International Consumer Business - Strategic Growth & Digital Transactional Lawyer – Vice President

JP Morgan

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time


With our leading client franchises, fortress balance sheet, technology and talent, JPMorgan Chase is well positioned as a firm to capture growth opportunities arising from digital disruption, new technologies and changing economic conditions. Legal is at the heart of digital disruption and the new International Consumer Business (ICB). The ICB is home to many of the firm’s most innovative and cutting edge initiatives, including new products and services, acquisitions, investments, partnerships and collaborations. This is the business responsible for building Chase UK (the UKs newest bank), acquiring Nutmeg the digital wealth manager and investing in C6, a leading digital Brazilian Bank.

We are currently seeking a VP/Assistant General Counsel to join the ICB Legal team. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned solicitor with experience in technology transactions to support some of the firm’s most exciting strategic digital and technology initiatives. In this newly created role, you will provide primary legal support and advise senior stakeholders across all legal issues arising out of a strategic new business initiative and will be a key enabler of its success, helping to establish its foundations, including governance arrangements, negotiating a wide range of strategic transactions and driving progress forwards. You will be a solution-oriented, commercially minded, customer-focused legal superstar, used to working in an agile environment and passionate about being a part of building something new from the ground up within a diverse and inclusive team. You will handle the structuring, drafting, negotiation and analysis of agreements for the acquisition and consumption of technology products and services, including but not limited to partnerships, JVs, reseller agreements, SaaS agreements, platform agreements, connectivity, API, and cloud services contracts. You will work closely with ICB senior stakeholders, colleagues in Sourcing/Procurement and Third-Party Oversight, ICB Technology, Technology Controls, Bank Reg, HR, Privacy and IP Legal.

Amongst other responsibilities, legal professionals in the International Consumer Business Legal Practice Group:

  • Structure, draft and negotiate agreements and relationships with vendors, partners, customers and other third parties related to technology, including but not limited to partnerships, JVs, reseller agreements, SaaS agreements, platform agreements, connectivity, API, and cloud services contracts.
  • Advise business and stakeholders on legal risk in connection with the development of new products and services, helping to guide innovation across a range of client bases and products, in particular on legal risk arising from digitalisation, data, new technologies and consumer protection.
  • Provide timely and pragmatic general corporate, transactional and commercial legal support relevant to a new venture.
  • Source and coordinate legal advice across legal functions outside of the ICB.
  • Support strategic investments and acquisitions arising out of the initiative.
  • Engage and instruct outside counsel when appropriate
  • Provide support on other special projects
  • Perform legal research across a variety of issues, laws and jurisdictions.

Qualifications/Preferred Skills:

  • UK qualified lawyer
  • 8+ years as a practising solicitor or equivalent with extensive transactional experience drafting and negotiating a broad range of commercial agreements, both supplier and customer facing ,including complex global technology agreements, e.g., partnerships, reseller, software licensing/support, SaaS, PaaS, outsourcing, data and cloud agreements
  • Experience in-house with a financial institution, large technology organisation or FinTech preferred
  • Familiarity with global regulatory issues relevant to the use of technology in financial services, including cloud, outsourcing and third-party risk management
  • Familiarity with cybersecurity, technology controls, information security, data privacy and protection
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and legal research skills
  • Strong business judgment and strategic thinking
  • Global mindset and cross-border experience (especially UK, EU and US)
  • Proven ability to independently identify issues, analyze problems and provide viable solutions
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, organizational and negotiation skills
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with all levels of personnel and management, including c-suite senior executives
  • Ability to work under accurately under pressure, handle deadlines, and manage multiple tasks in a high performance environment
  • Ability to follow up on assignments in a timely manner and exercise good business judgment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build consensus across a global matrix organization

All candidates for roles in the Legal department must successfully complete a conflicts of interest clearance review prior to commencement of employment.

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