Legal Counsel

Position Type :

Full time

Type Of Hire :

Experienced (relevant combo of work and education)

Education Desired :

Bachelor of Law

Travel Percentage :


Are you curious, motivated, and forward-thinking? At FIS you’ll have the opportunity to work on some of the most challenging and relevant issues in financial services and technology. Our talented people empower us, and we believe in being part of a team that is open, collaborative, entrepreneurial, passionate and above all fun.

About the team:

The FIS Legal team is comprised of more than 200 lawyers and paralegals worldwide who enjoy being an adviser to and partner with our businesses to help the company achieve its goals. We work collaboratively with each other and with our business colleagues to solve problems and achieve goals. We view our role as one of supporting our business leaders in a variety of legal matters, and we strive to assist our businesses in meeting their objectives with sound, pragmatic, and well-considered legal counsel.

What you will be doing:

The Legal Counsel will provide on the ground consistent legal advice, policy and direction to the eCommerce business across the globe. Critical to this will be interfacing effectively across time zones with the eCommerce Senior Legal Counsel, to whom this role will report and seamless working with the rest of the FIS Legal & Compliance teams globally. Critical to the success of this role will be the ability to rapidly build personal credibility and ensure effective stakeholder management across the eCommerce business group.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Provide high quality, business focused legal support directly to a growing and developing business
  • Working and supporting Senior Legal Counsel and the eCom Legal team on large regulatory matters and strategic projects including expansion into new markets such as licensing applications, analysing complex business models, and liaising with regulators in the payments and financial services industry.
  • Advising the business on modes of entry into new markets and executing on the same.
  • Drafting and updating of contract templates as needed.
  • Commercial contracts negotiation with customers, suppliers and strategic partners
  • Liaising with senior management in respect of negotiations, transaction structuring and contributing to debates outside of the legal remit.

What you bring:

  • Understanding of payments, financial services and regulation
  • Broad ranging corporate, commercial and IT experience
  • Demonstrates a solid understanding of core legal concepts, particularly in contract law, with strong drafting skills and an ability to supervise junior members of the team.
  • Demonstrates a good understanding of the legal issues affecting the payments industry, including
    • Data Privacy including GDPR, PCI DSS
    • PSD2, IFR and FCA Regulation
    • Intellectual Property
    • Financial Crime and Anti Money Laundering Requirements
    • Taking Security
  • Experience at recognised high quality commercial law firm (Magic/Silver Circle preferably) – solid training and some post qualification experience in private practice.
  • Experience at recognised high quality commercial law firm (Magic/Silver Circle preferably) – solid training and some post qualification experience in private practice.
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to handle large workload with competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Experience of negotiating and documenting a wide range of complex commercial agreements.

Added bonus if you have:

  • Some experience in an in-house role (whether on secondment or after leaving private practice).
  • Experience advising on expansion activity (through either organic or inorganic means) an advantage
  • Direct experience of payment services and/or financial services regulation and working with regulators in respect of expansion plans or change of control would be an advantage

What we offer you:

  • A competitive salary and benefits
  • A multifaceted job with a high degree of responsibility and a broad spectrum of opportunities
  • A modern, international work environment and a dedicated and motivated team
  • A broad range of professional education and personal development possibilities – FIS is your final career step!

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Sourcing Model

Recruitment at FIS works primarily on a direct sourcing model; a relatively small portion of our hiring is through recruitment agencies. FIS does not accept resumes from recruitment agencies which are not on the preferred supplier list and is not responsible for any related fees for resumes submitted to job postings, our employees, or any other part of our company.