Molson Coors Brewing Company

  • Assistant General Counsel - APAC (Melbourne)

    Posted Date 3 months ago(2018-03-30 11:50 AM)
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  • Overview

    The Assistant General Counsel, Asia, is responsible for providing high quality, proactive legal advice and support to Molson Coors International (MCI) and specifically to MCI’s operations in Asia.

    The role will be responsible for overseeing all of the legal and compliance operations in Asia, including Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim. This will involve drafting, negotiating, and implementing complex distribution, licensing and other commercial arrangements; maintaining compliance with all regulations and governmental requirements; providing legal support to other MCI departments including Corporate Affairs, Finance, Procurement, Supply Chain and Tax. This role also supports the compliance efforts for MCI Asia and ensures employees are trained and abiding by the most up to date policies regarding anti-bribery and anti-corruption, OFAC, and competition law. This role supports risk assessments both in contract negotiations and in day to day operations of the business.

    In addition, the role will be responsible for providing strategic project management support to the Managing Director Asia for new market development opportunities, which would involve the establishment of new legal entities, conducting route to market and partner assessments, coordinating multiple cross-functional work streams, and engaging in partner negotiations.


    • Serves as primary or support counsel on joint ventures, strategic partnerships, IP development and licensing arrangements, distribution and brewing agreements, and other business transactions in the region, which may include identifying key legal and business issues; and preparing and reviewing documents that govern and consummate such transactions.
    • The role will also be a member of the leadership team for the Asia business unit and will work closely with the Managing Director, Asia, and other members of this leadership team.
    • Maintains a current in-depth knowledge with respect to the laws of the jurisdictions in which the company operates in the region.
    • Maintains full compliance with all applicable laws and company policies.
    • Assumes other responsibilities as assigned by the MCI General Counsel and Head of Corporate Affairs.
    • Supports the adoption and implementation of appropriate processes in the Region to achieve compliance with MCBC codes of practice and governance requirements in parts of MCI for which this role is responsible. Work closely with global ethics and compliance team to ensure aligned approach, provide support where required in terms of implementing new policies and carrying out training.
    • Performs the highest quality work in a passionate, collegial and enjoyable environment.
    • Supports and creates solutions to various issues that arise in the course of negotiating complex transactions, and to identify new and creative ways to improve processes within the function.
    • Has an understanding and can support industry standards regarding both MCBC and MCI global commercial objectives to enable creative contracting solutions to address the risks inherent in the business.
    • Provides meaningful legal guidance and support to all levels of the organization with respect to regional and global initiatives and innovations.
    • Responsible for the global commercial contracting and ensuring that the company has appropriate risk mitigation built into the contracts by working cross-functionally with business stakeholders and the global supply chain organization.
    • Conduct compliance risk assessments, third party due diligence and workplace investigations as required.
    • Provide strategic project management support to the Managing Director Asia.


    • Juris Doctorate (or equivalent legal degree) from a leading law school; excellent academic credentials.
    • Commercially astute with strong numerical strengths and understanding of how brands contribute to financial growth.
    • 10+ years in private or in-house practice, negotiating and drafting complex commercial agreements, with significant responsibility for handling own work load with minimum supervision.
    • Significant experience with mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing, distribution, financing and other complex agreements.
    • Strong understanding of relevant anti-bribery and corruption and competition regulations in the jurisdiction and applicable to multi-national companies.
    • Excellent organizational and process skills, thought leadership, business perspective & is able to interact with all levels of management & staff.
    • Ability to manage external counsel.
    • Willingness to travel internationally.


    • 3-5 years experience in the food and beverage industry.
    • Experience in international law is a plus.
    • Bilingual (Japanese, Korean, Mandarin) a plus.


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