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Counsel Business Development and Transactions (M&A - pharma)

Experis AG

Posted on Feb 1, 2021 by Experis AG

Zürich, Switzerland
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

Counsel Business Development and Transactions (M&A - pharma)

Support the Europe & Canada Head Counsel, BD & Transactions in a wide range of regional Business Development and corporate transactions.

  • * Ensure a close coordination between the Legal Area (in-house and external counsel) and the several stakeholders involved in Business Development deals.

  • * May lead autonomously certain Business Development Deals and may manage independently certain phases of the cross regional transactions.


The Counsel Business Development and Transactions:

  • Under the coordination of the Europe & Canada Head Counsel BD & Transactions provides support to Global Business Development and Regional/Local BD Teams on the full cycle of commercial M&A, corporate and licensing matters across the both EUCAN and EM BUs Regions.

  • May Lead specific projects or phases thereof.

  • Assist with internal coordination on DD activities and support from early stage matters (CDAs, NBOs), to drafting of transaction documents (APA, SAPA, SPA, MSA, TSA) to assisting BD Teams on Signing, Closing and Post- Closing management.

  • Advises on commercial Licensing activity in support of Takeda's business development through partnering and in-licensing of new products.

  • Deal with and monitor appropriately external counsel.


  • Understand complexity of the respective business matters and is able to prioritize tasks within his/her area of expertise.

  • Properly allocates matters internally, mandating work to external counsel when opportune or required.

  • Uses his/her technical skills to ensure flexible approach and is ready to modify it as needed.

  • Leadership (Vision, strategy and business alignment, people management, communication, influencing others, managing change)

  • Continuously displays and drives behaviors consistent with Takeda Leadership Behaviors.

  • Develops concise, strategic plans based on a clear understanding of the Legal organization's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

  • Demonstrates humility and approachability in encouraging others to challenge ideas and openly raise issues.

  • Decision-making and Autonomy (The capacity and authority to make organizational decisions, autonomy in decision-making, complexity of decisions, impact of decisions, problem-solving)

  • Ensure legal risks and commercial legal opportunities are properly balanced with sound risk management and is able to articulate legal recommendations with business stakeholders on such basis.

  • Interaction (The span and nature of one's engagement with others when performing one's job, internal and external relationships)

  • Diligently manages lawyers and professional reporting within the relevant Practice Group or Practice Area.

  • Is able to clearly communicate with his/her team and peers.

  • Collaborates with - and manages - external legal counsels in the relevant practice area.

  • Innovation (The required level of scientific knowledge, knowledge sharing, innovation and risk taking)

  • Is able to find innovative solutions for the business, by ensuring a pragmatic approach to legal matters

  • Complexity (Products managed, mix of businesses, internal and/or external business environment, cultural considerations)

  • Enables the team to work collaboratively

  • Creates an environment that promotes information exchange and the open and honest expression of opinions, thoughts and beliefs.


  • Qualified lawyer in one European jurisdiction with at least 2 years of post-qualification experience

  • solid understanding of European civil and common law systems

  • Experience in big law firms specializing in M&A, contractual and corporate and antitrust matters is a pre-requisite

  • In addition to law firm track-record, experience as in-house counsel dealing with complex business development transactions, corporate finance, contractual matters is strongly recommended.

  • Proved track record of project management skills

  • Solid experience in pharmaceutical industry is preferred, along with robust understanding of industry regulatory environment.

  • Solution-driven, pragmatic, dynamic, self-starter, able to work independently in a dynamic, international environment.

  • Team player and able to smoothly build strong working relationships

  • Fluent (spoken and written) in English, any further European language is an asset

Reference: 1076868404

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