Corporate Counsel

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

When we launched the little white reader, we invented mobile, ubiquitous payments and enabled anyone to start, run, and grow a business. Ten years and billions of transactions later we’re reimagining commerce for businesses of all types and sizes—we’re enabling the independent electrician to send invoices, helping the beauty salon pay its employees, and giving the burgeoning coffee chain capital for a second, third, and fourth location. We’re working to find new and better ways to help businesses succeed on their own terms—and we’re looking for people like you to help shape tomorrow at Square.

Job Description

{To begin, this position will be based in San Francisco until our Oakland office opens and will require continued ongoing travel to San Francisco on occasion}

Square is seeking an exceptional attorney to focus on corporate governance and lead a team focused on international governance and subsidiary maintenance. If hired, you will play a key role in preparing for Square’s board and committee meetings, helping to keep Square’s governance policies up to date, maintaining Square’s subsidiaries, and in ensuring Square’s compliance with the laws and regulations of each country in which Square operates. This role also involves coordinating and preparing for domestic and international board meetings and approvals, overseeing the management of our international databases, building out new systems and procedures and scoping new jurisdictions for Square’s international expansion. We are looking for a highly adaptable, organized and self-motivated individual who can handle fast-paced projects independently.

This is a great opportunity to join a growing legal team and work on cutting-edge issues in an exciting, fast-paced environment in our brand new Oakland office easily accessible by BART. As we expand our offerings, your ideas and contributions will make an immediate impact. A creative legal mind, an extreme attention to detail, and a sense of adventure are all required.

You will:

  • Assist in preparing corporate governance matters, including the preparation of Square board and committee materials, policies, and charters

  • Work closely with Square’s People and Equity teams on Square’s equity plans and ESPP

  • Manage and build a high performing international governance team

  • Coordinate international board meetings and prepare pre-read deliverables, draft minutes, manage a database of required board actions and approvals and ensure that such requirements are met at each meeting

  • Work cross-functionally on a variety of legal matters to support business development and innovation in our international markets

  • Manage international filings, including with respect to audits, tax returns and annual returns

  • Ensure ongoing compliance with corporate governance requirements for our international financial licenses

  • Liaise and coordinate with international counsel to ensure compliance with all local laws and regulatory requirements

  • Provide support for cross-border M&A transactions, capital contributions, equity awards and Employee Stock Purchase Plan participation, board changes, director compensation and the preparation of audits and financial statements

  • Support domestic subsidiaries including with respect to board meetings, state filings, resolutions and consents, returns and filings

  • Lead and support special projects

  • Work closely with our internal product, business, tax, accounting and compliance teams, as well as with external advisors and experts

  • Manage projects effectively, with a team-oriented approach


You have:

  • At least 4 years of relevant experience in law firms, governmental agencies, and/or in-house legal departments working on international matters

  • A JD and active membership in at least one state bar

  • Fluency in translating legal advice into actionable guidance for innovative product, finance and business teams

  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage projects effectively

  • Sound and practical business judgment, intellectual creativity, and problem-solving skills

  • Good communication skills

  • Ability to work independently with little to no supervision and drive projects forward

  • Strong problem solving and decision-making abilities and attention to detail

  • Highly organized and proactive

Additional Information

At Square, our purpose is to empower – within and outside of our walls. In order to build the best tools for the businesses and customers we support all over the world, we have to start at home with a workforce as diverse and empowered as our sellers. To this end, we take great care to evaluate all employees and job applicants equally, based on merit, competence, and qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply and always consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at) We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible. Perks At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes: Healthcare coverage, Retirement Plans, Employee Stock Purchase Program, Meal reimbursements, Wellness perks, Paid parental leave, Flexible time off, Learning and Development resources