Hiring a Legal, Risk & Compliance Associate

Join the Square Peg Team

Square Peg is a global venture capital firm whose mission is to back the most outstanding entrepreneurs solving important problems. When done well, we know that this helps to create world-changing and industry-defining businesses such as Prospa, Fiverr and PropertyGuru whom – along with thirty other ambitious companies – we are proud to partner with.

As a team, we have built, financed and worked in startups that are global success stories. We know what it's like to sit on both sides of the table. As a result, we are passionately committed to building a venture firm that is the world's best for entrepreneurs, investors and our team. Currently, we invest over half a billion dollars into early-stage companies from our offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Tel Aviv and Boston.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or sporting team affiliation.

Role

This is an amazing opportunity for a curious legal mind keen to broaden their experience in a dynamic commercial environment, in a role that is rare to find.

As a venture capital fund manager, we have a broad legal requirement across many business facets including,

  • Investing – due diligence, documentation negotiation and drafting (term sheets, shareholder agreements, share purchase agreements)
  • Funds management – fund structuring, research and set up and documentation;
  • Compliance and regulation - AFSL licensing, developing policies, corporate secretarial,
  • training and keeping abreast of changing regulation;
  • Corporate – negotiation of supplier contracts and general corporate legal duties.

It is crucial you are an independent thinker with energy and enthusiasm to effect positive outcomes both operationally and commercially in a high growth business. You will report to the Chief Operating Officer and work effectively across the business and will build collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders including entrepreneurs.

This is a dynamic business, anticipating further strategic evolution and you will be responsible for the organisation and management of new initiatives from a legal and risk perspective as they arise. The potential to expand the role is expected for the right candidate. The role will require understanding of financial information, so any finance experience will be considered favourably.

This role will be based in Woollahra, Sydney. 

Qualifications / Experience

  • This role would suit a legally qualified candidate with prior experience in a law firm, and most recently with a fund manager or investment house. Private equity or venture capital experience may be advantageous but is not a prerequisite.
  • It is essential that you can build strong and effective relationships both internally and externally.
  • 2 - 5 years’ experience legal experience in a legal firm or in funds management, private equity or venture capital
  • Tertiary degree in law is a minimum
  • To explore further in confidence, please send your resume to amanda@squarepegcap.com

Hiring a Senior Accountant / Senior Fund Analyst

Join the Square Peg team

Square Peg is a global venture capital firm whose mission is to back the most outstanding entrepreneurs solving important problems. When done well, we know that this helps to create world-changing and industry-defining businesses such as Prospa, Fiverr and PropertyGuru whom – along with thirty other ambitious companies – we are proud to partner with.

As a team, we have built, financed and worked in startups that are global success stories. We know what it's like to sit on both sides of the table. As a result, we are passionately committed to building a venture firm that is the world's best for entrepreneurs, investors and our team. Currently, we invest over half a billion dollars into early- stage companies from our offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Tel Aviv and Boston.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or sporting team affiliation.

Role

This will be a diverse role in which you will take ownership for all aspects of fund / financial accounting, corporate accounting, and financial reporting, monthly board and management reporting, forecasting, budgeting, financial planning and analysis, financial modelling, tax and structuring.

You will report to the Chief Operating Officer.

This is a dynamic business, anticipating further strategic evolution and you will be responsible for the organisation and management of finance related projects as they arise. The potential to expand your remit to include other matters currently covered by the COO is a given for the right candidate.

This role will be based in Woollahra, Sydney.

Qualifications / Experience

It is crucial you are an independent thinker with energy and enthusiasm to effect positive outcomes both operationally and commercially in a high growth business.

You will work effectively across the business and build collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders. You will also manage the fund financial statement audit and annual tax distribution preparation process as well as participating in improving the accuracy and efficiency as the company grows.

This varied role would suit a CPA/CA qualified candidate (Big 4 trained highly desirable), with a proven track record derived from investment/funds management. Prior experience within a funds management environment, especially private equity or venture capital, would be advantageous but is not a prerequisite. It is essential that you can build strong and effective relationships both internally and externally and have demonstrated success in investment and fund management. Successful applicants will be able to display a proven technical finance and fund accounting background including corporate accounting.

We expect you will have 5+ years of experience.

To explore further in confidence, please send your resume to amanda@squarepegcap.com

Slides to put in your pitch deck

Also known as “how to pitch for money from VC.”

There are 571,000 results for that exact question on Google, yet we get asked for advice almost daily.

Some of the articles online are filled with spectacular advice; other results are absolute nonsense.

Sorting through the chaos-that-is-the-internet to get to the good stuff is a swirling black hole of a time sink.

So, we’ve done it for you.

Below, we've distilled our collective knowledge to explain what we look for in a pitch deck, and then below that is a list of other articles we think are excellent and you should read.

Read the full post on Medium. 

8 steps to a better pitch deck

Investment notes on Agridigital

Co-authored with Tony Holt.

By any standard, the agricultural industry is immense in both scale and complexity, responsible for feeding billions of people and employing roughly 40% of the world’s working population.

It has also been identified as the least digitised industry in the world — rife with inefficiencies and opportunity.

We’ve been watching the space with interest for the last few years, hopeful that we would meet an extraordinary founder with the tenacity and technology to revolutionise Ag as we know it.

That’s why we are excited to back Emma Westonand AgriDigital, a commodities management platform bringing trust and transparency to agricultural supply chains.

 Bob McKay, Emma Weston, Ben Reid.

Bob McKay, Emma Weston, Ben Reid.

But the really important question... is where does your avocado on toast come from?

Read the full post and investment notes on Medium. 

Process: How we invest

Co-authored with Square Peg Partners.

When considering the fundraising process, we think it should be as close to the ideal dental experience: pain-free, cost-effective, quick and leaves you with a smile.

The recent report from First Round on the State of Startups included some stats which proved that, once again, raising a round is a tough process.

  • 47.3% of entrepreneurs spent 4 or more months raising their most recent round.
  • Only 45% of entrepreneurs raised the amount they planned to.
  • Almost ¼ of all entrepreneurs pitched over 21 VCs.

At Square Peg, we want to do our bit to make it easier. For this reason, we’re sharing our investment process.

Read the full post on how we invest on Medium.

Square Peg Team

Investment notes on Airwallex

Co-authored with Ben Hensman and Paul Bassat.

In a world where we expect businesses to service international customers easily, having the right infrastructure for cross-border payments is crucial.

That’s why we’re excited to invest in Airwallex, a Melbourne-based team who are helping businesses make better international payments at scale.

Founders_Airwallex.jpeg

The problem: International payments are a mess

Let’s say you’re an Australian tourist travelling in Southeast Asia and need to pay for a local tourist guide through an online travel platform.

The online travel platform guarantees you an international transfer rate on the purchase so that you can pay with your Australian bank account or credit card. But, the merchant wants to receive Indonesian Rupiah.

Here’s what normally happens...

Read the full post and investment notes on Medium.