SSGA Legal Counsel Counsel VP, 6 Month Temp Contract

To provide legal support to State Street Global Advisors Australia under the supervision of the head of legal Asia Pacific ex-Japan. It is a 6 month temp contract role.

Across the globe, institutional investors rely on us to help them manage risk, respond to challenges, and drive performance and profitability. We keep our clients at the heart of everything we do, and smart, engaged employees are essential to our continued success.

Our promise to maintain an environment where every employee feels valued and able to meet their full potential infuses our company values. It’s also part of our commitment to inclusion, development and engagement, and corporate social responsibility. You’ll have tools to help balance your professional and personal life, paid volunteer days, and access to employee networks that help you stay connected to what matters to you. Join us.

State Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and prohibits discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of any legally protected characteristic.

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) is a global leader in institutional asset management, entrusted with more than $2.4 trillion in assets. For more than three decades, sophisticated investors worldwide have benefited from our disciplined, precise investment process and powerful global platform offering access to every major asset class, capitalization range and style across the indexing and active spectrums. Our mission, plain and simple, is helping our clients achieve financial security. Since this means something different for each investor, we devote significant time up front to thoroughly understand their specific needs, and then apply our experience and intellectual rigor across a broad toolkit to develop and manage thoughtful, targeted solutions aimed at ensuring their success. The firm employs more than 2,200 people globally in 17 countries, and has nine investment centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia.  SSGA is the investment management arm of State Street Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of financial services to institutions.

SSGA is the business area in which this role is situated, with its offices in Sydney CBD. SSGA Australia presently manages approximately USD140 billion for institutional clients and via ETF’s and managed funds.

The Role

To provide legal support to State Street Global Advisors Australia under the supervision of the head of legal Asia Pacific ex-Japan. This is a 6 month temp contract role.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating investment management agreements and other types of client agreements

  • Reviewing and drafting documentation in connection with launching and maintaining exchange traded funds or privately offered funds

  • Reviewing and negotiating trading agreements, including broker agreements and ISDAs

  • Drafting and reviewing intercompany service agreements, third party vendor agreements and other miscellaneous agreements

  • Advising on applicable laws and regulations and instructing external counsel, where necessary

  • Working closely with the different Business functions 

  • Monitoring and updating legal team and business of legal and regulatory developments in the region

  • Corporate governance matters including drafting board resolutions


  • LLB and admitted to practice with relevant experience gained in-house with an asset manager or major law firm.

  • Post qualification experience of 4 to 7 years.

  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to sustain strong relationships with clients. peers and staff

  • Ability to interact with multiple levels in an organization and in multiple jurisdictions.

  • Solution oriented; ability to multi-task and prioritize; attention to detail

  • Self motivated.