Associate General Counsel, Regulatory (UK/EU)



United Kingdom
Posted on Monday, May 13, 2024

Building the Future of Crypto

Our Krakenites are a world-class team with crypto conviction, united by our desire to discover and unlock the potential of crypto and blockchain technology.

What makes us different?

Kraken is a mission-focused company rooted in crypto values. As a Krakenite, you’ll join us on our mission to accelerate the global adoption of crypto, so that everyone can achieve financial freedom and inclusion. For over a decade, Kraken’s focus on our mission and crypto ethos has attracted many of the most talented crypto experts in the world.

Before you apply, please read the Kraken Culture page to learn more about our internal culture, values, and mission.

As a fully remote company, we have Krakenites in 60+ countries who speak over 50 languages. Krakenites are industry pioneers who develop premium crypto products for experienced traders, institutions, and newcomers to the space. Kraken is committed to industry-leading security, crypto education, and world-class client support through our products like Kraken Pro, Kraken NFT, and Kraken Futures.

Become a Krakenite and build the future of crypto!

The Team:

Join the expansion of our Regulatory Legal team. Comprised of 20 dedicated professionals, our team drives Kraken's mission forward through licensing initiatives, regulatory counsel, inquiries, and product launches.

The Opportunity:

  • The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in accelerating business growth, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and advocating for appropriate regulatory frameworks in the evolving crypto landscape in Europe and Asia.

  • Reporting to the Deputy General Counsel, Regulatory for EMEA/APAC, this position will involve collaboration with cross-functional teams to navigate legal and regulatory challenges, mitigate risks, and support the company's strategic objectives.

  • This leader will manage and grow a team of 4+ on day one and will be responsible for establishing clear and scalable working processes and procedures for the group.

  • This individual will consult with the business & control functions on their legal obligations under the regulatory frameworks applicable to e-money, crypto and securities. They will build strong cross-functional relationships, especially with Compliance, Product, Operations, and Marketing.

  • Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Skills you should HODL:

  • 14+ years of relevant experience applying financial services regulations across multiple international jurisdictions, whether in-house or at a financial institution, FinTech/digital asset business or in private practice.

  • Qualified Lawyer in UK or EU.

  • Exceptional soft skills - able to partner with stakeholders across all levels of the Product function and broader business and navigate competing priorities and ambitious growth plans.

  • Advanced understanding of the regulatory landscape across key international jurisdictions such as the UK, European Union and other major financial services hubs.

  • Excellent project management, negotiation, drafting, and time management skills.

  • Excellent judgment, analytic rigour, and business pragmatism and a strong team player who can bring out the best in people while working to tight deadlines.

  • Deep curiosity and problem solving skills.

  • Experience managing team members.

Nice to haves:

  • Experience advising the Regulatory function of a fast-growing FinTech or crypto business as in-house counsel.

  • Experience or knowledge of MiFID.

  • Prior experience supporting product launches from inception of an idea to launch in multiple countries simultaneously.

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Kraken is powered by people from around the world and we celebrate all Krakenites for their diverse talents, backgrounds, contributions and unique perspectives. We hire strictly based on merit, meaning we seek out the candidates with the right abilities, knowledge, and skills considered the most suitable for the job. We encourage you to apply for roles where you don't fully meet the listed requirements, especially if you're passionate or knowledgable about crypto!

As an equal opportunity employer, we don’t tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. Whether that’s based on race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, citizenship, religion, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state or local laws.

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