Senior Counsel - Data & Services, Europe

Senior Counsel - Data & Services, Europe

MasterCard Europe

London, United Kingdom


Mastercard is looking for an energized commercial attorney to join its dynamic legal team to serve as a legal partner to the Data & Services (D&S) group of Mastercard. Mastercard D&S provides end-to-end solutions through its innovative and proprietary transaction data analyses, data-driven consulting, predictive analyses, and marketing and loyalty services to help our clients strategically optimize, streamline, and grow their businesses.

Under the direction of the VP, Senior Managing Counsel, this position will provide legal and general support for the Mastercard D&S business, primarily in Europe.

The position is located in London, United Kingdom. Other locations across Europe may be considered.


  • Structure, draft, and negotiate high-volume commercial contracts ranging from simple statements of work to complex partnership and novel/strategic deals. Typical agreements include transactional agreements, consulting agreements, platform agreements, SaaS agreements, marketing and promotional campaign agreements;
  • Align and collaborate across various business and legal teams, including with other D&S legal team members and Europe regional counsels;
  • Develop/Assist with and execute global initiatives to support the evolution of the D&S legal team;
  • Collaborate with team members on product development and go-to-market implementation;
  • Strategic partner and trusted advisor to a demanding business unit; counseling the business on deal matters as well as general business matters;
  • High level of interaction with business clients;
  • Manage wide-ranging issues such as data usage/privacy, intellectual property, compliance, regulatory, and tax by partnering with subject matter experts in these areas and other stakeholder teams, and balancing these issues against reputational risk to ensure product constructs and commercial agreements are consistent with corporate strategy, internal policies and procedures and applicable laws and regulations; and
  • Provide back-up support to other colleagues on the D&S legal team, as needed.

All About You

  • Solid transactional training and experience (preferably from a highly reputable law firm);
  • Must have strong drafting and negotiations skills with the ability to manage complex issues and deal structure;
  • Ability to manage, perform and enjoy highly repeatable and high-volume work in addition to strategic and unique issues;
  • Must be pragmatic, solutions-oriented, business-friendly, creative, thought provoker, and an advocate for the business and have a “let’s make it happen” attitude;
  • Must have leadership skills in bringing different perspectives together and work through competing priorities;
  • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively, including with our global colleagues, but also take direction from manager and other team members, as appropriate;
  • Minimum post qualification experience of 8 years;
  • Must multi-task effectively in an extremely fast-paced team environment with short turnaround times;
  • Must have strong communication skills to interact with clients and colleagues;
  • Must be a team player and willing to take on responsibilities and roles that support the team, region, department and the company;
  • Must be interested in significant contact with the business clients on a daily basis with respect to transactional issues as well as other strategic issues that have a significant impact on Mastercard's operations, strategies and financial performance.

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