Regulatory Counsel at Wealthfront | Powderkeg

Location: Palo Alto, CA (Open to US-based Remote)

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Legal and Compliance

Wealthfront is seeking a talented, passionate and experienced attorney to handle a wide variety of corporate, tax, securities, and regulatory matters. As a member of our legal team, you will work closely with and report to our General Counsel, and just as importantly, collaborate with all of our other departments, including the product, design, engineering, marketing and compliance teams, to provide the best client experience possible.


  • Creatively configure compliant solutions and provide advice for sound business decisions in view of relevant legal requirements and risks;
  • Support an extremely fast-moving business with tight deadlines while providing diligent and thorough work product;
  • Structure, draft, negotiate, and review a broad range of commercial agreements, including highly complex and novel agreements;
  • Analyze and provide guidance on evolving laws, rules, regulations, and trends impacting the business including:
  • Advise with respect to legal and regulatory matters for broker-dealers and registered investment-advisers;
  • Assist with the development of new lines of business and products by embedding yourself in the product development team; working closely and proactively with other project team members to identify potential legal and regulatory issues; creating compliant solutions that avoid or minimize inefficient use of product, design and engineering resources and help to speed product launches; and reviewing and drafting related agreements, policies, procedures and disclosures;
  • Interface with outside counsel.


  • J.D. degree and licensed to practice in California, or the ability to apply for California's Registered In-House Counsel
  • 5 to 7 years of relevant legal experience; in-house or start-up experience preferred; fintech strongly preferred
  • Familiarity and experience working with regulated entities and consumer-facing businesses
  • Self-motivated and efficient, with good business judgment and a “take ownership” outlook
  • Creative, with the confidence to present and advocate for the implementation of ideas
  • Able to participate in developing company strategic and operational goals, and work closely with business units in their operational execution
  • Able to identify and analyze legal issues, draft key documents, and present clear recommendations
  • Strong project management skills

Everyone across the financial spectrum deserves to live secure and rewarding lives. In order to successfully serve clients across the United States, the Wealthfront team is focused on hiring team members with a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

About Wealthfront

Wealthfront started with the ambition to transform the investment advisory business, with the goal to unlock access to high quality investment advice for millions who were underserved by the traditional institutions. We built the first automated investment product that allows you to invest in a personalized portfolio of thousands of companies in seconds for a remarkably low fee; we then expanded into banking which made it remarkably easy for people to automate their finances end-to-end and eliminated the hassle of money management, all of which resulted in attracting more than $27 billion of our client’s hard earned savings, created the robo-advisor category and transformed the broader industry. And yet, we have a long way to go to achieve our mission to build a financial system that favors people, not institutions.

Wealthfront’s vision is to make it delightfully easy to build long-term wealth on your own terms. This vision is more relevant than ever because millions more people are getting into the market early and investing their hard earned savings in a handful of stocks. While this is a great way to start, it is inconsistent with building long-term wealth. We want to empower young investors to expand their horizon, and easily explore and execute on a wider range of investing strategies, make informed investment decisions that are consistent with their values and beliefs while also making it effortless to grow and compound their savings exponentially, that’s transformational to their lives and their long-term future.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Regulatory Counsel
  • Company
  • Location
    Palo Alto, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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