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Legal Director, APAC



Posted on Monday, July 1, 2024
Company Description

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, built to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. Our products help people make powerful connections, discover exciting opportunities, build necessary skills, and gain valuable insights every day. We’re also committed to providing transformational opportunities for our own employees by investing in their growth. We aspire to create a culture that’s built on trust, care, inclusion, and fun – where everyone can succeed.

Join us to transform the way the world works.

Job Description

Hybrid Work:

At LinkedIn, we trust each other to do our best work where it works best for us and our teams. This role offers a hybrid work option, meaning you can both work from home and commute to a LinkedIn office, depending on what's best for you and when it is important for your team to be together.

The Opportunity:

LinkedIn is seeking a passionate, authentic, and dynamic leader to serve as the Director of Legal & Public Policy for Asia. In this role, you will oversee a wide range of legal and public policy matters across the north, east, and southeast Asian markets. Your responsibilities will include managing LinkedIn’s legal risks in areas such as regulatory compliance, commercial transactions, litigation, product development, and corporate law. Additionally, you’ll represent LinkedIn externally, engaging with government officials, regulators, and policy influencers.

We’re looking for someone who can think strategically while also paying attention to detail. You should excel at identifying critical issues, analyzing risks, and providing clear, actionable guidance. Collaboration is key—you’ll work closely with cross-functional teams of LinkedIn employees in the APAC region and collaborate with leaders across the company to advance policy positions that benefit our members and help accomplish our mission and vision.


  • Provide practical daily legal advice on a full range of commercial, regulatory, litigation, product, and corporate law related issues across multiple jurisdictions in north, east, and southeast Asia.
  • Lead government affairs and public policy efforts across north and east Asian jurisdictions with an emphasis on China, South Korea, and Japan.
  • Serve as a member of LinkedIn China’s leadership team to advise business leaders on a range of legal and public policy matters related to LinkedIn’s operations in China and Hong Kong.
  • Provide commercial legal advice in relation to SaaS and online advertising related transactions.
  • Advise in relation to proposed tech regulatory legislation as well as regulatory compliance obligations in jurisdictions across north, east, and southeast Asia.
  • Oversee the work of external counsel on a range of legal matters and requests for discrete advice and project work as needed.
  • Provide training to relevant stakeholders in relation to various legal issues and assist in building processes and guidebooks/toolkits to allow for scaling.
  • Manage a small team of legal professionals based in China, and potentially in the future, Japan.
  • Manage multiple relationships with internal stakeholders in north, east, and southeast Asia, including with country managers, regional APAC business leaders, and other cross-functional regional leaders.

Play an active role in fulfilling LinkedIn's mission of connecting the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful by being an active and engaged member of our fast-paced, well-rounded, collaborative, and fun Legal & Public Policy Team.


Basic Qualifications

  • A recognised professional qualification from an accredited legal body.
  • 10+ years’ combined experience as a lawyer in a law firm and in-house environment.
  • 5+ years’ experience leading a team and managing legal and/or government affairs professionals.
  • Written and spoken Mandarin and English language skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Qualified to practice in China and at least one U.S. state.
  • Solid understanding of commercial law in other jurisdictions outside of country(ies) of qualification.
  • Experience managing / providing advice in relation to multi-jurisdictional projects.
  • Experience partnering with and managing external counsel effectively.
  • Passion for people management through inspiration, compassion, and managerial excellence.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing cross-functional stakeholders effectively within a matrixed global organization.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, with the ability to articulate complex problems in a manner that is easily understandable to all stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple contemporaneous matters effectively.
  • In-depth experience managing legal and public policy risks for organizations in the technology sector.
  • A track record of embracing change, demonstrating a growth mindset though continuous professional development of self and others.

Suggested Skills:

  • Growth mindset
  • Executive presence
  • Influencing without authority

Additional Information

Global Data Privacy Notice for Job Candidates

Please follow this link to access the document that provides transparency around the way in which LinkedIn handles personal data of employees and job applicants: https://legal.linkedin.com/candidate-portal.

Global Data Privacy Notice for Job Candidates
This document provides transparency around the way in which LinkedIn handles personal data of employees and job applicants: https://lnkd.in/GlobalDataPrivacyNotice