McGraw Hill Financial Assistant General Counsel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Position Description

The Role:

Assistant General Counsel (Full-time Contract Position)

The Location:

Hong Kong

The Team - The Business:

This team is responsible for advising business colleagues and compliance - risk colleagues on all legal and regulatory matters impacting the business and managing all licensing and contractual arrangements in the Asia - Pacific region.

The Impact:

Reporting to the Chief Legal Officer for S&P Dow Jones Indices (“S&P DJI”), you will be the primary contact in Asia Pacific on any legal issues or enquiries.

What’s in it for you:

You will get a chance to develop and apply skills at both a technical and a strategic level, and gain experience across the Asia-Pacific region.


Serve as the first stop for business colleagues on all legal questions, including but not limited to disputes, intellectual property issues, and regulatory developments and appropriately escalate issues to the Chief Legal Officer.

Draft and negotiate a variety of agreements. These agreements include a) customer agreements for S&P DJI’s products and services, including data, information, trademark (index licensing), custom index, research, software, consulting and other agreements and b) data vendor agreements for S&P DJI. In addition, handle related and ancillary agreements, including confidentiality, marketing and click agreements. Provide legal support for permissions and other requests for S&P DJI publications.

Use legal knowledge and skills to manage and mitigate the risks faced by the company in connection with its product development and licensing regime. Provide legal support for resolution of day to day matters related to any agreements, including interpretation of contracts.

Provide training/guidance to sales organization and business in IP protection and contract terms.

Develop, maintain and update templates/ standard forms (i.e. local law/language, regulated and software products) as needed and in response to changing market and industry trends and practice. Address tax and regulatory affairs/compliance

issues. Ensure use of appropriate disclaimers.


Law degree with over 8 years of relevant experience working within the financial services industry

Commercially aware lawyer with a keen understanding of legal and cultural differences across the various jurisdictions

Strong working knowledge of contract, intellectual property law and an understanding of the laws of the different jurisdictions where S&P DJI does business in the Asia/Pacific region, indemnification, disclaimer of liability and information reuse provisions

Incumbent must have excellent organizational skills

Incumbent must have excellent communication and negotiation skills with the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management within S&P Global as well as customer , regulators and vendor firm

Experience in providing advice on intellectual property and regulatory matters across jurisdictions

S&P Dow Jones Indices

At S&P Dow Jones Indices, our role can be described in one word:

essential. We’re the largest global resource for index-based concepts, data and research, and home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500® and the Dow Jones Industrial Average®. More assets are invested in products based upon our indices than any other index provider in the world; with over 1,000,000 indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices defines the way people measure and trade the markets. We provide essential intelligence that helps investors identify and capitalize on global opportunities.

S&P Dow Jones Indices is a division of S&P Global (NYSE:

SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit