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(Expired) Senior Counsel, China

3 months ago by Electronic Arts

  Shanghai, China

Level: Senior

Contract: Full Time (Paid)

Sector: Legal

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Electronic Arts Inc. is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. EA delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets.

We are looking for a talented lawyer to be based in our Shanghai (Jingan District) office to support our business in China, which includes development, licensing and publication of video games.

You will work closely with our business teams and must be comfortable with negotiating and drafting complex content licensing contracts with top tier publishers, as well as building and maintaining relationships with the inhouse counsel of our key partners.

This is a generalist role, and you will be expected to take day-to-day responsibility for all legal needs of our business in China, and you may be tasked to support our businesses in other parts of Asia. Therefore, you must have the technical skill, experience and business acumen to handle a wide range of issues including IP, employment, e-commerce, data protection, compliance and other issues that may arise from time to time.

To succeed in this role, you will need to be comfortable with working in an ever-changing, yet very fast-paced, environment and be able to solve complex problems using creativity and practicality.

This position reports to Head of APAC Legal in Korea.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of this role can be grouped into the following 4 areas: (1) advisory, (2) contracts, (3) disputes, and (4) general.

  • Advisory: As a generalist, you will provide frontline support for our China-based functions – including Publishing, Studio, HR, Finance and Facilities. You will advise on issues relating to commercial and contract law, interactive entertainment creation and exploitation, IP, employment, e-commerce, esports, consumer law, data protection, and compliance. Over time, you will be expected to become intimately familiar with common and recurring issues in these areas. For more complex issues, you will work closely with our legal specialists based around the world.

Additionally, as the China specialist, you need to understand and advise on the local regulatory environment and ensure compliance with Chinese laws and regulations. You will stay up to date on relevant legal developments, and proactively advise our business and specialists.

You must demonstrate problem-solving skills and your advice must be complete with solution-oriented recommendations, which will require exercising good judgement and risk management, as well as anticipating follow up questions.

You need to be able to grasp the key issues and communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively, both in English and Chinese.

  • Contracts: This position requires strong contract drafting and interpretation skills, and your primary responsibility in this area includes negotiating, drafting and reviewing a wide range of commercial agreements, some involving novel and unique business models and arrangements that are critical to our success. To properly support our business teams, you must understand the business goals and think strategically.

Some of the more common types of agreements include licensing, distribution, esports, facilities and third party vendor agreements. While we have template agreements, you should be able to properly and accurately reflect the business objectives in the agreements without supervision. While most of our agreements are in English, you must be able to read and analyze Chinese agreements. You should proactively and continuously make improvements to our existing agreements and processes.

We work closely with other stakeholders, and therefore you need to manage wide range of projects involving multiple teams at multiple levels. To succeed, you need to be an exceptional team player with proven track record of working on large and complex projects ($500million+).

  • Disputes, Investigations & Gov’t Inquiries: As a generalist, you will work closely with external counsel and internal litigation specialists to manage litigation and disputes (usually involving consumers and employees). You will also be tasked to assist with government inquiries/audits and internal investigations, working closely with our specialists and external counsel.
  • General: You will support in other areas as well, including:
  • Localization/Translation: Oversee third party localization of Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policies, End User License Agreements, and other legal documents, including translation of documents and agreements (English to Chinese & Chinese to English). You will ensure that the quality is good in the translations.
  • Liaison with Legal Teams: Regularly update and coordinate with legal team at regional and US corporate headquarters, including product counsel and legal specialists for issues related to IP, e-commerce, data protection, employment, and compliance.
  • External Counsel: Coordinate with and supervise external legal counsel, including managing external counsel fees for various matters.
  • Add’l Duties: As may be instructed from time to time depending on business needs.

Areas of Law

The role requires you to have substantive legal knowledge in a wide range of areas - essentially all areas relevant to operating a successful studio and publishing organization. Some of the key areas include: commercial and contracts laws, IP, employment, e-commerce, consumer protection, data protection, and FCPA/anti-corruption.

  • Intellectual Property: oversee management of the use of EA's intellectual property, and the intellectual property of EA's licensors. You must have substantive working knowledge of IP issues relating to content licensing, including copyright and trademark laws.
  • E-Commerce, Data Protection & Consumer Protection: work closely with our legal specialists to review and advise on our commercial deals, marketing campaigns, game designs, etc. to ensure compliance with relevant laws.
  • Employment: work closely with HR and labor specialists to advise on employment matters, including regulations on overtime, contingent workers, terminations, and compensation and benefits. Some of the more common issues involve contentious disciplinary measures and internal investigations relating to alleged employee misconduct. You must be able to support HR and advise them on how to lead investigations into sensitive and contentious matters.
  • Compliance: work closely with internal compliance team and external counsel to implement and advise on various compliance matters, including anti-bribery/corruption, conflict of interest, and other applicable policies and regulations.

Requirements & Preferences

  • Law degree.
  • 5 years in contract and general legal experience - Comprehensive knowledge of general corporate business practices and commercial contracting principles. Law firm and in-house experience strongly preferred.
  • English and Chinese fluency assumed. Should be able to draft/review legal agreements in English and communicate with internal English-speaking clients.
  • Intellectual property related business background preferred (i.e., games, movies, music industries).
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Understanding of and experience with relevant Chinese laws and practices essential (particularly employment law); experience of other laws and cultures useful.
  • Experience working in a multinational company preferred.
  • People management experience preferred but not essential

EA is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EA also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

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