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CircleRussell, IA
  • Circle is a global financial technology firm that enables businesses of all sizes to harness the power of digital currency and public blockchains for payments, commerce and financial applications worldwide.
  • Circle platforms and products provide a suite of internet-native financial services for payments, treasury infrastructure and capital formation.
  • Circle is also a principal developer of USD Coin (USDC), which has become the fastest growing dollar digital currency in the world.
  • USDC has grown to over 23 billion in circulation and supported over $640B in transactions in the past year.
  • Circle's payments and treasury infrastructure services available through the Circle Account and APIs helps bridge the legacy financial system and digital currency and blockchain based finance.
  • Circle's SeedInvest service brings internet-native fundraising and capital formation to startups and growth companies.
  • Combined, Circle's suite of services helps companies to participate in a more open, global and inclusive financial system.
  • What you'll be part of: With the mission "To raise global economic prosperity through the frictionless exchange of financial value," Circle was founded on the belief that the internet, blockchains and digital currency will rewire the global economic system, creating a fundamentally more open, inclusive, efficient and integrated world economy.
  • We envision a global economy where people and businesses everywhere can more freely connect and transact with each other with new technologies for digital money and internet-native finance.
  • We believe such a system can raise prosperity for people and companies everywhere.
  • Our mission is powered by the values we espouse and which we expect all Circlers to respect.
  • We are Multistakeholder, serving the needs of our customers, our shareholders, our employees and families, our local communities and our world.
  • Furthermore, we are also Mindful, Driven by Excellence, and High Integrity.
  • What you'll be responsible for: Under the direction of the Assistant General Counsel - Product and Regulatory, you will play an immediate and direct role as Senior Counsel and will partner with innovative product teams developing the future of payments and treasury infrastructure for the internet across traditional and blockchain payment rails.
  • What you'll work on: Provide proactive, creative, and effective legal advice to payment product teams responsible for developing cutting-edge products covering: ACH and SEPA payments, wires, credit cards, and other on-ramps to digital dollars as well as open and closed loop payment schemes.
  • Provide advice on compliance with US and international laws and regulations for money transmitters dealing with payments, reserves management, financial services, consumer protection and provide legal advice to a wide range of internal clients spanning product, project management, business development, engineering, marketing, compliance and operations teams.
  • Support the development and implementation by the Legal team of processes, procedures and metrics to increase the overall effectiveness of the legal services provided to the company.
  • Address legal risk in business-centric ways, developing processes to solve problems, strengthening partnerships and advancing opportunities.
  • Remain up-to-date on relevant payments and digital currency developments to ensure an ongoing ability to provide robust product area coverage.
  • You will aspire to our four core values: Multistakeholder - you have dedication and commitment to our customers, shareholders, employees and families and local communities.
  • Mindful - you seek to be respectful, an active listener and to pay attention to detail.
  • Driven by Excellence - you are driven by our mission and our passion for customer success which means you relentlessly pursue excellence, that you do not tolerate mediocrity and you work intensely to achieve your goals.
  • High Integrity - you seek open and honest communication, and you hold yourself to very high moral and ethical standards.
  • You reject manipulation, dishonesty and intolerance.
  • What you'll bring to Circle: Juris Doctor degree and active law license in at least one state in good standing.
  • 8 years of experience in payments legal advisory for regulated money transmitters.
  • Extensive experience in providing guidance for new products, systems, platforms, and other related consumer finance services including for ACH/SEPA, wires and credit card payment processing.
  • Passion for financial technology and the disruptive potential of cryptocurrency and blockchains, are a team player with a sense of humour, and enjoy learning but also mentoring.
  • Significant experience in drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements and end-user terms.
  • Experience working in a regulated environment or with governmental entities.
  • Ability to learn quickly and support new areas of business and technology.
  • Strong development of business partnerships, interpersonal skills, and work ethic.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Slack and Macbook preferred.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at Circle.
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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