Senior Counsel, Transactional Law

Genentech   •  

San Francisco, CA

Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech


5 - 7 years

Posted 179 days ago

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  • Structuring, drafting and negotiating in-licensing and out-licensing of patents and know-how, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions, including research collaborations focused on a particular target, drug candidate, technology platform or other drug discovery modality. 
  • Partnering with cross-functional representatives of various departments on transactions, in particular working closely with patent attorneys and agents on diligence, FTO and upstream licensing considerations.
  • Managing outside counsel in complex transactional matters.
  • Advising on complex business and legal issues in support of collaborations with outside partners; working closely with Alliance Management to support the business objectives of a collaboration, interpret contractual provisions and negotiate and support termination and wind-down of a collaboration.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working knowledge of licensing provisions, drug discovery and development, and manufacturing (large and small molecules).
  • Contributing to cross-functional or departmental projects and teams.
  • Mentoring and supervising contract professionals, including providing training and development of templates and fallback provisions.


Ideal Experience/Education:

  • 3+ years in a law firm, company or research institution directly supporting complex licensing and strategic transactions in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or related life science industry.
  • 5+ years of licensing, mergers/acquisitions and/or patent litigation experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or life science industry.
  • JD with Bar admission.
  • Life sciences undergraduate/graduate degreepreferred.

Critical Competencies:

Strategic Transactional Law Expert: In a high impact environment, you will distinguish yourself as a strategic transactional law expert and inspire the confidence of your colleagues by:

  • Providing strategic, well-reasoned and insightful counsel on complex legal and business issues with a focus on providing constructive solutions.
  • Resolving challenging legal issues and delivering sound, clear, practical advice in a business setting.
  • Staying abreast of evolving industry developments and related legislation, regulations and applicable case law developments or government enforcement activities.
  • Facilitating the exchange of best practices and learnings with colleagues in the Legal Department and key business stakeholders.

Adaptive & Results-Oriented Performer: In an innovative and constantly-changing environment, you will provide strong legal and business advice to key stakeholders by:

  • Exhibiting excellent judgment and negotiation skills.
  • Prioritizing and managing an active portfolio of work.
  • Multitasking with ease.
  • Working effectively both in a team and independently; at times, you may be required to manage outside counsel or manage a project as the team lead.

Influential Communicator & Relationship Builder: In a global and complex company, you will be required to hone and/or develop strong soft skills by:

  • Partnering closely with key stakeholders and building strong working relationships.
  • Demonstrating outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written; able to simplify the complex and adapt to varying audiences.
  • Interacting with Legal and business leadership on a wide variety of topics and issues, with the presumption that views will be well-formed, pragmatic and communicated in a cogent and professional manner.

Our Roche Values: Integrity, Courage, and Passion are core to how we want to behave, as individuals and collectively as an organization.

Travel: Some domestic and international business travelrequired.