Corporate Counsel (Transactions)

New York, NY
Full Time
Practice Areas: Corporate Job #: 0351 Exp.: 3 - 6 Years
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America, Inc. (“MCHA”) is looking for an exceptional transactional lawyer to join our growing legal team in New York. In this role you will work with business partners at the subsidiaries of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation in the Americas and Japan. Our portfolio companies range from manufacturers of carbon fiber, polyester film, and biodegradable resins, to a branded pharmaceutical company, and a venture capital fund. Our dedicated legal team in New York and New Jersey deal with a diverse set of issues involving day-to-day transactions, material transactions, employment, intellectual property, litigation and investigations, compliance, regulatory matters, and corporate governance. MCHA is a family-friendly work culture where attorneys’ work product and advice are valued and an investment in professional development is a priority. We are looking for support as we grow toward the best-in-class legal and compliance team poised to advise MCHA as it seeks to lead in sustainable solutions for KAITEKI value.

About the Job:
  • Serve as a commercial/contracts attorney for multiple affiliates, providing support for a variety of agreements including NDAs, intellectual property licenses, master services, vendor and procurement activities, supply, distribution, construction and equipment purchases, real estate, and strategic transactions (including mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures), among other projects.
  • Identify compliance issues, provide guidance, consultation and conduct periodic employee trainings & presentations on relevant legal and compliance issues.
  • Improve, develop and manage company forms, template agreements, contracts, and provide guidance to increase efficiency and scalability of legal support.
  • Work to implement contract management solutions and systems to reduce risk and increase efficiency.
  • Research complex and nuanced legal issues; create, update and maintain actionable guidelines and best practices.
  • Manage outside counsel in special areas, such as customs and trade, real estate, and antitrust, among others.
  • Resolve, settle, and/or escalate client disputes in concert with in-house and external litigation counsel when necessary.
  • Manage corporate governance functions.

About You:
  • J.D. with exceptional academic credentials.
  • Admitted, active and in good standing with the New York State bar or with another state bar and registered, or eligible to register, as in-house counsel with the State of New York.
  • 3-6 years of relevant corporate law experience.
  • Experience and confidence independently drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements.
  • Confident ability to convey legal advice clearly, patiently, and effectively to non-legal colleagues and non-native English speakers.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong presentation skills and comfort level leading discussions relating to legal risk at the executive level.
  • Ability to work effectively with employees at all levels.
  • Strong and astute negotiator with good judgment and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Able to simultaneously manage workstreams, multiple client demands and shifting priorities.
  • Ability to build productive, trusting relationships with personnel at supported businesses by obtaining a strong knowledge of the products and objectives of those companies.
  • Occasional travel for compliance training at affiliates as warranted.
  • High ethical standards and professional integrity.
  • Specific additional experience in the following areas would be ideal:
    • Japanese language skills and/or knowledge of Japanese business practices
    • M&A
    • Antitrust
    • Intellectual Property
    • The Pharmaceutical Industry
    • Latin American deal experience and/or language skills

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