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  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Legal jobs
  • Languages
    English Dutch
  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
    • Province
    • Date Posted
      January 12,2022
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    Legal Counsel Corporate & ESG

    Who we are

    A piece of the moon, a complete dinosaur skeleton, the Pope's hat, the world's smallest book - at Catawiki, we come across exceptional objects such as these every day. The special object you’ve been searching for, or a new and unexpected interest you never thought you’d have: the more you look, the more you’ll find. And at Catawiki, there’s always more to the story. Every day sellers submit thousands of objects to sell on Catawiki. Our 240+ in-house experts review and select only the best to auction.

    Our mission is to connect passionate enthusiasts with the objects that tell their stories. As Europe’s fastest growing online auction platform, we help over 10 million people discover new treasures every month. This means we are continually growing and always on the lookout for new talent!

    Born and raised in The Netherlands, we started in 2008 and have since grown to over 750 Catawikians, working across 7 international offices, while maintaining our start-up mentality every step of the way. In December 2020 we received a new €150m investment round led by Permira and are excited to be growing our team and business further across the world.

    Key Role:
    As our Legal Counsel Corporate & ESG, you will assist in shaping the Company’s ESG and corporate governance efforts. As such you'll have a broad range of responsibilities counseling the company on issues of corporate law, corporate governance, ESG and M&A, with the opportunity to grow and evolve depending on your interests and the business's needs.

    We're looking for candidates with a growth mindset and professional drive, with the ability to quarterback important projects and have company-level impact while working on a variety of corporate legal matters.

    You'll have a meaningful role on a small-but-mighty corporate legal team and the opportunity to develop professionally in a collaborative and fast-paced environment.


    • Advise on all general corporate legal matters
    • Be responsible for ensuring compliance with obligations under corporate laws and rules and regulations, including preparation and filing of Forms, proxy statements, and other filings and reports
    • Coordinate and respond to any internal and external audit
    • Design and drive the company’s ESG program, attending to governance and reporting initiatives and audits
    • Assist with financing and strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions
    • Support cross-functional company projects related to global subsidiary maintenance, compliance, equity plan operations, tax and treasury
    • Stay current on corporate governance trends and best practices and developments, including research or benchmarking projects
    • Work collaboratively and responsively with a broad range of colleagues across functions, including Finance, Accounting, Investor Relations, Tax, HR, Communications, and Corporate Development to manage corporate transactions and initiatives
    • Oversight of the company’s contract management operations and signing procedures and the company’s corporate insurance portfolio
    • Support and optimize the board meeting and annual shareholder meeting process, including preparing D&O or investor questionnaires
    • Support the General Counsel with the coordination, preparation and distribution of agendas, resolutions, consents, minutes, and other materials for Board of Directors and committee meetings, as well as assisting with director training and onboarding
    • Monitor and attend to board and investor information rights
    • Assist with investor relations matters, including review of announcements, press releases, investor presentations and other investor communications
    • Stay current on corporate governance trends and best practices and developments, including research or benchmarking projects
    • Assist with subsidiary set up and the maintenance for all domestic and international subsidiaries
    • Develop and maintain relevant company policies and procedures (e.g. internal rules and limits of authority, board rules, procurement, conflict of interest), lead and assist with the legal team’s collective efforts in conducting periodic employee trainings on your areas of expertise
    • Develop and implement standardized templates and processes that will advance and scale our business
    • Pitch in on whatever commercial legal or compliance work needs doing, whenever it needs to be done
    • Effectively manage outside counsel, shareholders and external auditor as needed
    Who are you

    • Ability to facilitate, establish and maintain a pragmatic and risk based approach
    • Able to guard and secure the sensitivity of issues/topics at hand
    • You have a proven ability to understand the bigger picture, analyse and interpret details and information quickly (decisions need to be made within minutes)
    • A proven track record of creating added value and positive impact through your expertise
    • You have strong project management skills are flexible and have a pragmatic, risk based approach, as you're likely to have to juggle a number of projects with competing priorities at one time
    • Generalist with a helicopter view, but with specialist expertise (corporate governance)
    • You are results driven, hands on and a quick learner and thrive in a dynamic environment

    • You are experienced in the field of Corporate Governance and know how to translate this discipline in a scale up environment
    • In addition to assertiveness and teamwork skills, you have a positive, confident and open appearance and strong communication skills both verbally and in writing.
    • You have a structured way of working to reach targeted results, have an eye for detail and you are able to also take a helicopter view. inspire, motivate and support your colleagues to succeed
    • You are characterized by a pronounced organizational skill and discipline
    • Flexibility and high operational readiness are just as important as a good command of the Dutch and English language
    • At least 7 years of proven professional experience in the field of general corporate law
    • Master degree in Law; any additional certification is a pre
    • You are well aware of all relevant legal regulations and can navigate confidently in a demanding and dynamic business context

    • The Legal Counsel Corporate & ESG is a newly-created role that recognizes the importance of corporate law and ESG to the Company.
    • The position sits within the Legal and Risk team and reports to the General Counsel. The Legal Counsel Corporate & ESG will work directly with the General Counsel as well as other members of the legal, MT and executive management team and board.
    What we can offer you
    This is your chance to become part of a fast but sustainable growing tech company! You'll be part of an enthusiastic, highly motivated team of 650+ international Catawikians; you'll have big responsibilities and can really create something. Additionally you can expect:

    • An attractive Stock Option package
    • A diverse and international team with over 50 different nationalities.
    • Catawiki provides you with a membership to the O’Reilly learning platform.
    • As part of Catawiki’s goal to create a healthy and happy culture, we’ve partnered with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation! We provide our employees with a free one-year subscription for Headspace.
    • Work from home office set-up to make sure you have all you need in an ergonomically-friendly manner.
    • A bike scheme for employees that helps realise a tax advantage which makes a bike up to 35% cheaper than buying!
    • Our entrepreneurial environment encourages everyone to take initiative and experiment with new ideas. You’ll actively contribute to the growth of the Catawiki platform.
    • For people living outside of NL we offer a great relocation package for you and your family
    • The fun part! Our Activity Committee plans everything from ‘CataFooty’ to International Food Festivals, Friday Drinks, Board Game Nights, Pub Quizzes and Boot Camps!
    • And there’s more! Paid holidays, Holiday Allowance, a discount on health insurance and a fantastic pension plan paid for by Catawiki.

    Catawiki is committed to building a diverse company and diverse teams. That includes everyone, no matter your age, ability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. We welcome applications from underserved and underrepresented communities. If you’ve got a story to tell, come and join us.

    Working and hiring remotely

    When it is safe to do so, Catawiki will implement a hybrid work policy where employees in the Netherlands will work from the office 1-2 times per week and from home for the rest.

    Most of our Sales and Expert positions for local markets are 100% remote, which means that you will be working from home in the country you are based.


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