Head of Legal - Japan

Tokyo
Legal – Services · Expansion · AP · Japan
Permanent
Work Location: Minato-ku, Roppongi, Tokyo

ABOUT THE TEAM
The legal department sits at the heart of Revolut and is a core part of the business. Members of the team provide front-line guidance and support to all areas of the company, contributing to decisions that impact on Revolut’s growth every day.

The breadth of work you will encounter (and level of commercial involvement) is pretty unique for an in-house role, from structuring credit programmes to launching into new territories. We hire both generalists (typically corporate/commercial solicitors) as well as specialists (such as compliance), alongside operations analysts, all of whom have a large degree of responsibility for Revolut’s ongoing development and growth.

ABOUT THE ROLE
We are looking for a Head of Legal to advise on our Japan launch and operations and advise on a variety of legal and regulatory matters.
This role will be based in Tokyo, work with the Operations Lead (Japan) and report to the General Counsel in Revolut’s London headquarters.

WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING
• Draft, review, negotiate and advise internal stakeholders and negotiate with external counterparts on a variety of commercial agreements, including third party agreements, operations agreements, services agreements, partnerships, and marketing agreements
• Identify and consult on legal risks in connection with the development of new products
• Liaise with specialist external counsel in relation to original new products, expansion into new market verticals and areas relating to compliance, privacy, or security
• Develop and implement processes for efficient and streamlined operations surrounding contract negotiation and processes
• Develop and maintain form agreements, contract management systems, and other databases
• Serving as lead counsel on strategic deals, resolving issues that arise in existing commercial relationships, and handling pre-litigation legal disputes and inquiries
• Drive all ongoing compliance review processes, including necessary filings, policies and procedures
• Monitor changes to regulatory requirements and proactively handle regulatory developments
• Provide time-sensitive support on a wide array of legal inquiries in connection with all aspects of your country’s operations
• Identify and consult on legal risks in connection with the development of new products

WHAT YOU'LL NEED
• Strong client-service and customer orientation and strengths in forming good working relationships
• High degree of independence, initiative and decisiveness
• An enthusiasm and drive for delivering results
• Strong analytical skills and an ability to demonstrate sound legal and business judgment, even in ambiguous situations
• Ability to work independently and also contribute successfully to cross-functional teams
• Excellent organisational skills, and an ability to manage multiple projects at once, to meet deadlines
• Common sense, great judgment, and a good sense of humour
• Strong experience in advising clients on commercial contract matters (past experience in: regulatory, IP, IT is a plus) across a broad range of areas including Financial Services, Technology and Corporates
• Thrives working in a fast-paced, high pressure, entrepreneurial environment
• Work hard but have a lot of fun doing it!

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
• Excellent academic and law firm credentials
• Hold a current practicing certificate(can be non-Japanese such as US, UK, Australia etc) as long as you've been practicing in Japan
• 6+ years of strong experience as a private practice lawyer dealing with financial services at a top law firm (and preferably) some in-house experience as well
• Excellent English and Japanese skills (written and oral) are a must

A LITTLE ABOUT US
We believe that there are better ways for people to control their money. Easier, fairer ways.
Revolut started in 2015 with card transactions abroad without rubbish exchange rates or hidden fees. We’ve since added business accounts, vaults, insurance and even access to cryptocurrency exposure.
We reached 6 million customers in July 2019 and we’re adding another million every quarter.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
From employee 1 to employee 1000, you will be slotting into a global team that shares a number of traits.
You can work autonomously and take ownership. We thrive with the space and responsibility to solve problems.
You operate best without lots of bureaucracy. We don’t hide behind fancy job titles or clunky processes ‘because that’s how things are done’.
You approach work in a logical way. We are not afraid to make mistakes but we use data and logic to backup decisions and improve understanding.
And you share our mission to improve people’s relationship with their money.

THE BENEFITS
• Competitive salary
• Biannual equity bonuses
• All the latest tech you need
• Skip the commute and work from home once a week
• 20 days paid holiday per year
• 5 days paid sick leaves per year
• Paid dinners if you work late in the office
• Medical insurance and pension plan as required by Japanese labour law
• Monthly commuting scheme covered by employer
• Free dinners if you’re working late in the office
• Free taxis home if you’re working late

Please only submit an application for one posting.

A little about us…When Revolut was founded in 2015, we had a vision to build a sustainable, digital alternative to traditional big banks. Our mission now is to help our customers improve their financial health, empower them to have more control, and promote financial cohesion across the communities in which we operate. Launching into 2020 with 10 million Personal customers and over a quarter of a million Business customers only reinforced our belief in the vast need across the world for better financial services. As our customer base has boomed in the last year, we’ve expanded our team to match that growth. We started 2019 with several hundred employees; we closed it out with 2000.

What we’re looking for…Revolut is being scaled up by people all around the world who share our vision. We’re looking for people who align with our four core values: we Never Settle, we Get It Done because we Think Deeper and we’re Stronger Together. You’re the kind of person who wants to join a community of forward-thinking people, all personally and professionally invested in Revolut’s mission. You thrive in a collaborative space where everyone’s learning from each other, and learning fast. We believe in empowering our Revoluters in their work, giving them autonomy and ownership of what they do. We want everyone at Revolut to own their story and their successes - working with us means you’re not just another cog in the machine.