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9fin • London

Legal Counsel

Employment type:  Full time

Remote-first – no mandatory office days, use office as often as you wish

Core hours 10–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

About 9fin

The world's largest asset class, debt, operates with the worst data.

Technology has revolutionised equity markets with electronic trading, quant algos and instantaneous news. However, in debt capital markets, the picture is completely different. It still behaves like it’s in the 1980s; trillions of dollars of trades are placed over the phone, news is slow, and corporate credit information is imperfect and scattered.

Our mission is to change this.

9fin's proprietary technology delivers fast and comprehensive financial, credit, legal and ESG data and analysis. Our clients are able to make faster, more informed decisions, win more business and most importantly, save time.

Our fast growing list of clients include 9 of the top 10 Investment Banks, leading Asset Managers, Hedge Funds and Law Firms.

The opportunity

If you’re an English qualified solicitor (2-4 years PQE) with experience at a reputable law firm, looking to move in house at a fast moving start up - look no further! 9fin’s legal function is in the early stages of its development so this is a fantastic opportunity to play a key role in shaping its future. 

The ideal candidate will have some exposure to corporate commercial work, including contracting (sales contracts, vendor agreements, NDAs), data protection, intellectual property, and other general corporate functions. You will report to the Director of Operations and Legal Affairs, and be the go to person for 9fin’s corporate legal work.

What you’ll work on

Every day is different, but here’s an example of the kind of things you’ll work on:

  • Own the commercial contracting process, e.g. reviewing sales and vendor contracts and support with negotiations - either independently or with support from the Director Operations and Legal Affairs;
  • Help to implement and maintain corporate contract archives;
  • Review and negotiate vendor contracts, including for example, third-party data providers, 
  • Review and negotiate non-disclosure agreements (generally a low volume task at 9fin); 
  • Review and update standard form corporate documents (sales contracts, NDAs, etc.);
  • Own and drive unforeseen and urgent tasks related to 9fin’s corporate functioning - including independent research and implementation (e.g., trademark applications, compliance with new legislation, etc.);
  • Assist with initiatives related to Data Protection and Cyber Security compliance; and
  • Assist with a variety of long-term corporate legal strategy projects and implementation, helping to drive 9fin’s long term success.

Requirements

This role will be a great fit if you agree with the following:

  • Team player: You enjoy working with a team that all pulls in the same direction, and you want to build-up those around you, helping the whole team succeed
  • Growth mindset: You believe that your most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point
  • Commercial awareness: Some exposure to corporate in-house work, including contract review and negotiation
  • Want to build a business: You are interested in 9fin’s business and want to be a commercial partner to the business
  • Strong attention to detail: With exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills - you only deliver work you believe is complete
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately: You are happy to work with some time pressure, and can quickly interpret information and construct effective solutions to complex problems, often working to tight deadlines
  • Willingness to challenge the status quo: You see how things could be done better, and you aren’t afraid to speak up
  • Communication: Demonstrate clear and effective written and verbal communication, conveying messages accurately and concisely

Benefits

We’re a scaling start up and we enjoy sharing our success, when the company succeeds, we always reinvest that in our people. We also offer huge amounts of responsibility, an abundance of opportunity for growth and a platform to truly excel.

Financial & Insurance

  • Competitive Salary(our salary bands are benchmarked at the top end of the market)
  • Equity options
  • Pension (your minimum contributions are 4% with 9fin matching up to 7%)
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Paid sick leave with Income Protection for long periods of illness
  • Group Life Assurance
  • Season Ticket Loan & Cycle to Work schemes

Time off

  • 25 holiday days per year
  • Local public holidays (with the ability to exchange them for alternative days)
  • Hybrid working model, to allow you the flexibility to decide how, where and when you do your best work
  • Work abroad for up to 3 months a year
  • 1 month paid sabbatical after 5 years of service
  • Enhanced parental leave & flexible working arrangements available

Training & Culture

  • Professional learning and development budget
  • Quarterly team socials
  • Summer and Winter company social events

A note from the hiring manager

“9fin is a fast growing and evolving business, there are so many opportunities to grab hold of. I’m looking for someone to join me in the in-house legal team and immediately make an impact by being proactive, excited and willing to fully own projects.” — Brian Dearing, Director of Operations and Legal Affairs

9fin is an equal opportunities employer

Don’t meet every single requirement? At 9fin we are dedicated to building and promoting a fair and inclusive workplace where everyone can flourish, reach their full potential and truly belong. We recognise diverse teams allow a more creative and productive environment. So, if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t perfectly align with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You might just be who we’re looking for - for this role, or perhaps another. 

Company benefits

Share options
Open to part-time employees
Health insurance – Vitality (lots of other perks!)
Enhanced maternity leave – 18 weeks full pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 4 weeks full pay
Work from anywhere scheme – work abroad for 3 months a year
Personal development budgets – £1250 a year to spend on L&D
Dental coverage
Matched pension contribution
Financial coaching – A 1:1 finance consultation with our benefits broker
Dog friendly office
Open to compressed hours
Hofy home office set up
Enhanced WFH tools
Mental health days
Compassionate leave
Women’s health leave
Enhanced sick pay
Enhanced sick days
Season ticket loan
Bank holiday swaps
Shared parental leave
Cycle to work scheme
Annual pay rises
Life insurance
Equity packages
Sabbaticals
Skilled worker visas
Employee assistance programme
L&D budget
Location
98%
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Hours
88%
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Benefits
77%
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
75%
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
90%
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Autonomy
86%
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Diversity
67%
Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Inclusion
83%
Employees feel like the company culture is brilliantly inclusive and equitable
Culture
85%
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Mission
87%
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Salary
72%
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

Working at 9fin

Company employees

150+

Gender diversity (male:female)

63:37

Office locations

London, New York, Belfast

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

United States

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024

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