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First Vice President, Legal

Posting Date: 21-Jun-2019

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, TW

Company: United Overseas Bank Limited

About UOB

United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) is a leading bank in Asia with a global network of more than 500 branches and offices in 19 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. In Asia, we operate through our head office in Singapore and banking subsidiaries in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as branches and offices.

Our history spans more than 80 years. Over this time, we have been guided by our values — Honorable, Enterprising, United and Committed. This means we always strive to do what is right, build for the future, work as one team and pursue long-term success. It is how we work, consistently, be it towards the company, our colleagues or our customers.

About the Department

The Legal and Secretariat function is comprised of the Legal and Secretariat teams. The Legal team works closely with all functions across the Group to provide timely, accurate and practical legal support. This facilitates decision-making in the delivery of efficient service to our customers, while ensuring that the Group’s interests are protected. The Secretariat team supports the boards of UOB and its Singapore subsidiaries in the discharge of their responsibilities and provides advice on governance matters. It also facilitates communication between the non-executive directors and senior management, and manages the induction and professional development programme for directors.

Job Responsibilities

  • To provide legal advices to different business and support units in Hong Kong and review legal documentation in connection with the branch’s business and activities (including reviewing and assisting in the structuring, drafting and negotiation of bilateral and syndicated loan documentation, account opening and other bank documentation, advising the bank on banking and corporate law issues in the course of advisory and transactional work)
  • To assist Head of Legal and Compliance in identifying, formulating and communicating strategic policies for management of legal risk and in reporting of legal risk issues, including reporting potential legal risk issues to the head of Legal and Compliance and assisting in implementation of Group policies (e.g. responsible financing policy and environmental, social and governance provisions)
  • To keep up-to-date legal knowledge and expertise and to share legal updates and best practice (including monitoring changes in legal environment and assessing related impact)
  • To communicate with business colleagues on negotiation skills (including provision of legal support as to trends, issues and alternatives)
  • To coordinate with external counsel in various jurisdictions in terms of legal advice and opinions (including those as to bilateral and syndicated loan and security documentation and other transaction specific legal issues)
  • To prepare templates for different business (including finance and security documentation, account opening, bank guarantee and non-disclosure agreements)
  • To liaise with Group Legal and relevant colleagues in terms of legal and company secretarial issues

Job Requirements

  • Degree holder in Bachelor of Laws
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Laws
  • Experience in the banking practice of law firm and in-house banking experience
  • 5 to 8 years of experience working on legal field
  • Familiar with banking practices and operation

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