SSENSE Legal Counsel, Corporate Law (12 months contract)

  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Dec 19, 2020
Contract Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel

Job Description

Company Description

SSENSE, pronounced [es-uhns], is a Montreal-based fashion platform with global reach. Founded in 2003, SSENSE is pacing the vanguard of directional retail with a mix of luxury, streetwear, and avant-garde labels. We produce industry-leading original content and take pride in building our own technology solutions and systems from scratch. Our field of focus has grown beyond that of a typical e-commerce entity as we explore the nexus of content, commerce, and culture.

Currently serving 150 countries, generating an average of 76 million monthly page views, and achieving high double digit annual growth since inception, SSENSE is becoming a cultural protagonist in its own right.

Job Description

Reporting to the Senior Director Legal Affairs, the junior legal counsel is responsible for providing SSENSE with the full suite of legal services it needs to support and develop the business. This lawyer will provide legal advice to management and various departments about all related issues, while providing assistance regarding corporate, financial and operational matters. The ideal candidate is a confident commercially-minded lawyer with the proven ability to work independently while managing multiple projects. He/She possesses excellent drafting and negotiation skills with strong attention to detail and a proactive approach.



  • Provide legal advice on corporate and commercial matters, drafting, reviewing and revising contracts with a view to enabling the business and identifying risks

  • Assist the Senior Director in all legal aspects of M&A related projects, including drafting and negotiation of purchase agreements and ancillary documentation, oversight of due diligence activities, coordination with all internal stakeholders to ensure appropriate review and input, coordination with external counsel in applicable jurisdictions

  • Assist in the preparation and smooth functioning of meetings of the board of directors

  • Assist the Senior Director in providing corporate governance advice to senior management and the board of directors

  • Work closely with other teams, such as finance and human resources


  • Member of the bar of a Canadian province, with 5 to 7 years of experience
  • Experience in M&A transactions

  • Management skills, discretion, sound judgment and strong organizational skills

  • Exceptional drafting and negotiating skills

  • Strong problem solving skills

  • The ability to prioritize, handle and execute high volume of agreements/matters simultaneously, and to work effectively under pressure

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with internal and external groups

  • The ability to deal with complex, delicate and often controversial situations, frequently requiring added skill and creativity in order to obtain the cooperation of others

  • Fluently bilingual (English & French)

Practice Area(s)

Corporate Law