Senior Legal Counsel
Standard Chartered
Hong Kong, Hong Kong,

About Standard Chartered

We are a leading international bank focused on helping people and companies prosper across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

To us, good performance is about much more than turning a profit. It's about showing how you embody our valued behaviours - do the right thing, better together and never settle - as well as our brand promise, Here for good.

We're committed to promoting equality in the workplace and creating an inclusive and flexible culture - one where everyone can realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to our organisation.

This in turn helps us to provide better support to our broad client base. The Role Responsibilities

  • Assist in developing policies and standards for the terms on which business is conducted and for processes required to manage legal risk arising in the course of business.
  • Assist in developing standard form documentation for products that are offered in more than one jurisdiction, and review standard-form documentation periodically and propose changes to ensure that it remains appropriate in the light of legal, regulatory and market developments.
  • Assist in the review of legal opinions covering due capacity and enforceability.
  • Provide guidance to documentation units on acceptable amendments to approved standard form documentation and review and approve any non-standard documents or material departures from approved standard form documentation in particular cases.
  • Work with product specialists and relationship / sales staff, and external counsel, where applicable, to structure and document one-off transactions.
  • Where appropriate, and after consultation with the relevant relationship officer, communicate directly with counterparties to negotiate, or explain, contractual documents.
  • Assist in controlling the selection and appointment of external counsel in relation to product management and transactions.
  • Approve each appointment of external counsel and monitor the performance and cost of external counsel.

  • Provide legal advice, briefings, recommendations and reports on material legal risks and issues to business, country and functional stakeholders.
  • Handle all legal matters relating to the CIB business in HK, including commercial banking activities, dispute resolution / litigation and employment issues.
  • Work with Country Head of Legal, ensure appropriate in-country team resources, skills and capabilities to support business growth and address all legal risks.
  • Contributions to :

  • The financial security of the business
  • The good reputation of the Bank
  • Management of risk
  • Protection and enforceability of the Bank’s reputation and the Bank’s ability to meet legal and regulatory obligations
  • Internal :

  • Legal and Compliance network
  • CIB / CB product specialists, sales staff and relationship managers
  • Documentation units
  • GSAM personnel
  • CIB / CB management
  • Credit officers
  • Internal Audit
  • External :

  • External auditors
  • Regulators
  • Legal officers in peer financial institutions
  • Our Ideal Candidate

  • Educational background to degree level
  • Qualified Lawyer
  • Experience in general commercial banking, including lending, trade finance and cash management
  • Understanding of the key features of relevant laws and regulations in the regions where relevant business is conducted (useful)
  • Strong analytical and innovative legal skills
  • Good judgment
  • Personal authority and integrity
  • Independence and resilience
  • An inquisitive approach to practices, procedures and specific transactions
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