Legal Counsel (RandP trading)

Tokyo 23 Wards Permanent ¥15,000,000 - ¥15,000,000 per year Foreign Multinational Work from Home or Hybrid
  • Unique opportunity to work in top tier energy and power industry
  • First hire in Japan due to strategic business development

About Our Client

It is one of the largest players in the global oil and gas industry, with operations spanning exploration, production, refining, and distribution of energy resources. Known for its extensive global presence, it is involved in the production of oil and natural gas, while also actively pursuing a transition towards cleaner energy sources, including renewable energy and low-carbon technologies. They are opening up new power trading business in Japan.

Job Description

  • Providing full legal support in Japan on power trading and origination businesses including advising on PPAs, greenfield and brownfield financing of power and power supply and trading contracts for projects and markets in Japan.
  • To be generally part of the legal team in the Asia Pacific region supporting bespoke transactions and its day-to-day trading activities in Japan. This would include advising on transaction structures and drafting and negotiating transaction documentation for complex trade financing arrangements, complex offtake and supply arrangements, M&A and JVs.
  • Advising on new projects and strategic initiatives.
  • Handling a variety of disputes relating to trading contracts and governmental and regulatory investigations
  • Working closely with and establishing good working relationships with legal colleagues in Singapore and in the other regions together with bp legal specialist teams and outside counsel.
  • To work confidently and effectively with business and functional stakeholders with minimal supervision, but with the judgement to promptly inform and work with managing counsel on more complex and sensitive matters.

The Successful Applicant

  • Qualified to practice law in Japan, and ideally with 6 - 8 years post qualification experience. However, other candidates with appropriate skills and relevant experience may also be considered
  • Substantial experience in Japanese power markets (both sophisticated and emerging), including drafting and negotiating bankable PPAs will be critical for this role.
  • Substantial transactional experience in a top tier international law firm.
  • Ability to prioritize conflicting demands, operate independently and effectively against short timelines and provide prompt and commercially focused advice.
  • Excellent Japanese language drafting skills; and professional working proficiency in English.
  • An ability to work internationally and with different cultures.
  • Proven track record as an effective team player.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong professional working relationships and promote networking, open communication, and effective collaboration.
  • Previous experience in advising on regulatory matters involving power trading in Japan and dealings with METI.
  • Experience in commodity trading and understanding of the market dynamics as well as the risks in Japan.
  • Experience in advising on complex trade finance arrangements, M&A and JVs would be helpful.
  • Sound competition/antitrust, sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption law knowledge.

What's on Offer

  • Hybrid and flexible working arrangement
  • Diverse and collaborative working culture
  • Decent compensation for the appropriate techniques
  • A great chance to join the world's biggest player in energy and power sub-sector and pioneer in power trading business
Ying Wei
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Phone number
+81 3 6832 8969

Job summary

Attorney - In-house
What is your area of specialisation?
Energy & Natural Resources
Tokyo 23 Wards
Job Type
Consultant name
Ying Wei
Consultant phone
+81 3 6832 8969
Job Reference
Company Type
Foreign Multinational
Work from Home
Work from Home or Hybrid

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