Legal Counsel

  • Hong Kong
  • Full-time

Company Description

As the world's leader in digital payments technology, Visa's mission is to connect the world through the most creative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company's dedication to innovation drives the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and fuels the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

At Visa, your individuality fits right in. Working here gives you an opportunity to impact the world, invest in your career growth, and be part of an inclusive and diverse workplace. We are a global team of disruptors, trailblazers, innovators and risk-takers who are helping drive economic growth in even the most remote parts of the world, creatively moving the industry forward, and doing meaningful work that brings financial literacy and digital commerce to millions of unbanked and underserved consumers.

You're an Individual. We're the team for you. Together, let's transform the way the world pays.

Job Description

What a Legal Counsel does at Visa:

To serve as a member of the Visa Asia Pacific Legal Team and assist senior legal counsel in providing legal advisory support for a broad range of legal issues including, in particular, corporate/commercial, technology and intellectual property.

Key responsibilities:

  • Draft and review a wide range of contracts and other legal documents for different functional business units

  • Respond to requests for advice from different functional business units on a broad range of legal matters, including corporate, commercial, technology, antitrust, regulatory, intellectual property, employment and privacy

  • Work with external counsel in a cost-efficient manner to advise on specialist legal issues; translate external legal advice into practical business solutions for functional business units

  • Develop, implement and update legal documentation templates

  • Assist with company secretarial matters

  • Such other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Chief Counsel for Asia Pacific

Why this is important to Visa

The Legal Counsel provides legal advice, counsel and support to Visa’s business operations in the Asia Pacific region, and serves as a trusted and respected advisor to senior management and a variety of business units. The incumbent has responsibility for enabling Visa’s business and protecting Visa, through drafting agreements, assisting with negotiations, and advising on diverse areas of law for strategic partnerships, commercial transactions, technology and intellectual property-related matters as well as daily operations of the business.


What you will need:


  • Qualified to practice law in Hong Kong or a common law jurisdiction, with 6 to 10 years of post-qualification legal experience

  • Good working knowledge of Hong Kong law concepts

  • Solid corporate/commercial law experience in drafting and negotiating strategic and complex deals in a top-tier law firm or multinational company

  • Strong academic background with good commercial sense and analytical skills

  • Ability to efficiently manage and prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment, and to identify and resolve legal and business issues independently and quickly

  • Exceptional legal drafting skills, good attention to detail

  • Motivated; eager to learn and develop new practice areas


  • Good command of written and spoken English and Cantonese required; fluency in Mandarin highly preferred

  • Excellent communication and client relationship skills

  • Experience in operating in a matrix environment with multiple stakeholders; an open and transparent communicator; strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team-based environment

  • Ability to effectively communicate complex concepts and issues

  • Intellectually curious, strong EQ, resilient

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, especially Outlook, Word and PowerPoint

What will also help:

  • Genuinely interested in technology and the payments industry

  • Familiar with the Asia Pacific region

  • International experience preferred, but a desire to expand knowledge of regional laws and legal systems can substitute

  • Knowledge of antitrust law, anti-bribery laws (such as FCPA and UK Bribery Act), privacy law and intellectual property law preferred

Additional Information

You will be a member of a regional legal team that works at the cutting edge of new payment technologies, innovation and the fintech industry in an increasingly regulated environment, which brings unique and novel challenges in the commercial/technology law space.

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