Senior Counsel, EU/UK Legal

Senior Counsel, EU/UK Legal


London, United Kingdom

What you’ll be doing (i.e. job duties):

  • Work closely as legal advisor to business executives and the Compliance team to ensure our EU and international operations meet applicable e-money/payment services and financial services law and regulation and digital currency exchange best practices;
  • Provide legal guidance to international operating entities. Includes responsibility for ensuring we satisfy legal and regulatory requirements for new products and services, inter-company operating arrangements, commercial relationships and banking partnerships, retail and institutional terms of business, assisting the business in rolling out products and services to new jurisdictions, and co-ordinating support and advice with the U.S. based legal team as appropriate;
  • Advise business leads and other key clients of new regulatory and policy trends and developments involving digital currency in Europe and other key international jurisdictions, and help enable Coinbase’s advocacy for effective regulation;
  • Continuously assess operating risks and legal needs and ensure that the legal department is equipped to provide outstanding support as Coinbase’s international business continues to grow;
  • Manage outside counsel effectively where they are engaged in connection with specific projects, while establishing your own strong domain expertise.

What we look for in you (i.e. job requirements):

  • Qualified solicitor in England, Wales or the EU with approximately 5 -10 years experience working in a regulated e-money / payment services or financial services institution in the EU or UK (e.g. e-money issuer, payment service firm, broker dealer / asset manager) or in a law firm supporting such clients (ideally with some previous in-house experience);
  • Deep familiarity with financial services regulations (e.g. PSD2) and digital asset regulations (e.g. Markets in Crypto Assets regulation (MiCAR) and VASP registration regimes) is strongly preferred;
  • Experience dealing with UK or European regulators, such as the Financial Conduct Authority, Central Bank of Ireland, and/or other key European regulators is preferred;
  • Ability to manage complex projects involving coordination across multiple time zones, challenging legal issues and tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work closely with Compliance to deliver coordinated input to the business and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to exercise initiative and drive effective internal decision making across complex workstreams to enable Coinbase to meet its long-term goals;
  • Ability to manage a large and varied workload and exercise excellent judgement, analytical rigour and commercial pragmatism. Must be able to provide crisp and practical legal advice to business executives across a broad range of matters with limited supervision;
  • Highly driven and proactive. Must be keen to create process and structure and strive for continuous improvement;
  • Must be flexible, able to multitask, detail-oriented, and enjoy fast paced and high-intensity work;
  • Exceptional legal writing abilities and skilled at synthesising the perspectives of various stakeholders;
  • Comfortable working independently in a fast-paced, growth-stage environment, subject to regulatory scrutiny, operating excellence and Coinbase’s demanding standards to operate the world’s most trusted digital currency exchange.

Nice to haves:

  • Enthusiasm for and a basic understanding of digital currencies/blockchain.

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