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Transaction Support And Commercial Contracts Attorney
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Transaction Support and Commercial Contracts Attorney Duties: Support across Service Lines in connection with (i) mergers and acquisitions transactions and (ii) negotiation of professional services agreements and procurement agreements. Performing legal due diligence in connection with transactions (acquisitions/divestitures), supporting the negotiation of transaction agreements (including some drafting responsibilities) and assisting the lead transactions lawyers in the General Counsel s Office (GCO) with various other legal tasks needed to consummate transactions. With respect to the commercial negotiation portion of this role, in addition to traditional consulting services, commercial agreements may include large, complex technology contracts and outsourcing, as well as emerging technologies. Working under the supervision of GCO lawyers on the negotiation of the legal terms and conditions of contracts; providing a legal analysis of the associated risks; and related advice to address, manage and mitigate the risks identified. This commercial contracts work is complex and requires sound experience in professional services, technology and software licenses, contract drafting, intellectual property and the negotiation of large, complex deals. Will report to the both the Lead GCO lawyers for Transactions and Contracts, directly and to the Deputy General Counsel- Corporate, indirectly. Performing legal due diligence reviews on target company client, vendor and other contracts to identify important risk considerations and exposures. Drafting ancillary transaction agreements. Performing legal research arising out of transactions. Maintaining closing checklists and assisting in various activities needed to consummate transactions. Reviewing revisions to standard agreements and evaluating third party agreement templates against standard templates. Drafting and negotiating contracts with third parties (master service agreements, professional services agreements, NDAs, outsourcing agreements, technology services agreements, systems implementation agreements, hosting agreements, software as a service agreements) to address the risks identified and levels of performance required from the third party under the supervision of attorn s within the GCO contracts group. Advising engagement teams and the relevant Service Line leaders of the k contractual risks of the proposed project and contract. Working with GCO attorn s to advise engagement teams, the relevant Service Line leaders and other stakeholders of the k legal risks of the proposed project and contract. Coordinating with cross functional teams (tax, independence, information security) and legal colleagues (data privacy, employment, alliance) in order to provide a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management. When negotiating enterprise wide agreements, consulting with stakeholders in other member firms in other countries to explain the objective of the activity, the data / personnel that will be impacted, how risks might be mitigated and managed; and to address any remaining local issues with the member firm, the client/vendor, and other stakeholders. Working to make all contractual documents compliant with policies and maintaining an understanding of the impact of any changes in policies, organizational structure, and procedures. Protecting intellectual property to prevent loss/infringement by third parties through trademarks, copyrights, patents and other appropriate safeguards. Providing input and feedback concerning GCO contracting procedures. Attending GCO meetings and training sessions. Working with GCO attorn s to update templates. Identify and provide advice regarding potential legal risks associated with transaction counterparty contracts. Provide advice based on the appropriate balance of risk mitigation and business interests on a real-time basis. Provide advice to the Service Line personnel in meeting obligations associated with contracts and agreements. Use of independent judgment and thinking applied to resolution of contract issues. Identify the projects that require communication to and consultation with counsel in GCO or in other Member Firms or other functions (e.g. independence, finance, risk management) and advise engagement teams, internal functions and Service Line leaders on how these risks can be addressed. Escalate identified k contractual provisions to lead Transactions and Contracts attorneys or Deputy General Counsel in accordance with firm policies and protocols. Work independently on nonrecurring projects, with limited direction, and will need to draw upon extensive knowledge, and experience to deliver quality risk management. Requirements: Excellent organizational skills; demonstrated ability to create, plan and successfully execute projects; the ability to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to interface and communicate effectively and diplomatically with all levels of personnel. Excellent negotiation skills. Excellent contract review and drafting skills. Strong project management skills. Excellent interpersonal skills. High degree of cultural and emotional intelligence. Ability to team effectively with colleagues in other functions. Ability to understand, and accurately articulate and document, complex transactions. Expertise in negotiation techniques, contract law, contract drafting, licensing, intellectual property and project management. Ability to assess size and scope of contemplated transactions and to tailor contracts and negotiation effort accordingly. Highly responsive with ability to manage high workload volumes efficiently and effectively. Commercial solution-oriented thinking with focus on exceptional client service. Works independently on complex projects. Comfortable proceeding based on guidance and general direction rather than hands-on micro management and supervision. May supervise and/or manage training and development of team members.

Requirements: A bachelor's degree from an accredited 4-year college. JD Degree from an accredited law school required. 8+ years of relevant work experience in a related role, including experience performing similar M&A related tasks at a prominent law firm.
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