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First Republic Bank – Real Estate & Facilities Counsel – ID #2019-7788

At First Republic, we care about our people. Founded in 1985, we offer extraordinary client service in private banking, private business banking and private wealth management. We believe that personal connections are everything and our success is driven by the relationships we form with our colleagues and clients. You’ll always feel empowered and valued here. 


Incredible teams doing exceptional work, every day

The Audit, Compliance and Legal & Risk group supports First Republic’s business objectives by systematically improving the effectiveness of its risk management, control and governance processes. We own and administer these processes while educating our colleagues to best support them. Our mission is to promote a culture of compliance and to be the best partner we can to our business stakeholders.


Against this backdrop and in response to the steady growth of its loan book and office facilities, FRB is looking to hire a seasoned Real Estate & Facilities Counsel to be based in San Francisco. S/he will join an existing legal team that supports all commercial, consumer and professional lending activity nationwide (with a particular emphasis on the Bank’s facilities and real estate lending), and will also provide legal assistance on other corporate matters such as contract negotiations, and the Bank's vendor management program.   It is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned practitioner (whether currently in-house or in private practice) to broaden her/his skill set in a dynamic, growth company. 


The successful candidate will act as a primary legal advisor on facilities matters throughout the U.S. as well as deals across all commercial real estate leasing activity.  S/he will work closely with the Bank’s head of facilities as well as client-facing Relationship Managers to assist with facilities and loan transactions from origination/LOI through closing and will also interact with other FRB San Francisco-based attorneys to assist on broader corporate legal matters, as appropriate. 


What you’ll do as the Real Estate & Facilities Counsel:

  • Providing legal advice, and counselling to Facilities and Relationship Managers on complex real estate transaction structuring, documentation, client negotiation, and evolving “industry vertical” lending products.
  • Drafting, negotiating, consulting and advising (both internally and externally) on documentation for all facilities matters (LOI and office/retail leases) as well as commercial real estate lending products in accordance with applicable Bank policies and procedures.
  • Act, as needed, as liaison between outside counsel and facilities/lending teams for transactions.
  • Assisting in the formulation, communication, and implementation of strategic business plans to help the Lending Services and Facilities Departments function more efficiently.
  • Advising the Lending Services and Facilities Departments on regulatory requirements affecting new product development.
  • Producing deliverables to support internal and external audits, regulatory examinations or any other periodic oversight review.
  • Performing other duties specific to Legal Department functions and/or supporting broader corporate needs as appropriate.
  • Adhering to and complying with all applicable, federal and state laws, regulations and guidance, including those related to Anti-Money Laundering (i.e., Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act, etc.); similarly, adhering to Bank policies and procedures.
  • Identifying and reporting potential suspicious activity to the BSA/AML Officer; knowing and verifying the identity of any customer(s) that enters into a relationship with the Bank. 


    What skills you will use:

  • Seven plus years of related legal experience in-house, at another leading bank or in private practice.
  • Strong experience in commercial real estate leasing and lending transactions.
  • Expertise analyzing, negotiating and drafting lease, corporate, financing, transactional and other legal documents.
  • An undergraduate degree and a JD from a top institution; licensed to practice law in California.
  • Other highly valuable experience includes:
    • Familiarity with private banking offerings, including deposit and credit products and trust services.
    • An understanding of banking laws and regulations – experience dealing with banking regulators (Fed, OCC and FDIC) and/or securities regulators (SEC and FINRA).
    • Experience overseeing/coordinating litigation and working with or across the table from top corporate law firm attorneys.
  • A relationship builder who can establish trust and credibility across the organization as well as with other key external constituents.
  • Highly collaborative and strategic; detail-oriented and hands-on in approach.
  • A strong communicator with excellent writing and speaking skills – charismatic and confident presentation style in interactions with top bankers, executive management and clients.
  • Highly enthusiastic.
  • Driven by excellence, quality of service and efficiency.
  • Able to handle both a wide range of matters and a high volume of matters with a focus on those areas presenting the greatest risk/reward to the Bank and where s/he can add the most value.
  • Independent and a self-starter. Not afraid to tackle new challenges and legal issues and make critical decisions.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial approach to the practice of law.
  • Great team player.
  • Willing to travel periodically to build and maintain relationships with the local bankers and assist with national facilities matters.
  • Acceptance of FRB’s values: Do the Right Thing – Provide Extraordinary Service – Respect the Team – Take Responsibility – Think Positively – Move Forward, Move Fast – Grow – Have Fun.


    Job Demands

  • Must be able to review and analyze data reports and manuals; must be computer proficient.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively via telephone and in person.


Are you a good fit?

Are you willing to take initiative and make decisions?  Are you willing to go the extra mile because you love what you do and how you can contribute as a team?   Do you want the freedom to grow and the opportunity to take charge of your own career?  If so, then come join us.   


Apply now

We want hard working team players. You’ll have the independence to learn, lead and drive change. A culture of extraordinary service, empowerment and stability—that’s the First Republic way. Come join us!  


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Please be advised that First Republic Bank will not ask you to provide personal information, including driver's licenses, social security numbers, and passports during the interview process. If you receive a request of this type, please report it to [email protected].


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