Legal Counsel – North America

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New York



Salary Range

$215,000 - $265,000 + RSUs - Salary is dependant on experience

A bit about Wise:

Wise was founded in 2011 with a clear mission — money without borders — instant, convenient, transparent, and eventually free. We’ve built a market-leading technology product that’s been used by over 5 million people to move money around the world without the rip-off fees charged by the banks. We’re disrupting the world of currency and international money transfer. We are growing rapidly around the world and need to make sure that we have the best setup to support that growth in every region. You will help to shape the future of Wise in the Americas.

About the job:

You’ll undertake a wide range of legal matters relating to our day to day and strategic initiatives.  You will be supporting the growth plans from different business teams in the Americas, including the launch of new products and features in the region.  Alongside a primary focus on the NorthAm region, you will also provide support on latam and global matters. You’ll be:

  • Working closely and building relationships with multiple business units across the NorthAm region to advise on a wide range of legal matters and ad hoc problems as they arise, including financial regulation and consumer protection, payments, banking, marketing standards and partnerships.
  • Working with other members of the legal team and outside counsel to manage local litigation and regulatory dispute matters and address legal issues in various areas of the law, including consumer litigation, intellectual property, asset recovery;
  • Structuring, drafting, and negotiating commercial agreements with bank partners, API users and enterprise customers. 
  • Mentoring and upskilling the business teams, making life simple and easy;
  • Understanding the real risks to the business and advising on the operational impact and practicalities of those risks;  
  • Reviewing current practices and developing and maintaining templates;
  • Streamlining processes and structuring tasks related to legal matters in the Americas;
  • Staying up to date on legal developments in the Americas and advising on future-looking initiatives;
  • Working with the Legal Team to support the wider needs of the company, for example training and workshops. 

About you:

We’re looking for someone passionate about payments, fintech or finance and with an eye on the future.  You’ll have:

  • Previous law firm or in-house experience, focusing on payments, card processing, financial service, banking or investments;
  • Proven aptitude for commercial contract structuring, drafting, and negotiation;
  • Strong interest and experience in financial services regulation including payments, consumer protection, banking and investments;
  • A broad legal knowledge that enables you to spot and resolve a variety of legal issues in upcoming product offerings (e.g., regulatory, contract, IP, privacy, consumer protection, risk); and an ability to distill complexity and to identify and clearly communicate practical, risk-based solutions;
  • A focus on impact, through trusted relationships and attention to detail 
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, evaluate and manage litigation and disputes resolution proceedings;
  • Clear communication, project coordination, and management skills, including for partner relations
  • A sense of camaraderie and good humor while under pressure or tight deadlines
  • Wisdom, a world view and talent for thinking outside the box
  • Professionalism and high integrity

What we offer in return:

  • Competitive base salary and generous stock options package
  • Lots of awesome Wise benefits 

Learn more about our global leave policy (including parental and sick leaves) here. Information about other benefits in our New York office is also available here

We’re people without borders — without judgement or prejudice, too. We want to work with the best people, no matter their background. 

Qualifications, as well as where and what you studied aren’t that important to us. It also doesn’t matter if you’ve just finished university or you’re close to your retirement. If you’re passionate about learning new things and keen to join our mission, you’ll fit right in.

And because we believe that diverse teams build better products, we’d especially love to hear from you if you’re from an under-represented demographic.

We pride ourselves on our transparency so we will let you know promptly where you stand with your application. If you reach our final stage interviews but are not successful this time round, we will also provide you with verbal feedback.

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