Associate General Counsel, Business Development

LOCATION: New Jersey
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Princeton Legal Search Group has been retained on an exclusive basis by Daiichi Sankyo to lead the search for Associate General Counsel, Business Development (Senior Director), who will be responsible for providing legal counsel to Daiichi Sankyo’s Global Business Development department. This position will handle all legal aspects of licensing, promotion/co-promotion, development/co-development, co-marketing and acquisitions agreements (among other types of agreements) in the pharmaceutical and companion diagnostic fields, including drafting, negotiating and reviewing such agreements for U.S., global and ex-U.S. territories.


  • Handles, and is accountable for, all legal aspects of licensing (in/out), co-promotion/co-development, strategic/financial investment (e.g. venture funds), companion diagnostic, academic research organization (ARO) and acquisition deals, including CDAs, due diligence, regulatory filings (e.g., Hart-Scott-Rodino), term sheet and contract negotiation. Advises Head of Global Business Development and senior management (including colleagues from parent company) regarding legal and regulatory aspects of major issues involving licensing and related transactions. Such transactions may be global, US-only, ex-U.S. only, or intra-company arrangements. Negotiates, drafts and comments on such agreements. Supervises outside counsel in cases where outside counsel participates in negotiation and drafting. Will at times be the lead attorney for highly complex acquisitions/divestitures, licensing (in/out), co-promotion/co-development, and strategic/financial investment (e.g. venture funds) agreements. In addition, will independently work as lead attorney for other complex agreements, including contract research organization (CRO) agreement transactions, supply agreements and clinical trial collaboration agreements with commercial pharmaceutical/biotech companies, when led by Global Business Development.
  • Handles, and is accountable for, all legal aspects of relationship management for U.S. and Global relationship with key marketing and development partners, including, as requested, all relevant departments in DS Group companies. Legal aspects of relationship management to include contract amendments, legal interpretations and counsel and creation of process/ways of working documents to facilitate collaboration between parties and negotiations of three-party agreements.
  • Provides legal services to Companion Diagnostics and other groups, as appropriate, on all legal issues related to companion diagnostic agreements while embracing change of a rapidly evolving technology and at all times maintaining a customer focus.
  • Provides full legal services to Global Business Development department, including External Scientific Affairs, and related departments at parent company in Tokyo. Coordinates with parent company Legal Department, as appropriate. Maintains ongoing relationships with these departments. Maintains awareness of operations of these departments and self-initiates legal projects for the IP Business Development Department where appropriate. Having a results-oriented and innovative mindset is key to being able to perform this responsibility competently.
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