Senior Associate Counsel

Nov 21, 2023
Nov 25, 2023
Contract Type

Visa is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating more than 215 billion payments transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories each year. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive.

When you join Visa, you join a culture of purpose and belonging – where your growth is priority, your identity is embraced, and the work you do matters. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere. Your work will have a direct impact on billions of people around the world – helping unlock financial access to enable the future of money movement.

Join Visa: A Network Working for Everyone.

Job Description

This role sits within a fun, supportive and hard–working Commercial Law Team, who manage a wide range of commercial, technology, intellectual property and product legal matters. This Team is part of a larger Legal & Compliance Department (including, Competition law, Regulatory law, Corporate law, Data Privacy and Employment law and Compliance specialists), which has consistently had some of the highest engagement scores in the company and prides itself on a creative, can–do approach. The role supports Visa's Commercial Law Product team and is based in London.

The Commercial Law Team works at the cutting edge of new payment technologies, innovation and the fintech industry in an increasingly regulated environment, which brings unique and novel challenges in the commercial/technology law space.

Key Responsibilities:

Provide a wide range of legal support and assistance to Visa's Europe Region Product team.

Provide commercial legal advice and support relating to matters such as the roll–out of new products, client agreements, pilot agreements, end user terms, the development of template contracts and other general commercial matters and documentation.

Draft, review, negotiate and advise on a wide range of contracts and legal issues relating to the matters above.

Identify competition/anti–trust, data protection and other regulatory issues relating to commercial matters within your remit, and liaise when necessary with internal specialist members of the Legal & Compliance Department and/or external counsel.

Identify the need for external legal advice and engage appropriate outside counsel on a range of legal issues across Visa's European region. Management of outside counsel.

Work with other Visa departments across the globe to ensure contracts and advice accurately reflects business needs and policies as they develop.

Responsible for management of day–to–day legal queries and business deals, taking the lead on all relevant legal activities.

Manage, develop and maintain relationships to facilitate the effective delivery of legal advice and assistance.

Provide training to identified business areas on law, processes and policies.

Proactively contribute to the Legal & Compliance Department's planning, cohesion, consistency in advice, and the general efficiency and effectiveness of the department as a whole.

This is a hybrid position. Hybrid employees can alternate time between both remote and office. Employees in hybrid roles are expected to work from the office 2–3 set days a week (determined by leadership/site), with a general guidepost of being in the office 50% or more of the time based on business needs.


• Qualified lawyer in England & Wales with ideally 2–4 years PQE. We will consider candidates who have qualified in other jurisdictions.
• Previous experience of working within a regulated business or in a technology and digital legal environment.
• Demonstrable experience at a recognised law firm and/or in–house environment.
• Strong academics and training, including legal drafting and negotiating contracts, and (internal and external) client relationship management.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills along with a demonstrated ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
• Ability to work in a team environment as well as on own initiative.
• Ability to prioritise and manage a varied and busy workload.
• Positive attitude, high level of integrity and intellectual curiosity.
• Fluency in English.

Desirable Skills:
• Knowledge of the payments industry (and applicable regulation) or financial services environment.
• Previous experience of cross–border and multi–jurisdictional contracts.
• Fluency in other European languages.

Additional Information

Visa is an EEO Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Visa will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.