Senior Counsel, Corporate and Business Development
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Bristol Myers Squibb is looking for an experienced life sciences transactional attorney who can be successful within our fast-paced, adaptive and focused culture.
This position will be primarily responsible for providing legal advice, guidance and support for Corporate Development (i.e., mergers and acquisitions) and Business Development (i.e., licensing and collaborations) transactions.
Lead drafting and negotiations, structuring and counseling on transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, strategic equity investments, strategic divestitures, global licenses, collaborations and partnerships and other transactions). Identify and resolve critical legal issues and identify and help resolve critical business issues arising from transactions. Oversee and manage the legal due diligence process.
Partner with Corporate Development and Business Development clients to ensure strategic alignment in all transactions, escalating matters as appropriate with the judgment to understand when escalation is necessary.
Manage business relationships and counsel business clients across a broad sphere of influence, internally and externally, on transaction and strategic issues pertaining to strategic alliance partnerships and collaborations.
Contribute to the on-going development of a high-performance transactions legal team and cultivate a highly collaborative culture with effective relationships with peers in the legal department as well as other key functions.
As appropriate, manage and organize antitrust approvals and negotiations with antitrust authorities and regulators.
Demonstrate a service-oriented approach to advising internal client groups.
Demonstrate full commitment to Bristol Myers Squibb’s mission and values.
Law degree from recognized university. Qualification to practice law in New Jersey or ability to obtain a NJ in-house counsel limited license.
Required years of legal M&A, Licensing and/or Collaboration Transactional experience within Life Sciences: Senior Corporate Counsel - 8 - 9 years minimum / Senior Counsel - 7 years minimum.
Experience drafting and negotiating complex transaction agreements. Experience in bio-pharmaceutical or life-sciences industry transactions preferred.
Understanding of bio-pharmaceutical/life-sciences industry.
Has excellent interpersonal skills and can successfully manage internal client expectations and can work/operate well with a variety of personalities/capabilities in cross-functional teams, matrix environment.
Creative, thoughtful and practical problem-solving skills.
Must have high integrity, ability to assess risk, ability to make decisions and think strategically while applying knowledge of applicable legal issues.
Listens to internal client needs and communicates with clients with confidence and diplomacy.
Excellent verbal and writing skills and business judgment are required.
Ability to communicate effectively with management and senior management personnel.
Ability to train and develop the other members of the team.
Ability to work independently, effectively and efficiently and perform against broad objectives.
Possess strong work ethic.
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Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is a necessary job function of this role, which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and it enhances the Company culture.
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