HK: (852)8191-6008 / Japan: (81) 50-5534-2240 / Sydney: (61)2-8091-6064 / NZ: (64)21-0879-4362


OCTA Executive Search is a search firm covering

APAC Law Firms & Inhouse Legal roles 

Financial Services – Markets, Advisory & Compliance 

Since 1996

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Providing Top Class Executive Search and Recruitment services since 1996

We specialise in Search – filling those hard-to-fill roles which our clients, haven’t been able to fill with competent candidates.

Our Founder, Simon Tulloch, has been recruiting Legal, Compliance & Financial Services professionals since 1996.

He has run search firms living in Tokyo, Hong Kong and New Zealand covering APAC Law Firms, Inhouse Legal Roles as well as Banking, Securities, Investment Management and Hedge Funds.

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APAC Legal Recruitment

We have been making placements in Law Firms and Inhouse across much of Asia since 1996.  We know what makes candidates tick and what makes a client attractive.  

Our specialty is SEARCH, we seldom advertise.  We deep dive and deliver. 

One Differentiator is our Hourly Rate service – we will often close placements at a notional 8% or lower.

How do we do it?  By focus, experience, and working exclusively with you.  

We offer Talent Mapping services – creating Market Maps of competitors’ teams – and these people’s openness to a move.  These are generally completed on an Hourly Rate chargeout basis and our client can then contact candidates directly at no extra charge.  

We offer Nominated Shouldertapping services when you can’t make direct approaches for fear of poaching accusations.  Tell us who you want, we will tailor our pitch and make those calls.

We have been mapping, approaching, assessing, delivering and closing for 22 years – it’s our expertise


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Retained Search

Bespoke service tailored for each client and role on upfront retainer or Hourly Rate chargeout, set-off against final placement fee.   We deliver full Mapping, Long List and Short List, with Candidate call notes and can also discuss delivering candidate contact information for our client to make their own Warm Calls at a later time.

Contingent or Success-fee based Search

We work with our client to deliver top class candidates and charge only at the end.  If we are not quickly successful we will be candid and inform you of the complexities and any mismatch between expectations and suitable candidates.

Nominated Shouldertapping

We work with client firms who have issues with making direct approaches to candidates at competitors.  Usually done on an Hourly Rate chargout – 2 hours charge may save a 25% Fee. 

Talent / Market Mapping & Competitor Analysis

We work with clients and develop a list of “target companies” or competitors and then build out a map of team members, their profiles and ideally their interest in considering a move – all done without identifying who our client is. 


Insolvency & Restructuring Solicitor – Auckland

Corporate Commercial Senior Solicitor – Auckland

Commercial Property, Senior Associate – Auckland

Resource Management /Environ – SnrSolr, Auckland

Banking & Finance Associate – Hong Kong

ECM/IPO Associate – HK

DCM Associate – HK

M&A and Private Equity Snr Assoc – HK

Funds Associate – HK

Financial Institutions Lawyer – Tokyo

Trademark & IP Attorney – Tokyo

Project Finance Lawyer – Tokyo

FinTech Lawyer – Tokyo

M&A Snr Assoc – Tokyo

Legal Counsel, Medical Devices firm – Tokyo

Legal Counsel, Pharmaceuticals – Tokyo

Dispute Resolution Associate – Singapore

Commercial Property Lawyer – Bangkok

Head of Compliance, French bank – Tokyo

Head of Compliance, German Securities – Tokyo

VP, Legal, Strategic Investment Group – Tokyo

Senior Manager, Financial Crime

MLRO, Money Laundering Reporting Officer

Analyst – KYC – Know your Customer, Due Diligence

Manager – Internal Audit for a Bank

Director – Loans Business for a Bank

Executive Director – Debt Capital Markets

Executive Director – Debt Capital Markets Origination

MD – Head of Real Estate Investment Banking, Euro I-Bank

MD – Global Capital Markets, Origination

MD – Private Equity, Co-Head of Japan-focused fund

Exec Dir – Asian Equity Sales Trading, Japanese I-Bank, Singapore

Director – Head of Sales Trading, European I-Bank

Director – Investment Banking, Financial Institutions coverage

Director – Global Markets, Single Stock Options Trader

Director – Leveraged Finance

Director – Strategic Investment Group

VP – Real Estate Finance team, U.S. Bank

VP – Structured Finance – Workout – U.S. I-Bank Real Estate Subsidiary

VP – Business Manager, Global Markets Equity

VP – Commercial Real Estate

VP – Senior Audit Manager – European investment bank

VP – FX Structurer

Corporate Equity Derivatives Structurer

Associate – Strategic Investments Group, German I-Bank

Senior Broker – Credit Derivatives – Interdealer Broker

Foreign Exchange Trader for a German Bank

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Hong Kong  (852) 8191-6008

Tokyo  (81) 50-5534-2240

Sydney   (61)2-8091-6064

NZ    (64)21-0879-4362

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