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Director, Legal- Japan

 

Director, Legal- Japan

  • JR-121109
  • Shinagawa-ku
  • Legal
  • Full time
Director, Legal- Japan

About Equinix and ONELegal

Equinix is the world’s digital infrastructure company, operating 200+ data centers across the globe and providing interconnections to all the key clouds and networks. Businesses need one place to simplify and bring together fragmented, complex infrastructure that spans private and public cloud environments. Our global platform allows customers to place infrastructure wherever they need it and connect it to everything they need to succeed.

We are a fast-growing global company with 70+ consecutive quarters of growth. Through our innovative portfolio of high-performance products and services, we have created the largest, most active global ecosystem of nearly 10,000 companies, including 1,800+ networks and 2,900+ cloud and IT service providers in over 26 countries spanning five continents.  

A career at Equinix means you will collaborate on work that impacts the world and be surrounded by endless opportunities to learn new skills and grow in varied directions. We embrace diversity in thought and contribution and are committed to providing an equitable work environment. that is foundational to our core values as a company and is vital to our success. 

Our global legal team may span 5 continents, but we are One Legal - a truly cohesive global team, working together across borders in support of shared strategic objectives. We work hard but take time to celebrate our accomplishments – both professional and personal - with a healthy dose of fun thrown in along the way. We look forward to coming to work each day to support Equinix and each other and highly value the team first culture we have created.

We are proud that the Asia Pacific Legal Team was also awarded the ALB SE Asia Law Awards “Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Legal Team of the Year” for 2016 and 2017, ALB SE Asia Law Awards “Innovative In-House Team of the Year” 2019, the Legal 500 Award “GC Powerlist Southeast Asia Teams” for 2018 and 2019, Asia Pacific Top 100 corporate counsel  2019 and Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2019.

Equinix’s One Legal team comprises valued business partners with a reputation for being responsive, consistent and proactive. We take customer service seriously and strive for excellence in execution. Equinix’s steep growth trajectory keeps us on our toes and constantly learning. Strong relationships with our internal clients, fueled by our solution-driven orientation and creative, practical advice get us invited to the table early and often and lead to interesting and rewarding work directly in support of Equinix’s corporate strategy. Our culture is at the heart of our success and it’s our authentic, humble, gritty people who create The Magic of Equinix. We share a real passion for winning and put the customer at the center of everything we do. Equinix’s One Legal team comprises valued business partners with a reputation  

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Being a close partner to the business, the successful candidate will assist in a broad spectrum of legal, compliance and corporate secretariat matters within Equinix’s business, with a particular focus on the Equinix business in Japan.

  • Advise on legal matters and projects; working closely with and providing strategic guidance to the business, especially the internal functional teams including Corporate Development Team, Sales and Sales support teams, Real Estate Team, the Construction and Design Team, the Human Resources Team, Products  Team,  to support the Company’s expansion activities as well as day-to-day activities and operations in Japan.

  • Assist to implement and maintain the Company’s regulatory and compliance program, including policies and procedures, deliver training addressing employee needs and regulatory and compliance requirements as well as enhancing employee awareness and knowledge of regulatory requirements and practices in Japan.

  • Work with members of the global and regional Equinix legal team and external counsels where required.

  • Manage a team of legal counsels based in Tokyo, Japan. At the moment, there is one direct and one dotted line report to this role.

  • Provide pragmatic and commercially focused legal advice and respond to queries on a wide range of corporate contracts, including prosecuting and defending litigation and/or insurance claims and dealing with contentious customer issues, if required.

  • Draft, review, and negotiate contracts, including commercial (retail and hyperscale) contracts , to ensure Equinix’s interests are protected; and to liaise with colleagues globally where needed.

  • Identify contracts that do not comply with Equinix policies, processes, and procedures and escalate issues to stakeholders/approvers and to the appropriate party to address non compliance.

  • Provide strategic advice specific to regional and global legal teams including updates on changes to Japan laws and recommending how to handle their impact; providing strategic advice on commercial contracts in Japan; and working with the regional and global commercial teams to ensure consistency.

  • Conduct presentations, train and educate the business team members on legal review processes and procedures, legal documents and applicable laws. 

  • Handle any other work as directed by the Vice President Legal AP.

  • Function as part of the wider global legal team, including engaging with other departments, providing input on corporate issues, undertaking any global projects, initiatives, deals, corporate or other commercial transactions as may arise or be assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

  • JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree) or equivalent from a recognised university and with about 12-15 years’ post qualification experience (all or most in Japan); with some experience in a reputable law firm.

  • Having prior in-house experience in an MNC will be an advantage.

  • Admitted to practice in Japan.

  • Prepared to use technology including contracts management system and online corporate secretariat system.

  • Articulate, with great communication and drafting skills and highly effective in both Japanese and English.

  • Competent, accurate, proactive, resourceful, independent, organised, solutions-oriented, able to prioritise effectively to meet deadlines, address risk, achieve results, an effective manager with strong leadership and interpersonal skills with a focus on teamwork and ability to foster/manage relationships across multiple departments.

Location

  • Role will be located in Tokyo, Japan and  some travel expected within and outside Japan for work assignments.

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