General Counsel in IT & Privacy Law


For an International Tech Unicorn, I am looking for a General Counsel with relevant experience in IT & Privacy Law, in an international Tech environment (SaaS or e-Commerce), with people management experience and speaking very fluently English.

My client is a Hong-Kong international Unicorn start-up providing Software as a Service for international clients (more than 10.000 international companies in diverse sectors) and in partnership with more than 1.000 leading international companies.

The company was founded 10 years ago and already counts 550+ people all over the world (mainly in China, US, Canada, India and Europe).

As the General Counsel, you will be responsible for providing strategic legal guidance, managing risks, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations (including privacy laws on a global scale), negotiate deals with customers and vendors, manage the department budget, the IP portfolio, build strong processes and manage dispute resolutions. 

You will play a crucial role in fostering innovation and supporting the company's growth initiatives by leading a small internal team of lawyers, IT experts and managing external law firms (DPO, etc.).

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned legal professional with a strong background in IT contracting & privacy laws, excellent leadership skills, and a deep understanding of the e-commerce industry.

If you are an agile entrepreneurial person with relevant experience in people management at an international Tech company (SaaS or e-Commerce), looking for a challenging job as business partner in a promising international company while enjoying a very good work life balance, with full flexibility, working in Europe, remotely or in coworking areas, with a self-employed status, then the job may be for you !



  • Develop & implement the legal department's strategic vision and objectives in alignment with the company's business goals
  • Lead & manage a team of legal professionals, including  Legal Counsel and Trainees, providing mentorship and guidance
  • Collaborate with other departments to identify legal risks, offer advice, and ensure legal compliance
  • Regularly assess and manage potential legal risks across the organization
  • Establish robust compliance programs to ensure adherence to relevant laws and regulations
  • Develop and implement internal policies & procedures to mitigate risks and ensure compliance
  • Oversee contract negotiation with big e-commerce customers, vendors and carriers, ensuring favorable terms for the company while protecting its interests
  • Review & draft various agreements to support the Sales Team in closing deals and maintaining strong customer relationships
  • Provide guidance on legal risks & contract terms during the negotiation process
  • Ensure company's compliance with privacy laws and regulations, including GDPR
  • Work with IT teams to further improve current processes and privacy-by-design systems
  • Oversee the management of data processing agreements (DPAs) & standard contractual clauses (SCCs) with customers, vendors and carriers
  • Collaborate with the Data Protection Officer (DPO), IT specialist & IT security team to implement data protection measures and conduct privacy assessments
  • Develop & optimize processes within the legal department to enhance workflow efficiency and resource allocation
  • Collaborate with teams to establish standard operating procedures (SOPs) for various legal functions.
  • Provide legal guidance and support to various departments, including marketing and innovation teams
  • Offer advice on regulatory compliance, dispute resolution, and risk mitigation strategies

Must Have

  • Master degree in Law from an European University
  • 10-15+ years' experience in-house
  • In IT & Privacy Law and complex commercial contract negotiation
  • In the Tech (SaaS or e-Commerce) industry
  • Excellent English
  • Proven leadership and managerial skills with the ability to mentor and develop legal team members
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills
  • Proactive & adaptable approach to legal problem-solving in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across teams & influence decision-making at all levels of the organization

Nice to have

  • Experience in Start-Up/Scale-Up/Unicorn
  • French or Dutch knowledge
  • Combined experience as Lawyer & In-House
  • Understanding of APAC culture

What's great in the job?

✅ Fast growing and promising international start-up/scale-up with organic growth

✅ General Counsel role with international scope

✅ Business Partner role, with lots of contacts with the Sales people of the company & with the Legal Teams from some of the biggest international companies

✅ Huge & complex negotiations of international contracts

✅ Very good work life balance, with flexible working hours, working remotely 

✅ Autonomy, no micro management, real responsibilities & challenges in a fast evolving company

✅ Diverse and inclusive workplace

✅ Very competitive salary as self-employed

International Unicorn Start-Up


Remote from Europe

International scope

550+ People

Reporting to COO

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