The incumbent is responsible for the provision of legal support and counsel to employees, executives and board members on a range of corporate, governance, securities law and corporate matters. This role is primarily responsible for securities law compliance, disclosure and reporting, including assisting with the preparation of earning releases and other public announcements, general corporate and board governance matters and bring thought leadership and a proactive approach in the area of securities law and corporate governance and compliance.
KEY ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Manage the preparation and filing of periodic and annual reports and other securities-law filings, including Securities and Exchange Commission filings on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, Form 8-K, and proxy materials
- Assist in the preparation of earnings releases, annual meetings and other relevant public announcements in collaboration with key stakeholders including finance and investor relations functions
- Assist with board and committee meeting logistics, including coordinating, preparing, and distributing board/committee materials, meeting agendas, notifications, minutes and governance matters
- Provide legal advice and support with respect to acquisitions, global stock plans, executive compensation, subsidiary management, investor relations, shareholder outreach and other corporate matters
- Contribute to innovative corporate governance policies and best practices by recommending policies and procedures, while balancing governance needs and the company's goals
- Collaborates with corporate legal team to keep senior management and board members apprised of corporate governance trends and developments
- Partner with cross-functional teams including Finance, Controller, Communications (Investor Relations and Public Relations) and other Legal professionals on various projects
- Assist in transactions material to the business such as due diligence, document drafting and review and project management
- Identifies and addresses key legal issues and provide support as required
- Determine and oversees the budget for outside counsel related to transactions; and
- Manage the use of outside counsel for transactions and determines which outside counsel to use considering cost, speed of review and technical expertise.
- BA/BSc and JD from an accredited law school with a minimum of 15 years’ experience
- Active membership in a state bar required
- Minimum of 10 years of management-level focus of practice on corporate and securities law (including '33 and '34 Act reporting), including broad exposure to corporate governance and compliance matters
- In-house experience at a publicly traded biotech/pharma company
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of current laws, regulations and industry standards related to securities and corporate governence
- Proven executive presence and ability to interact comfortably with executives and senior management
- Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced and unstructured environment; sense of urgency in responding to time-sensitive matters; and the ability to manage several simultaneous projects under deadline pressure
- Proven ability to work efficiently both independently and in cross-functional teams, multitask with ease, and skillfully manage internal and external stakeholders
- Proficient with software programs and computer applications, including Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Slack, Box, etc.
- Strong verbal/written communication and analytical skills with an understanding of scientific/technical information and terminology
- Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with the ability to take on various projects as assigned
Lyell is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status or any other characteristics protected under applicable federal, state and local laws.