KLA Careers

Lead Counsel, Greater China

Company Overview

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA, we're making technology advancements that are bigger—and tinier—than the world has ever seen.

Who are we?  We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chips—the kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you own—faster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us.  The future is calling. Will you answer?


The Legal Compliance Organization (LCO) team headquartered in Milpitas, CA provides legal guidance to further KLA’s strategic objectives and protect and preserve the legal, ethical and financial integrity and reputation of the Company. With specific expertise in the areas of corporate law, commercial law, employment law, and intellectual property; the LCO offers strategic legal counsel that is informed by a clear understanding of the company’s business objectives and expertise in the laws and regulations relevant to the business worldwide.

The Lead Counsel, Greater China (“Lead Counsel”), will manage a wide variety of legal, regulatory, and compliance matters for KLA Corporation’s operations in China. The primary focus will be day-to-day commercial technology transactions, including standard purchase and sale agreements, NDAs, IP development and technology transfer agreements, statements of work, and the like.  The Lead Counsel will also be responsible for working with all business and corporate teams in the local office to identify issues and developments that arise in other substantive areas of law such as employment, corporate, intellectual property, antitrust, privacy, FCPA and trade compliance, and coordinate with outside counsel to ensure appropriate management of the matter.  This position will report directly to the Global Commercial Lead in KLA’s Legal and Compliance Organization in the U.S.



The Lead Counsel will be required to:     


  • Gain a solid understanding of Company’s goals and challenges in China and identify and implement appropriate legal strategies and processes to facilitate goals and minimize challenges.
  • Identify, analyze, and assess complex issues pertaining to contractual risk.  Exercise judgment and creativity in selecting methods, techniques, and strategies for obtaining prompt resolution to contractual requests.
  • Work with business clients, outside counsel, customers and suppliers to draft and negotiate a wide variety of commercial and technology related transactions; manage the local chop use and approval policy.
  • Be a strong business partner with the China business teams while considering and mitigating legal risks, including in connection with bidding opportunities, health and safety initiatives, and HR-related matters.
  • Support acquisition integration activities in China, including sharing and communicating Company-approved policies, best practices, and expectations to all local legal entities regarding contractual matters, working issues with internal stakeholders and external personnel, and assisting with escalation process. 
  • Support implementation, use, and execution of Company Contract Lifecycle Management solution with local users and requestors.
  • Act as interface to government agencies, as necessary, including China Customs.
  • Provide regular, clear communication on legal issues and opportunities to the Legal and Compliance Organization to assist with the identification and mitigation of risks, and the development of appropriate processes and strategies. 
  • Support the Legal and Compliance Organization on other projects, initiatives, and strategic opportunities as may arise from time-to-time.


  • Admission to the China bar.
  • Law Degree from a U.S. Law School preferred.
  • At least ten years of experience at a U.S. multinational company; semiconductor industry (or closely-related fields) preferred.
  • Strong commercial background and an understanding of the challenges facing the Company and the semiconductor industry (or closely-related fields). 
  •  Compliance experience – including FCPA and trade related issues (such as export control and compliance with Entity List restrictions) a plus.
  • Fluent English and Mandarin.
  • Highly-developed interpersonal skills; must be able to interact and communicate with clients at all levels of the organization, including business executives.
  • Strong and independent demeanor, capable of standing up to business pressures and strong client personalities.
  • Self-motivated and persistent; strong ability and comfort exercising independent judgment to obtain best business outcome while containing legal risk.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

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