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Lead Corporate Counsel

応募後で応募 求人ID R0016254 掲載日 01/30/2020 Location:Lexington, Massachusetts

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Job Description

Lead Counsel, U.S. Corporate

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Lead Corporate Counsel in our Lexington, MA office.

At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Futureto people around the world.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.

As a Lead Corporate Counsel working on the Global General Counsel team, you will be empowered to provide legal support and technical expertise to designated corporate functions. In this role, you will contribute to Takeda’s mission by providing legal support on corporate governance matters. A typical day will include:


  • Provide legal support and technical expertise to designated corporate functions including Global Business Development, the Center for External Innovation within R&D, Finance, Tax, Treasury and Corporate Communications.
  • Provide legal support regarding business development transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, licensing and collaborations, and venture investing.  This includes support of due diligence, transaction negotiation and drafting, and ongoing post-closing legal support, as needed.
  • Advise clients regarding legal and commercial risks impacting Takeda, and effectively advise how best to manage those risks.
  • This position will have responsibility for supporting business development activities (i.e., M&A, licensing and collaborations, and venture investing), primarily in the U.S., but ex-US as well.


  • Reports to the Head Counsel, U.S. Corporate and Commercial Contracting, providing legal support to the Global Business Development and Center for External Innovation functions (collectively, “GBD”) within Takeda in connection with business development (“BD”) contracting activities and alliance management support.
  • Draft, review and negotiate a wide variety of Business Development-related contracts including CDAs, law firm and banker engagement letters, license and collaboration agreements, co-promote agreements, agreements in support of venture investments, and M&A related agreements such as stock and asset purchase/sale agreements.
  • Provide support to the Global Alliance Management function within Global Business Development, including in connection with contract interpretation, the negotiation and drafting of agreement amendments and collateral agreements, and the management of contract disputes.
  • Provide support to the Litigation Department in connection with BD contract disputes, including arbitration and litigation.
  • Assist with the investigation of, and prepare written responses to, government inquiries regarding securities law compliance.
  • Collaborate with other Business Development (BD) Legal attorneys located in Europe, Japan and other countries, including as a member of the BD Virtual Practice Group (i.e., a global team of BD attorneys).
  • Negotiate, draft and provide advice regarding non-BD, commercial contracts in support of functions other than GBD, and research legal issues that may arise related to Takeda’s BD activities.
  • Advise executive management regarding material legal issues, including through the preparation of corporate governance materials and presentations.
  • Advise clients regarding legal and commercial risks impacting Takeda, and effectively advise how best to manage those risks.
  • Closely collaborate and advise other members of the Global General Counsel regarding legal issues, as needed. 

Technical/Functional Expertise

  • Strong legal expertise in a wide variety of corporate transactions.


  • Strong leadership skills and ability to think strategically.  Must be an effective communicator, have strong collaboration and inter-personal skills, and have the ability to provide executive-level legal support on complicated legal issues.

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Ability and confidence to analyze complicated legal issues and provide advice to stakeholders in a variety of functions and business units with Takeda.


  • Responsible for working with a variety of legal and non-legal stakeholders within and outside, both in and outside the U.S.


  • Strong legal expertise and knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry.


Ability to manage complex legal and business issues across multiple functions and business units within Takeda.


  • Lawyer licensed to practice law in the US.
  • At least 7 years of post-law school experience.
  • At least 5 years of private practice experience in a highly regarded US legal practice.
  • Must have experience in advising on corporate matters, including M&A, licensing and other business development matters.
  • Must have significant expertise in advising on US securities and disclosure laws.
  • Must be able to work autonomously and have excellent communication, collaboration and client-relation skills.
  • Must have the ability to provide legal advice clearly and confidently, have strong commercial instincts and the ability to quickly win the confidence and trust of the functions the role supports.
  • In-house legal experience is strongly preferred, but not required.
  • Pharmaceutical experience is strongly preferred, but not required.


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Program

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