Legal Counsel (mergers & Acquisitions)

April 13 2022
Industries Bank, Insurance, Financial services
Categories In-house, Industry, Contract administrator, Legal, Paralegal
Toronto, ON


100 King Street West

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Provides experienced legal advice and support for BMO Financial Group’s strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and strategic alliances. A member of the BMO Wealth Management Legal team, this role will work with legal teams supporting all of BMO Financial Group’s businesses. Provides legal advice and support based on knowledge of M&A best practices, legal principles and the financial services industry. Influences and negotiates to achieve business objectives. Works to achieve organizational goals while minimizing legal risk.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Provides legal advice and support for strategic transactions based on knowledge of M&A best practices, legal principles and the financial services industry.

  • Leads and/or supports legal due diligence, transaction structuring, contract negotiation, closing preparations and post-closing matters.

  • Collaborates with other members of BMO’s Legal & Regulatory Compliance Group.

  • Manages external counsel.

  • Acts as a subject matter expert on strategic transactions, including monitoring legal, regulatory and market developments and supporting our knowledge management.

  • Resolves routine issues and/or escalates with appropriate analysis and/or recommendations.

  • Identifies legal risks and implements appropriate actions to mitigate them.

  • Builds effective relationships with internal/ external stakeholders.

  • Geographic scope: up to global.

  • Exercises judgment to identify, diagnose, and solve problems.

  • Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed.


  • Up to 6+ years of legal practice or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Degree in law (LLB or JD) and license to practice law in relevant jurisdiction.

  • Private practice or in-house experience in strategic transactions.

  • Deep knowledge of strategic transaction deal management and negotiation.

  • Knowledge of business and regulatory environment in which BMO Financial Group operates.

  • Proficient legal skills and knowledge, including in the areas of strategic transactions, corporate law and securities law

  • Process management – in depth.

  • Negotiation skills - in depth.

  • Verbal & written communication skills - In-depth.

  • Collaboration & team skills - In-depth.

  • Analytical and problem solving skills - In-depth.

  • Influence skills - In-depth.

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At BMO we are driven by a shared Purpose: Boldly Grow the Good in business and life. It calls on us to create lasting, positive change for our customers, our communities and our people. By working together, innovating and pushing boundaries, we transform lives and businesses, and power economic growth around the world.

As a member of the BMO team you are valued, respected and heard, and you have more ways to grow and make an impact. We strive to help you make an impact from day one – for yourself and our customers. We’ll support you with the tools and resources you need to reach new milestones, as you help our customers reach theirs. From in-depth training and coaching, to manager support and network-building opportunities, we’ll help you gain valuable experience, and broaden your skillset.

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BMO is committed to an inclusive, equitable and accessible workplace. By learning from each other’s differences, we gain strength through our people and our perspectives. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. To request accommodation, please contact your recruiter.

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