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Legal Counsel, Venture Investments

Remote

Opportunity is not evenly distributed. Shopify puts independence within reach for anyone with a dream to start a business. We propel entrepreneurs and enterprises to scale the heights of their potential. Since 2006, we’ve grown to 10,000 employees and generated over $496 billion in sales for millions of merchants in 175 countries. 


This is life-defining work that directly impacts people’s lives as much as it transforms your own. This is putting the power of the few in the hands of the many, is a future with more voices rather than fewer, and is creating more choices instead of an elite option.


Moving at our pace brings a lot of change, complexity, and ambiguity—and a little bit of chaos. Shopifolk thrive on that and are comfortable being uncomfortable. That means Shopify is not the right place for everyone.


Before You Apply, Consider If You Can:

  • Care deeply about what you do and about making commerce better for everyone
  • Excel by seeking professional and personal hypergrowth
  • Keep up with an unrelenting pace (the week, not the quarter)
  • Be resilient and resourceful in face of ambiguity and thrive on (rather than endure) change
  • Bring critical thought and opinion
  • Embrace differences and disagreement to get shit done and move forward
  • Work digital-first for your daily work


It takes a whole team of dedicated legal professionals working behind the scenes to help Shopify create a platform that makes commerce better for everyone. Our Legal Team must be able to apply their knowledge and experience to novel scenarios and provide the best possible advice on sometimes unprecedented legal issues, in ways that allow Shopify’s business to stay agile and competitive. Every person on our team is committed to making commerce better for everyone, and it shows.


The Corporate Legal Team provides dedicated support to Shopify’s Acceleration Team, a.k.a. Shopify’s Venture Capital and Corporate Development group - folks who bring expertise in product, technology, talent, partnerships, finance and business development to assess and pursue expansion opportunities for Shopify, in the form of investments, acquisitions or strategic partnerships.


Our work supporting Shopify Ventures is primarily transactional, but always evolving, as we provide strategic and legal insights while ensuring compliance with constantly changing laws and regulations. We do this work with a continual focus on the future of commerce and anticipating and meeting merchant’s needs.


To be successful on our team, collaboration and engagement are key. We regularly collaborate with each other and with internal and external stakeholders. Being a member of a fast-moving team doing cutting edge legal work is not always easy, but practicing at the top of your game with smart, dedicated and highly-engaged colleagues is incredibly fulfilling and a great catalyst for personal growth. 


About You

We are searching for a Legal Counsel, Venture Investments with dedicated experience working with venture-backed emerging tech companies. This lawyer will provide primary support through the identification, evaluation, execution of new investments, and ongoing management of investments and strategic partnerships as the key point of contact for Shopify’s Acceleration function. You may also have the opportunity to roll up your sleeves on other corporate matters (think governance, corporate structure, capital markets, M&A), furthering your development as a well-rounded in-house corporate lawyer. 


You must be adept at juggling competing priorities, using your business acumen, and leveraging creativity and collegiality (both internally and in dealing with external parties) to execute and drive positive outcomes for the company. You should have excellent problem solving and issue spotting skills. The work is varied and constantly evolving. Success on our team requires intellect, humility and a sense of humor. You need to take the work seriously, but not take yourself too seriously.


Responsibilities

  • Coordinating all aspects of a venture-style investment, from conducting legal due diligence on investment or acquisition prospects to negotiating term sheets, LOIs, and definitive transaction documents
  • Engaging with internal subject matter experts, including Employment, Privacy, IP, Product, and Regulatory counsel
  • Working closely with Finance and Business team members to develop investment and acquisition memos and manage Shopify’s investment portfolio
  • Managing external counsel on all aspects of a transaction
  • Creating and refining templates, playbooks and processes
  • Taking on other corporate legal matters from time to time


Qualifications

  • A J.D. and license to practice law in the United States or Canada 
  • A willingness to work Eastern Time working hours
  • 3-5 years of venture/tech legal experience at a top law firm and/or in-house, including familiarity with NVCA standard forms. We're looking for strong legal experience working with venture-backed emerging tech companies.
  • Experience managing multiple projects, stakeholders and deadlines
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and independently without a lot of guidance or oversight
  • Exceptional business judgment and relationship-building skills, and experience thinking outside the box to identify creative solutions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


We know that applying to a new role takes a lot of work and we truly value your time. We’re looking forward to reading your application.

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