Associate General Counsel, Platform

  • Coinbase
  • Remote, OR 97458, USA
  • May 02, 2021

Job Description

Coinbase has built the world's leading compliant cryptocurrency platform serving over 30 million accounts in more than 100 countries. With multiple successful products, and our vocal advocacy for blockchain technology, we have played a major part in mainstream awareness and adoption of cryptocurrency. We are proud to offer an entire suite of products that are helping build the cryptoeconomy and increase economic freedom around the world .

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for signals that a candidate will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, disrupt ourselves, and expect sustained high performance because we play as a championship team. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people with the desire and capacity to build and share expertise in the frontier technologies of crypto and blockchain, in whatever way is most relevant to their role.

Coinbase is leading the expansion of digital currency into the financial mainstream. We are building a world-class legal team to support Coinbase and its affiliates as we continue to grow the company in the U.S. and internationally. You will be working in a cutting edge and fast paced environment, where disruptive technologies and unconventional thinking are the norm. Given the nascent state of the law, novel legal guidance is needed!

We are looking for a highly motivated, entrepreneurial, and experienced product counsel to serve as an Associate General Counsel, Platform in our Product Legal team. You will be responsible for senior legal leadership in the Platform space and lead a number of complex product counseling initiatives in data infrastructure, payments, risk, client onboarding, identity and trust and safety. You will collaborate closely with product and engineering teams, and Legal and Compliance department colleagues to move the business forward.

What you'll be doing (ie. job duties):
  • Provide full product life-cycle counseling for a variety of platform and backend products. You will ensure product compliance with applicable U.S. and international laws and regulations, in close collaboration with colleagues in Legal and Compliance teams.
  • Provide thought leadership and strategic direction on novel digital currency, blockchain technology legal and regulatory issues
  • Lead complex and global cross functional efforts, driving and ensuring cross-functional alignment with all internal stakeholders (Business Development/Sales, Product/Engineering, Business Development/Sales, Compliance).
  • Proactively solve process and other problems for the business as they plan and execute on an accelerated and aggressive global growth plan.
  • Provide practical in depth analysis on legal issues and risks, complex products and company policies in a risk-tolerant, but compliance-oriented environment, including the impact on the company's long-term strategy to business, compliance, and legal audiences.

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):
  • Current license in a U.S. state. JD or equivalent with 10+ years of legal experience.
  • Substantial experience product counseling at a top tier tech or fintech company.
  • Experience working on identity, data systems, payments, onboarding and/or technical infrastructure products at a tech company.
  • Familiarity with the following laws and agencies a plus: money transmission laws, banking and payment services regulations, global privacy regulations, data localization laws, securities regulations, sanctions laws, and CDA Section 230.
  • Experience working with and leading cross-functional teams, including Product, Engineering, Finance, Compliance, Security, and colleagues within Legal.
  • Comfortable challenging the status quo and preconceived notions of what is possible. Get to "yes" approach in working with the business.
  • Excellent judgement, analytical rigor, clear communication, and business pragmatism.
  • Top-notch analytical skills with experience owning projects from concept to finish.
  • Team-oriented and collaborative.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity
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