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New York, NY, US Armonk, NY, US Kansas City, MO, US

Legal Counsel, VP - Digital Transformation (Hybrid Work Model)

About Swiss Re


Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. We anticipate and manage a wide variety of risks, from natural catastrophes and climate change to cybercrime. Combining experience with creative thinking and cutting-edge expertise, we create new opportunities and solutions for our clients. This is possible thanks to the collaboration of more than 14,000 employees across the world.

Our success depends on our ability to build an inclusive culture encouraging fresh perspectives and innovative thinking. We embrace a workplace where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive and develop professionally regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, skillset, thought or other characteristics. In our inclusive and flexible environment everyone can bring their authentic selves to work.



About the Team


Swiss Re's Corporate Solutions NA ("Corporate Solutions") legal team consists of eight lawyers, primarily located in Kansas City, Missouri, who provide business enabling, corporate secretary and governance, and legal entity advice across North America.


Corporate Solutions NA insurance carriers write (re)insurance in Property & Casualty, Accident & Health, and Credit & Surety lines of business. Corporate Solutions specializes in creating risk transfer solutions in the form of traditional insurance policies and large bespoke structured transactions.


About the Role


The Legal Counsel will serve as a NA legal expert and advisor primarily supporting Corporate Solutions' digital transformation global initiatives, directly reporting to the Head Corporate Solutions Legal North America. The Legal Counsel's primary function is to enable business growth while protecting Corporate Solutions and the Swiss Re group from legal, regulatory, and reputational risk.


The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about the business and/or regulation of insurance in the United States, with a strong transactional skillset (e.g. contract drafting, revising, and negotiation). Interest in the digital transformation of (re)insurance is a plus.


This position can be based in New York, NY; Armonk, NY; or Kansas City, MO. 


Business partnering/business legal support:

  • Act as a trusted legal advisor to Corporate Solutions' business seeking to transact insurance business via digital platforms and services
  • Provide legal advice designed to enable and support digital transactions in compliance with applicable state insurance law and regulations
  • Advise on 50-state insurance regulatory issues whether the business is transacted digitally or traditionally
  • Identify, analyze, and research legal issues and provide advice and solutions
  • Experience in technology law issues such as software and application licensing, cybersecurity and data privacy, cloud, SaaS, access & use, and intellectual property, is preferable, but not required.
  • Assist with creation and maintenance of templates under US law
  • Support business transactions by reviewing, revising, and negotiating agreements and advising the business on legal risks throughout life of each deal


Coordination and collaboration with other stakeholders:

  • Partner and collaborate with various regional and global functional teams (other Legal teams, Compliance, Risk Management, Finance, Operations, Internal Audit, and Contracts and Wordings, Group Functions) within the company to ensure holistic assessment and mitigation of risks relating to a digital (re)insurance transactions
  • Coordinate with lawyers and compliance officers assigned to other teams within Swiss Re's Legal & Compliance Division on significant matters that affect the Group's reputation, regulatory relationships or operations


About You

  • Admitted to practice law in the United States; if not admitted to the bar of the state where position is located, i.e. New York or Missouri, must qualify for an in-house counsel limited license in that state
  • Minimum of 5 years legal experience in a well-respected law firm, insurance carrier, insurance broker or insurtech firm; more experience is a plus
  • Significant experience in advising about insurance regulatory matters (please note that insurance defense counsel experience with no other regulatory experience does not meet this requirement)
  • Languages: Business English fluency required; other languages a plus
  • Knowledge of direct and excess domestic and international insurance, including understanding of distribution networks, broker and MGA relationships, and other insurance vehicles, is preferred
  • Experience with key compliance risks, including data protection, international trade controls, anti-money laundering, antitrust and competition, and market conduct
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Must identify, research and analyze difficult issues in ambiguous circumstances
  • Proven ability to meet competing deadlines and work in a demanding, fast-paced environment with stakeholders across the globe
  • Preferably, an experienced negotiator
  • Strong ability to build trust relationships with client groups and key stakeholders
  • Excellent writer and editor of written documents
  • High personal integrity, with ability to apply highest ethical standards and maintain independence as a lawyer
  • Strong presentation skills, with Word and Power Point proficiency
  • Ability to travel, with travel unlikely to exceed 15%



Swiss Re is an equal opportunity employer. It is our practice to recruit, hire and promote without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, pregnancy, sexual orientations, marital status, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Decisions on employment are solely based on an individual's qualifications for the position being filled.

During the recruitment process, reasonable accommodations for disabilities are available upon request. If contacted for an interview, please inform the Recruiter/HR Professional of the accommodation needed.


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the world, it is our responsibility to help keep our employees, customers, partners and communities healthy and safe.  SwissRe will require all candidates interviewing in person in Canada to provide evidence of vaccination when arriving at our offices. 


Reference Code: 112481 


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