Trainee – 12 months’ contract – Legal Counsel

Trainee|Singapore|Legal / Tax / Insurance

Trainee – 12 months’ contract – Legal Counsel

  • Singapore, Singapore (country)
  • Trainee
  • Legal / Tax / Insurance


Description of the Business Line or department

The Legal Department in Singapore (SEGL/JUR Singapore) primarily provides legal advice and support to Singapore and Hong Kong based investment banking business lines and all other activities forming part of the SG Group in Singapore and South East Asia. Business Lines / Service Units we provide support to include: (i) Energy and Renewable Resources; (ii) Maritime & Aviation Financing; (iii) Trade & Sustainable Commodities Finance; (iv) Export Finance; (v) Global Transaction and Payment Services; (vi) Company Secretarial; (vii) Compliance; (viii) Corporate Services and (ix) Human Resources.

The Legal Department is responsible for identifying and analysing legal and commercial issues, including communicating advice clearly and effectively, as part of an overall responsibility for managing and overseeing legal risk for the businesses and service units supported. The Legal Department is also responsible for managing conduct risk within the Legal Department, promoting a positive culture of good conduct and compliance and contributing to the management of conduct risk throughout the businesses supported.

Summary of the Key Purposes of the Role:

As a Legal Trainee with the Singapore Branch, you will: 

  • Work closely with members of the Singapore Legal Team to provide transactional support to investment business lines and (ii) legal advice to internal management stakeholders on a wide range of matters concerning the activities of Societe Generale in Singapore and South East Asia.
  • Assist the Singapore Head of Legal in discharging the Singapore Legal Department’s regulatory watch responsibilities by: (i) identifying new laws and regulations and changes to existing laws and regulations that may impact on the SG Group in Singapore and South East Asia; and (ii) providing commentary and analysis on these changes for publication through the Bank's Legal Watch tool (ARGOS).
  • Be involved in drafting, reviewing, analyzing and commenting on a wide range of documentation arising out of the team’s transactional and internal operational responsibilities; drafting written advice and other communications with internal and external stakeholders and updating and maintaining internal templates, guidelines and procedures. 
  • Carrying out legal research and producing legal memos to assist colleagues within Legal to respond to queries from front office and other key internal stakeholders. 

The candidate will gain experience and knowledge of debt financing documentation, transaction management and the Bank's legal and regulatory obligations and will work in close collaboration with both lawyers and internal clients.

Summary of responsibilities

  • Provide analysis and commentary on changes in law and regulation and their impact on the Bank.
  • Review, comment on and draft transaction documentation prepared or reviewed by the Singapore Legal Team including NDAs, Letters of Support, Reliance Letters, Commitment Letters and Loan Agreements.
  • Attend meetings and take minutes.
  • Carry out legal research.
  • Carry out general drafting tasks and proofreading.
  • From time to time, to assist with other matters lawyers in the team may require which may include general administrative tasks.
  • The candidate will receive training to enable them to do this, but after a couple of month the candidate will be expected to run files on their own, albeit supervised by lawyers within the team.

Level of Autonomy

Whilst, after a couple of month the candidate will be expected to run files on their own, they will be supervised by a senior lawyer.

If you consider yourself as a collaborative, confident and continuously striving legal graduate or newly qualified lawyer, please get in touch.

This is a fixed term 12 month Trainee contract with Societe Generale. You will form part of the team on a full time basis. In order to apply for the Trainee position please ensure you have completed your qualification and will be available to work full time for the duration of the Trainee contract.

To apply, please apply with the following information:-

  • Cover letter;
  • A full resume (specifying the class of honor or GPA attained);
  • Contact details;
  • Availability;
  • Work authorization status

Profile required


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law
  • Preferably, called to the Singapore Bar or other reputable Common Law jurisdiction. 
  • Good knowledge and understanding of Singapore laws
  • Working experience is a merit, but not mandatory


  • Client - Understanding and Respect: I listen to clients and colleagues in order to understand and anticipate their needs 
  • Team Spirit - Collective mindset: I favour the team’s interest over my own results
  • Innovation - Simplification: I make things & ideas simple 
  • Responsibility - Courage: I express my convictions and make decisions with courage and respect.
  • Responsibility - Performance: I strive for high performance
  • Commitment - Sustainability: I strive to develop my skills and knowledge

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. Based on a diversified and integrated banking model, the Group combines financial strength and proven expertise in innovation with a strategy of sustainable growth. Committed to the positive transformations of the world’s societies and economies, Societe Generale seeks to build together with its clients, a better and sustainable future through responsible and innovative financial solutions. Active in the real economy for over 150 years, with a solid position in Europe and connected to the rest of the world, Societe Generale has over 117,000 employees in 66 countries and supports 25 million individual clients, businesses and institutional investors worldwide (figures as of August 2023). We have a presence in 11 locations across Asia Pacific. With our regional headquarters in Hong Kong – a core hub of the worldwide Societe Generale Group – we employ around 2,300 employees in the region. In addition, Societe Generale's Global Solution Centre (SGGSC) in Bangalore and Chennai supports the Group in Asia Pacific and globally with customised business solutions.

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: 23000Y0X
Entity: Societe Generale Singapore Branch
Starting date: immediate
Publication date: 2024/01/07