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Group Manager, Greater China Regional Legal Counsel

Avanade

Beijing, China

About the role

Regional Legal Lead for Greater China will be responsible for the provision of quality legal support to the company which covers transactional work, compliance, legal advisory services and ensuring effective management of legal and contractual risks.

Day-to-day, you will:

Work with market units, business development executives, Finance and other stakeholders to structure, review, draft and negotiate medium to complex client transactions.
Manage and advise company leadership on legal and commercial risks associated with transactions, their potential impact and suggested mitigating actions.
Organize, anticipate and maintain local compliance through regular support and monitoring of Avanade’s general legal needs, with the objective of avoiding the disruption or discontinuity of Avanade’s local operations for non compliance reasons.
Provide quality legal advice on corporate governance, labor and employment, disputed matters and provide geographical legal support to other corporate functions.
Manage external counsel as necessary.

Key responsibilities:

Stay abreast of legal developments affecting the company, its clients, and industries and synthesize the information to incorporate it into company’s transactional practices.
Educate company executives in regard to legal and risk management issues.
Represent company’s interests and interface directly with client counsel and negotiating teams.
Draft, review and negotiate a broad range of contracts for medium to complex engagements.
Strategize with company executives prior to client negotiations.
Help develop and understand risk mitigation strategies for contractual risks.
Structure client transactions to be most advantageous from a legal and business perspective.
Represent the Legal function in the Greater China Leadership Team.
Counsel, advise and consult company executives based on accurate interpretation of contract documents and the facts of a business opportunity.
Develop internal guidelines, toolkits and packaged knowledge on various legal and business issues.
Develop subject matter expertise in one of more areas that benefit the Avanade Legal Group and/or our business (e.g., company law, competition law, employment law, data privacy and market unit expertise).
Support, promote and implement initiatives from the Avanade Legal Group executive team.
Escalation of variances from contracting policy or unusual risks.
Manage and ensure that corporate governance requirements are met, up to date and in compliance with local laws.
Support the global compliance strategy and the related global compliance programs implementation, in particular, working with the global compliance team.
Support litigation, disputes, corporate investigations and the internal audit team, as needed.
Provide coordinated legal education and training for our executives and employees.

Qualifications
About you

You are a positive and committed person who is passionate about the law and technology. You are not afraid to speak your mind, and enjoy a dynamic and creative environment. You have the ability to manage competing priorities and adapt quickly to change. You are a people person who has the ability to build relationships at all levels within the organization. You have a curious mindset and a strong interest in understanding the business and what drives performance.

In addition, you have:

Law degree is required.
5+ years of experience as an attorney, at least 2 of which involved experience in a corporate legal department (experience in IT industry is a plus) or law firm.
Deep knowledge of, or ability to understand relevant laws (including contract, commercial, information technology, intellectual property and employment laws) and also the business and work culture in both Mainland China and Hong Kong (including those pertaining to compliance).
Demonstrates excellent judgment, ability to prioritize and make decisions.
Strong time management, prioritization and organizational skills with ability to meet deadlines with short time frames and work under pressure. Highly responsive and follows through on commitments.
Superior communication skills, particularly with respect to active listening to and integrating information from various sources quickly and communicating legal advice in a practical form in a business context.
Experience in structuring, negotiating, drafting and reviewing complicated technology consulting arrangements.
Up-to-date working knowledge of the Microsoft ecosystem is a plus.
Ability to work within a hierarchy and corporate multinational matrix both live and virtually across time zones.
Fluent in English and Mandarin (reading, writing and speaking).
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