Legal Director, APAC

Beijing, China Legal Full-time
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Job Title: Legal Director, APAC
             
Reports to title: Chief Legal Officer     
 
Classification: n/a
 
Department: Legal        
 
Office Location: Beijing, Shanghai, or Hong Kong or Singapore
 
 
 
 
JOB SUMMARY: The Legal Director, APAC will handle a variety of legal matters for our APAC regional office including commercial contracts, employment, litigation, vendor contracts, and property. The geographic coverage includes Mainland China, Malaysia, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Australia.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
This role involves:
·       Partnering with the sales teams across the APAC region on contract negotiations with customers, as well as negotiation of vendor contracts.
·       Supporting the Data Protection Officer with data privacy compliance, including negotiating DPAs. 
·      Advising the People Team on APAC employment matters, such as employment disputes and redundancies.
·      Advising the CLO and other execs and managers about various legal and non-legal issues.
·      Working with the CLO on various special projects, which may include updating regional employment agreements, rolling out localized versions of company policies, etc.
·      Travelling to other offices as/when needed, likely no more frequently than a few times per quarter. 
 
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND INFORMATION:
·       ​​ This role will be the first dedicated in-house counsel in the region. For that reason, the successful candidate will be independent and self-motivated.
·       The reporting line in this role will be a direct line to the CLO who is based in New York. There will also be a dotted line in region which will be agreed before starting in the role.
·       Given the time zone differences between New York and China, some out of hours meetings may be required from time to time.
·       You are a team-player and collaborate with colleagues across the business.
·       Flexibility and practicality are key – you know how to take the right risks at the right time.
·       You are a clear and concise verbal and written communicator. You are great at distilling complex concepts into easily digestible morsels of information.
·       You are pragmatic and able to compromise.
·       You will excel at prioritizing your workload and being efficient. 
·       Not everything needs to be perfect. You will be a good judge of when excellence is required and when “good enough” is good enough.
·       You will be kind and have empathy. You will deal with tough situations, but you don’t have to be tough to work with.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
 
·           a law degree and any corresponding certification that may be required to practice law in China as in house counsel
·           minimum of 4-6 years of legal experience, with at least 3 of those years as in house (preferably within a software or other technology company)
·           Fluent in spoken and written Mandarin and English, including the ability to negotiate contracts in both languages.
 
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
 
Required: Ability to practice law as in house counsel in Mainland China or Hong Kong
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