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Posting Date:  15-Oct-2019

Hong Kong Island, HK

Company:  United Overseas Bank Limited (Hong Kong Office)
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.  The First Vice President, Legal will report to the Head of Legal and Compliance in Hong Kong.

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
  • To deliver seminar regarding legal matters (including on market or industry standard documentation)
  • Acting as central liaison party with second and third line of defence for operational risk programs (including  KRSCA,  KORI,  etc.)  and  to  be  responsible  for  appropriate implementation of operational risk programmes (including KRCSA, KORI etc.) according to Group and country policies/ guidelines and follow up on operational risk action plans
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
  • Have 8 - 10 years of experience working on legal field
  • Familiar with banking practices and operation
  • With legal knowledge and skills
  • With in-house banking experience
  • Able to draft and review Chinese and English legal documents
  • With practising certificate
  • Good team player, interpersonal and communication skill
  • Fluent in terms of speaking and writing English and Chinese and Mandarin
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