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Legal Specialist / Paralegal The candidate will be drafting, reviewing, evaluating and negotiating a wide variety of commercial contracts, including, without limitation, pharmaceutical distribution agreements, customer supply agreements, confidentiality agreements, service agreements and consulting agreements. Will be coordinating the review and negotiation of contracts with business clients, management and Corporate Counsel, as applicable, and ensuring that contracts accurately reflect the MWIâ€™s business objectives. Advising business clients on the material terms and risks of proposed contracts. Identifying material issues or risks and elevating issues to Corporate Counsel as appropriate. Working with business clients, Corporate Counsel and outside stakeholders to minimize the companyâ€™s risk exposure through contracts. Providing project management assistance in connection with commercial contracting process, including, without limitation, tracking and reporting on the status of contracts. Serving as corporate secretary for one or more business units of Firm; drafting resolutions; organizing and maintaining corporate minute books for many business units; handling other formalities for business units of Firm; working with Treasury Department on guarantee issues and other issues arising under Firm Senior Credit Facility and Bond Indenture from acquisition or divestiture of business units; working with Tax Department on tax planning initiatives involving Firm business units; preparing or assisting in preparation of SEC filings, including proxy statements, 1934 Act reports and 1933 Act registration statements; preparing certificates and otherwise handling matters required to complete and close corporate acquisitions, divestitures, financings and other transactions. Additional responsibilities may include processing applications for the various licenses needed for the Firm businesses. Initiating investigations in order to respond to subpoenas including associate interviews, the collection and review of documents, electronic correspondence and data to prepare response; acting as liaison to the IT organization submitting data requirement elements and overseeing the production of the electronic data extracts responsive to discovery requests and subpoenas; interacting with outside counsel who have issued subpoenas, negotiating to limit the scope of requests and overseeing responses to requests; communicating with outside counsel and acting as liaison between outside counsel and the company's associates in order to provide information needed in the development of case strategies, responses to discovery requests, production of witnesses for deposition and the production of relevant documents and data; monitoring bankruptcy and collections matters including search of government maintained electronic databases, notifying the Regional Directors of Credit, insuring the accurate filing of proofs of claim, drafting and following up on demand letters sent on behalf of the various collections organizations within the company. Fielding requests for new trademarks and working with outside intellectual property counsel to register trademarks; maintaining the Company's intellectual property portfolio, or working with outside intellectual property counsel on same. Should have good research experience, writing, communication and computer skills. Must have 5+ years of progressively responsible and directly related experience. Experience in a large law firm and the legal department or contract administration group of a public company is desired. Bachelor's degree and/or paralegal certificate is preferred. Strong background in, and analytical skills relative to, contract review and negotiation is needed. Should be familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices and legal procedures. Should have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Strong computer skills; knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required.
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