LaSalle Investment Management is one of the world's leading real estate investment managers. With presence in 15 countries worldwide, we manage approximately $71 billion (as of 4Q 2020) of private and public property equity investments. Our diverse client base includes public and private pension funds, insurance companies, governments, endowments and private individuals from across the globe.
Unlike many investment management firms, we invest only in real estate and therefore have a unique focus and depth of expertise in the sector. Our primary objective is to deliver competitive performance while striving to achieve the highest levels of client service.
This position reports Regional General Counsel based in Singapore
Roles & Responsibilities:
Manage legal aspects of corporate and client transactions, including the review of various agreements such as advisory agreements, sale and purchase agreements, subscription agreements, termsheets, PPMs, NDAs etc.
Manage external counsel engaged for the Asia Pacific's business.
Manage compliance with rules, regulations, policies and procedures that are applicable to LaSalle.
Coordinate with and support the Asia Pacific COO and Human Resources professionals on legal aspects of employee and benefits matters where required.
New Funds and Risk Management
New business and Investment Management Agreement ("IMA") review process:
Review potential risk, liability, license and compliance issues and requirements for new mandates and funds.
Work with client capital group on client onboarding and lead client onboarding from a compliance perspective (including AML and KYC).
Assist in the development, communication and monitoring of governance of funds and mandates by:
assisting to develop and clearly communicate compliance requirements.
rolling out programs and raise awareness.
participating in operational reviews, audits and monitor compliance.
Regulatory compliance and licensing
Monitoring of regulatory environment and licensing requirements across key Asia Pacific countries with a focus on Singapore but also on secondary markets such as China:
Assist with liaising with the business particularly the Investor Relations ("IR") and communicate with appointed external lawyers on evolving business environment and license implications.
Work with IR team to ensure that individuals are aware of what can and cannot be done in relevant markets across Asia Pacific.
Provide practical and pragmatic regulatory and compliance advice in clear and concise (with minimal jargon) manner to various relevant parties and in a timely manner.
Strive to be a trusted compliance advisor by getting to know "the business" and becoming a critical part of it.
Assist with compliance with Company-wide policies and procedures
Requirements and Qualifications
Recognised law degree and professional legal qualification
Preferably with a minimum of 5 years' experience focused on corporate compliance work, in funds management, property or banking and finance sectors (preferably in Singapore).
At least 5 years of experience in private and/or in-house, within the investment management or asset management space. Real estate experience will be advantageous.
Experienced in advising companies holding capital markets services licences issued under the Securities and Futures Act and exemptions under the Financial Advisors Act and working knowledge of the requirements of these pieces of legislation.
Ability to provide or suggest solutions to complex regulatory and business challenges.
Commercial attitude and enjoy working in an entrepreneurial, team-driven environment.