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Assistant General Counsel and Vice President, Attorney - Equities

Tokyo, Japan

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About Bank of America Merrill Lynch:

Our purpose as a firm is to make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. Across the world, we partner with leading corporate and institutional investors through our offices in more than 40 countries. In the U.S alone, we serve almost all Fortune 500 companies and approximately 59 million consumers and small-business customers. We provide a full suite of financial products and services, from banking and investments to asset and risk management. We cover a broad range of asset classes, making us a global leader in corporate and investment banking, sales and trading.                             

Connecting Asia Pacific to the World

Our Asia Pacific team is spread across 23 offices in 12 markets. We are focused on connecting Asia to the world and the world to Asia, using our global expertise to ensure success is shared between us, our clients and our communities. Our regional footprint covers 12 currencies, more than a dozen languages and five time zones, placing us firmly among the region’s leading financial services companies.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining top diverse talent from across the globe. Our diversity and inclusion mission is to actively promote an inclusive work environment where all employees have the opportunity to achieve personal success and contribute to the growth of our business. Each of our global Employee Networks bring together employees, create dialogue and awareness in support of our Diversity and Inclusion mission.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is an equal opportunities employer.

Position Description

The Attorney/Assistant General Counsel is part of the Asia Pacific Legal Group. The role will be responsible for providing legal analysis and advice to Global Markets businesses in Japan.

Key Responsibilities

  • Legal analysis and advice/judgment as to the following area and preparation of proper documentation to manage risks for the company:
    • Fixed income, currencies and commodities, related derivatives transactions;
    • SPV Repack transactions/Securitized products;
    • Equities and equity derivatives;
    • Futures and Options;
    • Other Global Markets activities; and
    • Global Markets Regulatory Reform
  • Also assist with other Japan Legal matters such as:
    • Outsourcing; and
    • Resolution and Recovery Plan
  • Co-working with compliance and other departments to keep the proper governance and control of the business units in place.
  • Management of external counsels.

Key Requirements

  • Admission in practice in law in Japan with at least 6+ year PQE
  • Legal practice qualification in other jurisdiction is a plus (not required)
  • Business level fluency in both Japanese and English in both written and spoken to communicate effectively with stakeholders, regulators and industry groups
  • In-depth understanding of and sufficient work experience on:
    • Financial instruments and Exchange Act, Act on the Investment Trust and Investment Company, Banking Act, Act on Securitization of Assets, Trust Act, Trust Business Act, rules of the conflict  of laws, Bankruptcy Act, Civil Rehabilitation Act, Corporation Rehabilitation Act, Act on the Netting of Specified Financial Transactions, JSDA rules, Tokyo Stock Exchange rules, rules of Japan Securities Clearing Corporation, Company Act, Act on Book-entry of Shares, Bonds, etc., Civil Code, Commercial Code, etc.;
    • ISDA related documentations; and
    • Understanding of Dodd Frank Act, Volcker Rule, Reg W, MiFID, EMIR, etc. is a plus (not required).
  • Strong interpersonal and social skills with team-work oriented mindset
  • Ability to think flexibly and proactively suggest solutions to achieve the business goals
  • Excellent research and legal writing skills
  • Solid understanding of Global Markets business practice and industry custom
  • Willingness to work as a member of a local, regional and global team and strong curiosity to changing financial practice and environment

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1-4-1 NIHONBASHI, CHUO-KU, Tokyo, 103-0027