Legal Counsel
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Job Description

What a Legal Counsel does at Visa :

To serve as a member of the Visa Asia Pacific Legal Team and assist senior legal counsel in providing legal advisory support for a broad range of legal issues including, in particular, corporate / commercial, technology and intellectual property.

Key responsibilities :

Draft and review a wide range of contracts and other legal documents for different functional business units

Respond to requests for advice from different functional business units on a broad range of legal matters, including corporate, commercial, technology, antitrust, regulatory, intellectual property, employment and privacy

Work with external counsel in a cost-efficient manner to advise on specialist legal issues; translate external legal advice into practical business solutions for functional business units

Develop, implement and update legal documentation templates

Assist with company secretarial matters

Such other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Chief Counsel for Asia Pacific

Why this is important to Visa

The Legal Counsel provides legal advice, counsel and support to Visa’s business operations in the Asia Pacific region, and serves as a trusted and respected advisor to senior management and a variety of business units.

The incumbent has responsibility for enabling Visa’s business and protecting Visa, through drafting agreements, assisting with negotiations, and advising on diverse areas of law for strategic partnerships, commercial transactions, technology and intellectual property-related matters as well as daily operations of the business.

What you will need : Professional


Qualified to practice law in Hong Kong or a common law jurisdiction, with 6 to 10 years of post-qualification legal experience

Good working knowledge of Hong Kong law concepts

Solid corporate / commercial law experience in drafting and negotiating strategic and complex deals in a top-tier law firm or multinational company

Strong academic background with good commercial sense and analytical skills

Ability to efficiently manage and prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment, and to identify and resolve legal and business issues independently and quickly

Exceptional legal drafting skills, good attention to detail

Motivated; eager to learn and develop new practice areas


Good command of written and spoken English and Cantonese required; fluency in Mandarin highly preferred

Excellent communication and client relationship skills

Experience in operating in a matrix environment with multiple stakeholders; an open and transparent communicator; strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team-based environment

Ability to effectively communicate complex concepts and issues

Intellectually curious, strong EQ, resilient

Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, especially Outlook, Word and PowerPoint

What will also help :

Genuinely interested in technology and the payments industry

Familiar with the Asia Pacific region

International experience preferred, but a desire to expand knowledge of regional laws and legal systems can substitute

Knowledge of antitrust law, anti-bribery laws (such as FCPA and UK Bribery Act), privacy law and intellectual property law preferred

Additional Information

You will be a member of a regional legal team that works at the cutting edge of new payment technologies, innovation and the fintech industry in an increasingly regulated environment, which brings unique and novel challenges in the commercial / technology law space.

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