Legal Counsel -Merger & Acquisition

  • Negotiable
  • Singapore
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • 20 Sep 16

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Provide legal support and advice to all stakeholders across the Group for the Group's own account corporate and M&A transactions, projects and matters, including: acquisition, divestment, joint ventures, corporate projects and equity investment activities which affect Group structure; Group debt issuance; Corporate Development and cross-functional deal / project teams specific to each project or transaction and Group functions (e.g. Corporate Secretariat, Corporate Affairs, Finance, Tax and Treasury) on corporate law issues; and Group restructuring and corporate actions (including capital issuance and repatriation).

Provide legal support and advice for other commercial matters (including technology, branding and supply chain) supported by the Corporate and M&A team and broader Legal teams as required.

Promote a culture and practice of good conduct of business and adherence to legal standards within the Group.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

As a member of the Corporate and M&A team (based in Singapore), provide legal support and advice to all stakeholders across the Group for the Group's own account corporate and M&A transactions, projects and matters, including acquisition, divestment, joint ventures, corporate projects and equity investment activities which affect Group structure; Group debt issuance; Corporate Development and cross-functional deal / project teams specific to each project or transaction and Group functions (e.g. Corporate Secretariat, Corporate Affairs, Finance, Tax and Treasury) on corporate law issues; and Group restructuring and corporate actions (including capital issuance, intra-group loans, parental support arrangements and repatriation).
Participate in all aspects of the transaction process including due diligence, structuring, negotiating and completing the transaction. The team is responsible for, inter alia:

  • Negotiating NDAs, exclusivity letters, offer letters, engagement letters etc
  • Instructing & managing external counsel on M&A transactions
  • Managing legal due diligence
  • Negotiating the sale & purchase agreement and other transaction documents
  • Managing the entire legal process to completion (and thereafter, where applicable)
Ensure that corporate projects and initiatives have the necessary legal and regulatory clearance; liaising with business teams, with other functions and with Legal and Compliance teams to ensure consistency with the Group's standards.
Provide legal support and advice for other commercial matters (including technology, branding and supply chain management) supported by the Corporate and M&A team and broader legal teams as required. Provide relevant stakeholders with accurate and timely information regarding the status of Corporate and M&A matters. Drive best practices and lessons learned across the network and create and provide training on legal issues for Corporate and M&A matters.
Anticipating, identifying, mitigating, monitoring and reporting legal risks in relation to corporate projects and initiatives as required by Group's risk management framework.
Improving reporting and risk management in relation to corporate projects and initiatives by: (i) assessing the need for and providing legal training to business units of the Group and the Legal and Compliance network; and (ii) developing and improving know-how, standard forms, precedents, policies, procedures and processes.
Ensure close coordination with other Legal function teams. Where external counsel is appointed, liaise with them to ensure the scope of work is defined and appropriate, oversee the quality of work and manage costs.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Profile: Able to work with senior management to develop and implement strategic projects/initiatives
  • Commercial: pragmatic, creative, practical and solution-oriented
  • Proactive: able to use initiative and ready to identify issues without being asked and provide advice accordingly
  • Flexible: able and willing to work long hours (if required) and, at short notice, travel to, and work in, challenging environments for prolonged periods of time
  • Team player: personable, responsible, helpful
  • Organised: able to prioritize workload and manage conflicting priorities to meet deadlines
  • Reliable, tactful, discreet, diplomatic: able to work with board members, other senior staff and persons of different nationalities and from different cultures, have good judgment and strong decision making skills
  • Self-motivated: able to operate independently with no supervision
  • Energetic: enthusiastic about the role, the function and the Group
  • Responsibility and perseverance
  • Highest professional and ethical standards: including strict adherence to the Group's Code of Conduct
Must be a qualified lawyer (solicitor, attorney or barrister) with significant post qualification experience in Corporate and M&A transaction advice and management. Including:
  • a detailed knowledge and understanding of corporate and/or banking law and practice
  • significant international (ideally including emerging markets) experience of structuring and executing a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and other corporate transactions
  • understanding of risk management techniques
  • exemplary integrity, ethics, independence and resilience
  • personal authority with proven ability to establish relationships and provide strong direction at senior levels of an organisation


Diversity and Inclusion

Standard Chartered is committed to diversity and inclusion. We believe that a work environment which embraces diversity will enable us to get the best out of the broadest spectrum of people to sustain strong business performance and competitive advantage. By building an inclusive culture, each employee can develop a sense of belonging, and have the opportunity to maximise their personal potential.