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Chief Legal and Compliance Officer / Engagement Lead

Organisation Name Corporate Action Japan
Location Tokyo CBD
Date Posted 2023-03-10
Job Type Full-Time
Job Number 998863
  • Rare legal opportunity at the forefront of the climate change movement
  • Maintain your legal license, gain sought-after ESG experience
  • Tokyo-based (hybrid), excellent work life balance, attractive compensation


The Organisation
Corporate Action Japan (CAJ) is a newly incorporated Japanese NGO working towards clean energy transition in Japan, governed and led by established and respected directors from leading international financial and legal institutions. CAJ is funded by international philanthropic foundations and advocates for environmental protection by engaging with high-emission companies, investors, and industry associations to request them to fully align their emission reduction targets and business practices with the 1.5-degree Paris Agreement goal.
Using a range of strategies including stakeholder advocacy, negotiation, and advice on sustainability initiatives, CAJ will work with boards and the management of companies to increase understanding of climate risk and opportunities and strengthen climate governance, disclosure, reporting and transition plans. CAJ will expand its activities by widening its funder-base and by expanding collaboration with other sustainability-focused expert partners and stakeholders, including leading global climate action organizations, with the vision of a swift transition of the Japanese economy to an emission-free and safe environment. 
Benefits & Culture
  • Work with, and learn from, leading Japanese and global climate action players
  • Remote/shared office hybrid working, vibrant innovation CIC shared Toranomon office hub
  • Develop valuable and in-demand ESG expertise in a collaborative and well-balanced working environment
  • Competitive compensation, plus bar dues
The Role
Reporting to the CEO, you will play a unique dual role, both as an engagement lead and internal lawyer. Responsible for all internal legal and compliance issues in this start-up NGO, you will also collaborate with the engagement leads, sharing your legal expertise and advising and strategizing on engagement with target organizations. You will meet and negotiate with a wide range of organizations across broad industry sectors and advise the engagement team on when and how to use legal tactics for successful shareholder advocacy. You will be supported with industry insights expertise from the engagement team.  Additionally, you will:
  • Collaborate internally and with external partners to maximize engagement capacity
  • Provide legal and compliance guidance for communications with investors
  • Expertly respond to legal activity queries from investors and proxy advisors
Skills Required
You will ideally be a Japan-qualified lawyer (bengoshi) with substantial (min 5 to 7 years) in corporate practice and advanced knowledge of the Companies Act of Japan and familiarity with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act of Japan. (Non-bengoshi applicants with sufficient in-house legal work experience will be considered). Ideally you will also be familiar with the Financial Exchange Instrument Act of Japan. You have strong experience negotiating challenging commercial transactions or in controversial disputes with large Japanese corporations and you have the strong desire to use your experience to help achieve carbon neutrality. Additionally, you can bring:
  • Experience in a law firm or corporate setting as an inhouse counsel
  • Willingness to work in both legal and engagement roles
  • Good knowledge of securities and disclosures, sustainability experience is a plus
  • Insights into and experience with large, listed companies in Japan
  • High levels of collaboration, assertive style, not adverse to conflict
  • Ability to work remotely and flexibly across different time-zones 
  • Native level Japanese, professional level English skills

If you would like to use your legal and corporate negotiations expertise in a non-profit setting to help Corporate Action Japan tackle climate change, and you meet most or even some of the above criteria, please submit an expression of interest by submitting your cover letter and resume quoting reference #998863. Alternatively, call Lois Freeke in Australia (AEDT) in confidence on: +61 (0) 3 8080 8978.

Please note there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Please be advised you can upload two attachments, including your resume and covering letter when submitting your application.