Trainee – 12 months’ contract – Legal Counsel

Trainee|Singapore|Legal / Tax / Insurance

Trainee – 12 months’ contract – Legal Counsel

Singapore Trainee Legal / Tax / Insurance


  • Providing legal advice and support to SG’s Global Banking and Advisory (GLBA) team and other departments of the bank in the Asia-Pacific region, including the transaction management of matters in relation to debt capital markets and third party note issuance; and other supplemental legal documentation entered into under or in connection with the above.
  • Liaising with external counsel and external bodies including regulators, stock exchanges, clearing systems, paying, settlement and listing agents, distributors, registrars, common depositaries and other authorities with respect to the above.
  • Reporting and escalating appropriate matters on an ongoing and regular basis to line managers, and liaising with other members of the legal department as necessary.
  • Compliance with internal guidelines and procedures,and providing assistance in updating guidelines and procedures which relate to the above activities.

It is an opportunity for a Junior Lawyer to be trained be exposed to finance activities in a dynamic environment. The candidate will gain hands-on experience with drafting legal documentation in relation to debt/note issuance and exposure to contract law. The candidate will gain a solid understanding of the investment banking setup and acquire valuable interpersonal soft skills.

Profile required


  • Degree in law (Singapore or Commonwealth law qualification preferred)
  • Experience with capital markets and/or lending activities an advantage
  • Good communication skills and good command of spoken and written English
  • Problem solving and analytical skills; attention to detail
  • Motivated and able to work independently, while respecting reporting procedures


  • Possesses basic post-graduate knowledge of fundamental legal principles within area of coverage.
  • Drafts core legal documents/memos/emails succinctly, thoroughly and in plain language.
  • Responds effectively to routine legal questions or issues raised by business partners or management.
  • Identifies and analyses core legal issues within area of coverage.
  • Identifies legal risks associated with a file.
  • Stays on top of regulatory changes and case law.
  • Researches points effectively.


  • Please select 6 skills from the leadership model.
  • Team Spirit - Synergies: I make cooperation with colleagues in and outside my team a priority.
  • Innovation - Technology: I adopt new technologies in the solutions and projects I work on.
  • Responsibility - Risk awareness: I am constantly on the lookout for risks.
  • Commitment - Care: I demonstrate consideration for others.
  • Responsibility - Performance: I strive for high performance.
  • Team Spirit - Collective mindset: I favour the team’s interest over my own results.
  • We regret to inform that only shortlisted candidate will be notified.

Business insight

Company Description

Societe Generale is one of the leading European financial services groups. Founded in 1864, we have been playing a vital role in the economy for over 150 years. With more than 148,000 employees based in 76 countries worldwide, we accompany 32 million clients throughout the world on a daily basis. Based on a diversified universal banking model, the Group combines financial strength with a strategy of sustainable growth.

Our expertise in the Asia Pacific region ranges from Corporate & Investment Banking (Advisory, Financing and Global Markets) to Asset Management, Securities Services, Trade Finance and Cash Management Services. Leveraging on our formidable global footprint, we serve corporates, financial institutions and the public sector. With our regional headquarters in Hong Kong, we operate in 11 countries across Asia Pacific, employing over 6,600 employees. You can find us in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Mumbai, Sydney and other locations in the region.

For more information, follow us on LinkedIn @Société Générale or visit our website

Department Description

The Asia-Pacific Legal division has a local presence in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Australia, Taiwan and Singapore.

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: 230001T5
Entity: Societe Generale Singapore Branch
Starting date: 2023/02/19
Publication date: 2023/01/20