Structuring Lawyer - Vice President

MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group) is one of the world's leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with approximately 350 years of history, MUFG is a global network with around 2,300 offices in over 50 countries including the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia and Oceania, and East Asia.. The group has over 150,000 employees, offering services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing.

Overview of the Department/Section:
MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group) is one of the world's leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with approximately 350 years of history, MUFG is a global network with around 2,300 offices in over 50 countries including the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia and Oceania, and East Asia.. The group has over 150,000 employees, offering services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing.

As one of the top financial groups globally with a vison to be the world's most trusted, we want to attract, nurture and retain the most talented individuals in the market. The size and range of MUFG's global business creates opportunities for our employees to stretch themselves and reap the rewards, whilst our common values, to behave with integrity and responsibility, and to build a culture which is fair, transparent, and honest, underpin everything that we do.

We aim to be the financial partner of choice for our clients, whatever their requirements, building long-term relationships, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world.

MUFG’s shares trade on the Tokyo, Nagoya, and New York (NYSE: MTU) stock exchanges.  The group’s operating companies include, but are not limited to, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking (Japan's leading trust bank), Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings (one of Japan's largest securities firms), and MUFG Americas Holdings.
 
Please visit our website for more information - mufgemea.com.

The Legal department’s principal functions are to:

• Provide legal services and legal advice to each international securities business and banking businesses
• Draft, review and negotiate contractual documentation, whether transactional or non-transactional
• Draft structured notes and other product documentation and arrange for issuance of such notes and products
• Provide structuring, legal and execution advice in relation to transactions and new business
• Provide transaction management support for securities issues and financing transactions arranged or underwritten by an international securities business
• Evaluate legal risk business is conducted in a lawful and professional manner
• Identify and advise on the implementation of new laws and regulations
• Provide legal oversight of regulatory matters and government affairs
• Manage all disputes, litigation, regulatory proceedings and other contentious matters
• Manage and approve all use of law firms

Main purpose of the role:
We have an exciting opportunity for a high-qualified and experienced Structuring lawyer to join our team on an permanent basis.

Key responsibilities:
• In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for Legal Structuring across MUFG’s banking arm and securities business under a dual-hat arrangement. Under this arrangement, the employee will act and make decisions on behalf of both the bank and the securities business, subject to the same remit and level of authority, and irrespective of the entity which employs them.
• Advise on, participate in and implement Firm and International Business transactions, proceedings, actions, projects and initiatives.
• Provide legal advice, review draft and negotiate documentation and provide all related transaction management and project management for:

 cash & synthetic, funded & unfunded structured transactions covering all asset classes
 note issuance by the Firm or its affiliates
 netting and collateral enforceability opinions
 project finance and securitisation transactions
 notes issuance by SPVs already established or to be established by the Firm
 Review, draft and negotiate transaction documents, term-sheets, client presentations and provide all related transaction management and
 project management for structured transactions including:
 derivative documentation including ISDA and foreign law governed master agreements
 repo and securities lending documentation
 other forms of market standard trading documentation as well as bespoke and market standard bond, loan, derivative, foreign exchange, index, forward, options and any other type of documents.

• Advise and assist business units in the development and structuring of new & complex products and new business initiatives.
• Coordinate the establishment, updates, upgrades, listing and administration of note/loan issuance programmes that the Firm establishes for transactional and other purposes, as well as all supporting service providers including SPV administrators, custodians, auditors and others.
• Provide legal advice and support with respect to strategic, legal and documentation matters and initiatives in relation to structuring transactions.
• Advise on the legal, regulatory and reputational issues arising in transactions and in the non-transactional aspects of the operation and business activities of the Firm and the International Business.
• Provide training on legal and regulatory issues to employees of the Firm and the International Business.
• Participate in industry forums and working groups.
• Participate in working groups and committees of the Firm and the International Business.
• Maintain records on INDOX for all relevant contracts and documents managed in the structuring unit.

Skills and experience:
• A minimum of 5 year’s PQE in UK or equivalent jurisdiction, preferably at an in-house legal department or leading law firm
• Previous exposure working in the Financial Services sector
• Demonstrate commercial awareness of the latest market issues and regulatory changes.
• Excellent structured finance experience with a good knowledge of structuring and execution of asset backed transactions across a range of asset classes, together with the related regulatory background
• Ability to build effective and positive client relationships quickly and fully embrace the importance of client service
• Ability to explain complex legal concepts to a non-technical audience

Personal requirements:
• Excellend interpersonal and communication skills, both written & verbal
• Team player
• Proactive and enthusiastic
• Commercially minded