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Act as Chief Legal Counsel for Global Company (including international subsidiaries). Oversee the company’s global legal affairs, including wholesale, licensing, real estate, retail operations, employment matters, intellectual property, environmental sustainability, and corporate compliance and governance. Advise on contractual interpretation, negotiations, and litigation (and/or risks associated with it).
Oversees: (i) associate general counsel, (ii) compliance director, (iii) senior manager sustainability; and (iv) administrative assistant.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Provide management and oversight of the global legal affairs of the company and its subsidiaries. Manage both internal and external resources.
Directly handle all domestic and international commercial agreements, including product licenses, third-party retail arrangements, agency agreements, consulting agreements, service agreements, technology/e-commerce agreements, advertising agreements. Involved in the negotiation of significant transactions as needed (joint ventures, M&A, corporate buybacks).
Advise on all employment law issues (including employee relations matters, EEOC complaints, and employment policies), working in partnership with HR (MJ and LVMH Inc)
Directly handle all privacy matters (GDRP, CRM, IT Systems) and corporate compliance/governance issues (including Sapin II and anti-corruption laws)
Directly manage litigation matters, including selection of counsel, case mgmt., and provide litigation strategy with LVMH Inc legal dpt.
Provide strategic advice to the wholesale, retail, licensing, and support divisions
Oversee all real estate matters (leasing, subleasing, disposition)
Oversee social and product compliance and environmental sustainability
Oversee risk assessments/response plans; conduct internal monitoring and audit
Oversee the company’s intellectual property portfolio, including trademark enforcement and prosecution and anti-counterfeiting actions
Advise on various agreements with and among the shareholders of the company. Prepare Board presentations and participate in Board meetings as necessary. Provide reporting on a regular basis to keep Board and shareholders informed of legal Issues
Relevant Scope Measures
Responsible for setting legal budget, which includes both internal personnel and external resources. Budget responsibility also includes trademark and anticounterfeiting expenses. Involved in risk management assessment and litigation avoidance.
Education: Bachelor’s degree + J.D.; MUST be admitted to practice in New York state
Work experience: 15+ years of legal experience (including significant large law firm experience and international experience). Prior in-house experience required. Creative and/or founder-based company experience a plus. Substantive skill in contracts, employment, privacy and corporate and governance skills important.