Legal - APAC Markets Legal Team, Executive Director
J.P. Morgan
Hong Kong

Organization Description

Our professionals in our Corporate Functions cover a diverse range of areas from finance and risk to human resources and marketing.

Our corporate teams are an essential part of our company, ensuring that we’re setting our businesses, clients, customers and employees up for success.

With large, global operations, the Legal team tackles complex issues and helps shape the regulations that affect the businesses.

The group is organized into practice groups that align with the lines of business and corporate staff areas, which encourages collaboration on legal, regulatory and business developments as they arise.

Employer Description

J.P. Morgan is a global leader in financial services, providing strategic advice and products to the world’s most prominent corporations, governments, wealthy individuals and institutional investors.

Our first-class business in a first-class way approach to serving clients drives everything we do. We strive to build trusted, long-term partnerships to help our clients achieve their business objectives.

We recognize that our people are our strength and the diverse talents they bring to our global workforce are directly linked to our success.

We are an equal opportunity employer and place a high value on diversity and inclusion at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law.

In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants’ and employees’ religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.

Role Description :

The APAC Markets Legal team is seeking a lawyer to support the APAC Markets business, with a primary focus on transactional work within the Prime Brokerage (both cash and synthetic) and Cash Equities (including DMA and e-trading) businesses across APAC.

The role requires the lawyer to provide comprehensive legal coverage for the various sales and trading teams within these businesses.

The lawyer is required to work closely with the business, control partners and the Legal team on all aspects of a broad spectrum of the businesses (mainly on negotiation of both cash and synthetic prime brokerage documentation, advising on platform’ type issues such as the custody arrangements, risk management of hedges, reviewing both proprietary and client algorithmic transactions and others), including engaging in initial business discussions, advising on legal and regulatory issues, drafting, reviewing and negotiating template and bespoke documentation and engaging and supervising external counsel where required.

This role requires the lawyer to be able to proactively identify issues related to the business and particular transactions, provide commercially pragmatic advice to the business and work well both within the Markets Legal team and with other functions such as Compliance, Credit, Risk, Operations, Finance and Tax.

The lawyer will likely manage a team of multiple Prime Brokerage and Cash lawyers, and therefore is required to be a strong leader with substantial managerial experience.

The successful candidate will also be required to keep abreast of the key regulatory agenda of the US, EMEA and APAC having an impact on JPMorgan businesses in APAC and advise on potential effect of any regulatory changes in conjunction with global, regional and in-country teams.

This will entail developing and leading trainings and workshops for the front office and other internal stakeholders as well as producing technical updates and alerts.

Candidate Qualifications

  • A qualified lawyer from a common law jurisdiction with approximately 6 10+ years PQE and relevant experience gained at an international law firm and / or a leading financial institution
  • Excellent drafting, negotiation and legal analytical skills with strong attention to detail
  • Strong commercial focus with a solution-driven approach, and the ability to apply and analyse the implications of regulatory changes to a business environment
  • Strong experience in managing a team of lawyers
  • Exemplary business partnership skills, with the ability to lead the business and set a clear direction in relation to managing regulatory change
  • Outstanding technical legal and communication skills, including the ability to present clear and concise legal advice to the highest standard, and conduct trainings / workshops
  • Ability to proactively manage competing priorities, project-manage and co-ordinate large projects, in a dynamic global environment.
  • Ability to apply technical product knowledge and experience to complex and innovative transactions and products
  • Team player, confident and self-motivating with strong interpersonal skills
  • Qualifications : All candidates for roles in the Legal department must successfully complete a conflicts of interest clearance review prior to commencement of employment.

  • Qualifications : JD or educational equivalent required. Attorney candidates must be in compliance with all relevant licensing requirements including the requirements of the jurisdiction where the role will be located prior to commencement of employment.


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