Counsel (Client Advisory & Sustainability)

Wellington Management Company, LLP
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
May 08, 2022
Jun 07, 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

Wellington Management offers comprehensive investment management capabilities that span nearly all segments of the global capital markets. Our investment solutions, tailored to the unique return and risk objectives of institutional clients in more than 60 countries, draw on a robust body of proprietary research and a collaborative culture that encourages independent thought and healthy debate. As a private partnership, we believe our ownership structure fosters a long-term view that aligns our perspectives with those of our clients.

We are transitioning to a hybrid work environment where both remote work and the office play a critical role. Our vision is a future where all employees are empowered to work flexibly to drive the best outcomes for our clients. Flexible work is a mindset and a core value. Our employees are encouraged to work remotely two days a week as a standard practice and will have flexibility in terms of working hours.

As part of continued growth of the Legal & Enterprise Risk Management Group in APAC, we are seeking to recruit an experienced lawyer to join our Legal team in Hong Kong. This individual will play an important role providing legal and regulatory support for our client facing activities and the firm's ESG/sustainability related initiatives APAC. The role will report to the Head of Legal, APAC and will involve collaboration with colleagues based in APAC, EMEA and US and across functions


Responsibilities will include, among others:
  • Providing legal support for Wellington Management's APAC client team, focusing on separate account/sub-advisory clients
  • Providing general counsel and advice on regulatory, fiduciary, risk and other issues related to the onboarding of separate account/sub-advisory clients
  • Providing legal support for Wellington Management's ESG/sustainability related initiatives and regulations
  • Assisting with complex issues arising on Investment Management and Distribution related Agreements and client/fund investor onboarding and helping to establish controls and processes where required
  • Providing general counsel and advice in relation to selling and marketing activities (including advice on regulated activities and licensing requirements)
  • Advocating and engaging with regulators and industry bodies
  • Providing legal advice and general counsel to project teams and business colleagues

The successful candidate is likely to have:
  • 10+ years PQE, gained at an international law firm or in-house
  • Broad-based asset management expertise, ideally with experience of advising on licensing and sales and marketing activities as well as ESG/sustainability regulations within APAC
  • Good business judgement, and strong counselling skills
  • A pragmatic and risk aware approach to practising law, with ability to prioritize
  • The ability to represent the firm appropriately with external clients
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to effectively distil and communicate complex issues in a dynamic environment
  • The character and ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? That's ok. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply and welcome a chance to review your background. We are dedicated to building and maintaining a diversified workforce and considering a broad array of candidates with a variety of skill, workplace experiences, and backgrounds.

As an equal opportunity employer, Wellington Management ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, creed, national origin, age, ancestry, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law . If you are a candidate with a disability, or are assisting a candidate with a disability, and require an accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, please email us at .

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