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Paralegal – Art Finance
Paralegal - Art Finance
Post Date: 04 May 2022


The Company

Christie’s, the world’s largest Art Business, is an incredibly exciting & enriching place to start or continue your career. Whether you work within one of our Specialist Art Departments or in our more Operational focused teams, we are all working together with one common goal in mind: to continue the success of this 250 year old company, steeped in history, bringing constant innovation whilst not forgetting our age old values; Passionate Expertise, Exceptional Client Service, Teamwork, Integrity, Business Judgement & Innovation. Colleagues across all departments are truly passionate about what they do and it is constantly inspiring to work with industry leaders across all segments of the business.    

The Role

The primary function of this role is to assist the Christie’s Art Finance team with managing a diversified, high volume, domestic and international loan portfolio.  This role will also be responsible for basic contract drafting, research tasks, and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings. The Paralegal must have excellent communication and organizational skills, be a self-starter, take initiative and have the ability and desire to interact with Christie’s clients and outside counsel. This role works closely with the Legal, Operations, Finance, and the Specialist Art Departments to ensure the efficient execution of all loans and expedient client service in this exciting and growing area of the business. The Christie’s Art Finance Paralegal will be based in New York.

Specific duties & responsibilities will include but are not limited to

  • Prepare and revise initial loan documentation, working closely with Legal, Operations, Finance, and Specialist Art Departments
  • Respond to basic loan documentation questions and amendment requests
  • Support the Art Finance team’s day-to-day operational needs, including maintaining transaction folders and coordinating the execution of transaction documents
  • Manage numerous deadlines by prioritizing tasks and delegating as necessary
  • Perform research using various research tools, including the Internet, Westlaw, SEC/EDGAR and other media and financial services sites
  • Organize basic client due diligence materials, including with respect to “know your client” processes and anti-money laundering monitoring and screening programs
  • Assist with UCC filings and comparable international registration systems’ filings, including UCC-1 financing statements, amendments, continuations, and terminations
  • Organize and maintain global contract templates database
  • Process and track legal invoices and manage e-billing systems (such as Legal Tracker)
  • Perform administrative tasks (travel, expenses, calendars) where needed
  • Assist members of the Art Finance team and Legal Department on various projects as needed

The Candidate

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or equivalent work experience.
  • 2+ years paralegal or legal assistant experience with top tier law firm or in-house legal department, ideally with experience in commercial lending
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including basic contract drafting skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and strong follow-up skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively across multiple groups and sites
  • Excellent client service and interpersonal skills
  • A passion for the art world, and knowledge or interest in learning auction process
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and Outlook

The Benefits

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision care plans for employees and dependents (On average, Christie’s pays 80% of total premiums)
  • 401(k) Savings Plan – Christie’s provides a matching contribution up to 5% (subject to IRS limits)
  • Life Insurance – 3x base salary up to $400k (100% paid by Christie’s)
  • Disability Insurance (100% paid by Christie’s)
  • Generous time-off and leave policies; including 100% Paid Family Leave up to 16 weeks.
  • Fitness Reimbursement Program: reimbursement of eligible fitness fees and memberships up to $600 per year
  • Annual Discretionary Performance Bonus Plan
  • Commuter Benefits – Pre-tax money towards your daily commute with a Christie’s contribution of $21 per month
  • Back Up Child & Elder Care –  up to 10 days of back-up Child or Elder Care through Bright Horizons
  • CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Day- Each employee receives one paid day per year to dedicate their time to a charity of their choice.
  • Perks and Discounts through Zo and Plum Benefits 


New York, USA

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