Senior Counsel – Regulatory Affairs, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions Purchase, New York

 Senior Counsel – Regulatory Affairs, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions

Senior Counsel – Regulatory Affairs, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions

Purchase, New York

Purchase, New York


Our Purpose

We work to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. We cultivate a culture of inclusion for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences enable us to be a better team – one that makes better decisions, drives innovation and delivers better business results. 

Job Title

Senior Counsel – Regulatory Affairs, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions


Mastercard’s Global Regulatory Team is looking for a Senior Counsel to support our Cyber & Intelligence (C&I) business with a focus on the exciting areas of digital assets, blockchain and other innovative digital technologies transforming the future of finance and payments. In particular, this newly created role will support some of the most advanced blockchain intelligence services designed to prevent fraud, facilitate regulatory compliance and enhance the safety and security of transactions involving digital assets. The ideal candidate for this global role is a self-starter with expertise in anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regulations, especially as they apply to virtual assets and virtual asset service providers. This position will play a critical role in advising on the evolving international and national regulatory landscape for virtual assets and virtual asset service providers across the globe and will support the development of new products and services involving these technologies. This position will report to the VP, Senior Managing Counsel, Regulatory Affairs for Crypto, Blockchain and Digital and the SVP, Assistant General Counsel, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions. 


The Senior Counsel, Regulatory Affairs – Cyber & Intelligence Solutions role will be responsible for:

• Advising product teams and business stakeholders across the organization on existing and emerging regulations, standards and trends in AML/CFT regulation applicable to virtual assets and virtual asset service providers.

• Providing regulatory advice on the design and configuration of emerging products and solutions, particularly where technology and innovation outpace regulation.  

• Working cross-functionally to identify, analyze and mitigate regulatory risks (while maximizing commercial opportunities) related to the introduction of new, innovative C&I products and services and/or the emergence of new regulatory standards, rules and frameworks.

• Liaising with C&I product attorneys and Regional Regulatory Attorneys to develop global regulatory views of innovative products and services. 

• Tracking, monitoring and presenting on AML/CFT regulations for virtual assets/virtual asset service providers around the world. 

• Supporting regulatory advocacy efforts around emerging AML/CFT rules for virtual assets and virtual asset service providers.

• Collaborating across the global Regulatory Affairs function and partner with Compliance to support the implementation, monitoring and validation of appropriate controls and processes to support compliance with AML/CFT requirements. 

• Partnering with Regulatory Advocacy and business stakeholders to support Mastercard’s consultative responses and engagement on proposed AML/CFT regulations applicable to virtual assets and virtual asset service providers.

• Engaging in positive dialogue with regulators, central banks and other stakeholder groups to advance Mastercard’s products and services.

• Support other C&I products and solutions from a regulatory standpoint, including conducting reviews of new products and services, as well as enhancements, in partnership with other members of the Regulatory Affairs team and/or external counsel. 

All About You: 

• JD from an established and reputable law school.

• Demonstrated expertise and experience advising on AML/CFT regulations.

• Experience as a regulatory attorney with a government agency, law firm or within a corporation, preferably in the payments, banking or financial services sectors.

• Ability to become an expert on applicable AML/CFT laws, regulations, and enforcement actions relevant to the crypto, blockchain and digital asset space, with ability to identify emerging risks and industry trends. Interest in cryptocurrencies and prior working experience with crypto firms is a plus.

• Must be a self-starter willing to roll up sleeves to solve complex regulatory issues to enable business objectives and strategy.

• Demonstrated ability to effectively and proactively provide sound legal advice, exercise good business judgment, and work well with senior management and cross-functional stakeholders.

• Comfortable navigating gray areas to provide actionable advice where regulation is unsettled and sometimes ambiguous.

• Creative thinker with strong problem-solving skills.

• Must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills. 

• Proven success in navigating multi-national organizations and operating effectively within a diverse multicultural organization.

• Experience advising on the prevention and detection of financial crimes a plus.

• Experience advising on cybersecurity regulations and financial sector cybersecurity requirements a plus.

COVID-19 Considerations 

We value the safety of each member of our community because we know we’re all in this together. In many locations, which may change over time, we’ve implemented a virtual hiring process and continue to interview candidates by video or phone. In addition, in some locations, only individuals who have been fully vaccinated will be permitted inside Mastercard offices until further notice.

In the US, Mastercard is a government contractor, which may legally require most Mastercard employees to be vaccinated unless a verified approved medical or religious exemption is granted. Further, we are currently making every effort towards having employees return to work in the office 2 days per week, if that makes sense for their team. Everyone must be vaccinated to enter Mastercard offices at this time. Therefore, we expect all candidates to be vaccinated or to be approved for a medical or religious accommodation prior to commencing work at Mastercard.

In the US, Mastercard is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you require accommodations or assistance to complete the online application process, please contact and identify the type of accommodation or assistance you are requesting. Do not include any medical or health information in this email. The Reasonable Accommodations team will respond to your email promptly.

Corporate Security Responsibility

All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and, therefore, it is expected that every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security and must:

Abide by Mastercard’s security policies and practices;

Ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the information being accessed;

Report any suspected information security violation or breach, and

Complete all periodic mandatory security trainings in accordance with Mastercard’s guidelines.


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