About Aurora: Aurora Sustainable Lands (Aurora) is one of the world’s leading carbon removals platforms and climate-focused asset managers. To date, Aurora has acquired over 1.6 million acres of U.S. forestland with a history of industrial logging and now manages these lands with a “carbon first” management strategy that focuses on maximizing natural carbon removal and storage potential. By actively managing with this strategy and utilizing cutting edge proprietary technologies (e.g., satellite imagery, remote sensing and machine learning), Aurora taps into the oldest and most effective carbon removal tool, trees, to offer nature-based carbon credits with unrivaled reliability, durability, and quality and at an unprecedent scale.
Aurora was founded in the fall of 2021 by Anew Climate, a leading climate solutions provider, and a group of equity investors led by Oak Hill Advisors and including AB CarVal, EIG and GenZero, among other leading financial sponsors, with the objective of uniting land ownership with deep forest carbon and asset management expertise to lead an evolution in forestry and land management.
To date, Aurora has raised over $1.7 billion in debt and equity capital to support its mission to actively manage and conserve American forestlands to maximize impact and remove and store carbon from the atmosphere.

Job Summary: Aurora seeks an Associate General Counsel to support the General Counsel and the company’s broader legal, business development and growth objectives. This is a unique opportunity to join a growth company that is working to reinvent two industries and lead a paradigm shift in the way land and forests in particular are managed.
The Associate General Counsel would also act as a trusted legal advisor to the Aurora senior leadership team, the board and investors. For the right candidate, the position can provide the opportunity to grow into strategic and commercial leadership roles within the company.
A successful candidate will have top academic and practice credentials. Success at Aurora will require a high degree of energy, creativity, intellectual curiosity and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to independently lead complex projects and transactions from inception to closing.
The ideal candidate will be comfortable spending most of their time in the Houston office but will also enjoy opportunities to put on work boots and visit the woods.

Requirements:

  • J.D. from a top 25 law school.
  • 4-8 years of transactional experience practicing at an Am Law 50 corporate law firm.
  • Either private equity/M&A/capital markets experience or asset and land transactional experience.
  • Active bar license in the state in which you currently reside.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience with carbon, environmental markets and/or nature-based climate solutions.
  • Experience with forestry, CCUS, renewables and/or energy transition.
  • MBA or master's in forestry or environmental science.

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