Graduate Trainee - Legal

 Sydney, Australia       Trainee        Legal / Taxation / Compliance



The Legal function in Australia is responsible for providing legal advice services in relation to all of the Lending and Markets based businesses which are located in the Societe Generale Sydney office. The major accountabilities and principal responsibilities for the role are:

1. Providing legal advice, focusing on the financing business of the bank, including drafting, negotiation an review of related documentation and advising on the interpretation of laws and regulations and liaising with external counsel where necessary to the following business lines:

a. Project Finance lending teams in Australia and Hong Kong, including Infrastructure, Metals and Mining, and Energy;
b. Asset Backed Lending business in Australia which focuses on securitization and structured debt opportunities;
c. Real Estate Financing business in Australia;
d. Debt Capital Markets business in Australia;
e. Corporate coverage lending business in Australia and Hong Kong; and
f. Markets based business in Australia including ASX24 futures desk, Structured Products and Equity Derivatives

Legal support to these business lines may involve tasks including the review of non-disclosure agreements, commitment letters, legal opinions, facility agreements and related security arrangements, including bilateral and syndicated financing, and project financing and finance-related hedging.

2. Providing legal advice and assistance on legal matters to the front office, back office and middle office representatives and other teams or departments of the bank (including other legal teams in Asia and Europe) in connection with the local and regional activities.

3. Providing day-to-day transaction support and managing internal and administrative processes relating to the Australian business.

4. Staying up-to-date on developments and change in the regulatory sector which could affect the Australian business

5. Reporting and escalating appropriate matters on an ongoing and regular basis to the line manager and working closely with other members of the legal department across the APAC region.

6. Providing assistance in updating guidelines, procedures and standard templates.

7. Other financing-related work covered by the legal department.

Profile Required


  • Tertiary qualification in Law and another discipline (for example, Arts, Commerce, Economics or Science) 
  • Post-graduate legal qualifications considered favourably but are not necessary for the role
  • Pre-graduate experience in a financial or legal institution desirable
  • Competence in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint, and Microsoft Office generally
  • Knowledge and understanding of Australian laws, regulations and guidelines in relation to banking and financing activities and a working knowledge of related areas of law and regulatory environment

Business Insight

Serving 31 million customers in 67 countries, Societe Generale is one of Europe's largest financial services organisations. We employ 146,000 people in 67 countries worldwide. Based on a diversified universal banking model, Societe Generale combines financial solidity and a strategy of sustainable growth. Our objective: to be the leading relationship-focused bank, a reference in its markets, close to its clients and chosen for the quality and commitment of its teams.

Societe Generale has been present in Australia since 1981. Located in Sydney, it currently provides financing and advisory, as well as global markets solutions. Leveraging the strength of its client coverage and leadership in structured finance including energy, metals & mining, infrastructure finance, together with product and service offerings such as debt capital markets, asset-back products and commercial real estate finance, Societe Generale supports its Australian wholesale clients in their financing and advisory needs, and to serve its global clients who wish to access the Australian market with global banking services. Societe Generale also provides its global markets solutions by offering futures execution and clearing, equity derivatives sales and structured product distribution.

We are currently recruiting a graduate lawyer to join our Legal team in Australia. The successful candidate will be employed to work full time hours on a fixed term 12-month contract. This is an exciting opportunity to get hands-on experience within a fast-paced, results focused, global organisation that values diversity. The successful candidate will be involved in a broad range of matters and will build close relationships with local and regional teams.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are proud to make diversity a strength for our company. Societe Generale is committed to recognizing and promoting all talents, regardless of their beliefs, age, disability, parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, sexual or gender identity, sexual orientation, membership of a political, religious, trade union or minority organisation, or any other characteristic that could be subject to discrimination.

Job code: 19000UKN
Business unit: Société Générale Sydney Branch
Starting date: Immediate
Date of publication: 08/11/2019
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Graduate Trainee - Legal

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