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Associate Counsel

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
Exp.: 2+ Years
This position is for an in-house attorney who will be a member of the Legal Global Client Management group, and will provide legal advice to the Visa Consulting and Analytics (VCA) team. The Legal Global Client Management group plays an important role in Visa by supporting Visa’s client-facing business units and driving strategic initiatives. As a member of the team supporting VCA, you’ll provide thoughtful and pragmatic legal guidance to one of the fastest growing teams at Visa. We are looking for an organized, self-motivated individual, who can work collaboratively to support VCA’s commercial goals in a complex environment.

VCA is a team of data scientists and consultants that provides consulting and solution services for Visa’s clients around the globe, including traditional financial institutions, fintechs, processors and merchants. Drawing upon its expertise in strategy consulting, data analytics, brand management and the overall payments industry, VCA works closely with Visa clients to help drive critical initiatives, find new opportunities and solve their most pressing strategic business problems.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Providing timely and proactive legal advice on a broad range of issues, including commercial contracts and data use in support of VCA’s consulting work as it continues to expand the breadth of its substantive services as well as its geographic scope beyond the United States;
  • Drafting and negotiating the contracts/SOWs that govern VCA’s services;
  • Working closely with the VCA team to properly balance potential legal, regulatory, and brand risks against competing business objectives while providing legal advice and guidance regarding VCA’s strategic initiatives and growth strategies;
  • Providing legal review and approval of presentations and other day-to-day work product and content created by VCA;
  • Assisting in the creation and review of policies, guidelines and templates to drive efficiency;
  • Coordinating reviews with internal subject matter experts; and
  • Occasionally giving legal guidance and support on other non-VCA related legal matters, strategic initiatives and operational/business issues arising out of Visa’s North America business division.

Basic Qualifications:
2 years of relevant work experience with a Bachelor’s and JD

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 3 or more years of relevant work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree and JD
  • Strong academic credentials, including a J.D. degree; a member in good standing in of, and eligible to practice law in, at least one jurisdiction in the United States
  • Background and knowledge of some or all of the following: the payment services industry and related credit and debit processing industries; the legal and regulatory landscape governing, in particular, credit and debit cards (including, fair lending, consumer finance law, privacy, and TILA/Reg Z and Reg II); intellectual property law; and/or antitrust and competition law
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving and communication skills, including the ability to translate complex legal concepts into business-oriented advice, and some experience drafting and negotiating commercial transactions is preferred
  • Self-starter who can work independently, effectively and collegially on a small legal team
  • Ability to successfully prioritize and oversee a large number of matters
  • Strong people skills with proven ability to work with a diverse team to build effective working relationships with internal clients at all levels, and work on cross-functional teams on complex business initiatives
  • Developed business acumen, with the ability to understand the company’s business interests and anticipate the nature and magnitude of issues that could arise in a fast-paced environment

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