Chief Legal & Risk Officer

Chief Legal & Risk Officer

What we do

 

Carbon Equity is the world’s first platform for Alternative Climate Investments. Through the Carbon Equity platform, we offer small-ticket access to the world’s leading climate investment funds. We focus on multiple asset classes including venture capital, private equity, private debt and real assets.

Carbon Equity offers the opportunity to maximize the climate impact of one’s investible savings. Individuals invest alongside the world’s best climate investors, benefiting from venture-type returns while mitigating financial risk through a high degree of diversification.

Why we do what we do

 

At Carbon Equity, we believe there is no greater cause within our lifetime than fighting climate change.

This fight requires action at every possible level — government regulation, taxation, consumer and corporate behavior, paradigm shifts, cultural shifts and massive investments into technology, just to name a few. Carbon Equity focuses on the latter.

To change consumer and corporate behavior at scale, we need to build equally good alternatives through increased climate technology investments. Think about Oatly, for example. By offering an equally good alternative to cow milk, Oatly has swayed millions of people to oat milk🥛. Now that is moving the needle!

So why did we decide to focus on investing rather than building the next Oatly ourselves? Because, like it or not, money still makes the world go round — capital ultimately decides resource allocation.

This led us to ask ourselves the question: How can we best leverage capital to mitigate climate change?

We came upon an interesting discovery. The vast majority of innovation needed to fight climate change is happening in private markets, where early-stage tech companies are being funded by venture capitalists. 

At the same time, the majority of mature companies transitioning from fossil fuel-dependent resources and business models to net-zero emissions are also private. This means that the majority of climate innovation, and therefore value creation, are in private markets.

However, to date, private market investing has only been accessible to institutional investors and ultra-high net worth individuals, which makes private markets untouchable to people like you and me (non-professional or retail investors). This excludes you and me from the massive value creation opportunity in private markets and it leaves a huge amount of capital away from climate tech.

Carbon Equity is deadset on fixing this broken system.

The planet needs every dollar out there to transition towards a net-zero economy, and we can build a more equitable economic society while doing so.

Your mission

 

Offering investment products to first-time private market investors comes with great responsibility. 

It means we need to take good care of the capital people entrust us with. We also need to ensure that we pursue our mission within the current and future boundaries of our regulatory environment. As we scale our ever-larger investor base, a second line of defense within our risk and control functions is key to our success.

We have a strong and diversified leadership team to build Carbon Equity successfully. To complement our competencies, we are looking for you, a Champion’s League player in the fields of legal, regulatory, risk and compliance.

As a strong Chief Legal & Risk Officer (”CLRO”), you can help us navigate the complex international regulatory landscape, ensuring we remain compliant and continue to manage the risks of our activities appropriately at scale.

Role and responsibilities

 

As CLRO, you take on a leadership role and become part of the management board at Carbon Equity. You act as legal counsel on all legal affairs while building and maintaining the risk and control functions within Carbon Equity.

Legal Affairs

  • Review legal documentation (including LPA, Subscription form, PPM) of underlying (private equity) Master Funds we plan to invest in. Identify and interpret risk and legal exposure for ourselves and our participants including managing relationships with external legal counsels.
  • Manage legal affairs of Carbon Equity, such as (i) overseeing the shareholder register and articles of association and (ii) preparing and documenting corporate resolutions and general meetings of shareholders (incl. external investors in the B.V.),
  • Manage legal affairs of the funds under management and/or oversee the activities of our fund administrator or fund administration software, such as in relation to (i) maintaining fund agreements, (ii) maintaining the mandatory regulatory investor information on the website, and (iii) preparing and documenting corporate resolutions, and general meetings of shareholders.
  • Monitor regulatory developments regarding applicable (AIFMD) regulations and other applicable law and regulations, as well as applicable standards as set out by the AFM, DNB or ESMA and ensuring adequate impact assessment and ongoing compliance.

Risk Management

  • Responsible for the risk management function within the organization of Carbon Equity and responsible for risk management within the board.
  • Design and manage the second line of defense with respect to Carbon Equity and all funds under management.
  • Maintain risk management framework, by among others performing risk assessments (risk identification, analysis, evaluation and monitoring) for both financial and non-financial risks;
  • Stipulate risk limits in respect of all risks identified for Carbon Equity and the funds under management;
  • Monitor relevant funds and operational risks within the funds under management.
  • Provide the risk perspective in strategic and business development initiatives.
  • Safeguard and promote risk awareness for Carbon Equity and the funds under management.

Compliance

  • Ultimately responsible for Carbon Equity’s and all funds’ compliance with all applicable compliance laws and regulations, such as client and personal conduct related integrity risk, as well as organizational and financial services conduct related integrity risk.
  • Maintain contact and relationship with our external compliance officer.
  • Act as contact for supervising authorities AFM and DNB.

Your qualifications

 
  • Level of education: University degree
  • Work experience with a minimum of 8 years of experience, including senior roles
  • Management experience, preferably at board level (but not required)
  • Experience in a legal or related profession
  • Concrete experience in risk management, compliance and regulatory environment within the Dutch fund or asset management sector, preferably with a focus on private equity.

Key competencies

 
  • Leadership: You set direction and inspire. You are able to motivate, develop and educate the team on risk management practices and you actively build a culture of compliance. You are open to and offer room for critical discussion.
  • Innovative & pragmatic: You are able to think “outside the box” and you are pragmatic. While staying well within the boundaries of the law, you make the processes work for Carbon Equity instead of Carbon Equity work for the processes. You embrace the fact that the company needs a high degree of automation, technology thinking and design.
  • Independent: You are an independent thinker. You have a clear point of view and you are willing to defend it. You operate objectively and critically. You recognize and anticipate situations in which personal and business interests (potentially) conflict.
  • Decisive: You are able to make clear decisions weighing the interests of multiple stakeholders.
  • Communication: You know how to listen, communicate clearly and transparently, and know how to give and receive feedback.
  • Responsible: You adopt a responsible approach and make sure you are aware of applicable laws and regulations.
  • Persuasive: You persuade others through perseverance, presence and tact. You have a strong personality and are able to hold your own in challenging situations.

What’s in store for you

 

Let’s be honest, joining a startup in our early stage has pros and cons. The con is that you have to figure out a lot of shit yourself, you will not seamlessly fit into a well-oiled machine. You kind of have to build the machine yourself. That then of course is the big pro. You get to build the machine yourself 🧰🛠️. Now that is impact. The impact you will have in building a super early stage startup will never be greater. You get to join all internal and external discussions, you get to learn by doing and you get to set the rules and build the groundwork for a future Unicorn 🦄 or Zebra 🦓 or … well you get to decide just how successful we will be and how much impact we will have.

Who’s already aboard the rocketship 🚀

 
  • Lara more or less single-handed built the healthcare investing empire of Philips with almost a billion dollars under management. Lara is responsible for anything investing strategy and all things regulatory and operations. She is the undisputed queen of execution.
  • Jacqueline is the mother of all ideas. Too many, if you ask me 😎. She is also a skilled storyteller which helps bring home the goodies (as in investment dollars and customers). Jacqueline founded and built several companies before, including De Kleine Consultant, Lamudi (a Rocket Internet real estate marketplace in Southeast Asia) and TrueMoney (a Fintech company in Southeast Asia). She also worked several years in Private Equity, most recently as a partner at Venture Capital firm Peak Capital.
  • Jeff is our very own master of scale. Jeff has a degree in Environment and Resource Management (now these are the skills the world needs). He spent a couple of years with VandeBron and most recently led Marketing for Ecochain, one of the leaders in the European footprinting industry. Jeff loves to dig deep into what makes our target customers move.
  • Liza is our in-house Einstein/chief scientist/and master of Impact. Liza personally safeguards that anything we do helps us meet our mission of moving the needle on climate change. She spent several years with McKinsey primarily working on energy transition and sustainability, she worked with an awesome initiative called Follow This and she supports the city of Amsterdam on Climate Strategy.
  • Tim is the kind of internet entrepreneur who was hacking away in high school and started his first business before the age of 18. Tim has an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and was a founder and CTO to SmartPR, Nouncy and several other tech startups. Tim is the master of the MVP and will at every bend in the road ask what are we building for who and why. First think, then build.
  • Wiebe has a black belt in fund investing. Having spent over 11 years with AlpInvest (the fund investing arm of The Carlyle Group) and five years of JP Morgan in London, he is a private equity veteran.
  • Carolina is our Peruvian-Swiss investment analyst rockstar. She recently graduated summa cum laude from her Bachelor’s degree and has been a rising star at Carbon Equity ever since.
  • Michael joins us after driving copy and content at MessageBird. Made in the USA, former aspiring radio host, and former creative agency copywriter, Michael brings a whole lot of new energy and creative inspiration to the Carbon Equity team.
  • Bas is our latest investing superstar. He survived over six years of training at AlpInvest and is now taking the wheel on the Carbon Equity investing team. Bas brings a wealth of experience in fund selection and a strong network. We also leverage his commercial mindset to keep the investment dollars flowing in.
  • Eddie, a self-crowned king of memes and interesting jokes 👀, Alex our new legal whizz, Bas student entrepreneur and sustainability advocate, help us build the business as interns and working students.

Our selection procedure

 

Apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to: larakoole@carbonequity.com

When you are invited, we’ll first have an informal chat to introduce Carbon Equity, the vacancy and get to know you.

During the selection procedure, our communications will be transparent, fast and straightforward. We might ask you to finish a case or provide advice on a current business challenge. This will be communicated beforehan

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