Sr Managing Counsel - Litigation

3+ months agoAmsterdam, Netherlands

Established in 1996 in Amsterdam, has grown from a small Dutch start-up to the third largest e-commerce company in the world. is the largest business within Booking Holdings (NASDAQ: BKNG) and accounts for the vast majority of Booking Holdings' total revenue. Booking Holdings is a leading Fortune 500 e-commerce conglomerate with a market cap of approximately $80 billion.

With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel. connects travellers with the world's largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs to 5-star luxury resorts and even tree houses. The website and mobile apps are available in over 40 languages, offer more than +28 million total reported listings, and cover +140K destinations in +200 countries worldwide. is currently looking for a world-class lawyer to join the team as the Sr Managing Counsel - Litigation . The successful candidate in this brand new position will be pivotal in helping to grow and defend, with tangible impact on internal and external stakeholders.

As Sr Managing Counsel - Litigation, you will be part of the LPA (Legal & Public Affairs) department liaising closely with Privacy, Commercial and Public Affairs, as well as Booking Holdings and its sister companies. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing general oversight of litigation in which is involved, as well as monitoring developments in the field of litigation that could affect our business. The individual must be able to quickly understand the impact of potential litigation on our business, as well as be able to set a fresh, new, effective litigation strategy.

Overall, our Sr Managing Counsel - Litigation position offers a very unique opportunity for a lawyer with a strong litigation background (and interest!) who is seeking a highly visible, creative, entrepreneurial and strategic role with a platform for global impact within an international company.

As the Sr Managing Counsel - Litigation you will be responsible for:

  • Bringing both legal advice and strategy to the table: focusing on litigation
  • Working directly with the Chief Legal Officer, as well as the rest of the Leadership Team within the LPA department and other senior stakeholders across and Booking Holdings
  • Acting as the go-to person for all questions related to litigation cases for Booking Holdings, Finance and Auditors
  • Acting as the clearing house to determine what litigious matters need to be reported internally and/or to Booking Holdings and/or auditors
  • Managing the company's litigation log and coordinating report-outs to external auditors and other stakeholders as appropriate; managing 3 to 4 impactful Litigation cases
  • Developing and implementing playbooks and templates related to alternative dispute resolution and e-discovery
  • Improving day-to-day activities to increase quality of processes and/or products
  • Monitoring and strategically advising on current on-going litigation procedures in several countries
  • Keeping up to date with global trends related to class actions and other litigious claims that could affect our business
  • Carrying out risk management assessment, including reporting duties, relationship with controllership, auditors and local financial processes (accrual related activities and financial reporting duties) relevant for litigation
  • Ensuring the wider team is aligned with the different on-going cases and advising the business accordingly
The ideal Sr Managing Counsel - Litigation will have:
  • 8+ years' hands-on experience as a Litigation Counsel/Lawyer (in-house is beneficial) with a Bachelor's/Master's Degree
  • Familiarity with complex, cross-border litigation, arbitration and class actions procedures in different jurisdictions (EU and US/Canadian experience is mandatory)
  • The ability, knowledge and experience to address international litigation risk proactively and reactively
  • Experience with how to take provisions and SEC disclosure rules (10Q); hands-on experience and knowledge of e-discovery (mandatory)
  • Experience in the management of the relationship with - and selection of - outside counsels and auditors
  • Top-class communication skills with the ability to confidently influence and persuade senior stakeholders
  • Ability to work cross functionally combined with the ability to push decisions: excellent Project Management skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and prioritise based on deadlines set by external parties
  • Ability to work independently in combination with being a true team player who enjoys knowledge sharing
  • A proactive nature and entrepreneurial mindset: able to solve complex legal issues with efficiency and pragmatism
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English - additional languages are highly appreciated
Further skills we are looking for:
  • Aligning with's Values (Think Customer First, Succeed Together, Own It, Learn Forever, Do the Right Thing)
  • Being curious, flexible, and a creative & pragmatic problem solver
  • Confident yet collaborative
  • Ability to influence stakeholders across all levels within the organization
  • Being proactive, resilient and having the drive to get things done
  • Having sound judgement and the ability to see the big picture and simultaneously appreciate the details necessary to operationalize the strategy
  • Having the courage to take positions and make tough judgment calls
  • Being a team player, self aware and a good listener - a diverse group will always find the best solution!
  • Ability to move with agility, prioritise workloads and meet deadlines
  • Forward thinking with an interest in emerging issues in legal and policy ensures equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, colour, family or medical care leave, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, pregnancy and childbirth, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws and regulations. We aspire to have a workplace that reflects all of the diverse communities we serve and we welcome and encourage candidates from all backgrounds and experiences to apply for roles on our team. We work to cultivate an inclusive culture in which all of our employees can be their authentic selves.

Why join the Legal & Public Affairs Team now?'s Legal & Public Affairs team is on a transformational journey at a transformational time for e-commerce and travel (think: growth, innovation, changes to how we operate); you will have an opportunity to actively shape the Department's future. The Legal & Public Affairs team is also a critical part of the enablement of's strategy of the Connected Trip (a travel experience that includes not just accommodation, but also transportation, attractions, experiences, payments, flights etc).

This is a journey that requires close business and Legal & Public Affairs partnerships to redefine our business model, navigate complex regulatory environments, build new products, and negotiate increasingly elaborate commercial deals, among other important projects our teams get involved every day. To tackle this mission, it all starts with a strong team passionate about growing in an ethical and sustainable way!

The highly-skilled lawyers of the Legal and Public Affairs department advise the business and drive the company's objectives. The lawyers of the LPA maintain independence in their professional practice. This independence means that the company will not in any way improperly influence the decision-making of the lawyers acting in their capacity as lawyers.

Who we are

To match our global footprint and the array of challenges we face, we are proud to highlight the diversity that exists across this group. We are a team of approximately 70 professionals - representing more than 20 nationalities - with lawyers qualified in many different countries, as well as non-lawyers with public policy, economics, compliance and risk backgrounds. Our team's previous experience spans across a multitude of industries with team members having worked for major global companies (including Uber, American Express, Airbnb, Amazon, Google, Nokia), tech and other startups, government entities (e.g., the Dutch Competition Authority), and reputable international law firms (e.g., Hogan Lovells, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Baker Mckenzie), and Public Affairs firms (e.g., FTI Consulting, FIPRA, Brunswick).

In addition to our day-to-day work, we actively seek opportunities for our team members to engage in the wider global legal and public affairs communities through speaking engagements, training programs, and association memberships. Some of our lawyers are Board members of Consumer Law associations, Competition Law associations, Privacy associations, etc. We also believe in actively engaging with stakeholders to share our insights on policies affecting the travel experience and how travel tech innovations can fuel the digital transformation of the travel industry. For example, we recently launched's Public Affairs blog, where we publish our position on key policy issues ( A World Worth Experiencing ).

As a team, we believe in:
  • Integrating with the Business and Legal having a "seat at the table": we are decision makers that can have a real impact on's future
  • Booking's mission of making it easier for everyone to experience the world. Travel helps people become more open minded, curious and flexible
  • Allowing members of our teams to experience different areas or, if they want to be specialists, give them the tools to become more effective in their jobs
  • Providing holistic legal and public affairs advice; our team should not work in silos
  • Always looking for better ways of doing things, improving our Legal Operations function, innovating and exchanging best practices
  • Accepting that it's OK to make mistakes as long as we learn from them
  • Having a sense of humour and having fun working together; we are a team that likes to collaborate and share in joys and challenges together!

Job ID: booking-BOOKUS2949027EXTERNAL