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Executive Director/Vice President, Corporate Transactions

Company: Tessera Therapeutics, Inc.
Location: Somerville
Posted on: November 17, 2023

Job Description:

Position Summary:
We are seeking a dynamic Vice President of Corporate Transactions to join our collaborative Legal Leadership group at Tessera Therapeutics. This position will offer an exciting opportunity to lead and partner on a broad range of matters, including SEC and Nasdaq compliance, capital markets and business development initiatives, external communications, and corporate governance matters. Reporting to General Counsel, this individual will gain experience building and managing a team of attorneys and contract managers focused on securities law and corporate governance, and business development support and contracting. You will use your understanding of securities law and corporate governance in the biopharma and/or life sciences industry to make meaningful contributions to strategic and operational discussions and provide pragmatic legal advice for Tessera.
Job Responsibilities

  • Act as a business partner to senior management and internal constituencies (such as Business Development, Finance, Human Resources and R&D), providing solution-oriented legal advice, risk assessments and interpretations of sophisticated agreements.
  • Collaborate on strategic transactions, including capital markets and business development activities; lead legal due diligence activities; and draft, review and negotiate transaction-related documents.
  • Oversee general corporate law functions, including with respect to reporting and compliance, corporate governance, contracting, transactions and real estate.
  • Advise the Human Resources and Finance teams with respect to a variety of matters, including the company's equity incentive programs.
  • Partner with cross-functional teams to develop communication strategies and review communication materials, including press releases, scripts, and investor relations presentations.
  • Work closely with the General Counsel, Human Resources, Finance, and others on matters related to the Board of Directors and its committees, including drafting resolutions and minutes, and attend meetings according to business needs.
  • Oversee cross-functional efforts to develop and implement policies and procedures and train employees contracting requirements, and other matters.
  • Manage outside counsel and the relevant portions of the Legal department's budget.
  • Maintain a solid understanding of applicable laws, regulations, and enforcement actions to identify emerging risks, keep management advised, and implement policies and training programs, as needed.


    • J.D. from a fully accredited law school.
    • 15+ years of industry-related experience with 5+ years in-house experience at a biopharmaceutical company with rare diseases business strongly preferred.
    • Good standing and licensed to practice law in one or more U.S. states.
    • Experience in drafting and negotiating licensing, M&A and complex contracting arrangements.
    • Sound judgment, mission driven, high integrity, and dedication to ethical conduct.
    • Excellent analytical, written, and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills.
    • Strong project management skills and ability to multi-task while still meeting high quality and timeliness standards.
    • A roll-up-your-sleeves, player-coach with the ability to work collaboratively with a pragmatic approach and a positive attitude in a results-driven, highly accountable environment.

      Preferred Qualifications

      • A strong people leader with experience effectively recruiting, leading, and retaining teams and inspiring others to maximize engagement and performance.
      • Experience in the preparation and review of SEC filings and compliance with SEC requirements
      • Experience advising on investor relations matters, including review of earnings announcements, earnings scripts, press releases, investor presentations, investor communications, and other communications.
      • Ability tomanagecorporate governance and corporate secretarialdutiesfor meetings of the company's Board of Directors and its committees.
      • Experience supporting capital markets transactions, including equity offerings.
      • Knowledge of Internal Audit with SOX compliance matters.
      • Ability to manage outside counsel effectively and efficiently and adhere to a budget.


Keywords: Tessera Therapeutics, Inc., Somerville , Executive Director/Vice President, Corporate Transactions, Executive , Somerville, Massachusetts

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