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Senior European Legal Counsel at GoCardless
Paris, FR

Drive the European business and steer the second authorised European entity at a cutting-edge, dynamic and high-growth fintech company.

GoCardless processes billions in payments each year. Tens of thousands of businesses across the the world rely on us to handle their payments, and hundreds more sign up every week. As we look to the future, those businesses will be larger, more demanding, and present in multiple countries - and so will we.

The legal team are at the forefront of GoCardless’ expansion and scaling - both domestically and abroad. We enable the business to move into new markets and geographies, often dealing with novel issues along the way. This is all whilst ensuring that deals get done at scale, and that the multitude of other issues that arise at a scale-up are dealt with appropriately.

The changing political and economic status of the world presents a number of challenges for us to overcome. We face these challenges head-on, and aim to come out the other side even stronger. One such challenge is the UK’s departure from the EU, following which we need to obtain a second payment services licence in an EU member state in order to continue providing payment services. The location we have chosen is France - a key market for us, and one where we already have a presence. We need a second responsible manager to help us lead that entity, and think that sits well with the responsibilities of the Senior European Legal Counsel.

The role

As Senior European Legal Counsel, you will have a very broad remit - you will be responsible for all commercial legal requirements within our key European and Scandinavian markets (including France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Denmark), as well as all other corporate requirements of the European entities. In addition, you will take on responsibility for the regulatory requirements of those entities, including our new French payment services licence, for which you will take on the duties of a responsible manager. At all times you will have the support of the group’s legal team and resource, including our General Counsel, Global MLRO and Data Protection Officer.

Where you do not have a payments or regulatory background, we will provide appropriate training, including in relation to regulatory and AML issues.

You will take a consultative approach and work closely with every business division - never working alone, or able to concentrate on purely legal issues. We’re a fast-growing business, and your focus is to work closely with the rest of the legal team to enable that business to grow - in the right way.

Some of the main elements of the role will involve:

  • Supporting and advising every team from across the European business - sales, marketing, people, product and operations
  • Taking the lead on all European commercial negotiations - particularly our most complex sales and partnerships deals
  • Providing regulatory advice to the French entity, in relation to our payment services licence
  • Taking on the responsibilities of a responsible manager in accordance with our French payment services licence requirements
  • Providing corporate legal support to the European legal entities, in close collaboration with the UK legal team - for example in relation to corporate structure, IP licensing and outsourcing
  • Instructing and managing domestic and international external legal counsel
  • Putting in place new, and improving existing legal processes and training practices - aiming to put yourself and the legal team out of many ‘legal jobs’ wherever possible
  • Helping to measure the legal team’s performance
  • Being prepared to deal with any legal issue, at any time

What we're looking for

We’re looking for a lawyer with exceptional private practice training, followed by in-house experience in a fast-paced environment. You will be driven and able to work independently, and able to apply your existing knowledge and approach across a very wide range of legal (and quasi-legal!) areas.

As a business that is equal parts payments and technology, it helps if you have had experience in one or both of those areas, but this is not an absolute requirement. 

We’d love to hear from you if:

  • You are an experienced lawyer
  • You understand responsibility but do not let it overwhelm you
  • You grasp new legal concepts quickly, and are not afraid to use your common sense
  • You know what a KPI is
  • You speak English and French, and preferably one other European language
  • Your communication skills are first class
  • You are easy to work with, and want to work in a fun, fast-growing but demanding growing company

Bonus points if:

  • You have knowledge of ACPR requirements
  • You have a background in AML regulation
  • You have experience with selling and supporting SaaS solutions
  • You can explain what an API is

This role would ideally suit someone with experience in a fast-paced in-house team, who is looking to help shape the legal team at a growing, high-performing company. However, we recognise that the most talented people can have the most unusual backgrounds, so if you’re unsure, please apply. The role will be based in Paris.

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