Senior Legal Counsel / Strategic Insurance Partnerships


Dec 19th, 2022

Wakam is a B2B2C Tech insurer that designs white label insurance products for its partners (Insurtechs, traditional insurance brokers, retail players, neo-banks, airlines companies, etc.).

Our insurance products have the particularity of being embedded in the products or services offered to the end-customer (for example, you take a self-service e-scooter , you are
automaticallyinsured).Wakam is present in 30 European countries (bonus point if you’re able to list them during the interview!). In 2020, we made 58% of our turnover outside France.
We move to a more inclusive and multicultural working environment that’s why we are recruiting future Wakamees who master the English language.At Wakam we believe in the formula “for-profit & for good”. Since March 2021, we are a Mission-driven company, which means that our mission statement
‘Enabling transparent and impactful insurance’is written in black and white in our bylaws.

✎ Job Description

The Senior Legal Counsel will be part of Wakam Legal Partnerships Team and will report to Wakam Chief Legal Officer.

The Senior Legal Counsel’s scope of work will mainly consist in assisting and supporting business and project teams in all and all discussions and negotiations in relation to Wakam’s strategic deals and partnerships (either with major insurance distributors – MGAs -, insurtechs or non-insurance specialists) across European territories where Wakam operates.

As such he/she will act as a key contributor for the design, the implementation and the post implementation management of large deals and strategic partnerships and will interact with a wide range of key both internal and external stakeholders.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Managing & leading a wide range of material and/or complex legal, regulatory & contractual matters and large deals (including drafting and negotiating agreements, structuring compliant insurance distribution partnerships, and advising on applicable legislation and regulation, with the support of external legal counsels where needed)
  • Building and maintaining relationships with, supporting, and reporting and updating key internal stakeholders on legal and regulatory matters; understanding the business strategy and tactical priorities
  • Translating business decisions into legal and contractual documentation
  • Applying a risk based, creative and solution driven approach, while ensuring maximum legal and reputational protection for Wakam


  • Minimum 10-years-experience required, in-house and/or in law firm(s), with international exposure
  • In-depth experience in drafting and negotiating complex agreements (previous experience in insurance sector would be seen as a real asset)
  • Legal qualification in business law or international business law (admission to Bar is a plus)
  • Ability to work in an international and culturally diverse environment
  • Strong oral and written communications skills and a good sense of diplomacy
  • Ability to leverage deep legal expertise to provide business-oriented recommendations in a heavily regulated environment
  • Fluency in English is essential (Fluency in French is a strong asset)

Inter-relational skills

  • Acting as a real team player with autonomy, strong inter-personal skills and with the ability and confidence to influence others
  • Being highly competent in working in a fast paced and dynamic environment, and in managing competing priorities in a busy and often high-pressured environment
  • Explaining concisely complex legal topics and their relevance to non-legal people including management and operational teams

Recruitment process

1) Discussion with Danny, Lead Recruiter
2) Discussion with Cédrick, Chief Legal Officer
3) Discussion with Clément, VP Strategy & External Relations and/or Franck, VP Revenue Officer
4) Discussion with Amandine – Chief People Officer, and/or Laura – Head of Talent

To help you get a complete picture of our hiring process and Wakam’s work culture, please visit our dedicated page : Interviews at Wakam.

=> Welcome @Wakam

Positive energy, agility, and team spirit are essential to support Wakam in its hyper-growth!

You have the Wakam mindset? Join us!

More about us

Our culture? Free to impact. A culture where everything is possible, where all ideas are taken into consideration, where everyone has an impact on the transformation of insurance! Hungry for freedom? Thirsty for autonomy? If you are bold and like challenges (yeah yeah! That one word that all startups have at the tip of their tongues), then the Wakam adventure might be made for you! Discover -on our website- who we really are with the 11 cultural markers that so well describe us!

What we are looking for

Mindset compatibility with our ‘Free to Impact’ culture:

  • Think big
  • Biased for action
  • Curious and eager to learn
  • Can say no and find solutions
  • Aims for the moon (but please don’t stick on the moon)
  • And above all: have fun working together !

Good to know

  • Wakam is not based on a hierarchy but on a methodology where everyone finds his role and knows his objectives.
  • With a flat hierarchical system and a highly collaborative operating model, Wakam is an extremely agile and transparent company.
  • Every last Friday of the month, it’s at Wakam, a day without meetings to take a step aside and dedicate ourselves to skills sponsorship or other activities (because we are curious, I remind you).
  • Full-remote is a reality at Wakam (there is even one Wakamee who works from his sailing boat )
  • Last but not least : we are nice and we have fun! (you’ll find out by yourself )

What happened in 2021 @Wakam?

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