Counsel - Refining & Products Trading, Eastern Hemisphere

( )  Remote (Asia | APAC Time Zone Permitted)

Job Type : Contract
Experience : 3 to 5 years
Education : Bachelor Degree

Job Detail
Job Profile Summary
Responsible for providing comprehensive strategic and solution-focused legal guidance on Trading matters, to assist BP in minimising its legal and reputational risks.

Job Advert
Role Synopsis
Sitting within the bp trading & shipping (T&S) legal team in Singapore, this role will support bp’s Asia Pacific refining and products trading (T&S RPT) business. bp’s T&S business trades energy commodities across the globe including crude oil, refined products, gas, power and renewables. bp’s T&S business has a fantastic reputation within the market of being entrepreneurial and dynamic.

The role would be most suitable for a lawyer with strong experience in banking and finance transactions at a top tier international firm. This role will support a dynamic business both on transactional work as well as other strategic business matters. Being part of a larger team provides a unique opportunity for non-commodity lawyers to be trained in commodities work on the job.

Key Accountabilities
  • To be part of the T&S RPT legal team in the Asia Pacific region supporting bespoke transactions and its day to day trading activities. This would include advising on transaction structures and drafting and negotiating transaction documentation for complex trade financing arrangements, complex offtake and supply arrangements, M&A and JVs
  • Advising on new projects and strategic initiatives including the expansion of the business into new markets and jurisdictions
  • Handling a variety of disputes relating to trading contracts and governmental and regulatory investigations
  • Working closely with and establishing good working relationships with T&S legal colleagues in the other regions together with bp legal specialist teams and outside counsel
  • To work confidently and effectively with business and functional stakeholders with minimal supervision, but with the judgement to promptly inform and work with the Managing Counsel, T&S – RPT EH on more complex and sensitive matters.
Essential Experience
  • Substantial experience in Banking and Finance transactions with high value and complex financing structures at a top tier international firm
  • A deep understanding of LMA (and ideally, APLMA) precedents
  • Ability to prioritise conflicting demands, operate independently and effectively against short timelines and provide prompt and commercially focused advice
  • Excellent English language drafting skills
  • An ability to work internationally and with different cultures
  • Proven track record as an effective team player
  • Ability to build and maintain strong professional working relationships and promote networking, open communication and effective collaboration
Desirable Experience
  • Ideally experienced in trade finance – offtake backed prepayment financing, funded participation arrangements, receivable purchase programs and other financing arrangements (such as URPs) along with appropriate credit support arrangements
  • Experience in oil and gas commodity trading and understanding of the market dynamics as well as the risks in the Asia Pacific region
  • Experience in advising on complex trade finance arrangements, M&A and JVs would be helpful
  • Sound competition/antitrust, sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption law knowledge
  • Qualified to practice law in a common law jurisdiction (preferably England & Wales), and significant post qualification experience

Job Family Group
Legal Group

Relocation available

Travel Required
Negligible travel

Time Type
Full time


About BP
Join us and become a trusted advisor delivering legal support to the group focused on material risk, ‎value and growth, protecting ourselves and enabling the realisation of our purpose, strategy, ambition and ‎aims.

Together we will achieve this by:‎
  • providing professional legal advice and counsel to the entities we support
  • leading and co-ordinating the identification and management of legal risks
  • developing a highly skilled, progressive and diverse legal team
  • supporting the entities in the delivery of their accountabilities
  • living the bp code and being role models of our values and behaviours
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