Legal Counsel - Real Estate

  • Sun Life Financial
  • Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Jan 12, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel Solicitor

Job Description

You are as unique as your background, experience and point of view. Here, you’ll be encouraged, empowered and challenged to be your best self. You'll work with dynamic colleagues - experts in their fields - who are eager to share their knowledge with you. Your leaders will inspire and help you reach your potential and soar to new heights. Every day, you'll have new and exciting opportunities to make life brighter for our Clients - who are at the heart of everything we do. Discover how you can make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities around the world.



Job Description:

Sun Life Financial (TSX: SLF) is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate clients.  Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the UK and Asia.


We are looking for a real estate investment lawyer with business acumen and a relentless focus on the client experience to join the dynamic legal team that supports SLC Management, Sun Life’s institutional asset management business.


SLC Management’s expertise is in providing fixed income, alternative and liability-driven investment solutions for institutional clients (including pension plans, corporate accounts, insurance companies, foundations and other organizations). SLC Management currently manages over $300 billion in assets for Sun Life and third party clients.


The successful candidate will be resilient, self-confident and assertive. They will be required to provide proactive, timely and strategic legal support to the real estate, commercial mortgage lending and corporate leasing teams at SLC Management. This will involve both providing legal advice on the structuring of transactions, and supervising the work of external counsel in implementing such transactions. The ability to collaborate with multiple client groups and internal partners and lead complex projects will be important skillsets.


This is a rare opportunity to join a growing global asset management business that offers sophisticated real estate legal work alongside a company-wide focus on talent development.




The ideal candidate will be:

  • a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario with a minimum of 4 years of real estate investment and commercial mortgage lending experience
  • enthusiastic about leveraging data and technology to provide legal solutions to our business partners and inform business strategy
  • able to engage and influence others with confidence, candour and openness
  • familiar with applicable real estate investment, industry and regulatory trends
  • able to distill complex problems and apply creative thinking to provide innovative solutions and manage risk
  • skilled at simplifying complex legal concepts and writing and speaking clearly
  • able to take a risk-based approach to the prioritization of work; and
  • able to connect and build relationships across multiple areas of the business.


The Base Pay range is for the primary location for which the job is posted.  It may vary depending on the work location of the successful candidate or other factors.  In addition to Base Pay, eligible Sun Life employees participate in various incentive plans, payment under which is discretionary and subject to individual and company performance.  Certain sales focused roles have sales incentive plans based on individual or group sales results. 


Diversity and inclusion have always been at the core of our values at Sun Life. A diverse workforce with wide perspectives and creative ideas benefits our clients, the communities where we operate and all of us as colleagues. We welcome applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds.


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We thank all applicants for showing an interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Salary Range:

102,500/102 500 - 169,200/169 200


Job Category:


Practice Area(s)

real estate law