1 Advise on complex ESOP plan design, structure, setup, management, and related corporate, tax, employment and other compliance issues.
2 Work with finance, tax, HR, and corporate legal teams on various issues related to ESOP administration and management, including obtaining board approval for plans, preparing corporate filings, documenting equity transfer and buyback, etc.
3 Oversee the drafting and maintenance of various plan documents, template forms and agreements related to ESOP management and administration.
4 Advise on executive compensation issues.
5 Assist litigation team in ESOP-related contentious matters.
6 Work with investment legal team on ESOP issues in M&A’s.
7 Provide training to internal stakeholders on ESOP management and compliance issues.
8 Provide counseling on international employment issues, as needed.
9 Manage outside ESOP and employment counsel.
1 At least 5 years of experience practising ESOP-related laws in a large law firm or in-house legal department.
2 Meaningful experience handling either PRC onshore plans or offshore plans is required. Experience with both would be a significant plus.
3 Previous experience advising on international employment issues would be a plus.
4 Must be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction where this position will be located.
5 Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; exceptional business judgment, with the ability to think strategically and give practical advice by balancing business needs with legal risks.
6 Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with, and gain the respect of, stakeholders at all levels.
7 Ability to work independently and to multi-task under pressure in an intense, fast-paced work environment.
8 Full proficiency in English and ability to orally communicate in Mandarin are required. Ability to read and write Mandarin is strongly preferred.