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Real Estate Counsel The candidate will draft, negotiate and provide support for commercial real estate and attendant matters, including retail and office/showroom leasing, amendments, terminations, subleases, estoppels, SNDAs, letters of credit and guarantees while balancing business risks and meeting internal objectives, guidelines and deadlines. Draft, negotiate and provide support for construction-related agreements, including architect agreements, general contractor agreements, supplier agreements, subcontractor agreements and related lien resolutions matters. Work as a collaborative member of the Legal Team in support of the Group's regional retail lease portfolio, addressing issues as they arise and assisting in the management and resolution of disputes with landlords, contractors and attendant third parties including with respect to real estate related pre-litigation and pending litigation matters. Collaborate with the Real Estate department, Brand management, Finance, Store Planning, Procurement, Insurance, Security, Facilities and other internal stakeholder groups to execute real estate strategy, provide guidance on leasing and answer questions on lease interpretation. Keep abreast of legal decisions, statutory changes and other developments impacting real estate and establish and maintain systems to ensure company compliance with real estate contract requirements and applicable laws. Help develop and implement new processes, policies and training as needed, based on legal requirements, industry standards and best practices. Provide strategic, creative and effective legal and business advice to balance legal risk against business needs and goals. Develop, maintain and improve company real estate agreement standards and template provisions and forms including general leasing, construction, architecture, vendor procurement, lien releases and related documents. Oversee outside leasing and construction counsel and serve as liaison to internal clients. Lead by example and positively influence stakeholders, clients and team members as a trusted resource and subject matter expert.

The candidate should have 5+ years of hands-on experience as real estate leasing counsel in a fast-paced environment, with sufficient experience and ability to handle responsibilities with minimum supervision. JD from an ABA-accredited top law school, member of good standing in at least one State Bar, preferably In New York (or ability to register as In-House Counsel In New York). Both external law firm and in-house experience preferred. Advanced legal knowledge of commercial real estate contracts and related agreements; retail experience strongly preferred. Exceptional organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to handle and manage a variety of internal client demands and a significant number of leasing deals simultaneously, coordinate with internal stakeholder teams to meet store buildout timeframes. Initiative and ability to work autonomously and set strategic goals, while remaining a strong and supportive team member. Exercise good judgment and recognize when to ask for help or escalate issues. Ability to handle sensitive/confidential information requiring a high level of discretion, respect and integrity. Strong time management, project management and prioritization skills, with the ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects/matters to closure. Strategic thinking with an ability to leverage business sense, creative problem-solving skills and sense of prioritization when resolving issues. Exceptional networking and relationship management skills; ability to influence change and instill confidence in stakeholders at all levels of the organization to help advance ***'s goals to promote compliance, risk mitigation and best practices. Prior experience operating in both global and/or highly matrixed organizations is ideal. Strong, clear, concise verbal and written communication skills that can adapt based on the audience; comfort in communicating to senior management and internal clients at all levels of the organization. Ability to strategically manage external counsel spending, negotiate favorable rates, reducing overall external spending via proactive risk mitigation and internalization of work. Mergers and acquisitions experience a plus, including due diligence management, deal team coordination and various support roles. Strong working knowledge of and interest in the luxury retail industry desired
 
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