Corporate and Technology Licensing Counsel

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Ancestry is the world's largest online resource for family history. We have helped pioneer the market for online family history research, taking a pursuit that was expensive and time-consuming and making it easy, affordable and accessible to anyone with an interest in their family history. The foundation of our service is an extensive collection of billions of historical records that we have digitized, indexed and put online over the past 17 years. These digital records and documents, combined with our proprietary online search technologies, tools and collaboration features, have enabled our more than two million subscribers to create over 13 billion historical records, along with millions of DNA results to make meaningful discoveries about the lives of their ancestors. 

With over 1,400 employees around the world, we are known for our cutting-edge technology, phenomenal innovation, and offer a compelling and rewarding workplace where you will thrive. 

We seek out passionate people to join our mission of helping people discover, preserve and share their family history. We invite you to explore and discover the many opportunities that await you at Ancestry.  

Job Description

Ancestry is seeking a corporate transactional attorney with 5-7+ years of experience for the position of Corporate and Technology Licensing Counsel. This person will be based in Ancestry’s San Francisco office, will report to Senior Director – Corporate and Securities. This position will be a true business partner, having a meaningful impact on the organization by supplying sound business advice, excellent negotiation skills, and well-informed advice on corporate transactional and securities matters.   

Responsibilities will include:

  • General corporate advice
  • Negotiating technology in-licenses and other commercial contracts
  • Negotiating and drafting equity and debt financing documents, which may include an initial public offering within the next 18-24 months
  • Negotiating and drafting joint ventures, acquisitions, divestitures, and other corporate transactions
  • Supporting board processes, including audit and compensation committees
  • Assisting with implementing enterprise risk management processes
  • Supporting a complex international corporate structure
  • Supporting corporate governance intiatives


  • JD from a top tier law school.
  • Admission to a State Bar.  
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant corporate transactional and securities experience.
  • At least 3 years of foundational training with a leading national law firm.
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently, to take on big challenges and complex projects and to be accountable for results, while meeting demanding deadlines and balancing multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Sound and practical business judgment and the ability to provide business-oriented, practical legal advice.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage and/or oversee outside counsel.





Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.