1907129

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