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Legal Counsel - CDI

Descartes Underwriting

Descartes Underwriting

New York, USA · Paris, France · Remote
Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2024


Descartes was born out of the conviction that climate change calls for a revolutionary approach in insurance to better protect corporations, governments, and vulnerable communities. We offer a new generation of parametric insurance that builds resilience against the full spectrum of climate and emerging risks. Utilizing Machine Learning and real-time monitoring from satellite imagery & IoT, our state-of-the-art climate tech provides innovative coverage for all trade sectors in all regions of the world. After a successful Series B raise of $120M USD, Descartes Underwriting is proud to be recognized among the French Tech Next40 and launched Descartes Insurance, a ‘full stack’ insurer licensed to underwrite risk by the French Regulator (ACPR). With a growing corporate client base (350+ and counting) - our diverse team is headquartered in Paris and operates out of our 14 global offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.


We are looking to hire a dedicated Legal Counsel to join our Legal and Compliance team. You will report to the General Counsel, work with, support other members of the legal team and of the business departments. You will be a key contributor of the deployment of legal projects for the entities of the Group, Descartes Insurance, Descartes Underwriting and their affiliates outside France.

Your responsibilities would include:

  • Looking at insurance regulatory questions and providing advice to comply with applicable laws and regulations in areas where the Group operates;
  • Assistance in the review and strengthening of legal wording of insurance policies, reinsurance contracts other insurance related documentation;
  • Provision of guidance to the local teams, sometimes with the support of external legal advisers for maintenance of license including preparation of regulatory filings, identifications of regulatory constraints and guidance to the business team;
  • Arrange for legal watch on the development of insurance laws and regulations;
  • Work on coordination of the maintenance of proper insurance covers for the Descartes entities (professional indemnity etc…);
  • Assistance in the review of commercial contracts, non-disclosure agreements, cooperation agreements.



  • 1 to 4 years of experience in legal positions either in-house or in a law firm, at least part of it working for the insurance industry or advising insurers or insurance brokers;
  • Preferably some experience in the drafting of insurance policy wording, of reinsurance arrangements and on advising on some insurance law questions;
  • A masters’ degree (in France or abroad) in the field of insurance law is a plus.


  • Some knowledge of insurance law;
  • Drafting skills;
  • Analytic, pragmatic;
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal);
  • Fluency in French and English (oral and written).


  • Motivated by insurance and innovation with the ability to work in a dynamic and multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to be a team player, willingness to understand the business needs and to interact with the business team to support them;
  • Eagerness to learn and to work in an international and fast growing environment;
  • Flexibility, curiosity and capacity to work on different types of tasks.


  • Commitment from Descartes to its staff of continued learning and development (think annual seminars, training etc.);
  • Work in a collaborative & professional environment;
  • Work in an environment which encourages innovations, new ideas and contributes to change the way insurance is done;
  • Be part of an international team, passionate about diversity;
  • You can benefit from home office days.


If you want to develop your skills and work in a friendly startup atmosphere, don’t hesitate and send us your application! https://www.descartesunderwriting.com/careers/

At Descartes Underwriting, we are committed to fighting against all forms of discrimination and for equal opportunities. We foster an inclusive work environment that respects all differences.

With equal skills, all our positions are open to people with disabilities.