Associate General Counsel

  • Coinbase
  • London, UK
  • Apr 17, 2019

Job Description

Our vision is to bring more innovation, efficiency, and equality of opportunity by helping create an open financial system for the world. We are focused on making digital currency accessible to everyone.  We are guided by these principles: be the most trusted company in our industry and create products that are easy to use.

We are building a world-class legal team to support Coinbase as we continue to expand internationally. We are looking for an exceptional Associate General Counsel to enhance our legal team in Europe.

The Associate General Counsel role will be based in our London office and report directly to the Lead Counsel, Europe. Working closely with our London-based executive team, business stakeholders and colleagues in Legal and Compliance globally, you will play a key role in advising our operating entities outside the United States of America on a broad range of legal matters, including compliance with applicable financial services laws and regulation, consumer protection law, customer disputes and strategic initiatives. You will also establish and manage legal policies and procedures and assist with the smooth running of legal operations to ensure that our business receives the highest quality legal advice as we continue to expand globally.


  • Work closely with business executives and the Compliance team to ensure compliance of EU and international operations outside the United States with applicable financial services law and regulation and digital currency exchange best practices
  • Provide legal support to European operating entities. Includes responsibility for ensuring legal and regulatory compliance of 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
  • Keep abreast of all regulatory and policy developments involving digital currency in Europe and other key international jurisdictions and assist Coinbase in its advocacy for effective regulation
  • Continuously assess operating risks and legal needs and ensure that the legal department is equipped to provide outstanding services as Coinbase's international business continues to grow
  • Manage outside counsel effectively where they are engaged in connection with specific projects

  • Qualified solicitor in England and Wales with approximately 8-10 years experience working in a regulated financial services institution in the UK (broker dealer, exchange/trading venue or asset management firm) or in a law firm supporting such clients (with some previous in-house experience)
  • Strong familiarity with MiFID II, PSD2, 2EMD, and broader financial services regulations is required
  • Experience dealing with regulators such the Financial Conduct Authority, Prudential Regulation Authority and/or other key European regulators
  • Ability to manage complex projects involving co-ordination across multiple time zones, challenging legal issues and tight deadlines
  • Track record of working closely with Compliance to deliver co-ordinated input to the business and other stakeholders
  • Ability to manage a large and varied workload and exercise excellent judgment, 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
  • Enthusiasm for and a basic understanding of digital currencies/blockchain
  • Highly driven and proactive - keen to create process and structure and strive for continuous improvement
  • 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.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
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CB Payments Ltd (Coinbase)

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We will use your special category data:

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In line with data protection principles, we only keep your data for as long as we need it. If unsuccessful during the application process we will keep your personal details, interview notes and your CV details, is kept for 12 months or as long as is necessary to comply with applicable immigration law (whichever is shorter).

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Making a complaint

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Data Protection Officer

CB Payment's Data Protection Officer is Lydia Lavender. Contact details are: