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Qualified Attorney - Assistant General Counsel & Vice President

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Job Description:

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 35 countries. In the U.S. alone, we serve almost all of the Fortune 500 companies and approximately 67 million consumer and small-business clients. 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 19 cities 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.

Position Description

The APAC Corporate Secretary’s Office is part of the Global Subsidiary Governance Group which ultimately reports through to the Bank of America Corporation Global Counsel. The role of the Subsidiary Governance group is to drive a culture of control, supervision and robust governance; support the legal entity structure; manage the company secretarial structure; promote best practices and corporate governance in line with Bank of America policies and guidelines, regulation and company law and market practices; and support senior management.

Key responsibilities

This is a highly-visible role that will require the candidate to interact with members of management on a frequent basis, manage stakeholder concerns, and provide guidance and advice on corporate governance matters in the Asia-Pacific region.  Other responsibilities will include:

  • Assist in and provide corporate governance and corporate secretarial support for regulated and non-regulated legal entities incorporated in the Asia region
  • Drafting of documents and applications to secure approvals from Board of Directors and corporate shareholders
  • Preparation of documents (e.g., notices, meeting packs, agendas, minutes of meetings) for meetings of the board and shareholders meetings
  • Advising the Board on conduct of meetings and drafting minutes of the proceedings
  • Maintenance and update of commercial registration and shareholders’ ledger as required to ensure compliance with local companies act and regulatory requirements
  • Update and make revisions to articles of incorporation and confirm the submission of notification of changes in formation documents and board composition to regulators
  • Coordinating Board meetings, Board Committee meetings, and shareholder meetings, as required
  • Liaising with law firms and statutory authorities for various matters, as required from time to time
  • Oversee the preparation and filing of various statutory forms
  • Help ensure governance-related requirements of Subsidiary Governance Policy are met for supported entities
  • Opportunity to provide guidance and supervision to more junior team members
  • Provide support for internal corporate restructurings
  • Update and safe-keep corporate, statutory and regional records
  • Participate in and in some cases manage legal entity projects, working with colleagues based in other countries
  • Maintain central records of directors’ and statutory auditors’ details and legal entity structures
  • Maintain and respond to inquiries regarding signatory process and authorities
  • Respond to regulatory requests for legal entity and corporate governance information, including signing authorization and providing certified true copies
  • Advise on the procedural formalities pertaining to incorporation of new companies and the dissolution of legal entities
  • Research legal entity data
  • Input core legal entity information into the Blueprint system of record

Key Requirements

  • At least 5 years of solid experience advising on and providing support on corporate transactional, general corporate and/or corporate secretarial matters
  • Experience working for a foreign corporation or subsidiary of a foreign financial institution is a plus
  • Self-starter, able to work independently
  • Excellent English (both written and oral) required; proficiency in one or more Asian languages, including Chinese would be beneficial to handle internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail and good organizational skills
  • Ability to network across the organization to determine proper and efficient contacts
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Comfortable interacting with senior management of the corporation
  • Ability to identify and escalate issues and devise solutions to issues

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