Legal Counsel, Corporate Transactions Job

Kenilworth, NJ, US
February 15 2017
Organization Type
Legal Counsel, Corporate Transactions-MER000248


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. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

The Legal Counsel, Corporate Transactions will provide legal support and counseling for a broad range of complex transactions on behalf of the Company, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and complex corporate licensing, research collaboration, business development, and manufacturing and supply transactions.


- Work closely with management in business development and licensing functions on complex legal transactions led by the Company's Corporate, Merck Research Laboratories, Global Human Health, Manufacturing, Vaccines and Animal Health Divisions

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

- Negotiates and drafts highly sophisticated M&A, joint venture, licensing, collaboration and other agreements, often where no precedents exist

- Advise on relevant antitrust, FTC, SEC and corporate laws impacting various projects

- Supervise activities and manage relationship with outside counsel, as needed, to support transactions

- May train and supervise paralegal

- Provide legal services, advice and guidance that is consistent with law and Company policy; furthers business objectives and appropriately balances divisional/function/corporate business objectives and legal risks

- Exercise judgment to drive decisions on routine and non-routine matters within area of practice

- Some domestic and international travel required

- Report to Managing Counsel of Corporate Transactions Legal


Education Minimum Requirement:

- A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

- Graduate of an accredited US law school, with admission to the Bar of New Jersey or another state

Required Experience and Skills:

- Five (5) or more years of legal experience in a law firm or corporate setting

- Experience drafting legal transactional documents

- Excellent teamwork, communication (written and oral) and analytical skills, and a high degree of business acumen

- Experience in managing a significant workload, with the ability to juggle multiple transactions simultaneously

- Ability to work independently with high degree of initiative and intellectual curiosity

- Willingness to assume other related roles and assignments

Preferred Experience and Skills:

- Experience in handling complex transactional matters in the pharmaceutical industry or related industries

- Experience in advising management on intellectual property issues, business and legal risks in specific transactions

- Experience operating in ambiguous circumstances

- Ability to be proactive and take initiative

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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Merck is an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

Job: Merger and Acquisition Law

Job Title:Dir, Legal

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck

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