Legal Counsel

June 26, 2024

Legal Counsel


  • Permanent
  • JP-Tokyo
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What is this position about?

If you like to be at the forefront driving progress and development, doing things better for your clients and your career, unleash your potential at BNP Paribas.

We are seeking a Japanese qualified lawyer to join BNP Paribas’ Global Markets Legal (Japan) team.  The Global Markets Legal (Japan) team currently comprises three (3) international qualified lawyers.   The Global Markets Legal (Japan) team provides support to all of BNP Paribas’ Global Markets business lines in Japan and regularly works closely with our business teams, control functions and management to provide advice on OTC derivative transactions, issuances of structured securities (including repackaging transactions), securities lending and repurchase transactions, debt capital markets transactions, securitization transactions, reinsurance transactions and sales/trading activities.

Our ideal candidate is a Japanese law qualified lawyer who has (i) broad experience in advising on financial transactions and the related legal and regulatory requirements which underpin those transactions and (ii) strong Japanese and English language skills.  Experience advising on capital markets, derivative and structured finance transactions are an important consideration for this role.

What would be your typical day at BNPP Paribas look like?

Primary Role Responsibilities

In this role, you will be responsible for providing legal advice and support for transactional, regulatory projects which relate to Global Markets’ business activity in Japan (the Primary Coverage Area).  This entails:

  1. providing legal advice to front, middle and back-office personnel regarding the Primary Coverage Area and any related matters;
  2. drafting, reviewing, commenting on and negotiating legal documentation and otherwise providing transactional support and Japanese legal and regulatory advice on matters within the Primary Coverage Area;
  3. participating in, and contributing to, the validation process for new business, products and transactions within the Primary Coverage Area;
  4. drafting and/or reviewing BNPP’s internal policies and procedures which are relevant to the Primary Coverage Area:
  5. applying and implementing BNPP’s global, regional and local policies and procedures relevant to the Primary Coverage Area;
  6. providing legal or any other support to litigation or any other type of disputes involving BNPP group companies which are related to the Primary Coverage Area;
  7. appointing of external law firms, and managing relationships with external law firms in connection with the Primary Coverage Area;
  8. monitoring new law and regulations and any significant regulatory/industry developments which impact upon the Primary Coverage Area and, where appropriate, updating the Japan Legal team on such developments;
  9. assisting with global, regional and local projects assigned by the Head of Legal or the Head of Global Markets Legal, whether related to the Primary Coverage Area or not; and
  10. assisting with any ancillary matters related to the above or otherwise assigned by the Head of Legal or the Head of Global Markets Legal.

Other contributions

You will also be expected to demonstrate:

  1. technical knowledge, experience and ability (including analytical skills) within the Primary Coverage Area;
  2. ability to review and draft legal documentation in Japanese and English;
  3. confidence to advise on legal/regulatory issues related to the Primary Coverage Area but also in managing relationships with, and the expectations of, colleagues in front office, control and/or management roles, who may sometimes be very demanding; and
  4. ability to communicate effectively and confidently with individuals at all levels of seniority and from different cultures.

What is required for you to succeed?

In order to succeed, you should:

  1. have a willingness to take ownership of assigned matters and projects;
  2. have a pro-active and “can-do” attitude;
  3. have the ability to independently progress legal-related assignments/projects and drive them through to completion;
  4. be detail oriented but also able to act with perspective;
  5. be adaptable;
  6. be intellectual curiosity;
  7. have the ability to work as part of a team including, without limitation, making updates/reports to your supervisor and your colleagues properly and in a timely manner; and
  8. be native Japanese speaker and fluent in English.

Required education/certification/licenses

Admission to practice in Japan (ideally with at least 6 – 10 years post-qualification experience).


As the leading European Union bank, and one of the world’s largest financial institutions with an uninterrupted presence in the region since 1860, BNP Paribas offers a wide range of financial services for corporate, institutional and private investors spanning corporate and institutional banking, wealth management, asset management and insurance.

We passionately embrace diversity and are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where all employees are valued and encourage applicants of all backgrounds, including diversity of origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion applicants who may be living with a disability. We have a number of internal employee networks in place to empower our staff to act and challenge the status quo.

·       BNP Paribas PRIDE is highly active in favour of the LGBTQIA+ community

·       BNP Paribas MixCity which fosters better representation of women at all levels of the organization

·       Ability, the mutual aid network for employees with a disability or a disabling or chronic illness

·       BNP Paribas CulturAll which celebrates diverse backgrounds

BNP is committed to financing a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. The Group is a founding member of the Net-Zero Banking Alliance and has set up its own Low Carbon Transition Group to support its clients through their energy transitions.

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