Welcome to the Legal and Corporate Affairs Handbook! Use this page to learn more about our team, GitLab policies, and shared processes. Visit the sub-team pages linked below for more detailed information and procedures.
How to Reach Us
For quick questions that do not require legal advice, deliverables, or any discussion of confidential information, you can reach out to the GitLab Legal and Corporate Affairs Team in Slack at #legal. We find this channel best for questions regarding process, who handles what, or how to find certain things if the handbook has not yielded the right result for you after searching. #legal is not a private channel, so your inquiry will be visible to the entire company. One of our Team Members will do their best to answer your question in a timely fashion.
For sensitive, private, or confidential requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anonymous Internal Ethics and Compliance Reporting
We take employee concerns very seriously and encourage all GitLab Team Members to report any ethics and/or compliance violations by using EthicsPoint. Further details can be found in the People Group Handbook under How to Report Violations and in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.
The Commercial Legal Team works with our Sales and Partnership Team Members to deliver GitLab software and services. In addition, this team is responsible for reviewing and approving all agreements with regards to the procurement of goods and services. Resources include the Sales Guide: Collaborating with GitLab Legal, Procurement Guide, and other resources which provide how best to engage the Commercial Team, as well as assist in efficiently reaching terms with our vendors, customers and partners, including negotiating terms and providing business and legal recommendations.
The Corporate Team supports the compliance and corporate functions of GitLab, which includes regulatory filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, review of internal and external communications with respect to GitLab’s SAFE Framework, review and preparation of board and committee materials, general corporate and governance matters, as well as compliance and corporate governance matters for GitLab’s direct and indirect wholly owned international and domestic subsidiaries.
The Corporate Development Team prospects, pursues and integrates acquisitions to accelerate GitLab’s roadmap and offer better tools to customers more quickly. For information about GitLab’s acquisition strategy and approach, visit the Acquisitions Handbook.
The Employment Legal Team collaborates with GitLab People Group on a broad range of matters across the entire arc of the employment relationship, from recruiting to onboarding, compensation, performance management, leave management, separation, and where necessary, litigation.
The ESG Team creates and maintains GitLab’s Corporate Sustainability strategy and programs. This includes ESG disclosures and public ESG reporting, identifying and prioritizing key issues to advance GitLab’s social and environmental goals, and creating partnerships with non-profit organizations that support GitLab’s values and mission.
Legal Operations supports Legal & Corporate Affairs processes with a focus on defining and driving initiatives that improve the team’s efficiency and effectiveness. Operations also includes Legal’s Procurement function, which reviews purchases made to ensure adequate terms are present for GitLab.
The Privacy, Product and Trade Compliance Team collaborates with all GitLab teams including engineering, security, product, and marketing to provide guidance and direction in a broad range of matters relating to data privacy, open source licensing, intellectual property protection and export compliance.
*Only available to GitLab Team Members.
The Authorization Matrix designates who is authorized to sign legal documents. Only GitLab Team Members with signature authority can execute agreements on behalf of GitLab.
Follow the Non-Disclosure Agreement Process to learn how to send an NDA in DocuSign or request an NDA if you do not have DocuSign access.
Note that this process is only for standard GitLab NDAs. In the event a non-standard NDA is needed, follow the steps here.
This discussion is limited to the practice of law in the U.S. As we continue to grow globally, we will update this and expand how privilege applies in other jurisdictions.
For more questions and answers about Attorney-Client Privilege in the corporate setting, search “AC Priv tests” in Drive.