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Sr. Commercial Attorney

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5-8 yrs required


Skokie, IL

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Oct 07,2017

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About the role

We are currently seeking a senior In-House Attorney to join a busy legal team.  LanzaTech is working with exciting, new bio-technology and offers an excellent opportunity to join a fast-paced and ambitious organization that offers significant development opportunities. For the right individual this is the chance to be part of a company that has an immediate global reach and that believes in more than the bottom line.

You will work alongside the group’s General Counsel, providing advice, knowledge and support in all legal matters relating to the group’s worldwide business.  As an early stage licensing and engineering business, this role will concentrate on the group’s commercial licensing transactions and internal operations, but will also involve mutual support of the group’s extensive investor transactions and corporate governance.

Commercial licensing transactions will require concise commercial-orientated advice on joint development contracts, engineering services agreement and process technology licenses, as well as advice on the group’s extensive government grants.  Duties will extend beyond local and domestic transactions and a proven ability to work with international counterparties will be essential. Work will range from drafting from cloth through precedent development to engaging with significant industrial counterparties.

Internal operations will require embedding in the business in order to proactively support the teams in all aspects of operations, from human resources to finance and insurance to procurement.

LanzaTech is a fresh company in a novel field with a diverse workforce. For the candidate with the correct motivation, this role provides flexible office hours and business practices.

Key Duties

  • Preparing, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts, with an emphasis on collaboration agreements, engineering services agreements and process technology licensing contracts. Providing expert and commercial advice on all legal risks and issues and engaging with significant industrial counterparties.
  • Supporting business teams in all aspects of business development
  • Developing new legal agreements covering the group’s new technologies and market opportunities
  • Advising on government grant funding applications in numerous jurisdictions
  • Advising business groups on strategy and execution of all aspects of the group’s operations, from human resources to procurement
  • Developing repeatable and sustainable systems as business challenges are resolved
  • The role will also be involved in various legal and corporate projects to drive business growth and group development
  • Mutual support of the legal departments wider functions, including in the design, advising and execution of significant investor transactions

Qualifications and Experience

  • A qualified and practicing lawyer with approximately 5 – 8 years’ experience*, excellent academics and experience and strong background in commercial legal practice
  • Strong commercial acumen and communication skills and enjoy working in a fast-paced innovative environment
  • Demonstrable experience working with international counterparties and in the international business environment
  • Strong experience working with engineering services agreements, and process technology licenses
  • An excellent commercial understanding of intellectual property issues with joint development contracts and process technology is essential
  • Proven track record in documenting government grants
  • Excellent knowledge of commercial contracts
  • Experience in both private practice and in-house positions is preferable

*The experience range is for guidance only and candidates outside of this range who have the requisite experience will also be considered.

This position is open to candidates authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer. LanzaTech is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.


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LanzaTech’s unique multi-award winning technology captures and reuses waste carbon emissions as a resource for low carbon fuel and chemical production. This approach has no impact on land or the food value chain and enables sustainable economic growth for industry while promoting energy security. The company, named one of America’s most promising companies by Forbes Magazine in 2013, has received numerous sustainability awards including being listed on the Sustainia 100 in 2013 and the Global Clean Tech 100 for the past 3 years. LanzaTech currently holds the #2 position and the #4 position in Biofuel’s Digests’ Hot 50 rankings for bioenergy and Hot 30 rankings for renewable chemicals production. LanzaTech has developed commercial partnerships with global companies in the Petrochemical business, including oil majors Petronas and Indian Oil Corporation, steel industry giants Harsco and Siemens VAI, chemical companies including INVISTA, and global transportation companies including Virgin Atlantic. These partnerships cut across the full supply chain – from resources through to end users, positioning LanzaTech to become a global leader in low carbon commodity fuels and chemicals.