Corporate Counsel – Securities

LOCATION: New Jersey
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Our client, a publicly traded life sciences industry company in New Jersey, is seeking a securities lawyer with a minimum of 3-6 years experience for the role of Corporate Counsel. The Corporate Counsel will be responsible for providing advice and support on a variety of legal matters, with specific focus on matters relating to corporate governance, compliance with securities laws and support of the Company’s Finance function.  In this role, you should be able to organize and handle multiple projects at once, possess outstanding communication skills and embrace working with and coordinating cross-functional teams.


Core responsibilities include:

  • Corporate governance support, including providing assistance with the planning and execution of the Company’s board of directors and board committee meetings;
  • SEC compliance matters, including but not limited to preparation of the proxy statement and annual report, Section 16 filings and other periodic and event-driven filings;
  • Management and maintenance of the Company’s insider trading policies and practices;
  • Support of the Treasury function on matters pertaining to the company’s credit agreement and debt-related matters;
  • Support for Investor Relations including on press releases and earnings releases, Regulation FD questions and ESG-related guidance;
  • Support for major finance initiatives such as equity or debt offerings;
  • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements related to finance, accounting, tax, treasury, and audit;
  • Managing intercompany agreements and intercompany loans;
  • Drafting and reviewing promissory notes and NDAs; and,
  • Oversight of subsidiary and legal entity management.

Additional responsibilities and expectations in this role include:

  • Assisting in due diligence activities pertaining to strategic transactions;
  • Proving support pertaining to Human Resource matters regarding compensation and benefits;
  • Providing support to Risk Management for certain insurance matters;
  • Reviewing, drafting, and negotiating consulting agreements and engagement letters;
  • Efficiently managing law firms retained to represent the company on specified matters;
  • Developing an understanding of and familiarity with the company’s business, people, products, technology, markets, facilities, customers and competitors in order to assist the company in meeting overall strategic objectives;
  • Engaging as a valued business partner within the law department and to other internal clients;


Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree and J.D. from accredited institutions;
  • Minimum of 3 to 6 years of experience in private practice or corporate legal department, with focus on SEC matters and corporate governance. Pharmaceutical or medical device industry experience preferred but not required;
  • Demonstrate initiative and ability to manage multiple fast-paced projects at the same time from start to completion;
  • Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to work on a variety of different legal disciplines;
  • Operate well independently and without close supervision;
  • Self-starter; highly motivated and ambitious;
  • Sound judgment combined with comfort and willingness to make decisions;
  • Ability to work as part of cross-functional teams and effectively solve problems;
  • Ability to travel on a limited basis, when needed, to support matters (less than 15% of the time);
  • Comfort with dynamic change necessary to drive or support continuous improvements within the law department and for other internal clients; and,
  • Willingness and capability to represent the company in a professional manner and uphold the highest standards of ethical business practices and socially responsible conduct in all interactions with other colleagues, customers, suppliers, and other business associates of the company.
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