Senior Counsel - International Legal



Canada · Remote
Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2023

At Coinbase, our mission is to increase economic freedom around the world, and we couldn’t do this without hiring the best people. We’re a group of hard-working overachievers who are deeply focused on building the future of finance and Web3 for our users across the globe, whether they’re trading, storing, staking or using crypto. Know those people who always lead the group project? That’s us.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for candidates who will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, and disrupt ourselves. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people who are excited to learn about and live crypto, because those are the folks who enjoy the intense moments in our sprint and recharge work culture. We’re a remote-first company looking to hire the absolute best talent all over the world.

Ready to #LiveCrypto? Who you are:

  • You’ve got positive energy. You’re optimistic about the future and determined to get there.
  • You’re never tired of learning. You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3.0.
  • You appreciate direct communication. You’re both an active communicator and an eager listener - because let’s face it, you can’t have one without the other. You’re cool with candid feedback and see every setback as an opportunity to grow.
  • You can pivot on the fly. Crypto is constantly evolving, so our priorities do, too. What you worked on last month may not be what you work on today, and that excites you. You’re not looking for a boring job.
  • You have a “can do” attitude. Our teams create high-quality work on quick timelines. Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission.
  • You want to be part of a winning team. We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone.

We are looking for an experienced Canadian counsel to join our Product Legal team. This position will report into our International Legal branch for Consumer+ Legal, and will work closely with a number of global cross functional teams in legal, product, commercial and related teams. You will be responsible for senior legal leadership for our growing Canadian crypto business, which will offer a number of retail and institutional products, and be responsible for regulatory responses and initiatives, including licensing and registration, regulator engagement, OC management, and legal advocacy for Coinbase within Canada. We are looking for candidates with prior experience with financially regulated products, particularly securities and derivatives, and prior experience working with national and provincial regulators. In-house experience is a plus. Preference for prior experience and/or interest in cryptocurrency markets and custody.

What you’ll be doing (i.e., job duties):

  • Work with business teams on securing required licenses and registrations for our Canadian entity and businesses.
  • Provide full product life-cycle counseling for a variety of global consumer and institutional products, and practical advice on associated legal issues and risks, complex agreement structures and company policies in a risk-tolerant, but compliance-oriented environment.
  • Stay abreast of and advise on digital currency and blockchain technology legal and regulatory issues.
  • Lead and assist with complex and global cross-functional efforts, driving and ensuring cross-functional alignment with other stakeholders (Local Management, Product/Engineering, Business Development, Finance/Tax, Compliance).
  • Effectively collaborate with those same cross-functional teams and legal colleagues to solve problems, build partnerships, and close deals quickly.
  • Proactively solve problems for the business as they plan and execute on an aggressive global growth plan, develop scaled strategies for addressing risk in business-centric ways and build commercial processes that allow the business flexibility and freedom to move quickly.
  • Operate in a fast paced, demanding environment and quickly adjust to meet leadership's needs.
  • Recognize priority initiatives and effectively manage your clients and your advice to scale your advice and provide the right level of guidance for the request at hand.
  • Look around corners and creatively solve problems for the business as they plan, build, and execute their transactional and product roadmap.
  • Be a business partner, not just an attorney.

What we look for in you (i.e., job requirements):

  • Currently practicing as an attorney in Canada, with active Canadian bar registration and 7+ years of legal experience.
  • Interest in digital currency and blockchain technology.
  • Expertise and experience working with Canadian financial services, securities, and crypto regulators
  • Experience counseling product teams in launching technology products and have a clear understanding of the legal underpinnings supporting these products.
  • Experience working and leading with cross-functional, globally located teams.
  • Familiarity with relevant money transmission laws, travel rules, global banking regulations, securities regulations, client money regimes and/or commodities regulations outside of Canada
  • Experience advising clients on risk mitigation across technology product platforms.
  • Experience working with and presenting to VP-level leadership.
  • Comfortable challenging the status quo and preconceived notions of what is possible.
  • Excellent judgment, analytical rigor, clear communication, and business pragmatism.
  • Top-notch analytical skills with experience owning projects from concept to finish.
  • Creativity, comfort and experience with oral solutions that help scale financial services businesses and technology solutions that help scale practices.
  • Comfort with risk-taking and creative problem-solving.
  • Intellectual curiosity and flexibility.
  • Team-oriented and collaborative.


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