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Assistant General Counsel, Europe

Circle is a consumer Internet company focused on transforming the world economy with secure, simple, and less costly technology for storing and using money. Circle is backed by $136 million from investors including Goldman Sachs, Baidu, CreditEase, IDG China, Breyer Capital, Accel and General Catalyst. With offices in Boston, San Francisco, Dublin and London, Circle is building mobile apps aimed at enabling greater ease-of-use in online and in-person payments, with enhanced security and privacy, and the convenience of free, instant, global digital money transfers.

We are looking for an attorney with significant experience in the payments space to lead Circle’s global expansion efforts from a legal and regulatory standpoint.  Circle is on a path of aggressive expansion and is looking for someone well versed in navigating complex payment regulation regimes throughout Europe and beyond.  You will report directly to the General Counsel and work closely with the global legal and compliance teams as well as the product, marketing, and business development teams to help build Circle’s expansion roadmap and ensure that Circle’s products and policies & procedures are compliant with local requirements. This position will involve direct engagement with government regulators, outside consultants and banking partners to clear the path for Circle’s growth and to foster ongoing relationships once licensed.

At Circle, you will
  • Partner closely with Circle’s finance, product and business development teams on new transactions and product structures, advising on potential legal issues and playing a leadership role in devising legally-compliant solutions that meet Circle’s business objectives
  • Manage the licensing process throughout Europe, EMEA and beyond
  • Oversee ongoing legal and regulatory compliance for existing licenses outside of the United States
  • Work with the compliance department to develop and maintain internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all licenses and timely renewal of such licenses
  • Stay current on financial regulations globally that could impact Circle’s business model and growth opportunities
  • Guide and mentor junior legal and compliance team members
  • Lead the company in best practices for regulatory compliance matters
About you
  • 7+ years experience with preference for mix of in-house and law firm background
  • Knowledge of the laws and regulations in EMEA that regulate payments and other types of financial transactions, with expertise on the PSD/PSD2, SEPA, E-money and banking regulations being especially valuable
  • Knowledge of major payment network rules and processes and experience dealing with major payment networks
  • Experience supporting payments compliance programs
  • Possess excellent business judgment, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced international startup
  • Open to some level of international travel
  • Fluency in multiple languages a plus

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