Senior Associate Counsel, Caribbean & Central America
Panama, Panama, Panama
hace 5 días

Job Description

Visa is seeking an attorney to support mainly Visa’s business operations in Caribbean & Central America (


as part of Visa’s Legal & Compliance team for the Latin America & Caribbean region. The position will be based in Panama City, Panama.

For the right candidate, Visa could consider another location in the Caribbean or Central America. The attorney will report to the Vice President, Legal, Mexico, Central America & Caribbean.


  • Provide legal support to the business teams in the Caribbean and Central America. Develop creative solutions and guide the team along the path to implementation, by performing a structured legal analysis based on current complex payments regulatory landscape, proactively identifying and communicating legal risks, and acting as a proactive partner in achieving business goals and objectives with sense of urgency but at the same time, protecting Visa’s assets and interests, and minimizing risks to Visa.
  • Draft, review, and negotiate a broad range of commercial agreements in English and Spanish, such as client incentive agreements, advertising and promotion agreements, sponsorship agreements, technology agreements, consultancy and contractor agreements, and confidentiality agreements.
  • Ability to create templates and processes to expedite agreement drafting and improve time to market. This also includes developing template / standard documents or adapting U.
  • S. documents to local requirements.

  • Review marketing materials, press releases and public communications to ensure legal protection of Visa’s assets, including its prestigious brand.
  • Coordinate and supervise outside counsel for timeliness, cost-effectiveness, and excellence of service and work product.
  • Deep understanding of local payments regulatory environment in one or more territories in the Caribbean and Central America.
  • Expertise in relevant areas of the law, including commercial, intellectual property, privacy, antibribery, and employment, and understanding of Visa’s business to generate practical and business-focused legal advice, particularly in connection with (i) Visa’s regulated activities in Central America and the Caribbean, and (ii) deployment of innovative technological payments solutions, such as digital wallets, fast funds payments, IoT, mobile payments, and contactless payment products.
  • Drafting and coordination of corporate-governance documents of Visa’s legal entities in one or more territories in the Caribbean and Central America, including board and shareholder meeting minutes, and powers of attorney,
  • As needed, provide similar legal support in Mexico.
  • Some travel may be required, although no travel is expected.
  • This is a hybrid position. Hybrid employees can alternate time between both remote and office. Employees in hybrid roles are expected to work from the office two days a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a general guidepost of being in the office 50% of the time based on business needs.


  • Admitted to practice law in Panama.
  • 5 or more years of commercial legal experience in, either or both, private practice or in-house with multinationals.
  • First-class written and verbal communication skills in Spanish and English, including ability to lead or participate in conference calls to negotiate agreements in both languages.
  • Experience with banking, payments and / or fintechs regulation in one or more territories in Central America and the Caribbean, knowledge of U.S. or common law ideal.
  • Experience working with regulatory bodies, particularly with Central Banks and Financial Superintendencies in Latin American countries, ideally in the Caribbean or Central America.
  • Excellent legal analytical skills with the ability to identify, untangle and analyze legal issues within a business context, and provide clear, concise, and actionable advice to non-lawyers.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build strong working relationships with internal clients at all levels of management and work collaboratively with country, regional and global teams to ensure effective management within a matrix organization headquartered in the U.
  • S., but working in multiple geographical locations.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in teams.
  • Extremely dedicated, organized, and a team oriented.
  • Additional Information

    Visa is an EEO Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

    Visa will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.

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