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Senior Legal Counsel (GCB 5)

  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Vice President
  • Permanent
  • 8 - 10 Years
  • Negotiable
  • Banking, Law / Legal Services
  • 01/07/2019

Job Description

In this role, you will:

  • Provide counsel and legal support on a variety of legal matters, or in a specialist area
  • Be considered to be a trusted adviser to the business by  ensuring that commercially sensitive, pragmatic and practical legal support and advice is provided in a cost-effective manner for assigned areas
  • Represent Legal at the assigned bank-wide project
  • Provide counsel for assigned areas of responsibility, including matters that may be complex or have potential for legal, financial and / or reputational impact
  • Support General Counsel in managing legal risks within legal functions and support other Legal Counsels to provide on-going legal oversight over the management of legal risks by businesses and functions
  • Provide prompt, commercial, practical legal advice to assigned areas
  • Be proactive in the provision of legal support and in advising the business promptly of material legal developments and their implications
  • Ensure legal management is fully briefed on major issues arising in relevant business area and major legislative changes in area of expertise
  • Liaise with panel law firms and other appropriate external parties
  • Deliver fair outcomes for our customers and ensure own conduct maintains the orderly and transparent operation of financial markets
  • Deliver fair outcomes for our customers and ensure own conduct maintains the orderly and transparent operation of financial markets
  • Support achievement of the HSBC vision, Values, goals and culture in personal behaviour, actions and decision making
  • Take personal responsibility for understanding and agreeing performance expectations, completing the necessary mandatory training and developing the levels of capability and competence needed to be effective in the role
  • Contribute to team development, effectiveness and success by sharing knowledge and good practice, working collaboratively with others to create a productive, diverse and supportive working environment
  • Participate effectively as part of the Legal Team
  • Share legal knowledge and best practices with legal colleagues
  • Suggest ideas and contribute to implementing actions that will improve customer service, quality or the way teams and individuals work together
  • Adhere to HSBC policy, procedures and control requirements applicable to day-to-day working, exceptional and project activities, and raise any concerns about actual or potential issues promptly, in line with reporting and escalation procedures
  • Continuously monitor lawyer requirements, gather information from relevant sources to assess potential impacts and identify risks, necessary changes and business opportunities
  • Apply relevant policies, procedures, practices and standards to their allocated tasks, taking responsibility for their own actions, to ensure the achievement of high levels of quality, effective risk management and regulatory compliance
  • Provide legal services in a cost-effective manner
  • Co-ordinate and manage the approach to legal risk in Vietnam legal and business functions for which the jobholder is responsible, to ensure that the interests of the HSBC Group are adequately protected
  • Assist the business to remain compliant with legal risk management requirements set out in the Group Standards Manual and Legal FIM.
  • Leadership over the management of operational risk

Job Requirement

           To be successful in this role, you should meet the following requirements:

  • The responsibility of this role is primarily to support the growth of Retail Banking business and at the same time manage legal risks across the business. The role requires legal knowledge and technical insights on a wide spectrum of banking products and services covering not only traditional retail banking but also the more complex digital and automation solutions and services in the market.

  • In facilitation to the Group’s transformation strategy to response to evolving client needs and digitization across the industry, the role require job holder to proactively, during navigation of product initiatives, identify legal and regulatory issues, provide commercially pragmatic advice with the ability to think strategically and creatively in identifying and resolving legal issues with the ability to challenge the business where it is appropriate to do so.

  • On top of that, the job holder should embrace HSBC values and business principles at all times, align with global standards, enhance collaboration with stakeholders and legal peers both at regional and local level.


  • Qualified Lawyer; 8-10 year legal practice experience

  • Legal knowledge, technical insights and experience in banking products and services

  • Commercial sense and ability to think strategically and creatively

  • Strong interpersonal, analytical and communication skills

  • Able to work independently or as a team player

      Candidates with experience and knowledge in the below areas have more advantages:

  • Fintech/digital solutions, e-commerce, e-payment;

  • Local regulations on retail banking;

  • Engagement with local regulators.


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