Head of Legal

Job description

French #Fintech Lemonway is a European accredited Payment Institution for the new economy and operates over 29+ countries.

Lemonway processes payments for marketplaces and crowdfunding platforms, by providing duly compliant payment services: KYC, crediting, fraud detection. We also secure funds and payments through a high-standard and high-performing product fully adaptable to our customer needs.

Join a hyper-growing and exciting company that brings one of the most powerful payment factory into a booming market:

  • 165+ motivated and talented employees
  • Shape the future of payments and work in the heart of the new digital economy
  • Be part of a supportive, knowledge-sharing team that empowers every single talent to reach their full potential
  • Work in a Tech and dynamic environment
  • Headquarters in Paris downtown with a nice working environment

ABOUT THE POSITION


As a Head of Legal, you will be in charge of all legal aspects within the company. You will disseminate the legal mindset across the firm, by providing advisory services to the different departments and resolving various legal related issues.


Responsibilities

Subject matter expert on legal and contractual aspects with a first successful management experience, you are organising your team to provide support on the following missions:


Contracts:

  • Management, negotiation and drafting of contracts for all aspects of the company’s activity: SaaS services and payment services agreements with our clients’ platforms (marketplaces, crowdfunding), suppliers’ contracts, strategic partnerships agreements;
  • Answers to requests for proposals with the sales team;
  • Drafting and update of Lemonway’s template agreements;
  • Legal training of the company’s operational teams (including sales team) on contractual aspects.


Corporate:

  • Manage fundraising transactions with the finance team and investors, with external advisors;
  • Manage general meetings and shareholders decisions;
  • Manage supervisory board decisions;
  • Follow-up and management on the employees’ stock-options plans (BSPCE);
  • Manage and supervise all necessary formalities with the commercial register/ACPR;
  • Management and follow-up of internal PoAs.


Litigation, risk management and other projects:

  • Management of pre-litigation and follow-up of litigation with external advisors;
  • Management of insurance policies;
  • Management of cross-departments projects involving the legal team (with the compliance team, the sales team, the finance team);
  • Follow-up on the company’s intellectual property portfolio;
  • Internal control reviews;
  • Act as a trusted legal advisor, getting to balancing risks and providing advice to the management and support business functions.

Job requirements

ABOUT YOU

Desired Skills

  • Subject matter expert on French contractual law, including prior experience with IT services in Saas and payment services;
  • Significant experience in corporate law;
  • Knowledge in payments compliance, PSD2, AML/CFT, GDPR regulations is a plus;
  • Notions in the overall Payment Institutions regulatory framework is also a plus;
  • Proficiency in office automation tools: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Suite;
  • Good knowledge and appetite for the financial industry world and/or marketplaces and/or payment.

Soft skills

  • You are rigorous;
  • You are autonomous;
  • You are curious, with a great will to understand the company’s legal and operational environment;
  • You have excellent communication skills in your relations with both the internal teams and the external clients and providers, that include the ability to draft complex legal briefs and exchange orally with local business partners;
  • You want to limit Lemonway’s risks (legal, financial, reputational, etc.) and protect Lemonway’s interests;
  • You are a real team player with a deep sense of collaboration;
  • You are well-organized, detail-oriented, and adept in a fast-paced environment;
  • You are able to work at high speed and prioritize responsibilities to manage a large workload;
  • You have a strong sense of confidentiality.

Background

  • French qualified lawyer with 10+ years significant experience in contractual and corporate aspects, ideally in the Financial Industry (reputed law firm or payment service provider internal legal team);
  • You are fluent in French and English. Another European language (Spanish, Italian, German) is a plus;
  • First successful experience in managing a legal team;
  • In-depth understanding of French contract law and software contract requirements and strong skills in negotiating SaaS agreements;
  • Experience regarding payment service provider regulation.