Senior Corporate Counsel, Corporate Development

POSITION ID: CORPDEV 1154
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LOCATION: New Jersey
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Publicly traded life sciences company in central New Jersey is seeking an experienced lawyer for the position of Senior Corporate Counsel, Corporate Development. In this role you will be the lead in-house attorney for all corporate development transactions, both within the United States and internationally, including  acquisitions, divestitures, partnerships and alliances, complex licensing arrangements and other strategic transactions, as well as corporate finance transactions, including equity offerings and debt financings.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities include:

  • Draft, review, analyze, structure and negotiate a range of agreements and transactions both within the United States and internationally, including those involving acquisitions, divestitures, partnerships and alliances, complex licensing arrangements and other strategic transactions, corporate finance transactions, including equity offerings and debt financings, and confidentiality agreements;
  • Assist in other corporate development activities, including participation in due diligence;
  • Develop a thorough 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;
  • Manage external counsel to ensure high quality and cost-effective work product including the development and execution of project budgets; collaborate effectively and efficiently with other key external stakeholders including, but not limited to, bankers, accountants and consultants;
  • Present to senior management and directors of the company regarding key legal and business issues relating to prospective or ongoing transactions;
  • Handle a high volume of legal work and respond promptly to client demands efficiently and practically;
  • Ensure all work is accomplished with quality and responsiveness and in accordance with company values;
  • Be a leader within the Law Department and a valued business partner to internal clients;

QUALIFICATIONS

Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree and J.D. from accredited institutions;
  • Admitted to practice in New Jersey or ability to obtain admission for in-house practice in New Jersey;
  • At least 6 years of experience, including at least 4 years in the corporate/M&A department of a large law firm and at least 2 years in areas of increased responsibility, preferably with a medical device or other life sciences company;
  • A proven track record of successful project execution, matter management, coordinating teams, negotiating and drafting sophisticated agreements and handling significant and diverse issues in a fast-paced environment;
  • Broad-based M&A experience, including experience managing international transactions and transactions involving complex legal issues, e.g., securities, antitrust, employment, tax, intellectual property, etc.;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
  • Sound judgment combined with comfort and willingness to make decisions;
  • Significant organizational skills and personal discipline necessary to maintain current accounting of all active matters and to proactively and routinely update relevant stakeholders on matter status;
  • Ability to work as part of cross-functional teams and effectively influence clients to solve problems.
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