Vice President, Assistant General Counsel (Equities Derivatives)
Bank of America
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Job Description :

About Bank of America Merrill Lynch :

Our purpose as a firm is to make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. Across the world, we partner with leading corporate and institutional investors through our offices in more than 40 countries.

In the U.S alone, we serve almost all Fortune 500 companies and approximately 59 million consumers and small-business customers.

We provide a full suite of financial products and services, from banking and investments to asset and risk management. We cover a broad range of asset classes, making us a global leader in corporate and investment banking, sales and trading.

Connecting Asia Pacific to the World

Our Asia Pacific team is spread across 23 offices in 12 markets. We are focused on connecting Asia to the world and the world to Asia, using our global expertise to ensure success is shared between us, our clients and our communities.

Our regional footprint covers 12 currencies, more than a dozen languages and five time zones, placing us firmly among the region’s leading financial services companies.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining top diverse talent from across the globe.

Our diversity and inclusion mission is to actively promote an inclusive work environment where all employees have the opportunity to achieve personal success and contribute to the growth of our business.

Each of our global Employee Networks bring together employees, create dialogue and awareness in support of our Diversity and Inclusion mission.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is an equal opportunities employer.

Position Description

The Attorney is a member of the Asia Pacific Legal Department. The role will involve providing legal analysis and advice to the Equities business (and various support functions) in the Asia Pacific region in relation to the broad spectrum of products and documents covered by the team, including OTC equity derivatives / swaps, stock lending, prime brokerage, and custody.

The role is located in Hong Kong.

Key Responsibilities

  • Legal analysis and advice in relation to the following product areas : OTC equity derivatives / swapssecurities lendingprime brokeragecustody and client asset / money regulations
  • Negotiating documentation relating to our OTC equity derivatives, securities lending and custody platforms
  • Advising and guiding our OTC derivatives / swap and Prime Brokerage documentation teams and negotiators
  • Developing and managing templates for jurisdictional-specific terms for market access products (eg India ODIs, China QFII, Taiwan FINI-related terms), and securities lending documents (eg Korea and Taiwan annexes to GMSLA)
  • Representing Bank of America on relevant industry working groups
  • Reviewing and remediating existing documents and templates in connection with regulatory reform projects
  • Engaging and managing external counsel in various jurisdictions to obtain quality advice concerning a range of issues
  • Fielding enquiries arising from various equities sales & trading desks
  • Working with other members of the Equities Legal team and other legal teams in Asia / Globally
  • Assisting with broader Legal department projects as required
  • Working with compliance, operations and other departments to keep the proper governance and control of the business units in place
  • Key Requirements

  • Junior to mid-level lawyer admitted to practice in Hong Kong (or in another common law jurisdiction) with at least 2+ years PQE
  • Experience of investment banking (preferably markets businesses) either through private practice advisory work, secondment or in-house legal department
  • Experience of legal advisory work on OTC derivatives / swaps, and familiarity with ISDA Definitions and derivatives documentation
  • Experience with one or more of securities lending, prime brokerage and custody-related documentation / products is a plus
  • Strong interpersonal and social skills with team-work oriented mindset is a must
  • Ability to think flexibly and proactively suggest solutions to achieve the relevant business goals
  • Excellent research and legal writing skills
  • Willingness to work as a member of a local, regional and global team and strong curiosity to changing financial practice and environment
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