Legal Director, Venture Capital backed Startup (min 8 PQE)

Posted 03 August 2021
Job type Permanent
DisciplineChief Operating Officer & Governance

Job Description

  • A newly created role
  • Broad range
  • Great for career growth

Our client, an exciting FoodTech startup well-backed by tier 1 venture capital firms is looking to fill a newly created Legal Director role.

Reporting into the C-suite team, the successful candidate will advise stakeholders on a broad range of legal matters which include commercial contracts drafting and review, transactional matters (fund raising through debt and/or equity deals), Intellectual Property, Data Protection, and others. 

To be successful in the role, you will need to hands-on, collaborative and have strong commercial acumen. Prior experience in high growth/fast paced/startup environment will be well-regarded.


Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and build the Legal function.
  • Draft, review and negotiate broad range of commercial contracts.
  • Advise on transaction matters (debt and equity fund-raising)
  • keeps abreast of relevant legal and regulatory developments that will affect business operations and advise stakeholders accordingly.
  • Provide legal advice to corporate functions on various matters i.e., with HR with regards to employment related matters
  • Manage external counsels as and when required.
  • Advise on IP and licensing related matters.
  • Advise on data privacy matters and take charge in formulating data protection policies.
  • Manage the company’s VSOP plan and take lead in structuring ESOP to enhance the company’s total reward offering.

Key Requirements

  • LLB/Juris Doctor qualification from a recognised institution
  • Prior experience in a startup/high-growth environment a plus
  • Min 8 PQE (US Bar qualification preferred)
  • Hands on, strong commercial acumen and a proven team player


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