Legal Counsel, Japan

Singapore , Singapore

Job Reference 1240366

Location Singapore , Singapore

Industry Renewables - Solar

Function Legal

Job Type Permanent

Date Added March 21, 2024

Renewable Company- Legal Counsel, Japan


The position will report to the Group’s Head of Legal based in Singapore with dotted line reporting to Head of Business Development (Japan).


Job Responsibilities:

  • Providing internal legal support to transaction teams when pursuing new opportunities in Japan, including acquisitions, divestments, financings, forming joint ventures and managing interests in projects during development and into construction.
  • Advising on general business law issues and managing the legal issues of all areas of the Company, including but not limited to corporate matters, land, permits, disputes, procurement, safety, security, insurance and sustainability issues (either solely or based on advice from external counsel).
  • Working on a wide range of contracts (including heads of term, term sheets, Joint Development / Project Development / Bidding Agreements, NDAs, engagement letters, service contracts, intragroup services/funding agreements, a wide range of commercial contracts and exclusivity letters).
  • Providing support to transaction teams, alongside external counsel, on share purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, credit support agreements and similar and related documents, including to protect Company’s interests and drive towards consistency of approach.
  • Supporting teams with understanding the legal aspects of acquisition due diligence and the development of projects in Japan (either solely by Company or alongside development partners), based on advice from external counsel.
  • Helping to identify and manage compliance with all applicable laws and regulations relevant to Company’s operations in Japan and contribute to appropriate solutions, monitoring and alerts (including in respect of competition, merger control and foreign direct investment requirements in each jurisdiction, with advice from external counsel).
  • Developing and improving procedures, precedents and guidance to assist Company’s legal team and all other teams within Japan.
  • Anticipate and manage the (legal) risks connected with or resulting from the business strategy and operations.
  • Coordinate with the Group’s legal team on transaction documents templates and updates.
  • Coordinate with the Group’s Compliance Officer on incidents and breaches as well as compliance with Anti Bribery and Corruption policies.
  • Coordinate with the Group’s Head of Legal to secure relevant internal approvals.


Your Skills:

  • Degree in law and qualified to practice in Japan.
  • At least 5 years of experience in the power sector in Japan with focus on renewable energy.
  • Combination of analytical and strategic thinking skills that allow the assessment of complex policies and changing policy environment.
  • Ability to articulate and promote ideas to different internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. (in Japanese and English) *need to use internally and externally
  • Effective decision-making and delegation skills to prioritise and complete projects in line with investment strategy or project plans.
  • Strong negotiation skills for interaction with private investors, prospective partners, lenders, offtakers, service providers and contractors.
  • Ability to working in teams in project mode with the operational teams (business development, technical and operations, structured finance) as well as external counterparties and lawyers.
  • Ability to deliver high-quality work under tight deadlines.
  • Assertiveness, responsiveness, flexibility (must be able to adapt quickly to the context and to complex and varied situations), autonomy and sense of initiative.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in the context of a multicultural environment.

Location: Japan, Tokyo

Salary: JPY10,000,000-15,000,000/Annual

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