Head of Legal

Permanent contract|Tokyo|Legal / Tax / Insurance

Head of Legal

Tokyo, Japan Permanent contract Legal / Tax / Insurance


  • Manage and develop a team of lawyers and documentation specialists who provide legal advice and transaction documentation for SG activities in Japan
  • Monitor legal risks and inform the Group Country Head, and the Heads of Departments on legal risks relating to the activities of SG in Japan
  • Maintain adequate reporting and cooperation with regional and global Legal teams
  • Comply with internal guidelines and procedures of the bank and of the Legal Department, and contribute to updating guidelines and procedures which relate to the above activities
  • Participate in new product committees
  • Participate where relevant and to the extent consistent with the team’s objectives in any relevant market reform, review, lobbying effort, working group, forum or the like
  • Ensure the performance of any permanent supervision controls

Profile required

  • Good understanding of the Japanese legal framework in addition to the global legal framework; i.e. ability to explain the Japanese legal framework to local management and ex-Japan SG stakeholders, and ability to understand and explain European / ex-Japan legal framework to SG Japan stakeholders
  • Solid product knowledge in SG Tokyo’s key product lines, in particular global market and with a focus on derivatives and structured products across all asset classes
  • Japanese speaking skills and ability to communicate and work well with SG stakeholders in the region and Paris
  • Ability to use scarce legal resources sensibly, develop an innovative and efficient operating model for Legal, implement an appropriate balance between internal and external legal resources
  • Ability to prioritize and to push back on non-legal or low value add tasks
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to engage, manage and develop people: a positive and collaborative mindset, ability to mentor, experienced in recruiting, retaining, and building succession plans

Business insight

Societe Generale is one of the leading financial services groups in Europe. Present in over 50 countries across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Societe Generale provides corporate, financial institutions, investors and public sector clients with value-added integrated financial solutions.

Today, Societe Generale in Japan consists of four core businesses: Societe Generale, Tokyo Branch; Societe Generale Securities Japan Limited, Lyxor Asset Management Japan and Societe Generale Aircraft Leasing Company Limited. These four entities are in line with our worldwide focus on Investment Banking, Global Finance and Global Markets, and Asset Management.

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, membership of a political, religious, trade union or minority organisation, or any other characteristic that could be subject to discrimination.

Reference: 22000PC0
Entity: Societe Generale Securities Japan Limited
Starting date: 2022/10/06
Publication date: 2022/09/06