Senior Counsel, Corporate

  • Circle
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Jan 05, 2019
Permanent

Job Description



Circle is a global internet finance company, built on blockchain technology, powered by crypto assets, and dedicated to helping people everywhere create and share value.

We've already made sending money around the world free and easy using blockchain technology with Circle Pay. With Circle Invest, we're expanding our offerings with a cryptocurrency investment product, enabling anyone to buy and sell crypto assets. Through Circle Trade, we're market makers for the top crypto coins and offer OTC trading services. In March 2018, Circle acquired Poloniex, one of the world's leading token marketplaces.

The Senior Counsel, Corporate role will be based in Boston and report to the Corporate General Counsel. You will act as the legal team's point person globally on all third party contracts, working closely with the business to draft and negotiate all manner of agreements relating to Circle's suite of crypto offerings. You will also work closely with the rest of the corporate legal team to execute on acquisitions, financings, and other strategic transactions. You will be joining a fun, fast-paced and growing legal team working collaboratively together on novel legal issues.

What You'll Work On
  • Draft, negotiate and review a variety of contracts including non-disclosure agreements, vendor agreements, partnership agreements, sponsorship agreements, crypto purchase and sale agreements, and other commercial contracts.
  • Act as the primary point of contact globally for the finance, sales, marketing, business development and other business units for third party contracts, overseeing the entire lifecycle of all contracts from concept through negotiation and execution to ongoing management and oversight.
  • Develop best practices for company contract processes including drafting and maintaining company-approved template agreements and provisions, and providing training to the company on contract considerations and negotiation strategy.
  • Implement technical solutions to improve contract management processes to increase efficiency and speed of execution at time of contract signing as well as ongoing visibility into outstanding contract obligations.
  • Provide support on acquisitions, equity rounds, debt facilities and other strategic transactions by conducting due diligence, drafting agreements and contributing to strategy discussions.
  • Assist with all matters relating to global corporate governance including forming entities, drafting board minutes, coordinating with the finance team on intercompany arrangements and capital contributions.
  • Develop best practices for company contract processes including maintaining company-approved templates and providing training to the company on contract considerations and negotiation strategy.
  • Collaborate with the rest of the global legal team on executing priorities and meeting team and company-wide goals.

What You'll Bring to Circle:
  • Undergraduate degree and law degree.
  • Active membership in at least one U.S. State bar.
  • 5+ years' experience at a top tier law firm and/or in-house with a large company, with extensive background in contract negotiation and management and primary drafting experience for strategic transactions.
  • Exceptional critical thinking abilities, strong business acumen and excellent judgment; must be able to work independently, manage multiple priorities, and pivot between responsibilities in a fast-paced, high-growth environment.
  • Superior drafting and legal technical skills, with keen attention to detail.
  • Must be comfortable providing legal guidance on short timelines and with limited information and then helping to execute on the business decision - even if it involves legal risks.
  • Passion and depth of experience with blockchain technology is preferred; willingness to learn more about blockchain technology and cryptocurrency is required.
  • Exemplary personal and professional integrity and business ethics. Exercises discretion and maintains confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Commitment to diversity and a respect for others.


Circle was founded in 2013 by internet entrepreneurs Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville. We're backed by $250 million from investors including Jim Breyer (Facebook), Goldman Sachs, IDG Capital (Baidu, Tencent), General Catalyst (AirBnB, Snapchat), Accel Partners, and Bitmain, with offices in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Dublin, London and Hong Kong.

Check us out at circle.com and download Circle Pay & Circle Invest for iOS and Android today.

We are anequal opportunity employerand value diversity at Circle. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.