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Director and Associate General Counsel, Institutional


Job description

Coinbase has built the world's leading compliant cryptocurrency platform serving over 30 million accounts in more than 100 countries. With multiple successful products, and our vocal advocacy for blockchain technology, we have played a major part in mainstream awareness and adoption of cryptocurrency. We are proud to offer an entire suite of products that are helping build the cryptoeconomy, and increase economic freedom around the world.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we assess whether a candidate demonstrates our values: Clear Communication, Positive Energy, Efficient Execution, and Continuous Learning. Second, we look for signals that a candidate will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, disrupt ourselves, and expect sustained high performance because we play as a championship team. Finally, we seek people with the desire and capacity to build and share expertise in the frontier technologies of crypto and blockchain, in whatever way is most relevant to their role.

Read more about our values and culture here.

Coinbase is leading the expansion of digital currency into the financial mainstream. We are building a world-class legal team to support Coinbase and its affiliates as we continue to grow the company in the U.S. and internationally. You will be working in a cutting edge and fast paced environment, where disruptive technologies and unconventional thinking are the norm. Given the nascent state of the law, novel legal guidance is needed!
We are looking for a highly motivated, entrepreneurial, and experienced institutional lawyer to join our product legal team as Director, Institutional. This is a highly visible role throughout Coinbase, which will require you to build strong relationships and collaborate closely with institutional business and client services leads, cross-departmental team members, and legal colleagues, taking a thought leadership role in advising across our business on specific aspects of product development and implementation.

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

  • Help build a world class global product legal team, including mentoring and managing legal team members, hiring, and taking ownership of initiatives to scale the team. 
  • Lead a team that is providing full product life-cycle counseling for Coinbase’s global institutional products, for new and existing financial products, including in the prime brokerage, lending, borrowing and trading space. Ensure product compliance with applicable U.S. and international laws and regulations, in close collaboration with colleagues in Legal and Compliance teams. 
  • Provide thought leadership and strategic direction on novel digital currency and blockchain technology legal and regulatory issues focused on the institutional space.
  • Lead complex and global cross functional efforts, effectively collaborating with internal stakeholders, other legal and business teams (Business Development/Sales, Product/Engineering, Business Development/Sales, Compliance).
  • Proactively solve process and other problems for the business as they plan and execute on an accelerated and aggressive global growth plan. 

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • Currently licensed in a U.S. state. JD or equivalent with 14+ years of legal experience and minimum 5+ years of in-house experience.   
  • You have substantial expertise working with product teams in launching global financial products and have a deep understanding of the legal structure and regulatory architecture of financial instruments (e.g., securities, commodities, derivatives, crypto), including lending, trading, custody, and settlement of those instruments. 
  • You have the ability to expertly advise and provide big-picture thought leadership to internal teams on the strategy, development, integration and expansion of existing and new financial products. You are comfortable challenging the status quo and preconceived notions of what is possible as well as working in areas where regulation is still evolving. 
  • You have experience navigating relationships with key U.S. regulators in the financial institutional space: E.g SEC, FINRA, DFS or CFTC.  Some international regulatory experience would be ideal. 
  • A strong interest in digital currency and blockchain technology. 
  • Familiarity with global laws and agencies applicable to Coinbase, including money transmission laws, banking regulations, UDAAP, FTC Section 5, CDA Section 230, CCPA, GDPR, NYDFS, OCC, SEC, CFTC, and the CFPB.   
  • You have proven problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • You have experience managing legal team members and building a world class and diverse legal team. 

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April 25th, 2021

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January 7th, 2021

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The world’s leading exchange for digital currencies Founded in June of 2012, Coinbase is a digital currency wallet and platform where merchants and consumers can transact with new digital currencies...
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