CIM | Community Investment Management

Transaction Counsel

New York or San Francisco

Community Investment Management (CIM) is looking for a legal professional with structured finance experience to join our U.S. and EM investment team as in-house transaction counsel. CIM is an institutional impact investment manager that provides strategic debt funding to scale and demonstrate responsible innovation in lending to underserved borrowers. Our work aims to advance financial inclusion by partnering with select tech-enabled lending partners, improve financial health and drive widespread adoption of such fintech innovation by the financial mainstream.

Position Summary

The Transaction Counsel will join our investment team and report to our General Counsel. Ideally based in either New York or San Francisco, the position will focus on managing CIM’s structured credit transactions with fintech companies in the U.S. and emerging markets, working closely with CIM’s investment deal leads and external transaction counsels. Prior experience negotiating and structuring asset-backed lending facilities is critical to this position, with prior work in both U.S. and cross-border transactions required. As the role involves global coverage, it will require flexibility to participate in calls during business hours in the various markets where transactions are ongoing and may include occasional travel to markets such as Mexico, India, Singapore, and other target countries. A passion for impact at scale, strong attention to detail, analytical skills, and comfort with a high degree of autonomy in a collaborative, small but global organization are essential for success in this role.

Transaction Counsel is a new position at CIM. CIM’s General Counsel is currently responsible for managing all transactional work for our U.S. and emerging market strategies. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to share these responsibilities by managing multiple transactions with a high degree of autonomy; establishing an excellent rapport with the firm’s investment team, General Counsel and external counsel; and efficiently executing and closing transactions.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Overseeing external transaction counsel in the U.S. and local counsel in emerging markets.
  • Proactively explore and implement various structuring solutions that fit local market and product needs.
  • Preparing, reviewing, and negotiating documentation relating to formation, financing and monitoring of CIM credit facilities.
  • Preparing, reviewing, and negotiating documentation relating to structured finance transactions, including term sheets and credit facilities.
  • Advising investment professionals on transaction terms and deal structuring issues, as well as identifying and assessing risks in transaction terms.
  • Report to CIM’s General Counsel, as well as Compliance, Risk, Accounting and Tax professionals on issues relating to CIM’s credit facilities and financing arrangements.
  • Amplify CIM’s brand, presence, and influence in target markets by deepening our networks and curating high impact events/workshops, etc.
The ideal candidate:
  • Passionate about financial inclusion, relentlessly inquisitive about identifying emerging fintech trends, and constructively obsessed about assessing the best emerging teams and companies.
  • J.D. or LL.M. required and admission to the NY or CA Bar preferred.
  • At least 5-10 years of experience working as a structured finance/CLO attorney with a law firm and/or another asset manager is required.
  • Expertise in finance and lending transactions is required.
  • Working knowledge of structured finance investments is required.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills, excellent analytical, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Willingness to learn new areas of the law is required.
  • Proven record of managing multiple projects while meeting deadlines is required.
  • Comfortable communicating clearly and effectively in team discussions and sharing own opinion.
  • Excited to work in a small, fluid, ambitious, and highly collaborative global team with a high degree of autonomy, self-motivation, and discipline.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, collaborative mindset, self-starter, and an exceptional work ethic.
  • Experience working in emerging markets a plus, as is fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, French or other languages.

This role will be based in our New York City or San Francisco office, though we offer a fair degree of flexibility regarding remote work.

If you are interested in learning more about the role or applying, please send your resume and an email cover letter to

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Our Values

At Community Investment Management, we are committed to maintaining an environment that fosters personal and collaborative working relationships. Our people:

  1. Appreciate every voice and cultivate constructive dissidence
    We believe seeing things differently is a key strength
  2. Encourage each other to take chances
    We believe that people produce their best ideas when they feel comfortable putting themselves out there
  3. Stay humble and intellectually curious
    We believe that remembering that we all are deeply flawed enables a learning mindset which empowers us to discover new solutions and grow
  4. Seek alignment
    We believe that we are best set up for success when we share the same goals with our partners
  5. Find a better way
    We believe that we can figure out any problem with enough persistence and creativity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly aligned with our core values. We know that a diverse workforce allows us to see problems in more nuanced ways, building the thought leadership needed to have outsized positive impact on the world. We actively recruit, develop, and retain people from a diverse candidate pool. We strongly encourage women, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. CIM is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and equal opportunity for all applicants, as well as employees. All applicants for positions at CIM will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, veteran status, citizenship status, genetic information, or any other protected status. Qualified applicants with prior criminal records will be considered for employment consistent with federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.