Legal Counsel (Technology Company)

DIGITEC Financial Technologies and Services GmbH
May 13, 2024
May 16, 2024
Contract Type
Your role and responsibilities

Are you a skilled lawyer looking to make a significant impact in the dynamic realm of financial technology? Join our esteemed team at DIGITEC Financial Technologies and Services GmbH as an in–house Legal Counsel and embark on an exhilarating journey of innovation and compliance.

Your responsibilities:

As a Legal Counsel at DIGITEC, you will play a pivotal role in providing strategic legal guidance and ensuring compliance across our operations. Embrace the opportunity to navigate legal complexities in the ever–evolving landscape of technology and innovation, serving our regulated customers in financial services and markets. Additionally, you will provide clarification on legal language or specifications to everyone in the organization. Given our company's global client base and offices in other jurisdictions, your expertise will be invaluable in navigating legal matters across different regions and ensuring consistency in our approach.

The following duties are integral to your role, though expertise in all is not mandatory:

1. Legal Compliance:

Stay abreast of technology industry laws and regulations.
Monitor legislative changes and assess their impact.
Develop and implement compliance policies to meet legal requirements.
2. Contractual Law:
Review, draft, and negotiate a variety of contracts including vendor agreements, customer contracts, and partnership agreements.
Ensure contracts align with company objectives and mitigate legal risks.
Provide guidance on contract interpretation and enforceability across different jurisdictions (e.g. English law, German law)
3. Intellectual Property (IP) Protection:
Manage and safeguard our intellectual property portfolio.
Conduct IP searches and assessments to mitigate infringement risks.
Assist in patent application drafting and prosecution.
4. Labor Law and Employment Matters:
Provide guidance on employment law issues such as hiring, termination, discrimination, and harassment.
Review and update employee handbooks, policies, and procedures.
Handle employment–related disputes and investigations.
5. Risk Management:
Identify legal risks and provide proactive solutions.
Conduct legal research and analysis on emerging legal issues impacting the technology sector, especially in the area of financial markets and services regulation and IT outsourcing.
Collaborate with cross–functional teams to address legal concerns and achieve business objectives.
Provide clarification on legal language or specifications to everyone in the organization.
Provide legal and compliance training in the organization.
6. External Law Firms and Legal Disputes:
Serve as the primary point of contact for external law firms.
Manage relationships with external counsel, including overseeing legal matters delegated to them.
Coordinate legal strategies and provide guidance in potential legal disputes, including litigation, arbitration, and mediation.
Collaborate with external counsel to achieve favorable outcomes and minimize legal exposure.

Skills and experiences we're interested in

Preferred qualifications

Successfully completed law studies (1st state examination)
Strong understanding of IT law, contractual law, and labor law
Experience drafting and negotiating complex commercial contracts.
Familiarity with intellectual property law and data privacy regulations.
Excellent analytical, communication, and problem–solving skills.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast–paced environment.
Prior experience as legal advisor/counsel in a technology company or related field is a plus.
Very good, business fluent written and spoken English and German skills.
Experience in the area of financial services and markets regulation and/or regulatory policy and compliance is also a plus.

What we offer as an employer

Enjoy competitive salaries, secure permanent employment, and indulge in an attractive holiday allowance.
Benefit from perks like JobRad and Pluxees, along with a comprehensive company pension plan.
Work from our conveniently located office nestled in the vibrant heart of Barmbek.
Immerse yourself in our performance–driven culture, where excellence is celebrated, and experience a warm and inclusive working environment, whether you're working remotely or at our head office.
Take advantage of our annual budget for training and development opportunities.

About us

DIGITEC Financial Technologies and Services GmbH is a well–established and industry–leading developer of software for the financial technology market. Our financial technology products cover the pricing and settlement of FX/MM businesses as well as FX market data. Our customers include more than 40 well–known major banks worldwide, including Europe, America, Asia and Australia. We are world market leader with our D3 product family for calculating and distributing exchange rates. Our success was only made possible by our great team of approx. 50 colleagues with huge knowledge about software development, financial mathematics, sales, IT systems, etc.
DIGITEC stands for equal opportunities and a respectful and friendly teamwork environment. Our colleagues have been with us for many years and we are proud of that.