Associate General Counsel, Latin America
The AGC for LatAm will provide direction, guidance and assistance on complex legal and regulatory matters and will have the following areas of expertise: Internet/e-commerce regulation, general corporate law, commercial contracts and transactions, litigation, employment law, intellectual property and data protection. Expertise on payments, compliance and consumer protection are highly preferred. The Senior Counsel will also have oversight for all LatAm legal matters. The individual in this role will regularly interface with the LatAm leadership team on the breadth of legal problems and issues that arise, and will coordinate and communicate with other regional legal heads as well as business leaders around the world.
The AGC will build out, lead, develop, and supervise Airbnb’s LatAm legal function and work to ensure the LatAm legal team function as true partners with the business. They will also provide supervision of outside counsel.
This position will be based in Miami, Florida.
- Be hands on, as the head of a small LatAm legal function, handling a wide array of commercial, regulatory, product, employment, litigation and other matters that arise in the LatAm business.
- Counsel on global legal issues as they relate to Airbnb’s activities in the LatAm, particularly working with Airbnb’s policy and public affairs group to navigate novel regulatory, consumer protection, privacy, and other issues;
- Counsel and identify solutions for unprecedented and complicated matters that require consideration of overlapping, unharmonized and novel regulatory, competitive, compliance, litigation, and business requirements and trends;
- Build out a small team, and lead the Airbnb LatAm legal function, promoting a values-driven, highly engaged organizational culture and fostering collaborative relationships among the various stakeholders;
- Advise the company on the risks, including litigation, of possible business decisions and offer advice on how to best manage those risks;
- Ensure that the General Counsel is advised of any new LatAm legislation or regulation which may significantly affect the Company;
- Provide innovative and business-oriented legal counsel and execution of significant LatAm strategic imperatives, including possible acquisitions, joint ventures, expansions, product/service offerings and other possible investments, as well as negotiate and structure major contracts;
- Work with the LatAm policy and public affairs group to influence, selectively and through proper channels, legislative and regulatory proposals which may significantly affect Airbnb’s interests or operations;
- Actively participate in the resolution of a broad range of general management issues, incorporating Airbnb’s mission in all decisions;
- Actively champion Airbnb’s mission, ethics and integrity by ensuring that the Company’s compliance policies protect the company from risk, comply with all applicable laws and regulations, and reinforce Airbnb’s values.
- Provide administrative management relating to the legal department including budgeting and hiring;
- Oversee strategy for the protection and development of all forms of Airbnb’s intellectual property, including its trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents.
- Partner with Airbnb’s communications team to ensure that public statements made on behalf of the Company are accurate and minimize legal exposure;
- Establish procedures for evaluating the quality and cost of outside counsel.
- 15+ years of practicing law in LatAm, including significant “in house” counsel leadership roles; prior experience working for U.S. companies is a strong plus.
- Strong experience as a leader building and managing small-mid size legal teams at consumer focused global ecommerce /Internet companies is highly preferred.
- Strong background in regulatory and public policy matters preferred; litigation is a plus.
- Experience working in the U.S. desired.
- Candidate should be fluent in English and Spanish. Portuguese is a plus.
- Strong communication and public speaking skills required. Sense of humor, self awareness, a creative and collaborative spirit, a steady demeanor in challenging situations, comfort operating in a fast moving, often changing and unclear legal environment, and a passion for connecting the world and breaking down barriers through immersive travel experiences are a must.
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