Managing Director, Head of Legal, North Asia
Hong Kong, , HK

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Job Description :

The Head of Legal role for North Asia is to be based in Hong Kong and the you will be employed by BlackRock Asset Management North Asia Limited.

It will be responsible for leading and managing legal issues for our business in this region (Hong Kong, China, Korea and Taiwan), and will involve leading a dynamic team of 13 lawyers.

You will report to the General Counsel for Asia Pacific, Graham Turl, and interact regularly with the global legal and compliance teams

The position will encompass the following key responsibilities :

  • As a Senior Counsel, you will provide advice to business partners on, and supervise lawyers working on, the legal and regulatory aspects of the different parts of BLK’s business in North Asia, including product fund launches, exchange traded funds, marketing advice, and other regulatory advice
  • Liaise with regulators, stock exchanges and industry groups to lobby for BLK’s initiatives and respond to consultation papers
  • Run and lead the legal and regulatory issues associated with BLK’s expansion into new markets, particularly China
  • Lead the review, drafting and negotiation of agreements in support of BLK’s business operations (e.g. constitutive fund documentation, investment management agreements, derivative documentation, distribution agreements, trademark and other intellectual property licenses and brokerage service agreements, amalgamation / M&A documents etc.)
  • Provide supervision on the drafting of legal documentation and handle regulatory processes for fund establishment / amendment
  • As an experienced Legal Counsel, advise and support other control functions, including Compliance and Internal Audit
  • Provide senior level legal advice and support with respect to the governance and control framework to ensure compliance with all regulatory and statutory obligations
  • Support and advise the Boards and Directors of the BLK investment management companies as appropriate
  • Partner with senior compliance staff to ensure that the business understands and acts in compliance with laws and regulations
  • Work closely with senior offshore Legal & Compliance colleagues to ensure consistency of advice and practices
  • Effective engagement and management of external counsel, including cost management
  • Skills and Experience Desired

  • 15-20 years’ post qualification legal experience in investment management
  • Self-starter with ability to manage a team of lawyers
  • In-house experience preferred
  • Written and spoken Chinese (particularly Mandarin)
  • Strong research, analytical and project management skills with the ability to identify issues and to articulate appropriate solutions
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively influence and persuade
  • An ability to operate effectively and constructively in a demanding and fluid working environment handling multiple tasks
  • BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.

    BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.

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