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Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading global financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets and offices in over 37 countries. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides asset management, capital raising and advisory, financing, foreign exchange, payments, risk management, and trade finance services to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. At Wells Fargo, we want to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. We also value the viewpoints of our team members and encourage them to be their best. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you will feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience. We are looking for talented people who will put our customers at the center of everything we do. Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you. Learn more at our International Careers website.

Market Job Description

As a member of the APAC Legal team, provide transaction and regulatory support and legal advice to the Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (WFBNA) platforms in China with particular emphasis on the following areas: (i) inventory financing (by way of accounts receivable financing and documenting and negotiating agreements with manufacturers, suppliers and dealers of financed inventory; (ii) lending transactions (syndicated and bilateral loans, participations), trade finance, debt capital markets, structured finance and advising on, documenting and negotiating such agreements; (iii) responsibility for addressing regulatory issues; (iv) assisting the CDF China and WFBNA China platforms in developing and executing its strategies and objectives; and (v) providing legal advice across a range of issues to the CDF China and WFBNA China management teams.  

  • Providing local law advice and counsel on cross-border transactional and regulatory issues;
  • Draft, negotiate and review full legal documentation in respect to lending, structured finance, leveraged financing, participations, trade finance, inventory financing and factoring matters (including accounts receivable financing agreements) distributor agreements and associated guarantee and security documents;
  • Provide advice on pre-transaction structuring and transaction support;
  • Identifying and mitigating transaction risks and providing creative, problem-solving legal input to new product and new initiative developments;
  • Working independently with business units to help develop and execute their business strategies and objectives, particularly in obtaining requisite approvals from Head Office committees;
  • Advising on regulations in China affecting the CDF business and WFBNA China branches, in particular on the ability to market, solicit and conduct business in such jurisdictions, working with Compliance Department as appropriate;
  • Communicating regularly and co-ordinating with Head Office Law Department, in particular adhering to policies and procedures in retaining and managing external counsel relationships and all related legal expenses, particularly on transactions;
  • Consulting with and advising clients and representing Wells Fargo in dealing with others inside and outside the organization, as appropriate;
  • Keeping other Law Department and line of business colleagues updated on PRC legal developments and their impact on Wells Fargo’s businesses in the PRC

Market Skills and Certifications

  • Based in Shanghai, duly qualified lawyer admitted to practice law in  the People’s Republic of China, possessing circa 6-8 years of experience practising law with a major law firm or financial services organisation
  • Substantial experience in China representing international financial institutions on cross-border transactions and regulatory issues
  • Good technical knowledge of receivables financing, lending, capital markets, trade finance and similar products  and relevant laws with respect to secured lending
  • Knowledge of US securities laws and banking regulations (and how they impact global coverage models) would be useful
  • Ability to manage projects and work with multinational and multidisciplinary project teams
  • Excellent legal drafting, negotiation and organisation skills
  • Flexible, proactive, creative and entrepreneurial approach
  • Strong business judgment and commercial attitude
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and co-operative, team oriented approach

We Value Diversity

At Wells Fargo, we believe in diversity and inclusion in the workplace; accordingly, we welcome applications for employment from all qualified candidates, regardless of race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by applicable law. We comply with all applicable laws in every jurisdiction in which we operate.



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