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Assistant General Counsel Transactions and Governance Senior Manager

Location:  New York
Other locations:  Anywhere in Region
Salary: Competitive
Date:  Jun 17, 2024

Job description

Requisition ID:  1493926
EY focuses on high-ethical standards and integrity among its employees and expects all candidates to demonstrate these qualities.  At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.

Location: New York and Chicago


Our General Counsel’s Office (GCO) supports EY’s business by serving as trusted advisors to the EY community and providing the highest quality legal services to EY’s service lines and business enablement functions.


The opportunity

As an Assistant General Counsel - Transactions, you’ll provide legal support on organizational governance and corporate matters, alliances and other strategic ecosystem relationships and M&A transactions, as well as work on other contractual matters and projects relating to the firm’s membership in the EY Global organization  You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with the firm’s leaders and business teams in connection with structuring and maintaining effective organizational governance, expanding go-to-market business relationships and activities, acquiring new business practices, and engaging in other transactions with third parties, as well as affiliates and associated firms, domestic and international.  


Your key responsibilities

  • Serve as a lead advisor on corporate matters, including firm governance, legal entities, structuring, and various network-related matters
  • Draft and negotiate complex alliance and other ecosystem relationships, including intellectual property development arrangements
  • Assist in drafting, reviewing and negotiating banking and financing documents
  • Counsel business leaders on strategic transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, alliances, joint ventures and teaming arrangements, with particular emphasis on structural concerns, legal and regulatory matters and general business and legal risks
  • Review, draft and negotiate transaction agreements and ancillary documents and participate in legal due diligence and other transaction-related activities
  • Serve as a front-line resource for service line leaders, client service partners and other functional business leaders on legal issues, with a particular focus on governance, transactions and ecosystem matters 
  • Liaise with members of service line quality groups and Risk Management (RM), Independence and Professional Practice leaders, as appropriate, in delivery of advice and assessment of risk of particular transactions and business relationships
  • Protect EY’s intellectual property to prevent loss or infringement by third parties through understanding and application of appropriate safeguards such trademarks, copyrights, patents and appropriate contractual provisions
  • Research and advise business leaders on recent corporate legal developments and best practices
  • Represent US legal positions in projects that may impact the firm’s business and operations, as well as the relationships with its clients, vendors and personnel
  • Review existing policies and procedures, identify areas of weakness, implement change and disseminate knowledge to the firm’s professionals and others, as appropriate
  • Communicate with other General Counsel’s Office (GCO) attorneys regarding recent corporate legal developments and areas of risk management concern


Skills and attributes for success

As you’ll be working with steadfast deadlines, you’ll need to have excellent organizational skills and the demonstrated ability to create, plan and successfully execute projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Working with professionals and leaders across the firm at all levels, strong interpersonal skills will be vital for you to develop and foster those relationships with internal stakeholders.  Strong communication, legal drafting and presentation skills are essential in this role.


To qualify for this role, you must have

  • 8+ years of experience as a practicing corporate (transactions-focused) attorney, preferably in both a top-tier national law firm and a corporate legal department
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college/university, top of class preferred
  • Juris Doctor from a top national law school
  • Membership in good standing in the State Bar as an attorney, qualified to practice law in the state where your EY office is located
  • Strong hands-on practical knowledge of all facets of corporate (including corporate secretarial), commercial/contractual and transactional law, including applicable federal, state and local laws and rules and regulations affecting all aspects of the firm’s business
  • Knowledge of international legal issues as it relates to corporate and commercial law


Ideally, you’ll also have

  • Knowledge of IP matters as they relate to transactions, particularly in emerging technology areas such as artificial intelligence
  • Experience working on commercial contracts outside of a pure transactional context


What we look for

We’re interested in agile individuals who have critical thinking skills along with a strong business acumen and deep knowledge of the law.  


What working at EY offers

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package includes medical and dental coverage, both pension and 401(k) plans, 25 days of paid time off plus 12 observed holidays, and a range of programs and benefits designed to support your physical, financial and social well-being.


About EY

As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we hire and develop the most passionate people in their field to help build a better working world. This starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. So that whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime.

If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.


Join us in building a better working world.  Apply now.

What we offer
We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to the business.  The salary range for this job in most geographic locations in the US is $214,800 to $401,700. The salary range for New York City Metro Area, Washington State and California (excluding Sacramento) is $257,800 to $456,500.  Individual salaries within those ranges are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge, skills and geography.  In addition, our Total Rewards package includes medical and dental coverage, pension and 401(k) plans, and a wide range of paid time off options. Under our flexible vacation policy, you’ll decide how much vacation time you need based on your own personal circumstances. You’ll also be granted time off for designated EY Paid Holidays, Winter/Summer breaks, Personal/Family Care, and other leaves of absence when needed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being.
  • Continuous learning: You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.
  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.
  • Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.
  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.
If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.
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