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Assistant General Counsel and Vice President, Attorney - Investment Banking

Hong Kong, , Hong Kong

Job Description:

About Bank of America:

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 successful candidate will be invited to join Bank of America’s (BofA or the Firm) Legal Department as a member of the team covering the corporate and investment bank for Asia (“Team”).

The Team provides transactional, regulatory and other legal support to corporate and investment bankers and equity and debt capital markets personnel in Hong Kong and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region. 

BoA has one of the world’s leading corporate and investment banking and capital markets platforms. Its corporate and investment and capital markets bankers serve clients around the world and across all major industries, offering customized solutions to help clients realize opportunities and navigate complex market conditions. From mergers and acquisitions to initial public offerings to debt offerings to rights issues, the bankers work with clients to provide them strategic advice and access to capital wherever they are located

Key Responsibilities

The lawyer will assist bankers in reviewing transaction documents including confidentiality agreements, engagement letters, marketing and commitment letters; assisting in structuring and executing corporate transactions, participating in developing policies, procedures and standardized documentation for the Firm, monitoring and advising the Firm and management on regulatory developments and new products or trends in the market, and developing training opportunities for bankers.  The lawyer’s principal geographic coverage area will be transactions and matters for the Asia (excluding Japan).   The lawyer will be based in Hong Kong.

This lawyer’s scope of work will include assisting bankers with client negotiations and documentation requirements, providing sophisticated and practical risk-appropriate advice and liaising with other businesses, internal control and administrative functions and internal and external lawyers, as appropriate.

A general overview of the types of transactions the candidate will cover include:

  • M&A/Other Financial Advisory: advisory transactions across the Asia Pacific Region, including inward and outbound cross border M&A and public M&A subject to local regulation where the Firm acts as financial adviser.

  • Equity Capital Markets: (i) public offerings of equity in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and other Asian countries; (ii) other equity offerings, including, follow ons and rights offerings; (iii) US registered offerings by Asian issuers; (iv) block trades (including top-up and placings) and accelerated global tenders for Asian listed companies; (v) convertible and exchangeable bond offerings; and (vi) private placements of equity and equity linked instruments.

  • Debt Capital Markets: (i) standalone bond offerings involving the Firm as underwriter for Asian issuers typically involving international sales under Reg S and/or Rule 144A; (ii) MTN programmes (origination, updates and drawdowns), (iii) liability management transactions, and (iv) private placements of debt instruments.

Responsibilities will also include:

  • Assisting in the preparation, review and negotiation of transaction related documentation including, confidentiality agreements, engagement letters, underwriting agreements, opinions and comfort letters;

  • Advising and assisting bankers on diligence and disclosure matters on capital markets transactions;

  • Coordinating and responding to queries from bankers and other administrative and control functions on legal matters relating to or arising out of the corporate and investment banking business and international transactions;

  • Along with compliance, providing guidance on the interpretation and implementation of laws and regulations and Firm policies, procedures and guidelines;

  • Participating in developing and revising policies, procedures and standardized documentation for the Firm;

  • Identifying changes in regulations or market developments and updating the business and other functions;

  • Identifying and assisting in developing training opportunities for bankers;

  • Engaging and managing outside counsel, as necessary;

  • Liaising with the litigation and regulatory investigations team as needed to address investigations, disputes and litigation matters;

  • Sharing and assisting in the management of know-how with other members of the Asia legal team;

  • Developing a relationship with bankers as a trusted strategic partner to the business; and

  • Providing sophisticated and practical advice to the business.

Key Requirements

  • Qualified lawyer under the laws of Australia, England, Hong Kong, the PRC, Singapore or the US

  • Two to four years PQE

  • Chinese (Mandarin) spoken and written language skills

  • English spoken and written language skills

  • Master’s of Law (LL.M.) or Doctor’s of Law (SJD or JSD) from an internationally recognized law school

  • International law firm in the area of international corporate transactions. 

  • In-house experience with an international financial services company covering corporate and investment banking transactions.

  • Experience in cross border capital markets, M&A and financing transactions for Chinese corporations.

  • General principals of international law

  • Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint

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