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Assistant General Counsel, New York

OANDA is a global leader in online multi-asset trading services, currency data, corporate payments and FX services.

Everyone at OANDA is focused on our vision to transform how our customers can meet all their currency needs. From our roots in 1996 that provided free currency exchange information to launching a multi-award winning global FX and CFD trading business to our recent new venture of money transfer. OANDA is now a major global player. OANDA Corporation (OC) is a registered Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer (RFED) with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and a Forex Dealer Member (FDM) of the National Futures Association.  OC currently offers forex trading to its customers and provides cryptocurrency trading through a partnership with PAXOS.

Assistant General Counsel, Head of North America Legal

OANDA is seeking an ambitious, experienced and proactive senior regulatory and commercial lawyer to become a key member of our global Legal Department to lead the legal support of our operating companies in North America and to assist with management of the department.  The successful candidate will report directly to the General Counsel and will manage a team of 2-4 lawyers and paralegals located in the United States and Canada.  This role will require working autonomously as well as part of a collegiate and supportive international and local cross-functional legal team. 


  • Advise on regulatory strategy, including horizon-scanning of legal and regulatory developments, conducting impact assessments and communicating changes in the regulatory landscape applicable to OANDA’s operations
  • Manage day-to-day legal matters arising from US and Canadian operations, including matters relating to US, Canadian and global regulatory licensing processes
  • Provide commercial and solutions-focused regulatory advice to senior executives within the business, including for product launches, product development and geographic expansion
  • Anticipate, identify and escalate legal issues of concern
  • Support and lead the delivery of strategic projects for the Legal Department
  • Educate and train internal stakeholders and other team members
  • Contribute to team development, scaling, efficiency and improvement
  • Build and manage relationships with external stakeholders, including regulators, external counsel and advisors
  • Advise on and negotiate a wide range of commercial arrangements
  • Participate in the consideration of potential acquisitions and other M&A transactions
  • Play a key role within the Legal Department in connection with all legal matters, including relating to employment, intellectual property, privacy, cybersecurity, compliance-related issues (including anti-money laundering, know-your-client rules and sanctions compliance) and any and all other legal issues that may arise globally
  • Support the General Counsel in managing the global Legal Department 


  • Juris Doctorate degree (or international equivalent) and member of at least one US state bar in good standing
  • At least 8-10 years of experience, ideally in a combination of private law firm and inhouse corporate environments, advising on financial services regulatory matters
  • Experience preparing for and advising on regulatory examinations
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong technical skills, a lateral and commercial approach and the ability to assess and understand the business impact of regulation, including on customers, operations and products 
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, juggling priorities and dealing with large amounts of information efficiently and effectively
  • Responsible, conscientious, proactive, motivated and a problem-solver, with the ability to successfully balance being a team player and working independently

OANDA Global Corporation is a diverse and global team with offices around the world. We value the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to OANDA. We are committed to creating and sustaining a collegial work environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect and one which reflects the diversity of the community in which we operate. We provide an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly. If you require accommodation during the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. We will work with you to provide as seamless a recruitment experience as possible. 

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