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Senior Counsel Dir – Private Equity

    • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Asset Management
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Provide a range of legal expertise as part of the investments legal team, which works with business groups that focus primarily on Private Equity, Real Estate Equity, Private Debt, Private High Yield Credit, venture capital, acquisitions, securitization, derivatives, and other transactions. This position will also research, advise on, and prepare documentation related to regulatory and compliance matters. In addition, this position will provide a range of other legal research and analysis regarding one or more areas of law such as corporate, insurance, tax, securities, broker-dealer, investment company and investment advisory law. Provide well-reasoned, concise counsel on legal risks associated with current, proposed or anticipated business activities, balancing business-oriented goals with legal risk. Develop and recommend company policy on a variety of legal and regulatory issues. Address other strategic issues as assigned in a varied, fast-paced environment.

*This is an in-office role, must be local to Minneapolis, MN or willing to relocate.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:   

  • Provide legal support and practical advice related to Thrivent’s General Account investments, primarily private equity investments (equity and mezzanine co-investments and fund investments), but also private debt, private high yield credit, and similar asset classes. 

  • Manage various aspects of transactions, including reviewing and negotiating documentation (such as subscription agreements, side letters, fund agreements, note purchase agreements, etc.), closings, amendments and waivers, restructurings and workouts, corporate actions, and similar. 

  • Engage and oversee outside counsel; serve as liaison between outside counsel and the business teams. 

  • Work independently on significant and time-sensitive matters.  Communicate with and counsel all levels of the company. 

  • Build and maintain collaborative internal and external working relationships with in-house colleagues, outside experts and various teams of investment professionals, including by providing timely, thoughtful recommendations that account for both the legal and the business necessities of a given transaction. 

  • Communicate effectively with company personnel to ensure they are aware of and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Provide education and training as necessary. Able to articulate complex concepts in an easily understandable manner.  

  • Anticipate and guard against new or developing legal risks facing the company. Provide proactive advice, guidance and strategy regarding legal matters as assigned.  

  • Maintain external industry relationships and continued development of expertise in this practice area.  

  • Model Thrivent’s leadership competencies – courage, collaboration, and commitment by demonstrating resiliency, working together to make the best decisions, and holding yourself and others accountable.  ​ 

Qualifications and Skills:   


  • Juris Doctorate, member of the bar. Licensed to practice in any U.S. jurisdiction (however, if hired, required to waive in to or pass the Minnesota Bar). 

  • 7+ years of relevant, high-quality legal experience. 

  • Ideal candidate will have worked in a law firm environment and worked on matters related to private investments, particularly representing sponsors in the formation of funds or other clients in private equity-related matters. Experience with equity co-investments and private equity fund investments from an investor’s perspective is a plus. 

  • Substantive knowledge of and experience working in one or more of the following: private equity, mergers & acquisitions, corporate transactional, capital markets, venture capital, investment funds, derivatives, securities laws related to investments, bankruptcy and restructuring, private placements. 

  • Demonstrated deep subject matter expertise in one or more relevant areas of regulation and law. 

  • Willingness to learn new subject matters and collaborate with legal and business teams in this quick-moving, often-evolving work. 

  • Financial regulatory experience (insurance &/or securities preferred). 



  • Ability to analyze complex legal issues. Ability to develop creative business solutions that enable all parties to achieve their business goals.  

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently but collaboratively with other attorneys and internal business partners across multiple business lines.

  • Ability to influence and engage others – work effectively with and earn confidence of senior attorneys and senior management.  

  • Ability to learn, master and teach new issues to business leaders and colleagues. 

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. 

Thrivent provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship status, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable local, state, or federal law. This policy applies to all employees and job applicants.

Thrivent is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please let us know by sending an email to  or call 800-847-4836 and request Human Resources.


Senior Counsel Dir – Private Equity


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