Senior Legal Counsel: Regulatory

The Role

Where you fit in?

To provide real time, proactive, legal advice on all regulatory matters related to Shell’s Singapore and Asia Pacific Trading and Supply organisation.  The candidate will work hand in hand with and alongside the Trading & Supply (T&S) Compliance organisation and provide legal advice and support on all regulatory matters as are relevant to the business in the region for crude, products, gas power, and environmental products.  

What’s the role?

The following accountabilities cover the whole Asia Pacific region, except where stated:

  • Pro-actively scan the horizon and develop the team’s practice, expertise and know-how to provide advice as an APAC regional focal point on key up-and -coming Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) areas including regulation of voluntary carbon credits, human rights, biofuels and other low carbon fuels, taxonomies, disclosure standards and their impact on the T&S business
  • Provide advice on how financial regulations in Singapore impact the T&S business and work closely with the Regulatory team in T&S Compliance and the Business to ensure business compliance. 
  • Provide input and advice to T&S Business lawyers and Compliance colleagues on commonly encountered regulatory issues, including best practices or on risks and mitigants as part of review process for relevant new business proposals across all business lines in region
  • Maintain/refresh or prepare Regulatory Deep Dives for key T&S jurisdictions so that there is a clear overall picture of the regulatory risks faced by the T&S business in those jurisdictions
  • Act as an integrator to work with relevant SMEs, compliance colleagues and the business focal points to assess the impact of new or expanded regulations (e.g., data protection) and to take the right steps to ensure compliance.
  • Where external regulatory legal advice is required, work with business lawyers to ensure that the advice commissioned from external counsel addresses the key regulatory risks and provides fit for purpose solutions to address such risk and is provided in a cost-effective manner.
  • Provide regulatory advice on portfolio transactions which involve the merger with acquisition or divestment of businesses with regulated activities.

Key challenges

The candidate should be comfortable and assured in dealing quickly and accurately with requests for advice on regulatory matters from business clients, front-line trading staff and compliance colleagues in a fast moving and, at times, pressurised business environment. The candidate should be comfortable in advising business colleagues at the highest level.


Shell Trading & Supply one of the largest energy traders in the world. It is a key business for the Shell Group, closely connected to the Upstream, Downstream and Integrated Gas businesses.

Shell Trading & Supply comprises a worldwide trading network with a global portfolio in crude oil, refined products, biofuels, environmental products, LNG and natural gas, power and chemicals, together with associated derivatives trading both for hedge and speculative purposes.

Beyond the Trading network, Shell Trading & Supply provides an extended supply and distribution network delivering oil, gas, power, and refined products. Shell Trading & Supply equally houses one of the largest LNG shipping operators in the world: Shell manages over 40 LNG carriers and 10 oil tankers.

What we need from you?

We are keen to hear from candidates with the following qualifications and experience:

  • Law degree and professional legal qualification in Singapore or a common law jurisdiction
  • With at least 12-15 years PQE
  • Excellent command of English language, both spoken and written/drafting skills.
  • Experienced in regulatory matters and financial regulation as it applies a commodity trading business and willingness to grow knowledge in the physical regulation space, including gas and power and biofuels
  • Experience supporting organizational compliance programs in difficult environments and under challenging conditions.
  • Ability to quickly identify and give clear exposition of regulatory exposure in business activities and to advise on how to manage those risks.
  • Ability to understand and take account of business drivers and needs and balance with wider constraints.
  • The ability to work both independently and as a team member is essential. Strong interpersonal skills to develop and maintain relations with internal and external stakeholders across diverse cultural backgrounds.  
  • Strong influencing, negotiation, business partnering and facilitation skills

Shell is one the largest foreign investors in Singapore and began operations in 1891. Today, we have more than 3,200 employees in Singapore alone. The Pulau Bukom Manufacturing Site today is the largest Shell refinery in the world in terms of crude distillation capacity, which makes Singapore a key regional supply and trading centre for Shell in the East. Singapore is the largest petrochemical production and export centre in the Asia Pacific region. Shell Jurong Island (SJI) manufactures petrochemicals to meet the fast-growing demand for these products in the region. We also have one of the largest single-branded retail networks in Singapore, providing customers with a wide range of quality products and services. When you join Shell in Singapore, you can count on our commitment to help you thrive and propel your career by means of our industry-leading development programme and our available and unrivalled pool of local and global experts. Our numerous global and local skill pools as well as our diversity are key to our success and continuing innovation.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you’ll be adding your talent and imagination to a business with the ambition to shape the future – whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy, or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently, everyone at Shell does their part.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress together, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we are nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills, and reach your potential…

  • We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we’ll take it from there.
  • We’re closing the gender gap – whether that’s through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.
  • We’re striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.

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