Head of Legal, UK

OKX Ventures
Nov 07, 2023
Dec 06, 2023
Trademark Agent
Contract Type
Who We Are: At OKX, we believe our future will be reshaped by technology. Founded in 2017, OKX is one of the world's leading cryptocurrency spot and derivatives exchanges. We adopt blockchain technology to reshape the financial ecosystem by offering some of the most diverse and sophisticated products, solutions, and trading tools on the market. Trusted by more than 20 million users in over 180 regions globally, OKX strives to provide an engaging platform that empowers every individual to explore the world of digital assets and Web3 products and services. With its extensive range of crypto products and services and an unwavering commitment to innovation, OKX's vision is a world of financial access backed by blockchain and the power of decentralized finance, for everyone. We invest in our people as much as we invest in technology. We are united by our engaging culture. Here, we win as a team, embrace change, and do the right thing. We are committed to creating a friendly, rewarding and diverse environment for OKers. It doesn't matter where you come from. Here everyone feels valued, respected and has the same opportunities to develop and thrive. We want to bring out the best in you. About the Team: The Global Legal team provides legal advice and guidance to OKX and its affiliated entities across all coverage areas and geographic locations, and supports business growth by working with all teams within the company to help them achieve their goals. Our team of 20+ attorneys are located around the world, and handle legal matters in literally hundreds of countries across the globe. The OKX General Counsel is based in San Francisco, CA. About the Opportunity: As a Deputy General Counsel and Head of Legal in the U.K., you will work closely with all members of the Global Legal team and business leaders throughout the company, but will primarily support the Company's U.K. entity (OKX U.K.). You will be working from OKX's London office three days a week. You may work remotely two days a week. The right candidate will have direct legal experience and an enthusiastic belief in the cryptocurrency/digital asset space, 12+ years of experience working for a top–tier law firm or in–house at a prestigious financial services or cryptocurrency company, and possess excellent writing and analytical skills. The ideal candidate possesses experience in financial services, cryptocurrency/digital assets, U.K. licensing, marketing and advertising, and local securities laws. We offer a competitive base salary and bonus structure as well as excellent benefits and an opportunity to work in a cutting–edge industry that will be the future of financial services. What You'll Be Doing:
  • Supporting OKX's business expansion into the United Kingdom. This role will be the primary legal point of contact for the newly–formed OKX U.K. entity, and will be called upon to support the business in its licensing and legal efforts to expand into the U.K. market;
  • Supporting the business in virtually all legal coverage areas, including but not limited to product development, global regulatory matters, IP and trademark enforcement, corporate governance, licensing efforts, token listings for OKX U.K., contract negotiation, compliance legal support, institutional sales and partnerships, and marketing and advertising;
  • Analyzing and advising on the legal risk of new and existing digital assets and managing the legal component of the new asset review process;
  • Collaborating with product and business development teams to achieve company–wide projects and goals; and
  • Managing legal requests from all areas of the business and effectively advising on legal concepts and legal risk with an eye towards the strategic goals of business leaders.
What We Look For In You:
  • Law degree at a top–tier law school and qualified to practice law in the U.K.;
  • Resident of London;
  • 12+ years of legal experience at a top–tier law firm and/or in–house legal team, preferably in the cryptocurrency/digital assets and/or financial services industry;
  • Experience advising on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology legal issues and have a basic understanding of the relevant legal and regulatory landscape;
  • Experience working with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and obtaining U.K. financial services and/or crypto exchange licenses.
  • Comfortable working independently in a fast–paced, growth–stage and multi–cultural environment;
  • Ability to effectively advise and build trust with business teams;
  • Ability to navigate through a rapidly–changing legal landscape and deal with legal ambiguity;
  • Ability to work in a high–functioning legal team and feel comfortable in a collaborative working environment.