Sr Counsel, Strategic Transactions and M&A

Foster City, CA
Jun 26, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job DescriptionSr Counsel, Strategic Transactions and M&AThe Corporate Legal Group at Gilead is seeking a creative, dynamic and collaborative licensing attorney to join a close-knit team supporting Gilead's strategic transactions and Corporate Development and Alliance Management groups. As a team, we are thoughtful, innovative and friendly. As a company, Gilead offers a unique opportunity to employ a creative approach to deal making and support of existing collaborations as we work with our colleagues to reflect Gilead's position as a partner of choice in the biopharma industry. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment and will be a practical and business-minded attorney with significant experience drafting and negotiating licensing, collaboration and other strategic transaction agreements for biotech and/or pharmaceutical companies. The person in this position will, among other things:
  • Work with Gilead's Corporate Development team and other departments within the company to support strategic transactions, specifically to:
  • lead legal negotiations of complex terms in licensing, collaboration and other significant strategic agreements and advise the Corporate Development team in connection with business negotiations.
  • draft and negotiate a wide range of legal documents typical of a biotech or pharmaceutical organization including term sheets, license agreements, MTAs, collaboration agreements covering all stages a product's life cycle (i.e., research, development, manufacturing, supply, and commercialization), options and asset purchase agreements.
  • perform due diligence in connection with a wide range of strategic transactions, including significant collaborations and M&A transactions.
  • Advise Gilead's internal clients on contract interpretation, dispute resolution, IP ownership and other legal risks.
  • Assist with the development of policies and procedures, and preferred positions for different agreements.
  • Provide legal advice and support for existing alliances and partnerships.
  • Juris Doctorate from a nationally accredited law school.
  • Admission to applicable state bar, registration as in-house counsel, or ability to gain admission or registration for either in applicable state within 90 days.
  • BS in life sciences or related field preferred.
  • At least 6 years in a law firm and/or in-house advising on, drafting and negotiating agreements, including significant experience with transactions in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry advising clients on both business and legal issues.
  • Prior experience with or exposure to international regulatory processes for pharmaceutical products and laws and regulations governing clinical trials preferred.
  • Team focused and collaborative work style; willingness to build expertise and tackle new challenges in an evolving practice.
  • Ability to manage and serve a wide range of clients within the company by recognizing and responding quickly and pragmatically to urgent situations.
  • Ability to think creatively, devise solutions to challenging problems and effectively drive legal and business issues to closure.
  • Willingness and ability to coordinate activities of many stakeholders across various departments, not only within the company's headquarters in Foster City, but also throughout the company's domestic and international subsidiaries.
  • Appropriately triage a heavy workflow, setting priorities with clients and delivering results efficiently.
  • Exercise mature and reliable judgment while enjoying the company's enthusiastic, informal and fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Exceptional and demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.

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