Assistant Counsel

MFS Investments Boston , MA 02298

Posted 2 weeks ago

Whether you're an investment professional, an expert in sales or a technology specialist, you'll find a culture at MFS that supports you in doing what you do best. Our employees work together to reach better outcomes, always favoring the strongest idea over the strongest individual. We put people first and show care and compassion for our community and each other. Because what we do matters to us as valued professionals and to the millions of people and institutions who rely on us to help them build more secure and prosperous futures.

Job Description

Using discretion and judgment, the Assistant Counsel provides technical legal services to MFS, its subsidiary companies and its fund complexes.


  • Provides legal advice and support relating to the MFS-sponsored mutual funds, including both the MFS' U.S. 1940 Act registered mutual funds and MFS' Luxembourg-based mutual funds.

  • Assists in the research, preparation and/or review of a variety of legal documentation, board materials and regulatory filings (including reviewing the Funds' registration statements and financial reports), and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, local or multi-jurisdictional laws.

  • Assists in the review and interpretation of statutes, rules and policies which are relevant to the regulatory functions of MFS, its corporate subsidiaries and its fund complexes, and work with clients to meet their business objectives within the regulatory environment.

  • Assists in the negotiation of contracts or deals that MFS and/or its subsidiary companies and/or fund complexes may enter into with institutional clients as well as third party vendors, such as broker/dealers, custodians, auditors and other service organizations.

  • Assists in providing legal advice to business clients for special projects, such as new funds, new classes, reorganizations and other product initiatives, such as changes to the name or investment strategies of existing funds. Assists in the preparation of materials for the meetings of the various Boards of MFS, its subsidiary and/or its fund complexes as well as related shareholder meetings. These materials include agendas, minutes of the meetings, etc.

  • Works with outside counsel on a variety of legal matters ensuring that standards for service delivery and cost are met.

  • Assumes additional responsibilities as required.


  • Bachelor's degree and Juris Doctorate degree are required.

  • Must be a member in good standing of the Bar (or be admitted to the Bar within 9 months of the date of hire) and maintain good standing for all necessary license(s) and/or professional qualifications.

  • Excellent organization, presentation and communication (both written and verbal) skills are required.

  • Expected to develop a working knowledge of investment management operations and advisory functions and experience supporting registered investment companies (e.g., 1940 Act funds or UCITS).

  • Excellent interpersonal, customer-service, team-working and problem-solving skills. Must be able to write effectively, and present research, analysis and conclusions in a persuasive manner. Must be polished, professional, mature, well-mannered and well-spoken.

  • Availability to work outside of normal, local business hours in conference calls with other MFS offices is required.

  • Periodic travel, domestic and international, is possible.

If any applicant is unable to complete an application or respond to a job opening because of a disability, please contact MFS at 617-954-5000 or email for assistance.

MFS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws. Employees and applicants of MFS will not be subject to harassment on the basis of their status. Additionally, retaliation, including intimidation, threats, or coercion, because an employee or applicant has objected to discrimination, engaged or may engage in filing a complaint, assisted in a review, investigation, or hearing or have otherwise sought to obtain their legal rights under any Federal, State, or local EEO law is prohibited. "Click here to view the 'EEO is the Law' poster and supplement."

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