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Corporate Generalist, General Commercial/Contracts, Securities
Our client, a growing publicly traded biopharmaceutical company in New York City is seeking a talented corporate and transactional lawyer to join its Legal Affairs department as Director—Legal Affairs, Corporate Attorney. The candidate will be responsible for the various Securities and Exchange (SEC) filings for the company and be a key attorney in all major business transactions as the company continues to grow. It is also anticipated that the candidate’s practice will include a focus on business development activities, including M&A, as well as licensing, partnering and collaborative transactions.
The ideal candidate is someone who loves a fast-paced environment, is detailed-oriented, independently motivated and has the confidence and ability to interact with clients and co-workers in a professional, approachable and positive manner. As part of a matrix organization structure, this position is expected to work closely with the company’s finance/accounting, business development/strategy, HR/facilities, commercial and R&D personnel.
In this role you will:
Assume responsibility for the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including 10-Ks, 10-Qs, Proxy Statements, 8-Ks and Section 16 filings in collaboration with internal and external accounting and legal teams.
Act as a key lawyer/legal advisor on all major business transactions, including financings of various types, acquisitions, divestitures, licensing and technology transfer and collaborations and joint ventures.
Work closely with the company’s finance/accounting, business development/strategy, HR, commercial and research and development personnel, along with other legal professionals (IP, corporate, commercial and clinical), as well as management.
Provide legal advice in relation to investor relations and public relations matters.
Negotiating and taking a leading role on general corporate legal matters, such as working with HR on employment and labor-related matters and facilities on leases.
Be the legal representative on a number of company cross-functional subcommittees and working groups, such as those dealing with equity awards, treasury matters, corporate entity management and financial reporting.
Be adept at managing outside counsel and internal legal staff. The successful candidate is anticipated to have at least one direct report from the start.
Lead contractual negotiations for key contracts with partners, collaborators, service providers, consultants and other vendors to ensure appropriate business and legal terms.
Lead the company secretarial work.
Assist the Contract Management Team with drafting and revising a broad range of agreements, including clinical trial agreements, master services agreements, consulting agreements, material transfer agreements, sponsored research agreements, confidentiality agreements, supply agreements and commercial agreements.
JD from ABA accredited law school
Active, good standing state bar admission
7-10 years of relevant law firm and/or in-house experience.
At least 4 years previous in-house experience preferred
Significant experience in biopharmaceuticals or experience representing biopharmaceutical companies – must understand the industry and its nuances. Experience working in-house for a biopharma company a plus.
In depth knowledge and experience in securities law.
In depth knowledge and experience in transactional law, specifically related to Business Development, M & A, licensing, and contracted services.
Knowledge and experience in handling other general corporate matters such as employment and labor, facilities/leases, and entity management.
Experience supervising junior attorneys, paralegals, contract specialists and outside counsel.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Solid understanding of the life sciences industry.
Excellent negotiation and drafting skills.
Strong leadership and management skills.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Must be able to work in and meet the demands (including time requirements) of a fast-paced environment.
Team player with a positive, can-do attitude.
Ability to think creatively in confronting new issues.
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Flexibility, versatility and ability to adapt to changing business priorities and strategies.
Advanced knowledge of the practices, procedures and processes involved in the administration of a legal department.
Practical, clear and organized; strong attention to detail.
Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and exercise sound business judgment.
Proven planning skills and ability to think creatively in confronting new issues and to think strategically in order to improve current processes.
Energetic person with high integrity who can represent the management team with professionalism interacting with peers, colleagues, industry leaders and corporate executives.
Ability to complete tasks with little direction or need for supervisory follow-up, while having good judgment on when to seek guidance.
Ability to work effectively across a global matrix organization.
Salary commensurate with experience. Bonus and equity eligible position.
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