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Square Legal Lead, Europe

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Company Description
Since we opened our doors in 2009, the world of commerce has evolved immensely, and so has Square. After enabling anyone to take payments and never miss a sale, we saw sellers stymied by disparate, outmoded products and tools that wouldn't work together.
So we expanded into software and started building integrated, omnichannel solutions - to help sellers sell online, manage inventory, offer buy now, pay later functionality through Afterpay, book appointments, engage loyal buyers, and hire and pay staff. Across it all, we've embedded financial services tools at the point of sale, so merchants can access a business loan and manage their cash flow in one place. Afterpay furthers our goal to provide omnichannel tools that unlock meaningful value and growth, enabling sellers to capture the next generation shopper, increase order sizes, and compete at a larger scale.
Today, we are a partner to sellers of all sizes - large, enterprise-scale businesses with complex operations, sellers just starting, as well as merchants who began selling with Square and have grown larger over time. As our sellers grow, so do our solutions. There is a massive opportunity in front of us. We're building a significant, meaningful, and lasting business, and we are helping sellers worldwide do the same.
Job Description
Block is looking for an experienced attorney to lead the Square Legal team for Europe. This team provides legal guidance on licensing, product development and data protection initiatives, managing legal risk and ensuring regulatory compliance of our non-U.S. entities, focusing on Europe. This is an exciting opportunity for a highly engaged candidate with a passion for empowering merchants to join a creative and growing company. We are looking for a collaborative, creative legal mind who is interested in contributing to company-wide programs to support compliance with licensing and regulatory requirements in Europe. This is a full-time remote role in Ireland and will report to the Square General Counsel.
You Will:

  • Lead a Europe-based team of attorneys focused on financial services compliance for Ireland, UK, and the EU.
  • Advise on requirements with the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) (UK), and requirements in other EU jurisdictions (France, Spain)
  • Provide guidance to product and engineering teams, and XFN and other partners, on issues related to new and existing products and features throughout the entire product development lifecycle
  • Provide ideas and insights into how we can work within the law to create amazing product experiences for our customers and reduce legal risks
  • Provide sound compliance advice on laws and regulations relevant to consumer protection, advertising, IP, data protection, and the software and financial services industries
  • Manage the attorneys responsible for drafting and negotiating commercial and intellectual property agreements in Europe affecting our products and services
  • Draft terms of use, product policies, and disclosures, and implement related processes
  • Collaborate with other counsel to provide globally aligned legal advice
  • Identify risk areas and develop systems, policies, and procedures to manage and mitigate them
  • Represent Block with regulators and external partners, in collaboration with other teams, as needed


Qualifications
You have:

  • 10+ years (minimum) financial services regulatory experience working in an in-house organization or commercial law firm; experience in financial services, commercial and consumer lending, fintech and/or technology desirable
  • Experience managing a world class team of attorneys
  • Qualified solicitor in Ireland
  • Experience advising on requirements with the Central Bank or Ireland, the Financial Conduct Authority (UK) and other financial services regulators in Europe
  • Fluency in translating financial services regulatory requirements and legal advice into relevant guidance for business and product teams
  • Ability to advocate for a position while maintaining a collaborative approach
  • Background in providing legal advice on regulatory matters, partnering with regulators on licensing and enforcement matters, and assisting with market diligence in European jurisdictions


Qualifications
You have:

  • 10+ years (minimum) financial services regulatory experience working in an in-house organization or commercial law firm; experience in financial services, commercial and consumer lending, fintech and/or technology desirable
  • Experience managing a world class team of attorneys
  • Qualified solicitor in Ireland
  • Experience advising on requirements with the Central Bank or Ireland, the Financial Conduct Authority (UK) and other financial services regulators in Europe
  • Fluency in translating financial services regulatory requirements and legal advice into relevant guidance for business and product teams
  • Ability to advocate for a position while maintaining a collaborative approach
  • Background in providing legal advice on regulatory matters, partnering with regulators on licensing and enforcement matters, and assisting with market diligence in European jurisdictions
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What are Block Perks + Benefits

Block Benefits Overview

At Block, we want to provide you with benefits, perks, and offerings that empower you to make choices for your life and what matters to you. We understand the importance of having quality care. So, whatever stage of life you’re in, we offer coverage and plans to support total health — physical, mental, and financial — for you and your family.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Hybrid work model
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Diversity
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Diversity recruitment program
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Wellness days
Abortion travel benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
401(K) matching
Company equity
Employee stock purchase plan
Performance bonus
Pay transparency
Child Care & Parental Leave
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Restricted work hours
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Fertility benefits
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Flexible time off
Floating holidays
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Personal development training
Virtual coaching services
Apprenticeship programs

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