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Robert Half General Counsel in LONG ISLAND CITY, New York

Description

Our client, a fast-paced, entrepreneurial company, is seeking a General Counsel.

Responsibilities:

The General Counsel must have a broad business orientation and will have responsibility for the following:

Serve as a senior advisor to the CEO and to the Board of Directors;

As a key member of the senior management team, counsel on the legal ramifications of significant company strategic initiatives; and implement and approve legal policies and procedures in accordance with business needs;

Advise on complex corporate transactions, including all mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, major contracts, and other strategic business initiatives;

Draft, maintain, negotiate and monitor all commercial agreements, including form documents, strategic relationships and employee related agreements;

As corporate secretary of the company, oversees the preparation of all relevant corporate filings and preparation of board and committee meeting agendas and minutes; work closely with the legal staff to ensure the accuracy of all public disclosures and other governmental filings;

Advise on the litigation risks of possible business decisions; supervise the management of litigation; counsel on the appropriate strategy to defend or resolve litigation associated with environmental, product liability, securities, antitrust, government investigations and other claims;

In leading the global legal compliance program, ensure that the company is in compliance with all federal, state and international laws, regulations and rules that apply to company activities;

Ensure protection of the company’s intellectual property including its patent and trademark portfolios; and

Efficiently supervise, select and manage outside counsel and other third-party advisors and establish procedures for evaluating the quality and cost of services of outside counsel and advisors.

Requirements

Experience:

The General Counsel must be an experienced attorney with the legal background and interpersonal skills sufficient to function successfully in a visible and legally challenging position. The following background is strongly preferred:

10-15 years of experience, with a mix of both law firm and in-house work, focused on fintech/ecommerce/payments with specific financial regulatory experience, specifically in payments, particularly advantageous.

Experience serving in a leadership role as a member of and counselor to the senior leadership team of a transportation or technology corporation is highly preferred;

Experience with reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of technology and other complex commercial transactions.

Significant transactions experience is highly preferred; experience in securities law, corporate governance, and contracts;

Experience working on global legal issues is highly preferred;

Experience assessing legal risk in difficult situations, such as a matter of acute time pressure and/or an issue of great materiality to a company;

Experience counseling board of directors; corporate governance expertise is desired.

Experience managing litigation and assessing litigation risk is preferred;

Experience working with federal, state and international agencies on compliance issues is highly preferred;

Experience managing a company’s intellectual property and specifically its patent and trademark portfolios is preferred; and

Experience identifying outside law firms and efficiently managing outside counsel.

Education:

The successful candidate must hold a law degree from a reputable U.S. law school and be a member of the New York state bar.

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