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Lead Legal Counsel

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Odin

5d ago

  • Job
    Full-time
    Senior Level
  • Legal
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AI generated summary

  • You are a competitive problem-solver with deep legal knowledge, excellent communication skills, and a strong focus on impact. Must have 5-8 years PQE in fund structuring or corporate law, with nice-to-have experience in Private Equity or FinTech.
  • You will oversee legal structuring, fund establishment, product and tech collaboration, external counsel management, regulatory compliance, contract negotiation, policy implementation, compliance maintenance, and regulatory oversight to ensure legal and regulatory excellence for Odin.

Requirements

  • You're an intellectually curious problem solver. Your strong desire to understand complex issues deeply means you come up with creative solutions to legal and regulatory problems by diving deep and thinking from first principles
  • You are fiercely competitive. You have incredible determination and perseverance. You take obstacles in your stride
  • You're laser-focused on whatever drives the biggest impact, wherever you work
  • You move fast. However, while acting with urgency is important, you understand the need for balance in a legal role. You can prioritise speed while ensuring thoroughness and precision
  • You are an excellent communicator with a strong ability to articulate technical concepts to a non-technical audience clearly and understandably, translating legalese into plain English
  • You possess excellent attention to detail, are rigorously diligent, and highly organised
  • You're ambitious and committed to excellence. You know that building something great requires hard work and time, but to you, it's all worth it
  • You can work under pressure in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
  • You have excellent strategic thinking abilities, solid judgment, and the willingness to work with business partners
  • You can make decisions grounded in a practical application of the law, the company's technology, and our business goals
  • Must-Have:
  • You have 5-8 years of PQE with deep knowledge of fund structuring and/or corporate law, preferably in the UK
  • Nice-to-Have:
  • You have experience in Private Equity, Venture Capital, Wealth Management, or a fast-paced FinTech or Financial Services start-up. Bonus points if you have experience in both
  • Strong knowledge of the UK and EU regulatory environments for funds and/or SPVs
  • You have a strong willingness to learn about compliance in the financial services sector, if not prior experience

Responsibilities

  • Lead the structuring and establishment of SPVs & funds in multiple jurisdictions, ensuring optimal legal structures, tax efficiency and regulatory compliance
  • Collaborate closely with the product and technology teams on new product releases, providing insights from a legal perspective
  • Coordinate and work closely with external counsel, finance, and operational teams on all fund formation and investment-related activities
  • Oversee our regulatory responsibilities and interactions with the regulator in multiple jurisdictions
  • Lead in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts with lawyers
  • Take ownership of implementing internal legal policies and operations to manage risk and ensure best practices in regulatory standards
  • Own and maintain all compliance-related policies and procedures, ensuring Odin is compliant across all jurisdictions
  • Act as the FCA Approved Person for compliance oversight (SMF16) and the MLRO (SMF17) to ensure regulatory compliance and adherence to AML regulation

FAQs

What are the main responsibilities of the Lead Legal Counsel role?

The main responsibilities of the Lead Legal Counsel include structuring and establishing SPVs & funds in multiple jurisdictions, collaborating with product and technology teams on new product releases, working with external counsel on fund formation, overseeing regulatory responsibilities and interactions with regulators, drafting and negotiating contracts, implementing internal legal policies, maintaining compliance-related policies and procedures, and ensuring regulatory compliance across all jurisdictions.

What qualities are you looking for in a candidate for the Lead Legal Counsel position?

We are looking for a candidate who is intellectually curious, fiercely competitive, laser-focused, fast-moving, an excellent communicator, detail-oriented, ambitious, able to work under pressure, possess strong strategic thinking abilities, and can make decisions grounded in a practical application of the law and business goals.

What experience is required for the Lead Legal Counsel role?

The ideal candidate should have 5-8 years of PQE with deep knowledge of fund structuring and/or corporate law, preferably in the UK. Experience in Private Equity, Venture Capital, Wealth Management, or a fast-paced FinTech or Financial Services start-up is a plus, as well as knowledge of UK and EU regulatory environments for funds and/or SPVs.

What is the career growth opportunity for the Lead Legal Counsel at your company?

This is our first legal hire, so there is significant opportunity for career growth and impact. The Lead Legal Counsel will have the chance to build the legal function from scratch in a founding role within a fast-paced startup backed by world-leading investors. There is a clear pathway for growth and the opportunity to shape the company's legal landscape.

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Mission & Purpose

Odin is building a better way to invest together: a relationship-centric investment marketplace for founders, angels and VC’s. Our first product lets anyone, anywhere set up an investment vehicle and collect money quickly and easily from their network to invest in a startup or fund. We handle all legal, payments, admin and regulatory cover.