The Business Development and New Venture Counsel will provide legal guidance in drafting, negotiating and closing licensing, collaboration, M&A and other similar strategic transactions within the Cook Group organization.
• Provide counsel in business development and other areas of the company on the legal implications of transaction initiatives and strategies, with a focus on licensing and collaboration agreements, strategic alliances, joint ventures, development agreements and mergers and acquisitions.
• Responsible for strategic transactions by leading legal due diligence, counseling on transaction structures and business terms, assisting with the preparation of non-binding term sheets, and ensuring the preparation and final negotiation of definitive, legally binding documents
• Educate, inform, and advise across the organization on compliance
and legal issues that inform business decision-making
• Collaborate and coordinate with the Global Function to ensure direction and provide timely, accurate and informative reporting as required
• Foster and maintain a workplace culture respectful and supportive of
• Support design, management, development and implementation of functional policies and procedures to drive attainment of organizational and global objectives.
• Identify and provide training to operational, divisional and functional teams on legal matters.
• Select, supervise and manage external legal advisers and subject matter experts as appropriate and manage legal costs and expenses
• Must work and interact effectively and professionally with and for others
throughout various levels of the global organization
• Must strictly adhere to safety requirements
• Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
• Must maintain company quality and performance standards
• Ability to remain calm and receptive in fast paced situations
• Ability to work in collaborative and independent work situations and
• Juris Doctorate Degree (JD) with academic credentials from an ABA
accredited law school
• Minimum 5-10 years of transactional or corporate legal experience preferably within the life science industry
• Admitted to practice in the state of Indiana or admitted to practice in a
state that offers reciprocity with the state of Indiana
• Negotiation and drafting skills and experience required
• Experience with collaborations, association and license agreements strongly preferred
• Strong administrative skills and well-developed management skills
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suites
• Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without
• Majority of work is performed in general office environment
• Sitting for extended periods, utilizes close visual acuity for working with
• Ability to travel globally to interact with development, commercial, and third party entities to support contract requirements.
• Travel including domestic, international and weekends as needed
• Attends and leads various strategic and informational meetings
• Requires occasional early morning or evening teleconferences