Oct 13, 2021

Corporate Legal Counsel

  • Canva
  • Austin or Sydney

Job Description

We’re constantly working towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone. We believe deeply that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key for building the best product for our equally diverse community all around the world. We celebrate uniqueness and whatever makes you, you and encourage everyone who wants to help us transform the way the world designs, to join us on this journey. We value all different types of experiences. If you don’t think you quite meet all of the qualifications, we’d still love to hear from you.  
About Us
At Canva, our mission is to democratise design and empower creativity for anyone and everyone, on every platform. Inspired by a team of talented thinkers, an amazing culture and a remarkable growth trajectory – we’re out to change the world, one design at a time. 
Since launch in August 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 60 million monthly active users across 190 different countries who have created more than 6 Billion designs. We are one of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies and we have only achieved about 1% of what we want to do.
We’re looking for a Corporate Counsel to join our team and undertake the best work of their career. The role is part of a close-knit Legal Team team here at Canva, and will provide support on a number of exciting transactional matters. 
This work is challenging and our execution on it is why the team won the award for its category at the 2019 and 2020 Australian Corporate Counsel Awards. You’ll thrive in a fast-moving, fluid environment, and be passionate about implementing change, good processes and procedures in a commercial setting at one of the world’s fastest growing technology companies.

What you'll do:

  • Collaborate with Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Counsel on global M&A transactions, including helping to manage drafting, negotiations, due diligence and pre- and post-transaction integration
  • Advise on various corporate securities and corporate governance related matters, including matters relating to the operation and governance of the Canva Foundation and ACNC regulations relating thereto
  • Assist with Canva’s global expansion efforts, including working with our Corporate Paralegal and local counsel to incorporate and manage subsidiaries worldwide
  • Assist with company capitalization matters, including helping to negotiate private placement transactions, execute share transfers and manage employee equity programs 
  • Manage ultimate beneficial ownership filings in a number of global jurisdictions and establish policies and data repositories relating thereto
  • Provide pragmatic and risk weighted advice for internal stakeholders on a number of other corporate and transactional related matters
  • Assist in creating and improving processes, agreements, and document templates for transactional matters

What we are looking for:

  • You’ll have 4+ years of experience practicing corporate law at a hyper growth tech company or in private practice working with international corporate clients in the tech space
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB) or Juris Doctor or equivalent qualification and admitted to practice in Australia or the United States 
  • You’ll have Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) expertise and be able to independently advise on a number of securities and corporate governance related questions
  • You are not afraid to get your hands dirty - no task is too big or too small
  • You are excited by the challenge of the role and are keen to develop it and grow it as Canva continues to scale
  • You possess strong organizational skills and you have experience working directly with stakeholders inside and outside the legal function
  • You have proven your ability to engage others using your excellent oral and written communication skills
  • You are resourceful and self-motivated and have exceptional time management and organizational skills
  • You can work well in a team but are capable of working autonomously
  • You have demonstrated an ability to exercise good judgment under intense pressure
  • You are risk aware, not risk averse 
  • You have a keen eye for detail


  • Competitive salary, plus employee equity grants
  • Flexible working hours, we value work-life balance
  • For Sydney based candidates, in-house chefs that cook delicious breakfast and lunch for us each day
  • Generous, flexible benefits 
  • Generous parental leave policy
  • Sponsored social clubs and team events
  • Fun and quirky celebrations
We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion. If you’re keen to apply and need reasonable adjustments or would like to note which pronouns you use at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.