Legal

Lead Corporate Counsel

San Francisco | Full-time

We analyze complex and novel legal issues for Plaid to enable innovation.

At Plaid, our mission is to unlock financial freedom for everyone.  There has never been a better time than now to start building the future of fintech with us. Plaid powers the tools millions of people rely on to live a healthier financial life. We work with thousands of companies like Venmo and SoFi, several of the Fortune 500, and many of the largest banks to make it easy for people to connect their financial accounts to the apps and services they want to use. Plaid’s network covers 11,000 financial institutions across the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Founded in 2013, the company is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York, Salt Lake City, Washington D.C., London and Amsterdam.

Plaid is building an expert corporate law team within the Policy, Risk, and Legal (“PRL”) group. Plaid works at the intersection of technology and financial services developing innovative technologies that require creative and pragmatic legal solutions. We deal with novel issues every day working with Plaid’s product, business, operations, risk, and policy teams, as well as with our customers and partners. We are a mission-driven company that is unlocking financial freedom for everyone by helping democratize consumer finance.

Plaid is looking for a senior corporate lawyer and leader who will be an integral part of a dynamic legal, risk, and compliance group at a fast growing, mature, pre-IPO company.

The Lead Corporate Counsel will:

  • Manage global M&A, strategic investments, debt transactions, and other strategic transactions, including assisting in drafting LOIs, standardizing due diligence execution across teams, assisting in drafting and negotiating deal agreements, handling outside counsels as needed, and coordinating post-close matters.
  • Lead all areas related to the company’s securities laws matters and related compliance, including IPO readiness, investor relations, proxy management, and SEC reporting and disclosures as needed.
  • Help with corporate entity creation and management, including international expansion.
  • Assist in drafting and reviewing other public disclosures and corporate communications, as needed, including earnings releases, press releases, and blogs.
  • Prepare board and committee meeting material and support the planning of the annual meeting of stockholders, including working with the office of the CEO in preparing Board updates, assisting initiatives in improving governance across compensation and finance teams, and prepare proxy statements and related filings.
  • Help to develop, implement and continually improve company and team processes and procedures.
  • Provide legal advice and support on global equity plans, executive compensation, and related matters.
  • Have the ability to be the primary attorney on M&A and other strategic transactions and support all phases of deals including drafting and negotiating terms sheets, merger agreements and ancillary documents, managing the diligence process and other deal mechanics including closings and post-closing matters.
  • Partner with global cross-functional internal teams on various other corporate legal projects.

What excites you:

  • Managing and negotiating strategic corporate deals of all types, including M&A and venture financing transactions, and complex partnership deals.
  • Strategically managing corporate entity matters, including expansion into international markets.
  • Managing complex legal aspects of major business transitions with an emphasis on organization, collaboration, and communication.
  • Helping corporation manage risk and meet regulatory and shareholder expectations through well-crafted disclosures and communications.  
  • Designing, building, and improving legal department processes as we scale.
  • Collaborating on a wide range of regulatory, privacy, consumer protection, intellectual property, and other legal issues that shape our business and the entire FinTech ecosystem.

What excites us:

  • 8+ years of experience in legal practice, including in a nationally recognized law firm and with substantial relevant experience running general corporate deals, including M&A, venture financings, and IPO/DLs.
  • Deep experience with US Securities regulations, including SEC reporting, securities law compliance and corporate governance; structuring and negotiating M&A and financing transactions; and managing subsidiaries.
  • Experience supervising lawyer(s) and/or paralegals, and an interest in leading teams to accomplish results.
  • Excellent writing, oral communication, and organizational skills.
  • Eager to learn about new and emerging technologies.
  • Comfortable navigating complicated and nuanced legal issues.
  • JD degree required.


Plaid is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion or religious belief, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, military or veteran status, disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Plaid is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance with your application or interviews due to a disability, please let us know at accommodations@plaid.com.
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