About Equi
Equi is equal parts hedge fund and tech company. We help investors unlock generational wealth by providing access to investments normally reserved for the institutions and the ultra wealthy. We evaluate thousands of investments to provide our customers one diversified, and managed portfolio of alternative asset investments (things that are not stocks and bonds). Best of all, we are powered by a Silicon Valley-grade technology platform that our customers can use anywhere.

Equi is a place united by an ability to create wealth and obligation to do good; we see the two as inseparable. We are passionate about making the world a better place and we feel that starts with us. We’re a fast moving start up with opportunities to grow. We run hard, help each other out, and work together to achieve our goals. Join us and grow your wealth and that of others!

Company Values
Our culture is driven by the values we collectively share and live together:
  • Tikkun Olam (#TO, ? ): Intent matters; and we’re committed to making our world a better place.
  • Be a Fiduciary (#BaF, ? ): We always act in our customers’ best interests.
  • Renaissance Ambition (#RA, ? ): We pursue constant learning and self-development outside of work.
  • Cheetah Craftsmanship (#ChC, ? ): We sprint and get shit done, innovate through obstacles, and produce excellent work; then recharge and reflect just as intensely, constantly honing and improving our craft.
  • Lift Each Other Up (#LEOU, ?? ): We act for the greater good of the team, not our own self-interest.
  • Conscious Candor (#CC, ?? ): We listen and communicate honestly and provide feedback directly while being self-aware and compassionate.
  • No Lone Wolves; Equi’s hunt & build systems together (#NLW, ? ): We hunt as a pack, collaborate to avoid information silos, and build systems to make good things easy for the future.

Position Overview:
Equi is seeking a General Counsel / Head of Legal who can take the lead and is excited at working hand-in-hand with our CEO to support the activities of our tech platform and registered investment adviser. This role requires a strong blend of strategic thinking, legal expertise, and cross-functional collaboration. You will work closely with the executive team, department heads, and stakeholders to drive legal/strategic excellence and support the company's overall mission. Our company is rapidly growing and this is an incredible opportunity for anyone that’s fascinated by alternative investments and technology.

You would oversee our unregistered funds, publicly registered closed-end funds, future product development, and the overall legal strategy of the firm. You will develop, implement, and own the legal strategy for the firm leveraging a combination of internal and external resources. You should have a keen understanding of public and private fund formation, on-shore/off-shore marketing laws, corporate governance, general corporate and capital markets, securities law, commercial and financing transactions.

This is not your first rodeo - you’ve likely worked in big law, financial services, or the FinTech space before and are very familiar with alternative investments. Critically, you are a technologist, and therefore view the world through the lens of the exponentially accelerating technology world we live in. That means you look for ways to create leverage through software, automation, and better processes. You’re detail oriented, strategic, and highly conscientious. You’re interested in being part of a startup, and you know how to take an idea from zero to one within an organization. You’ll be expected to think critically, creatively, and "outside the box" as you work with others to scale Equi.

This role is highly visible, autonomous and high-impact. You’ll be a key driving force for the business. We’re looking for someone who thrives amidst uncertainty and is excited by the challenge.

Own: what is this person responsible for?
Fund Structuring & Product Development (50%)
  • Lead on- and off-shore fund formation and marketing initiatives
  • Work closely with the product development team to advise on legal and regulatory aspects of product innovation.
  • Advise the team on the laws governing our registered investment advisor and the products we offer via our digital platform
  • Advise on securities law implications across all company operations.

Legal Strategy & Compliance (25%)
  • Develop and implement the firm's legal and regulatory strategy.
  • Serving in partnership with our CCO as a critical contributor to compliance and risk management programs.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, and standards relating to unregistered funds, publicly registered closed-end funds, and future product development.
  • Advise on corporate governance, general corporate matters, and capital market operations.

Corporate Matters & Risk Management (25%)
  • Oversee all legal aspects of financial transactions and commercial agreements.
  • Update and maintain Firm documents.
  • Structure, draft and negotiate complex transaction agreements including business agreements, investment advisory agreements, engagement letters, confidentiality agreements, employment agreements, and corporate governance records
  • Ensure effective corporate governance practices across the organization.
  • Establish robust risk management strategies, aligning them with the company's overall mission and growth trajectory.

Assist: what will this person be involved in, or collaborating with others on?
  • Assisting the CEO in defining and implementing legal strategies that align with business objectives.
  • Collaborate with compliance to ensure we maintain firmwide best practices
  • Work with product and design teams to integrate best practices and legal innovation in our product
  • Collaborating with department heads to ensure legal compliance across all business activities.
  • Working with stakeholders to drive legal and strategic excellence.

Knowledge/Qualifications: what experience does this person need to possess?
  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school.
  • Admission to the bar in at least one US jurisdiction.
  • 8-10+ years of legal experience, preferably including roles in big law, financial services, or the FinTech space.
  • Expertise in public and private fund formation, on-shore/off-shore marketing laws, corporate governance, securities law, and commercial transactions.
  • Deep understanding of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and other relevant laws and regulations
  • Experience and comfort interacting across levels of an organization, including senior management and external members.
  • Experience in managing legal aspects of product development in a tech environment.
  • Technologically savvy, with an interest in leveraging software and automation to optimize legal processes.
  • Proven strategic thinking skills, with the ability to think critically and creatively.
  • High level of conscientiousness, with a track record of bringing ideas from zero to one within an organization.
  • Comfortable operating in a fast-paced, dynamic startup environment with high levels of autonomy.

We're excited to welcome someone who shares our passion for alternative investments and technology, and who is ready to take on the challenges and rewards of growing with Equi.

Additional Details
Equi offers competitive salaries and benefits, which include:
  • Health insurance, including dental and vision plans
  • 401k
  • A learning and work from home stipend
  • Flexible holidays and a generous time off policy

We aim to facilitate in-person team retreats each year in a fun location, paired with frequent smaller team get togethers.

To create a platform where all feel welcome, we want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the customers we seek to serve. We encourage everyone interested in our purpose to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, or any other trait that unfairly targets a group of people. In accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we always consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.