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Senior Director, Legal, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Job Description

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Posting Date Jan 14, 2019
Job Number 190004RY
Job Category Legal
Location Japan Office & SW CCC, Tokyo, Tokyo-To VIEW ON MAP
Brand Corporate
Schedule Full-time
Relocation? No
Position Type Management

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Position Summary

The attorney in this position will be part of the Marriott Law Department and will work in the Tokyo office reporting to the Vice President & Senior Counsel in the Hong Kong Office. 


The attorney will primarily work on multiple projects in Japan, but may also work on other projects throughout the Asia/Pacific region.  The attorney will be required to develop an understanding of Marriott's financing and development techniques and practices, and deal with a broad array of topics, including real estate development, debt and equity financing, joint ventures and risk-management covering Marriott’s full range of brands, including its premium full-service Marriott and Sheraton hotels, luxury W, Ritz-Carlton and Bulgari hotels, select-service Courtyard, Moxy and Aloft hotels, and branded residential products. 


The attorney will be required to manage and execute complex transactions, effectively supervise outside counsel, understand local approval processes, work with owners, developers and lenders across varied cultures and legal environments, and coordinate tax, insurance, intellectual property and design issues within Marriott.  Travel will be required. 


Specific Job Summary and Expected Contributions 

Primary responsibilities of this attorney will include:


  • Providing preliminary advice on proposed transactions with respect to confidentiality agreements, structuring the transaction, letters of intent and trade area restrictions;

  • Drafting and negotiating management and related agreements and coordinating various conversion matters on the takeover of an existing property;

  • Drafting and negotiating franchise agreements and related agreements with owners, operators and lenders;

  • Drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, ground leases and development agreements, handling legal due diligence, coordinating with other members of the development team, monitoring compliance with local laws, drafting and negotiating closing documents, overseeing closings and following up on post-closing matters;

  • Drafting and negotiating ownership structuring agreements, including joint venture, condominium and finance documentation;

  • Drafting and negotiating documents involved with multi-unit refinancings, sale/lease back, and sale/management back transactions; and

  • Providing advice on miscellaneous real estate matters affecting lodging development and operations (e.g. condemnations, easements, restrictions and land use).

Candidate Profile

  • Excellent academic records with a law degree from a top Japan, US, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore or Australian law school;
  • 3-6 years of post-qualification legal experience in a well-regarded Japan, US, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore or Australian law firm on M&A, project finance or real estate transactions;
  • Native in spoken and written Japanese, and fluent in spoken and written English; 
  • Active Bar membership (if licensed in the United States) / practicing certificate;
  • Outstanding analytical, writing and oral communication skills; 
  • Proven project management experience, strong drafting and problem-solving skills, excellent organizational skills, as well as the ability to work well under pressure while producing a high volume of accurate work;
  • Constructive approach to dealing with conflict, and ability to influence and achieve successful results without damaging relationships;
  • Ability to expeditiously identify and assess issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason;
  • Ability to work independently and take ownership of, and effectively resolve, problems;
  • Excellent client service and communications skills (oral and written);
  • Strong interpersonal and consultative skills; ability to interact effectively and work diplomatically with individuals at all levels;
  • Ability to think strategically and provide leadership when needed;
  • Ability to expeditiously identify and assess issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reasons;
  • Ability to assess and balance risks, and understand the commercial drivers of projects; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively, work diplomatically and foster relationships with individuals at all levels.

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Marriott International is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. Marriott International does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected under federal, state or local laws.

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