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Investment Counsel – Commercial Lending/Real Estate, Securian

Posted 2 years ago

**For more information on how to apply, please email Talent Sourcer Chris Bergstrom at or submit an application at**

Position Summary:

In this role, you will review, draft, negotiate and advise on various types of legal documents related to investment and loan transactions for the organization. You will represent the organization to internal analysts and production teams, as well as external business partners. You will identify, weigh and effectively communicate legal risks and business issues to appropriate parties, ultimately recommending and negotiating appropriate solutions.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Provide legal services to analysts and portfolio managers concerning new and amended investment transactions, with initial concentration in commercial mortgage lending. Prepare or review requested amendments, consents, and waivers with respect to existing mortgage loans and other investments, analyze proposed changes and recommend approval, rejection or modification to the business analysts and portfolio managers (concentration in commercial mortgage lending, mortgage servicing, workouts, foreclosure, etc.).
  • Hire and direct outside counsel, ensure that work meets Securian standards and ensure that legal fees charged are reasonable for the specific transaction.
  • Without the assistance of outside counsel, prepare, review, and negotiate all types of business agreements necessary for the operation of Securian Asset Management’s business including mortgage loan servicing agreements, investment advisory agreements, trust agreements, custodial agreements, and other business agreements.
  • Research applicable laws and regulations, review operational practices and develop, implement, monitor and review selected procedures necessary for Securian Asset Management to comply with federal securities and other applicable state laws.


  • Licensed attorney with a minimum of 3+ years of experience in commercial mortgage lending, drafting loan documents, commercial leasing (preferably office and retail leasing), real estate acquisition and sales transactions (e.g., purchase and sale agreements, development, property management agreements), easements, survey review and title issue resolution experience.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills to handle complex lending transactions.
  • Strong communication skills to explain transactions and risks to other associates, project a professional image, negotiate transactions and coordinate the closing of transactions with various parties.
  • Excellent organizational skills to prioritize and handle numerous and varied transactions concurrently.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply legal rules and regulations to business situations in a practical fashion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with workouts, foreclosure and/or deed in lieu of foreclosure transactions
  • Understanding of basic business principles concerning the selection of investments with initial emphasis on commercial mortgage loans. Knowledge of state and federal securities laws (investment advisor act and securities law act), corporate laws, uniform commercial code laws and bankruptcy law is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of corporate finance and accounting principles is a plus.
  • Exposure to private placement bonds, private equity/alternative investments is a plus but not required.

Securian Financial has been around for nearly 140 years. We’re committed to giving back to our community, donating 15,000 employee volunteer hours this past year. We also provide extensive resources to our employees for professional development and growth and a number of diverse professional and social opportunities throughout the company. There’s a reason our employees have voted us as a best place to work year after year! In addition:

  • Generous paid time off. We want you to take time off for whatever matters most to you!
  • Tuition reimbursement program. We value continuous learning at Securian!
  • Company-funded pension plan as well as 401K retirement plan – great resources to secure your financial future.
  • Continuous opportunities for new challenges.
  • Variety of health plan options as well as dental and vision plans.
  • Paid maternity/paternity leaves.

Physical job requirements:

  • Ability to utilize keyboard, mouse and computer for up to 8 hours per day.
  • Ability to work at least 40 hours per week.
  • Ability to utilize telephone for up to 8 hours per day.
  • Ability to perform grasping tasks throughout the entire work day (examples: handwriting, grasping of equipment/machines, paper manipulation, sorting, folding, handling stacks of paper).

The physical job requirements described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of jobs.

As a full-time associate, you will be eligible for the full range of Company benefits which include life insurance, medical and dental coverage, retirement plan, profit sharing plan, paid vacation and personal time, flexible spending accounts (use of pretax dollars for dependent care, dental and medical expenses not covered under your medical plan), etc.

Securian Financial Group, Inc. does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital or familial status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, veteran status, status in regard to public assistance, status in a local human rights commission, or any other status or condition protected by local, state or federal law. If you are a job seeker with a disability and require an accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, please contact us by telephone 651-665-5522 (voice), 711 (telecommunications relay), or by email at

**For more information on how to apply, please email Talent Sourcer Chris Bergstrom at or submit an application at**

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