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Counsel, Marketplace



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024

EquityZen is a financial technology company, backed by leading venture and private equity investors. We’re looking for a knowledgeable and hardworking Counsel, Marketplace, who has a strong interest in the pre-IPO space and private markets.

Since 2013, the EquityZen marketplace has made it easy to buy and sell shares in private companies. EquityZen brings together investors and shareholders, providing liquidity to early shareholders and private market access to accredited investors. With low investment minimums through our funds and with more than 35,000 private placements completed across 400+ companies, EquityZen leads the way in delivering “Private Markets for the Public”.


  • Act as one of EquityZen’s lead transactional attorneys and close deals in the nascent private secondary markets
  • Lead legal efforts for EquityZen’s deal team, managing innovative private placement transactions and all deal documents
  • Work with the deal and tech teams to improve process: make deals faster, more automated, and more efficient
  • Iterate on standard forms to remove friction and improve conversion
  • Advise business units on regulatory developments and compliance
  • Negotiate and draft commercial contracts


  • 2+ years transactional experience in broader capital markets or investment funds at a top tier law firm;
  • J.D. from an accredited law school
  • Licensed in the State of New York or qualified to practice as in-house counsel in the State of New York and in good standing
  • You love being a lawyer and want to be part of a close and collaborative legal team
  • You are detail-oriented, enthusiastic, resourceful, diligent, comfortable acting in the face of ambiguity, and driving processes to conclusion
  • You are a humble team player and believe that the users, the company mission, and team come before you
  • You are able to work independently with little or no supervision
  • You have excellent communication skills (verbal, written and listening)
  • You exercise first-rate judgment and have the ability to prioritize


  • ’33 Act, ‘34 Act and/or ’40 Act experience
  • Experience drafting the following documents: Share Transfer Agreements, Placement Agreements, Subscription Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, as well as Offering Memoranda and Risk Factors
  • In-house transactional role at venture funded fintech startup
  • In-house capital markets role at an investment bank or hedge fund; or (iv) in-house transactional role at a private fund.


$150,000 - $180,000

EquityZen also offers stock options, full employee benefits (health, dental, vision), 401k match, individual professional development and wellness budget, generous time off policies and more!

EquityZen provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, EquityZen complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. EquityZen expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of EquityZen’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.