Associate General Counsel (Corporate, Public Securities)

Automattic, the company behind, Jetpack, Tumblr and WooCommerce, is seeking a talented attorney to lead our corporate and securities work. You’ll be an integral partner to our finance and accounting teams, giving strategic advice to help our company scale globally. This position reports to our General Counsel. This is the ideal role for an attorney looking to shape corporate legal issues through Automattic’s next phase of growth. 

In this role, you will:

  • Lead all areas related to the company’s global securities laws matters and related compliance, including IPO readiness, investor relations, proxy management, and SEC reporting and disclosures as needed.
  • Manage our network of global subsidiaries.
  • Assist with board agendas and materials, keep records of all meetings and corporate actions, and assist with onboarding and vetting of new board members.
  • Oversee our innovative stock plan for Automatticians, and structure, negotiate, and execute stock sale transactions.
  • Support deal execution for fundraising and M&A transactions.
  • Design legal and business processes that enable Automattic to scale internationally.  

We’d love to hear from you if you:

  • Have a JD from a US accredited law school and 7-10 years’ experience in legal practice (law firm and/or in-house, especially at a public company). IPO experience preferred.
  • Are well-versed in issues relevant to our business including advising on securities law compliance and corporate governance; a wide variety of public market transactions and IPO readiness; SEC submissions and communications; managing international subsidiaries; structuring and negotiating financing, M&A and other strategic transactions; software integrations, licensing (especially open source licenses); intellectual property. Everything at Automattic is done on a global scale and in an international context; bonus points for breadth of experience outside of the US.
  • Possess an agile and curious mind. You’re not afraid to ask questions or admit when you are wrong.
  • Are business minded and practical in addressing legal issues. We don’t write a lot of memos at Automattic; we solve problems and get things done.
  • Have a healthy sense of humor, and an abiding spirit of idealism about your chosen profession.
  • Operate independently.
  • Recognize that law is about the grey areas, and are comfortable living in them, while giving clear and actionable advice.
  • Excel at understanding complex topics and explaining them to others in clear, concise, terms, as well as finding streamlined solutions to complex issues.
  • Are a great writer.
  • Love the open internet and all it stands for.

About Automattic

We’re improving diversity in the tech industry. At Automattic, we want people to love their work and show respect and empathy to all. We welcome differences and strive to increase participation from traditionally underrepresented groups. Our D&I committee involves Automatticians across the company and drives grassroots change. For example, this group has helped facilitate private online spaces for affiliated Automatticians to gather and helps run a monthly D&I People Lab series for further learning. Diversity and Inclusion is a priority at Automattic, though our dedication influences far more than just Automatticians: We make our products freely available and translate our products into and offer customer support in numerous languages. We require unconscious bias training for our hiring teams and ensure our products are accessible across different bandwidths and devices. Read more about our dedication to diversity and inclusion.

How to apply

Does this sound interesting? If yes, click the Apply button below and fill out our application form. In your cover letter, let us know what you can contribute to the team. Proofread! Make sure you spell and capitalize WordPress and Automattic correctly. We are lucky to receive many applications for this position, so try to make your application stand out.

Want to increase your chances of standing out? If so, please tell us: (1) What are some compliance roadblocks you have seen called out by the SEC, and what are some creative solutions to managing those challenges?   Or, (2) What is a common way of structuring and managing international subsidiaries that you’d love to make more efficient, and how would you do it? 

Also, please make sure to include at least one lawyer joke in the materials you submit.

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