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Commercial Counsel, Petrochemicals and Commodities Trading - Houston, TX
July 31, 2018
Full Time - General Counsel
7-10 years experience
Antitrust/Competition, General Commercial/Contracts
Commercial Counsel – Houston, TX
BASF has recently been recognized as one of America's Best Employers by Forbes Magazine. At BASF, our largest assets are our people and the chemistry they create is fundamental to BASF’s success. We welcome you to be part of our winning organization.
Duties and Responsibilities:
To provide leading, pragmatic, strategic and day-to-day legal and compliance counseling, advice, training and support to regional and global business management, including senior leadership teams, and operational personnel of BASF’s North American petrochemicals business unit as well as BASF’s North American commodities trading business with an emphasis on natural gas, NGLs, and petrochemicals.
Lead negotiations, structure transactions and draft a wide variety of commercial agreements (including but not limited to supply, purchase, distribution, tolling, and pipeline contracts) and provide comprehensive support to petrochemicals business unit in contract review, negotiation and strategy
Lead negotiations, structure transactions and draft transactional documents (including NAESB agreements) and provide comprehensive support to commodities trading business in contract review, negotiation and strategy
Develop, draft and negotiate gas transactions, including, asset management agreements, and gas supply, storage and transportation agreements
Serve as senior legal counsel on M&A, JV and other US and global strategic projects.
Provide training on relevant policies, procedures and legal issues
Participate in and assist in the implementation of BASF’s global legal strategy
Participate in and assist in the implementation of departmental initiatives.
Law Degree required
Bar admission in at least one US state required
Minimum eight (8) years of legal experience required
Broad legal knowledge with high level of proficiency in the application of US and global legal principles and practices required
Significant and proven commercial negotiation and drafting experience on broad array of US and global commercial agreements required
Mergers and Acquisitions experience preferred
JV experience preferred
Proficiency in US antitrust and ex-US competition laws preferred
Knowledge of NAESBs preferred
Petrochemicals, energy and commodities trading experience preferred
Superior leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and the ability to serve as senior attorney advising and educating US and global businesses and corporate groups, and to achieve successful results, both with third parties and internal regional and global organizations; ability to navigate adeptly within a matrix organization and cross-culturally necessary
Strong organizational skills and sound business and legal judgment, and excellent cross-cultural communication skills to manage and support global businesses necessary
Strong strategic perspective with an ability to understand, assess, and clearly communicate “big” picture legal and commercial concepts to business partners (clients).
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 1803726
At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation. We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development. We are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2017. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future! Where the Chemistry Happens…
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