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Director, Head of Legal Japan in Tokyo at PayPal

Date Posted: 10/20/2020

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Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 325 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

PayPal is looking for an experienced Legal Director to head PayPal Japan’s legal function. This position is based in Tokyo and will report to the Associate General Counsel and Head of Legal for Cross border & Growth Markets (based in Singapore).

To succeed in this challenging role, the candidate should be should be mature, self-motivated and independent and well-organized with excellent interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills. He/she will be proficient in both Japanese and English language (read/write/speak). This position also requires business acumen, strategic and creative thinking, strong project leadership, communication skills and multi-tasking capabilities. PayPal Japan is licensed as a FTBO and an issuer of a PPI under the Payment Services Act.

The Legal Director for Japan will be responsible for:

  • Advising on regulatory issues in relation to the  Payment Services  Act, Funds Transfer Business Operator licensing, Prepaid Instrument licence, FX regulations, the Crime Proceeds Prevention Act and associated anti money laundering and know your customer regulations, alternative dispute regulation and Shuno daiko
  • Dealing and managing relationships with Japan regulators; including the Financial Services Agency, Kanto Local Finance Bureau, National Police Authority and the Ministry to Economy, Trade and Industry
  • Advising the business on marketing, product and general legal risks, in particular in associated with business development in Japan; maintaining corporate secretarial records for Japan entities
  • Advising on commercial transactions with merchants, bank partners, acquirers, card networks and other FTBOs , gateways and service providers
  • Advising and drafting contracts. maintaining online legal agreements
  • Monitoring ongoing legislation and regulatory changes, and assisting with drafting and implementing policies and procedures to address new regulatory requirements
  • Assisting with communication with regulators, helping to maintain an open dialogue with regulators and respond to all regulatory requests and audits
  • Overseeing the customer complaints and escalation process, including litigation and settlements
Job Requirements:
  • Able to work independently
  • An understanding of the financial legal and regulatory environment in Japan.  Specific knowledge of the laws and regulations relating to payments industry and/or electronic money would be preferred
  • Knowledge and understanding of Japan  law and regulations  that are applicable  to payments, credit card services,  remittances, fund settlements,  and e-commerce including but not limited to AML and CFT regulations, Funds Settlements Act, Banking law, Shuno daiko, Crime Proceeds Transfer Prevention Act, and Company law
  • Knowledge and understanding of general banking, securities and financial services related regulations
  • General legal background and experience with common issues related to employment, commercial, corporate, currency controls, foreign exchange, litigation and intellectual property. Experience with online businesses will also be advantageous
  • Broad background within the financial services industry, preferably within a bank or financial services organization

We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at



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