Legal Lead

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ConsenSys is a venture production studio and the leading technology firm in blockchain globally. We deliver products, solutions and platforms built using blockchain technology to transform how business is done in complex network of buyers, suppliers and consumers.

Our teams are busy at work building the future of identity, financial markets, commerce, the music industry, security, and infrastructure, and more. To accomplish this we've built out a flat organizational structure which we call the ConsenSys Mesh: a network of individuals & teams working autonomously and towards the same goal.  Our mission is to use these decentralized solutions to fundamentally reshape the economic, social, and political operating systems of the planet. If you are someone that thrives in a fast-paced environment where being self-directed, determined, and resilient are a requirement, we would love for you to join us.

About at ConsenSys: is a ConsenSys proto-spoke that is building a decentralized venture investing platform.   We use a series of interconnected networks to collaboratively, source, diligence, vet, and invest in startups, doing rigorous investment selection and diligence in a decentralized and compliant way. 

About the role: is looking for a Legal Lead (title negotiable), who will be one of the first five hires and a key member of the leadership team.   The Legal Lead will be responsible for forming the investment vehicles used for each investment and will be a key contributor to product strategy as we work to automate much of that work with smart contracts over time.   It will also support legal diligence on venture investments and general startup operations. 

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • You will lead the formation of investment vehicles required to operate the platform, managing outside counsel, as appropriate
  • You will support legal due diligence on venture investments
  • You will help ensure compliance with all relevant regulations
  • You will assist with general startup operations, pitching in cross functionally, as appropriate

What we expect
  • A JD or LLM from a leading accredited U.S. law school and a license to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction
  • >5 years experience in fund formation and / or venture capital law at a large reputable law firm and/or in-house
  • Startup operating experience is a plus
  • Detail oriented with excellent analytical and project management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Entrepreneurial mind set and proactive, solution-oriented mentality
  • Comfort with being self-directed and learning quickly with minimal training  
  • Business judgment and ability to assess legal risk while providing practical advice.
  • A proven academic or professional track-record demonstrating hard work, ambition and a dedication to self-improvement and excellence

Here are some of the perks of being part of a unique organization like ConsenSys:
  • The forefront of a revolution. At ConsenSys we fundamentally believe that a next generation of technologies presents the opportunity to create a more just and equitable society.
  • A dynamic startup environment. ConsenSys is a thought leader in the blockchain space and we are absorbing a significant portion of the mindshare. This is both exciting and challenging, as we learn to scale our organization while adhering to the principles of decentralization.
  • Continuous learning. You’ll be constantly exposed to new languages, frameworks and ideas from your peers and as you work on different projects -- challenging you to stay at the top of your game.
  • Deep technical challenges. This entire ecosystem is about 10 years old. Ethereum itself is still a toddler. There is much work to be done before these platforms can scale to the order of millions or billions of users. ConsenSys is building the technology platforms that can get us to those next thresholds of scale.

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