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Senior Counsel, Payments



Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.

Airbnb’s Legal Department is a global team that will require working with diverse international colleagues around the world. The successful candidate will be someone who is adaptable, collaborative and embodies Airbnb’s Core Values. Candidates will be required to approach complex legal issues with a balance for local and global perspectives, while being adaptable to cultural differences and nuances. A genuine and demonstrated interest in Airbnb and a commitment to ethics, integrity and fostering a workplace that emphasizes diversity and belonging is a must.

The Community You Will Join:

This role will directly support the Payments team. At Airbnb, if there’s anything related to moving money, it comes to the Payments team. We have built a world-class payments and commerce organization - one that currently supports 191 countries, 70 currencies, connects dozens of payment providers and banks, processes billions of dollars, and empowers more people to participate in our global marketplace.

The Difference You Will Make:

Based in either the UK or Luxembourg, your role as a member of Airbnb’s legal team will involve working closely with business, compliance and legal partners to advise on payment services regulation to support our payments entities in the UK and Luxembourg. The position is responsible for supporting Airbnb’s UK and European regulated payment services entities by managing the licensing, supervision, and reporting requirements of Airbnb Payments. Your role will require a high degree of organisational skills, pro-activity and an aptitude for working in a quick-paced and busy environment. We’re looking for a highly adaptable and collaborative person who can handle ambiguity and rapidly shifting priorities with flexibility, patience, and poise. This role reports to our Senior Counsel, Payments Counsel.

A Typical Day:

  • Legal support on payment services, compliance, and prudential matters and maintenance of our licensed payment entities in the UK and Luxembourg
  • Support on payments regulatory matters, including payments laws and regulations that apply to our payments entities
  • Provide advice and guidance to the product, operations, design, and engineering teams working in Airbnb’s payment team
  • Coordinating and conducting day-to-day management of corporate governance, regulatory inquiries and some litigious matters
  • Drafting and reviewing inter-company and commercial agreements
  • Fostering strong working relationships within the legal department and payments compliance team, senior management and business stakeholders
  • Staying up-to-date and helping to keep the team advised on legal, regulatory, and policy developments relevant to payments and financial services
  • Proactively working to draft, review and revise internal processes, policies and workflows
  • Instructing outside counsel where appropriate and supervising the provision of cost-effective, business-oriented legal advice

Your Expertise:

  • Law Degree plus professional legal qualification from UK or a Member State of the European Union
  • A minimum of 6+ years of relevant experience in law firms, governmental agencies, and/or in-house legal departments
  • Experience in corporate legal and financial services regulatory matters is preferred
  • Detail-oriented with strong project management, organisational and analytical skills
  • High level of personal integrity, professionalism, ability to work independently, flexibly and creatively, with a sense of humour and desire to learn and grow
  • Fluent in English, other European language(s) a plus

Our Commitment To Inclusion & Belonging:

Airbnb is committed to working with the broadest talent pool possible. We believe diverse ideas foster innovation and engagement, and allow us to attract creatively-led people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

We strive to also provide a disability inclusive application and interview process. If you are a candidate with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in order to submit an application, please contact us at: Please include your full name, the role you’re applying for and the accommodation necessary to assist you with the recruiting process.

We ask that you only reach out to us if you are a candidate whose disability prevents you from being able to complete our online application.