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Sr. Corporate Counsel - Securities and Transactions

Req ID #:  45551

Wilmington, MA, US, 01887

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary


We are seeking an experienced individual for our Sr. Corporate Counsel, Securities and Transactions position within our Legal Department in Wilmington, MA.  


The Sr. Corporate Counsel, Securities and Transactions position is responsible for providing expert analysis and counsel on complex corporate legal issues, including corporate governance, securities law matters, and public company matters, related transactional matters, general commercial contracts, strategic corporate transactions and agreements, international and cross-border transactions, litigation management and other specific matters as requested. Anticipate and guard against legal risks facing the company. Develop and recommend company policy and position on legal issues.  


Other key responsibilities of the Sr. Corporate Counsel, Securities and Transactions position include:

  • Attend to SEC, NYSE and public company issues (such as 10-K’s, 10-Q’s and Proxy Statements).
  • Provide legal counsel on issues relating to corporate governance.
  • Provide analysis and counsel on legal and policy issues to include proposed new products and services, commercial transactions, financial offerings and corporate transactions such as acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, collaboration and licensing agreements.
  • Assist with corporate record keeping and management of corporate minute books.
  • Monitor and analyze changes to related laws and regulations to ensure continued company compliance. 
  • Advise senior management on changes which may affect the business.
  • Review and negotiate commercial contracts and license agreements 
  • Provide advice and guidance to on related compliance initiatives
  • Anticipate and guard against legal risks facing the company.
  • Develop and recommend company policy and position on legal issues.
  • Develop and recommend operating policy and procedural improvements


Job Requirements


The following are minimum requirements related to the Sr. Corporate Counsel, Securities and Transactions position:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. /B.S.) and Juris Doctor or equivalent from an accredited law school in the US or equivalent common law degree.  A current license in the State Bar as an attorney qualified to practice law in Massachusetts.
  • Minimum 8 years of related experience with ’33 and ‘34 Act compliance (e.g., addressing matters/documents related to public securities offerings, and the preparation/review of 10-Ks, 10-Qs, 14As, 8-Ks, S-3s, S-8s, etc.), State corporate law and stock exchange listing compliance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, minority investments, including executing against all stages of such transactions (e.g., organizing diligence, effectively negotiating transactional documentation, assisting with integration, etc.)
  • Ability to inspire trust and confidence through strong interpersonal skills and effective collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to effectively communicate legal and compliance issues verbally and in writing in a clear and understandable manner to all levels of the organization.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.



About Corporate Functions 

The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 14,000 employees within 80 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2018.


Equal Employment Opportunity 


Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet




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