Merck Legal Counsel, Corporate Transactions in Kenilworth, New Jersey

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

  • Work closely with management in business development and licensing functions on complex legal transactions led by the Company’s Corporate, Merck Research Laboratories, Manufacturing, Vaccines and Animal Health Divisions in support of global and strategic international transactions.

  • Provide both deal and strategic advice to business development, management and executive clients.

  • Negotiate and draft highly sophisticated merger and acquisition (M&A), joint venture, licensing, collaboration and other transaction agreements.

  • Advise on relevant antitrust analysis for transactions (including, in conjunction with outside counsel, US Fair Trade Commission and international antitrust authorities (Ministry of Commerce, Peoples Republic of China, European Commission, Korean Fair Trade Commission, Japanese Fair Trade Commission), and Securities and Exchange Commission) and corporate laws impacting various projects.

  • Supervise activities and manage relationships with outside transaction counsel and local law counsel, as needed, to support transactions.

  • Exercise judgment to drive decisions on routine and non-routine matters within area of practice, provide legal services, advice and guidance that is consistent with law and company policy.

  • Must have a Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited U.S. law school, with admission to the Bar of New Jersey or the New York State Bar with a limited in-house license for the practice of law in the state of New Jersey.

  • Must have three years experience (in a law firm or corporate setting) representing U.S. and foreign strategic investors, venture capital and private equity funds, and corporations in domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing and collaboration transactions, investments and spin-outs.

  • Experience in negotiating and drafting legal agreements related to such transactions, required. Experience in M&A transactions, pharmaceutical commercialization and supply agreements and intellectual property licensing transactions in the biopharmaceutical industry, also required.

  • Must have excellent teamwork, communication (written and oral) and analytical skills.

  • Experience in managing a significant workload, with the ability to juggle multiple transactions simultaneously, required.

  • Experience working on transactions with non-US parties, especially in Asia, required.

  • 5% travel required (domestic & internationally), as needed.

  • 40 hours per week, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Job Merger and Acquisition Law

Title: Legal Counsel, Corporate Transactions

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Requisition ID: MER000312