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Hong Kong - Head of Legal Apac

Date: Nov 27, 2021

Location: Hong Kong, HK

Company: Intesa Sanpaolo Group

Intesa Sanpaolo is the banking group leader in Italy. Assisting more than 14,6 milion of retail customers through a network of 5360 branches, it significantly supports the development of Companies and gives an important sustain to the country's growth. The Group has a selected retail banking presence in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, with approximately 1,000 branches and 7.2 million customers in 12 countries. Intesa Sanpaolo is also present in 25 countries in support of its corporate customers’ cross-border business. It is looking for new qualify profiles who want to face demanding and challenging career path with the following requirements:

Scope and Purpose


- Drafting, reviewing and negotiating structured finance documentation encompassing structured finance and security documents, including reviewing a multitude of complex commercial contracts, permits, and licenses that frame the terms under which the underlying structured transaction will operate. 
- Drafting, reviewing and negotiating corporate banking documentation -  committed bilateral and syndicated loans, risk / funded participation agreements, guarantees, indemnities, counter indemnities, letters of credit, secondary debt trading documentation, letters of patronage / comfort, and various documentary credits (e.g. performance bonds, advance payments bonds, commercial and financial guarantees). Draft and settle all uncommitted credit lines that the bank offers our customers, for example, overdraft, foreign exchange, short term advances, short term receivable and commercial & financial guarantee facilities.
- Documentation Agent's Role: performing the role of principal lawyer handling the Bank's documentation agent's role in Syndicated transactions. 
- Drafting, reviewing and negotiating security documentation -  share charges, mortgages over premises, debentures, deposit agreements, account (blocked accounts) charges, escrow agreements and inter creditor agreements. 
- Drafting, reviewing and negotiating various trade finance documents (including pre-export finance and trade-related finance agreements).
- Advising on insolvency, distressed debt, restructurings, work outs, waivers, consent letters and litigation issues- for example, delinquent mortgagors, mistaken payments, preference payments, priority of securities and security enforcement.
- Drafting, reviewing and negotiating business documentation -  IT contracts, premises and property related contracts (including leases and tenancy agreements) and service level agreements (internal and external).
- Dealing with company secretarial matters including company registration requirements with Companies House

Required Experience


10-15 years of experience 

Competencies Required


- University degree and/or post-graduate degree in Law/ Finance or related disciplines
- Common law jurisdiction qualified with minimum 10 years legal experience (optimally, a combination of experience as in-house counsel in the financial services industry and as a lawyer in a top tier law firm)
- Strong drafting, negotiation and legal analytical skills
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, together with the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues on all levels locally, regionally and globally
- Ability to prioritize and manage workflow in an active and multi-jurisdictional transactional environment
- Work collaboratively with internal stakeholders across Front Office, Operational, Risk and Compliance functions
- Ability to timely and appropriately identify and escalate issues
- Ability to adapt and apply legal skills in new businesses and subjects in which the lawyer may not have expertise, and willingness to develop and excel beyond his/her comfort zone


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