Senior Payments Counsel (Bangkok Based,Relocation Provided)

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Bangkok, Thailand

About Agoda 

Agoda is an online travel booking platform for accommodations, flights, and more. We build and deploy cutting-edge technology that connects travelers with more than 3.6 million accommodations globally. Based in Asia and part of Booking Holdings, our 6,000+ employees representing 90+ nationalities foster a work environment rich in diversity, creativity, and collaboration. We innovate through a culture of experimentation and ownership, enhancing the ability for our customers to experience the world.

Our Purpose – Bridging the World Through Travel 

We believe travel allows people to enjoy, learn and experience more of the amazing world we live in. It brings individuals and cultures closer together, fostering empathy, understanding and happiness.
We are a skillful, driven and diverse team from across the globe, united by a passion to make an impact. Harnessing our innovative technologies and strong partnerships, we aim to make travel easy and rewarding for everyone.

Get to Know our Team: 

In the age of technology, things are constantly changing. The travel market is much the same, being more dynamic and complex than ever. Agoda’s Legal team is well suited to take on the challenges presented, adopting a proactive mindset to tackle challenges and solve problems. We are quick on our feet, decisive, and collaborate with multiple departments. We hire out-of-the-box thinkers that are well grounded with ethics and legal knowledge to ensure that Agoda achieves the right results, the right way. 

The Opportunity:

Agoda is looking for a FinTech and Payments lawyer with a proven successful track record (ideally with APAC experience with a particular focus on Singapore) of providing commercial legal advice on regulated and non-regulated FinTech and Payment activities and has experience obtaining and maintaining financial licenses.

Reporting directly to the Senior Manager, your main responsibilities will be guiding the business with strategic commercial legal advice to enable the fully compliant delivery of Agoda’s FinTech/ Payments-related products, supporting stakeholders through the end-to end product journey from the design “drawing board” to launch and beyond. You will also be responsible for maintaining Agoda’s financial licenses, monitoring changes to ensure the company’s continued compliance with those licenses and obtaining new licenses as necessary.

This opportunity represents an exceptional chance to expose yourself to rapidly growing Fintech industries and regulatory landscape, and to embed yourself into the experience of closely handling FinTech and Payments related commercials and projects, based in the vibrant and thriving city of Bangkok.

What you’ll get to do:

  • You will report directly to the Fintech Senior Manager and mainly be responsible for
      • (1) obtaining, maintaining and ensuring compliance of Agoda’s financial licenses / permissions/ exclusions that it requires to perform its payment and other regulated activities
      • (2) staying up to date with financial regulations in Agoda’s key jurisdictions and scheme rules
      • (3) work with stakeholders on end-to-end product development and maintenance
      • (4) negotiate payment service contracts
      • (5) create and maintain frameworks, policies, and knowledge repositories.
  • You will ensure compliance of Agoda’s global payment collections, horizon scan to flag potential risks and advise on risk mitigation and implementation.
  • You have experience advising and applying for financial licenses, capable of “holding the pen” and coordinating with stakeholders in order to put together a strong license application. You can guide the company through the licensing process which includes implementing post-submission operational and policies (AML, Outsourcing, Risk Management Framework) and intercompany agreements.
  • Develop and maintain best practices in the form of standard contract templates and product T&Cs that align with corporate needs and are compliant with financial regulations and scheme rules.
  • Working alongside commercial stakeholders and understanding their goals in order to provide practical legal guidance to achieve those goals in a compliant manner.

What you’ll need to succeed:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Masters is a plus from a respected university
  • At least 6-7 years of experience practicing law and specializing FinTech, payments, or financial services industry. Preference for top-tier law firm experience.   
  • Strong understanding of APAC and/or global financial laws and regulations and compliance matters including scheme rules.
  • You are proactive, capable of making decisions, well organised, excellent writing, negotiation and communication (verbal and written) skills.
  • Creative thinker with strong problem-solving skills and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple assignments simultaneously and effectively manage conflicting priorities.
  • Excellent negotiation skills and the ability to explain complex legal advice into actionable counsel for non-legal professionals.
  • A curiosity and passion for fintech and payments, and working knowledge of associated regulation, data privacy, security, consumer protection issues, platform liability, marketing law.

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Equal Opportunity Employer 

At Agoda, we pride ourselves on being a company represented by people of all different backgrounds and orientations. We prioritize attracting diverse talent and cultivating an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration and innovation. Employment at Agoda is based solely on a person’s merit and qualifications. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity regardless of sex, age, race, color, national origin, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, citizenship, veteran or military status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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Hear from Agodans

Archa Rajeevi Being at Agoda has given me immense growth, progress, opportunities to take a lead on things, ability to work in diverse, inclusive environments, and the chance to work with some of the smartest, kindest people I know. The legal team provides me with a platform to excel every single day. There is so much support, guidance, and mentorship all around me. All of this together makes me sure that this is the best job I have ever had. Archa Rajeevi Specialist Counsel, Compliance & Ethics

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