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Friday Feature Jobs: Hong Kong

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Every Friday we highlight our latest, most exciting  job openings in Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo.  As the competition for talent increases in an improving job market, we continue to have even more positions for qualified candidates looking to move their careers forward.  This week, we have scores of positions for which we are seeking well qualified professionals in Hong Kong.  Here are just a few:

1. Junior Corporate Finance Associate -NQ-2yrs- Hong Kong

Fantastic opportunity for junior lawyers to join a highly regarded practice. In this role, you will be involved in IPO transactions, privatizations, securities compliance and funds matters. Hong Kong and Singapore qualified lawyers are welcome to apply. Fluency in Chinese and English is essential.

2. REITs Associates -1yr+- Hong Kong

This international firm invites associates at all levels to join its leading practice. Apart from REITs associates, individuals with solid M&A or corporate experience are also welcomed to apply. Generous salary and exciting work.

3. TMT Lawyer -4PQE+-Hong Kong

TMT lawyer required by top international law firm. Challenging and varied work on offer. Attractive remuneration package and strong career development opportunities. Candidates should have commercial tele-communication experience. Friendly and supportive working environment.

To apply for these and other positions, please visit our job search page at Law Alliance.

The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2010

I can’t speak for everyone, but the sponsorship alone has me extra keen to attend the The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2010.  The awards have been around for nine years,  recognizing Hong Kong’s top lawyesr and firms, and highlighting some of the biggest deals and dealmakers of 2009 – 2010.

The awards ceremony:

“attracts over 400 of Hong Kong’s most influential solicitors, in-house counsel, investment bankers, judiciary and CEOs, who assemble to celebrate with the winners as they accept their awards on stage. The event is the culmination of months of intensive research. Winners remain confidential until the awards ceremony itself, where they are revealed over a gala black-tie dinner. ALB is honoured to welcome two estemeed guests of honour –  Mr. Charles Li, Chief Executive, HKEx and Mr. Russell Coleman- SC, Chairman, Hong Kong Bar Association to this year’s event.”

For more information, visit the awards website and don’t forget to stop by and say hi to us as well!

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Open Hong Kong Office

The U.S. firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is expanding further into Asia with the opening of a second APAC office, this one being in Hong Kong.

Asia Legal Business reports:

“The new office, which will focus on corporate transactions and corporate compliance regulation and investigations, will be anchored by new lateral hire Kelly Austin and staffed by partner Joseph Barbeau and associate Kate Yin, who will relocate from the firm’s Palo Alto and Los Angeles offices, respectively.

Austin joins the firm after an eight-year stint as GE’s compliance & litigation counsel for Asia- Pacific. In this role she led compliance matters, government investigations, and litigation and ADR proceedings throughout the region. She is widely regarded to have designed and run a world-class compliance program for the company. Prior to her time at GE, Austin practiced at Zukerman Spaeder in Washington DC and was appointed to serve as special counsel to the Executive Office of the President.

The firm’s chair and managing partner, Ken Doran, said the hire of Austin was a key to [the firm’s] decision to launch in Hong Kong. Austin added that the firm’s Hong Kong presence now means it will be able to service the lucrative North Asian markets, something which it has not be able to be entirely through its Singapore office. ‘Singapore is central particularly for South Asia and for India, but to provide service across the region, it made sense for us to have a Hong Kong office,’ she told ALB.

The firm launched its first Asian office in Singapore with a quadruple lateral hire from Jones Day in 2008. Jai Pathak, Gibson Dunn’s current Asia managing partner, joined the firm along with Emad Khalil, John Viverito and Saptak Santra.”

For up to date news on law firms expanding into Asia, please subscribe and visit us at Law Alliance.

Friday Featured Jobs: Singapore

Every Friday we will bring you the latest job openings in Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo.  We continue to have new positions for qualified candidates looking to move their careers forward.  This week, we have a number of new positions for which we are seeking ambitious legal professionals interested in working in Singapore.

1. Banking & Finance- 2-3 years PQE

A rare opportunity has arisen with one of the highly regarded members of the Magic Circle. This role would suit a Singapore qualified lawyer with substantial cross-border banking experience. A quality background, outstanding academics and strong interpersonal skills are essential. Take a step up and join this market-leading team in a role which promises excellent training and a fantastic working environment.

2. VP Legal Funds – Bank 5+ years PQE

If you possess institutional or alternative funds experience, apply to this role with an internationally renowned bank. You will be part of a dynamic legal team which provides commercial advice and solutions to various stakeholders internally and externally.

3.Aviation Asset Finance – 6+ Years PQE

Our client, a well-regarded international firm, is now seeking a senior aviation finance specialist for its established practice. An excellent opportunity for a lawyer who has experience acting for airlines and would like to be part of a leading regional aviation team.

To apply for these and other positions, please visit our job search page at Law Alliance.

Yes, we are talking about social media again.

Above the Law tipped us off to yet another (but very necessary) discussion of how the use of social media like Facebook, Twitter and even…Myspace (seriously, it still exists) can affect the corporate policy and image of law firms. The original discussion started thanks in part to CNN editor Octavia Nasr getting fired for an indiscreet tweet, which led Fast Company to write a series of pieces on how various companies implement social media policies.   The most recent one looked at Harvard’s guidelines and actually approved of its approach:

“Think this one is going to be dense and chock-full of legalese? Though it’s not exactly written in plain English, the one page document titled “Terms of Use” is a straightforward take on how to blog under Harvard’s domain. Not surprisingly, the first point deals with copyrights, but goes on to include:

“As a general matter, you may post content freely to your blog and to those of others, so long as the content is not illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, infringing of intellectual property rights, invasive of privacy or otherwise injurious or objectionable.”

ATL also highlighted the advice of an attorney who just might be onto something.  His advice boiling down to, well, you can read:

“There’s a burgeoning awareness of social media in the law firm world. When we were in Chicago for an in-house counsel conference, we met a lawyer who had chucked the practice of law to advise law firms on how to use social media. We asked him about guidelines for law firms and lawyers when it comes to Facebooking, blogging, and celebrity endorsements via Twitter…

Adrian Dayton, who runs a blog devoted to Marketing Strategy and the Law, thinks lawyers are part of a law firm’s brand, and should be unleashed upon the world to promote what a firm does.

I advise that the social media policy be as simple as a single sentence:

‘Don’t say stupid things.'”

Hard to argue.  But really hard to implement.

Law firms are paid to keep information secret.  Social media’s main purpose is to disseminate information.  If you can figure out how to make that all work, then you might get rich enough to quit your law firm job.  Good luck!


Firm News: Squire Sanders & Dempsey merges with Japanese firm Miki & Yoshida Law and Patent Office.

Legal Week recently reported that yet another law firm is seeking to increae its presence in Asia:

“Squire Sanders & Dempsey has bulked up its Asian arm through a merger with Japanese firm Miki & Yoshida Law and Patent Office.

The firm originally entered into a joint enterprise with Miki & Yoshida in 2001 in order to give clients access to Japan-licensed lawyers. The agreement ended in 2005 when Japan’s legal industry regulations changed. The office of the merged firm will be known as Squire Sanders Miki & Yoshida.

Four lawyers make up the Japanese outfit, including founding partners Shigeru Miki and Masao Yoshida, partner Kanako Inokuchi and associate Masazumi Kano, all of whom have moved into the Squire Sanders office.

Tokyo corporate partner Steven Doi, who serves on Squire Sanders’ firmwide management committee, said: ‘The combination is timely given Japan’s changing economic climate. Japan-based companies increasingly perceive intellectual property as a strategic asset that is critical to their global success, and so it is important for us to be able to assist clients in these matters.’

Miki added: ‘Squire Sanders’ global reach, which spans Asia, Europe, Latin America and the US, will benefit our clients in Japan, particularly those merging with companies that have assets outside the country.’

The firm’s Tokyo office now has 29 lawyers, including nine partners. The outpost opened in 1955 as an office of Graham & James, which was one of the first US law firms to establish a presence in Japan.

For more firm news please subscribe and be sure to visit Law Alliance to learn about job opportunities in Japan.

Things to Consider When Changing Jobs in Hong Kong

Leaving a job can often result in an employee needing to sorts more than a few complicated issues, and this is especially true for expats working in Hong Kong. Before leaving your current job, you will need to give your employer the contractually required termination notice or even payment in lieu of notice. And of course, your employer must do the same if the termination of contract was initiated by them. And that’s the simple part. Next you’ll have to determine whether or not you can get certain termination or end of year payments, as well as how and when you shall receive them. As always, one of the first places you should go for information about employment regulations for expats in Hong Kong is the government website, which has plenty of useful links to help guide you through the job changing process. Below are just a few:

Frequently asked questions about termination of contract of employment: http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/faq/cap57d_whole.htm

Frequently asked questions about end of year payment: http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/faq/cap57j_whole.htm

Frequently asked questions about severance and long service payment: http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/faq/cap57l_whole.htm

Another thing you’ll have to consider is how you’ll manage your Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) benefits. You may handle accrued benefits by transferring them to a contribution account under your new employer’s MPF scheme, or you may want to transfer them to a preserved account under an MPF scheme of your choosing. You can even keep them in a preserved account under the original MPF scheme for continuous investment. This can all be daunting, and especially so at a time of already high stress, but your options are set out at the government website:

Managing your MPF benefits when changing jobs (including request form for preserved account details):

http://www.mpfa.org.hk/english/abt_mpfs/abt_mpfs_fms/abt_mpfs_fms_cep/abt_mpfs_fms_cep.html

Request for fund transfer form (pdf file):

http://www.mpfa.org.hk/english/leg_reg/leg_reg_gui/leg_reg_gui_p4/files/Annex_A_to_IV_3_e.pdf

And then, of course, there is the issue of your visa and sponsorship. If you have been issued a visa to work in Hong Kong and leave your job, you need to inform the Immigration Department of the termination immediately as you are not allowed to change jobs or work at a part-time job without the permission of the Immigration Department. For more information, visit the link below:

Termination of Sponsorship of Overseas Employees:

http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/faq_es_vnpr.htm#e

As always, if you have questions or comments please leave them below and/or do visit us at Law Alliance.

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