General Counsel (Global)

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General Counsel (Global)

Job description

Smart contracts are on track to revolutionize how all agreements work, through an entirely new system of technologically enforced contract guarantees. Chainlink enables next-generation smart contracts that can be written about any/all events in the real world, the details of our approach can be found in our whitepaper. We are well recognized for providing highly secure and reliable blockchain connectivity to the world's largest enterprises such as Google, Oracle, SWIFT, and many more. This is a unique opportunity to join one of the top companies developing cutting-edge blockchain technology while working closely together with a team of experienced senior executives.

About this role

As the General Counsel, you will work directly with the CEO as well as an experienced and accomplished senior management team to assess various risks, make strategic decisions and execute the company's operational goals. You oversee all legal aspects of the company and your opinion will be integral to key business decisions.


  • Manage a wide array of relevant legal matters, policies, risks and strategies to reduce risk, regarding commercial relationships, corporate, tax, regulation, and employment issues

  • Work directly with the company’s CEO, executives and advisors to make key strategic decisions

  • Work with business development teams to draft and successfully negotiate partner agreements

  • Monitor compliance with regulatory requirements and proactively address issues if they arise

  • Engage, manage and ensure quality of work performed by outside counsel for various matters

  • Manage online terms of service, privacy policy and software licenses

  • Manage employment agreements and matters

  • Support general corporate matters as needed

  • Work closely with top legal advisors on cutting-edge legal issues



  • JD degree with superior academic credentials and member in good standing of the New York or other state bar

  • 5 - 15 years of experience at a top tier-law firm or in-house legal department (prior blockchain/cryptocurrency, technology company and/or rapid growth experience is a plus)

  • Excellent business judgment and ability to assess legal risk while also thinking strategically and providing practical advice

  • Strong work ethic and ability to multitask, prioritize and follow through on numerous projects simultaneously

  • Experience with corporate governance and contractual matters

  • Ability and desire to work both autonomously but also collaboratively

  • A genuine interest in smart contracts, cryptocurrency and blockchains

  • Strong understanding of technical concepts, analytical skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to operate independently and take on additional responsibilities as needed

  • Comfort and/or experience with remote work

Desired/Optional Characteristics

  • Familiarity with blockchains, smart contracts and other decentralized systems

  • Familiarity with legal regimes impacting the cryptocurrency and the decentralized finance industry 

  • Experience managing risk in an uncertain regulatory environment

  • Experience with open-source software licensing

This role is location agnostic anywhere in the world. Though we ask that you overlap some working hours with Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

*Chainlink is an Equal Opportunity Employer*