Associate General Counsel, Transactions

Sep 10, 2023
Oct 08, 2023
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Before you read the details of this role, there's something you should know. At Matter Labs, we don't see ourselves as a company, but as a highly aligned global team on a single mission: to accelerate the mass adoption of crypto for personal sovereignty. Our core technology – zkSync Era – is a layer 2 rollup that uses advanced cryptography called zero–knowledge proofs to scale Ethereum without compromising on security or decentralization. zkSync Era is EVM compatible, which means projects on Ethereum and other EVM–based blockchains can easily deploy on zkSync Era to take advantage of low gas fees and high transaction speeds. With a total of $458 million in mission–driven funding, zkSync Era is the first EVM–compatible ZK Rollup to go live on testnet (February 2022) and be deployed on mainnet (October 2022). As we enter the endgame for Ethereum scaling, we are committed to full open source and building in public toward our stated mission so that even if we fail, the community and the ecosystem will benefit from our contribution . Read more about working at Matter Labs here . All positions are 100% remote (with the likelihood of optional travel to team and/or industry events). Please note we are not accepting applications for candidates in the US. If you are based in the US and open to relocating to a location within the below timezone ranges that may be a possibility. Accepted timezones: UTC–5 (EST) to UTC+7 (ICT). Preferred timezones are locations from UTC to UTC+3. The Role We are looking for an Associate General Counsel, Transactions to join our legal team. In this role you will report to the General Counsel and serve as the company's principal in–house legal advisor on (i) ecosystem development, such as strategic investments, partnerships, financings, JVs and M&As, (ii) cross–border corporate transactions and structuring, and (iii) commercial agreements. As our ideal candidate, you have significant experience in international corporate and technology transactions, including in the crypto space. You are as comfortable driving projects as you are jumping in to help on other matters, regardless of the work to be done. You are a flexible and creative thinker with a business mindset and solution–oriented approach to delivering legal services. You are comfortable interacting and collaborating with a variety of internal partners and sophisticated clients. And you want to be part of a low–ego, high–performance company. This is a 100% remote position (with the likelihood of optional travel to team and/or industry events). What You'll Be Doing
  • Serve as primary internal lawyer on corporate transactions, including financings, acquihires/acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures
  • Structure, negotiate and document cross–border partnerships and other relationships with third parties (mostly in the crypto ecosystem)
  • Participate in developing the company's decentralization strategy
  • Negotiate commercial agreements and technology transactions
  • Provide advice on product, privacy, data protection and intellectual property
  • Counsel internal clients with respect to the legal and compliance policies and implications of proposed transactions
  • Lead and manage multiple projects in an expeditious manner, providing counsel and assessing risks around complex legal, compliance and business issues
  • Provide thought leadership and strategic thinking contributions to internal teams
  • Direct and oversee outside counsel, as needed, to provide support on complex issues
  • Handle various other duties as delegated by the General Counsel
What We Look For in You
  • Relevant experience as a lawyer, ideally in both a top tier law firm and in–house legal experience
  • Legally qualified to practice law in your jurisdiction
  • Crypto–aware: it's OK if this is your first full time legal job in crypto, but it shouldn't be your first experience in crypto
  • Cross–border experience: crypto is global and so are our employees and partners. Must be able to move seamlessly between jurisdictions (engaging local counsel where appropriate)
  • "Inbox zero" mentality critically important
  • Cypherpunk mentality a plus
  • Desire to take a leading role in shaping the future of a leading crypto project
  • Approachable / "good bedside manner" as a legal advisor
  • Impeccable judgment and Highly self motivated, flexible and proactive
  • Able to operate on complex matters with limited supervision
  • Able to engage a variety of stakeholders and collaborate effectively and capable of building and maintaining a network of effective working relationships
  • Excellent commercial awareness, with a pragmatic, solution based approach to issues, and an ability to think at a strategic, risk–focussed level
  • Ability to influence and build relationships across organizational and geographic boundaries
  • Fluency in English. Additional languages a plus
  • Strong academic background from top tier academic institution
Working at Matter Labs At Matter Labs, you have the freedom to work how you want, when you want, and from where you want. We operate in small, focused teams, with no time tracking and minimum bureaucracy. Only results matter. We will provide you with anything you need to learn, grow, and be productive. Our results–only environment means anyone who believes in our mission can join us, regardless of background, sexual orientation, race, gender, and age. Both our team and community are made up of people from different countries, cultures, ethnical and religious backgrounds. That's why, out of politeness and respect, we refrain from opinions on politics, religion, or sex at the workplace. We designed our culture of freedom and ownership to persist as we scale and to establish the base for a positive–sum community as we move toward full decentralization. Apply now if this role sounds of interest and we aim to get back to you as soon as possible.