International Counsel - Canada

  • Toronto, Canada
  • Full-time

Company Description

Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run, and grow their businesses. When Square started, it was difficult and expensive (or just plain impossible) for some businesses to take credit cards. Square made credit card payments possible for all by turning a mobile phone into a credit card reader. Since then Square has been building an entire business toolkit of both hardware and software products including Square Capital, Square Terminal, Square Payroll, and more. We’re working to find new and better ways to help businesses succeed on their own terms—and we’re looking for people like you to help shape tomorrow at Square.

Job Description

Square is looking for a motivated attorney as its first legal hire in Canada to provide legal guidance on commercial contracts, product development, and regulatory projects. You will negotiate complex commercial contracts, monitor Square's enterprise risk management, provide legal guidance on product development projects, and ensure Square's regulatory compliance in Canada. You will report to Legal Lead, Seller. A creative legal mind and a sense of adventure are all required, and someone who can work in both structured and unstructured environments.

You will:

  • Ensure Square's regulatory compliance with its Canadian Money Services Business license, including strong knowledge and experience in payments as well as the review and oversight of its enterprise risk management program

  • Draft and negotiate many commercial and intellectual property agreements affecting our products

  • Work on a variety of legal matters to support business development and new ideas in the Canadian market

  • Provide ideas and insights into how we can work within the law to create amazing product experiences for our customers and reduce legal risks

  • Partner with government authorities and regulators on matters relevant to the payments and financial industries, including OSFI and FINTRAC

  • Provide sound compliance advice on laws and regulations relevant to consumer protection, advertising, IP, data protection, and the software and financial services industries

  • Draft terms of use, product policies, disclosures, and implement related processes

  • Manage communications and requests for information from government authorities, sellers and consumers

  • Work with domestic counsel to provide globally aligned legal advice

Qualifications

You have:

  • Familiarity launching products and advising on the legal and regulatory aspects of product development in the technology space

  • Commercial negotiation and drafting skills

  • A passion for fintech and the future of commerce

  • Fluency in translating legal advice into actionable guidance for innovative product and business teams

  • Organize, prioritize, and manage projects

  • 7+ years post-qualification experience as an attorney/contract negotiator practicing in Canada

  • Experience in fintech/e-commerce/financial services (desirable but not essential)

Additional Information

At Square, our purpose is to empower – within and outside of our walls. In order to build the best tools for the businesses and customers we support all over the world, we have to start at home with a workforce as diverse and empowered as our sellers. To this end, we take great care to evaluate all employees and job applicants equally, based on merit, competence, and qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at)squareup.com. We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Perks

At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources