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Assistant Counsel, Senior Legal Advisor

Requisition #: 72298

Practice Area: Business Support Services

Location: New York, NY

Known for being a great place to work and build a career, KPMG provides audit, tax and advisory services for organizations in today’s most important industries. Our growth is driven by delivering real results for our clients. It’s also enabled by our culture, which encourages individual development, embraces an inclusive environment, rewards innovative excellence and supports our communities. With qualities like those, it’s no wonder we’re consistently ranked among the best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine, Consulting Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Diversity Inc. and others. If you’re as passionate about your future as we are, join our team.

KPMG is currently seeking an Assistant General Counsel to join our KPMG International’s (KPMGI) team.


  • Negotiate, draft, review, interpret, amend and update a range of privacy and data protection documents, including organization-wide agreements, policies, privacy statements and templates
  • Analyze a broad range of privacy and data protection laws (GDPR, the Data Protection Act (UK) 2018, the US CLOUD Act, the California Consumer Privacy Act, the New York Privacy Act, the Hong Kong Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act and other relevant national laws and regulations) to determine how such laws and regulations impact our contracting templates, negotiating guidelines and risk profiles
  • Support KPMG colleagues in relation to drafting, reviewing, interpreting and negotiation of complex commercial provisions relating to data privacy and protection laws and regulations; support the drafting and negotiation of privacy provisions in our member firm arrangements
  • Maintain and track status of negotiations to keep stakeholders up to date
  • Train and educate on legal risks related to various contract related privacy and security requirements
  • Maintain, develop, implement and improve processes and procedures to drive consistency, compliance and efficient contracting


  • Minimum six years of experience (i) negotiating, drafting, interpreting and reviewing data privacy and security related documents and (ii) solid experience modifying templates to address changes to data privacy and information protection laws and regulations and how they impact commercial contracts
  • Juris Doctor degree (or equivalent if gained outside of the United States) and admitted to the New York Bar with current registration in good standing (preferred) or admitted to a state bar with an ability to register as in-house counsel with the New York Bar within a reasonable period after hire; one or more certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and/or International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium (or similar equivalent) preferred
  • Demonstrable technical legal skills in the areas of data privacy and information protection, with a focus on providing legal advice on a range of global privacy laws, regulatory guidance and enforcement actions (as they relate to commercial contracts)
  • Experience working as part of a legal team (either at a top tier law firm or at an equivalent position in-house) on complex cross-border commercial privacy and information security matters
  • Ability to advise on and drive forward the implementation of, template revisions with an international/cross-border dimension
  • Understands how to balance the needs, demands and requirements of a global business with legal risks and protections; must be self-motivated and able to thrive in a fast-paced, high-volume legal department with many different stakeholders worldwide; an ability to foster a collaborative and inclusive environment amongst other KPMG professionals; cultural sensitivity required to engage with people at all levels and with diverse backgrounds

KPMG LLP (the U.S. member firm of KPMG International) offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package. KPMG is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer. KPMG complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding recruitment and hiring. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. The attached link contains further information regarding the firm's compliance with federal, state and local recruitment and hiring laws. No phone calls or agencies please.

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