Director, Assistant General Counsel, Transactions

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Publicly traded pharmaceutical company in New York is seeking an experienced transactional attorney for the role of Director, Assistant General Counsel, Transactions. As part of the Law Department, this attorney will serve as counsel for the company in connection with licensing, business development and strategic transactions. This attorney will be responsible for drafting, reviewing and negotiating agreements and providing advice to senior management regarding proposed transactions, as well as compliance with existing contractual obligations, company policy and the law. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in structuring complex transactions, drafting agreements and transactional documents, advising on intellectual property matters and licensing arrangements, general corporate matters, risk management and regulatory matters relevant to the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industries. The ideal candidate will have proven experience in effectively and collaboratively counseling clients.

• Works closely with senior management and the business development team on major corporate initiatives, including collaborations, partnerships, and licensing agreements.
• Supports critical collaborations with the alliance management team and serves as an advisor as required.
• Negotiates and drafts highly sophisticated licensing, collaboration and other agreements, often where no precedents exist.
• Works closely with the intellectual property department to ensure proper protection of intellectual property assets.
• Advises on relevant regulatory and legal matters impacting existing or proposed arrangements, including privacy, antitrust, securities and corporate law and regulations.
• Oversees and coordinates relevant legal matters handled by outside counsel.

Essential Skills and Abilities:
• Draft, negotiate and bring to execution critical agreements for the company.
• History of self-motivation, working independently on projects, meeting aggressive deadlines, and juggling multiple matters.
• History of proven leadership and the ability to manage cross-function teams that include employees at different levels of the company.

• BA/BS and JD with excellent law school credentials.
• Must have demonstrated expertise with negotiating and drafting complex agreements in the biotech, pharmaceutical and/or life sciences area (biotech preferred).
• In-house experience preferred.
• Minimum of 8+ years of relevant experience. Deal sheet preferred with CV.
• Licensed to practice law in New York or be eligible for licensure as a registered in-house counsel.

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