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Commercial Counsel, WCE in Paris at PayPal

Date Posted: 5/11/2020

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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 305 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.

The commercial Counsel will advise PayPal’s sales and marketing teams in Western and Central Europe on commercial activities and strategic initiatives.

RPayPal (Europe) S.à r.l. et Cie, S.C.A. (“PayPal Europe”) is a credit institution in Luxembourg, supervised by the Commission de Surveilance du Secteur Financier. PayPal is looking for a fast-learning, dynamic lawyer to join our growing legal team.   

This position is based in Paris and will dual report to the Head of EU Commercial Legal and the Head of Legal, Western and Central Europe.   As part of a team of commercial lawyers, the successful candidate will advise PayPal’s sales and marketing teams in Western and Central Europe on commercial activities and strategic initiatives. To succeed in this challenging role, candidates should be mature, self-motivated and well-organised with excellent communication and problem solving skills. Candidates should also be flexible with a global outlook and collaborative working style.

An ability to work in a matrixed environment with multiple stakeholders is essential. PayPal is a global company and the successful candidate will need to have flexibility to work with and occasionally accommodate colleagues in different time zones (particularly Europe, the United States and Asia).

Legal Counsel Western and Central Europe (m/f/d)


The successful candidate will be responsible for providing legal advice to PayPal Europe’s sales and marketing teams. This is a business facing role with regular exposure to senior stakeholders. The primary role responsibilities are:

  • Analysis, drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements (merchant agreements, marketing agreements, partnership agreements etc.)
  • Working with the PayPal Western and Central Europe Legal team on commercial deals with key PayPal suppliers and partners
  • Supporting the PayPal Marketing and Public Relations teams with advertising and press releases.
  • Updating PayPal’s terms and conditions for the Western and Central Europe markets.
  • Legal research and assistance on applicable requirements including regulations pertaining to payment services and electronic money, data protection law, consumer protection law and competition law.
  • Partnering with PayPal legal team members across our global organisation and supporting senior colleagues on a variety strategic projects, regulatory issues and legal department operational matters.
  • Creating and advising on templates, policies and procedures to address new requirements.
  • Providing training on relevant topics.
  • Identifying productivity improvements and helping to drive and direct process changes to ensure continuing efficiency.
  • Helping to effectively manage legal budget and cost controls where required.

Job Requirements:

  • Law and Masters degree from a top-tier university ideally with specialization in business law, financial services regulations or international law, or equivalent.
  • First experience practicing in-house or at a reputable law firm. Experience in banking, payments, financial services or fintech is desirable.
  • Ability to collaborate with senior management and cross functional stakeholders
  • Confident self-starter with a keen attention for detail and an ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Creative thinker with strong problem-solving skills and the ability to stay calm under challenging circumstances
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously, with effective resolution of conflicting priorities
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, changing environment and matrixed organisation
  • Flexibility to work with colleagues in Europe, the United States and Asia and on occasion accommodate calls and deadlines aligned to their time zones
  • Fluency in French and English (written and spoken) required; any other European language would be a strong asset.

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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