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General Counsel – Sample Job Spec

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General Counsel

SAMPLE SPEC

Company Name

Position

Location

Contact Information

 Include 2-3 paragraph company business description

 RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Strategic partner and influential contributor to the executive team.
  • Oversee all legal matters – strategic and operational – and advise the CEO, the senior management team and the Board accordingly.
  • Partner with ’s G&A function and the Board to guide through the preparation of an initial public offering (IPO).
  • Assume ultimate responsibility for ensuring company compliance with applicable securities laws and regulations.
  • Create a best-in-class legal “ecosystem” for that is positioned to provide advice and guidance on contracts, patents, and corporate compliance.
  • Participate in the definition and development, as needed, of corporate policies, procedures and programs.
  • Provides counsel and oversight for all litigation, selecting and supervising outside counsel, judging the merits of major litigation, and approving settlements of disputes if warranted.
  • Advise on legal aspects of ’s financing, including assessing and advising on current and future business structures and legal entities.
  • Act as a resource on the interpretation of existing or proposed laws and regulations that could impact.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of legal issues of importance to through participation in continuing legal education and membership in appropriate bar and professional associations.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • 15+ years of legal practice in a relevant area, having attained a senior position of responsibility in a company or law firm.
  • 5+ years within a corporation to which the individual led the activities associated with an IPO.
  • Compelling and verifiable track record of success as an entrepreneur, strategic thinker and builder.
  • Hands-on leader with the ability to attract and retain a highly motived and talented team.
  • Significant experience working with fast-paced, high-growth SaaS businesses.
  • Leadership experience gained in both structured corporate and entrepreneurial environments.

 PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Dynamic and disciplined thinker with intellectual horsepower, an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for making a mark in fast-paced, growing environments.
  • Highest ethical standards, integrity, credibility and character.
  • Strong work ethic and a willingness to go the extra mile.
  • Outstanding communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Natural leader and engaged team player with strong interpersonal capabilities.
  • Results-oriented and driven to succeed with the ability to attract individuals with similar characteristics.

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