Mayer Brown

Financial Crime Compliance Lawyer (FCC Lawyer)

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago(3/25/2022 12:57 AM)
# of Positions
Pos. Category
Legal Risk Management
Office Location
Hong Kong
Pos. Type
Regular Full Time


Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with offices in 26 key business centres across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. With approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centres — New York, London and Hong Kong — we are uniquely positioned to advise leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex legal needs. We have deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including our signature strength, the global financial services industry.


We are a collegial, collaborative and diverse firm where highly motivated individuals with an unwavering commitment to excellence receive the opportunity, support and development they need to grow, thrive and realise their greatest potential. We also encourage all our people to use their skills to support the wider community through our pro bono and community volunteering programmes. At Mayer Brown the principles of mutual respect, dignity and understanding are central to the way we work and help to provide an environment where diversity and inclusion are embraced.


The Firm is establishing a Financial Crime Compliance team within its Legal Risk Management and Risk Management Services functions to oversee the Firm's compliance with AML/CTF, sanctions anti-bribery (ABC) and other financial crime laws.  The Head of FCC will be responsible for harmonising the Firm's cross-border approach to financial crime compliance, developing policies and procedures and training and mentoring compliance staff.


The FCC Lawyer will report to the Head of Financial Crime Compliance and will provide day to day legal assistance to the financial crime compliance team. The FCC lawyer will work closely with the partners and counsel in charge of regional compliance in these areas and with the local money laundering reporting officers.


  • Provide day to day assistance to the financial crime compliance team, including, carrying out risk assessments, reviewing risk ratings and requests for CDD exemptions and responding to queries from clients, lawyers & support staff and financial crime compliance staff. Assisting with responses to regulatory audits.  Advising on sanctions related intake matters
  • Support the Firm's reporting procedures for suspicious transactions/activity and sanctions, liaising with local MLROs, sanctions lawyers and regulatory authorities as necessary
  • Handling queries from Firm's Accounts staff relating to client monies
  • Keep abreast of key financial crime compliance legal and regulatory developments.  Support the Head of FCC in oversight of compliance with other financial crimes such as anti-bribery, tax disclosure regimes and Accounts and Escrow Rules as applicable to lawyers throughout the global firm
  • Support the Head of FCC in developing and delivering training programs for lawyers, support staff and the compliance team

Qualifications / Person Specification

  • Strong academic background
  • Qualified lawyer
  • Experience of work and responsibilities of a global risk management team in the areas of AML/CTF, sanctions and ABC
  • Knowledge of AML/CTF laws and other financial crime laws such as sanctions, anti-bribery, tax disclosure regimes and Accounts Rules applicable to lawyers in local region
  • Strong analytical skills; able to analyse facts and scenarios quickly and thoroughly
  • Able to proactively solve problems in a methodical, practical way
  • Effective communicator and able to disseminate complex topics clearly, with credibility and confidence
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Able to prioritise a varied workload and to work to tight deadlines
  • Practical and pragmatic approach
  • Enthusiastic and pro-active
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a local and global team
  • Responsive and able to work under pressure
  • An ability to handle sensitive matters confidentially and with discretion
  • Commitment to a career within risk and compliance
  • Good IT skills/tech savvy


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