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Senior Counsel / Head of Legal

Michael Page


Ref: HP350-5925

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

As the first legal hire within the start-up, your role would be to build the internal legal function from scratch and manage all the subsequent responsibilities.

Client Details

A tech start-up within the payments space who is looking for its first legal hire.


* Provide legal counsel to the C-suite and other business functions.
* Manage the relationship with external counsel, with a view to building your own team and weaning the firm off of outsourced legal services.
* Build, review and refine contract templates to streamline the negotiations process.
* Handle contract negotiations, and draft / review all contracts and agreements with business partners and investors.
* Advise on effective corporate structuring and risk management strategies.
* Assist the C-Suite in the legal operations for all sister companies within the larger family of start-ups.

Job Offer

* Competitive, tax-free salary
* Opportunity to contribute directly to the growth of a high-performing start-up
* Progressive, exciting environment


* At least 10 years of experience in an in-house or external legal function.
* Must have experience in the payments / fintech space.
* Strong experience in a strategic and senior role, supporting business functions across multiple jurisdictions.
* Excellent communication, leadership and organisational skills.
* Strong understanding of, and experience with, corporate law, procedures and regulations in the UAE and Middle Eastern jurisdictions.

About the Company

Michael Page is one of the world's leading professional recruitment consultancies, specializing in the placement of candidates in permanent, contract, temporary and interim positions with clients around the world.

The Group has operations in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. In the Middle East we focus on the areas of:

Finance & Accounting Banking & Financial Services Procurement Property & Construction Engineering & Supply Chain Oil & Gas Technical and Engineering Human Resources Sales Marketing Technology Secretarial Executive Search Legal

The Group operates through 161 offices in 33 countries and employs over 5,000 employees worldwide.

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