Position SummaryThe Counsel, M&A position is responsible for providing leadership, guidance, direction and execution in connection with Danaher's active M&A process. The person taking this position will work closely with Danaher's Corporate Development personnel on a broad range of day-to-day M&A activity.One of the major responsibilities of the position will be to counsel the Corporate Development function on legal issues. This role that this person will play will vary from deal to deal, but will include overseeing the work of outside counsel, helping oversee aspects of the legal due diligence process, assessing due diligence findings and determining how to deal with issues that are identified, negotiating agreement terms with opposing counsel, and coordinating and overseeing the regulatory approval process. If a Corporate Development associate has the lead on any of these matters in a particular transaction, this person in this position will provide appropriate support and counseling with respect to such matters.The position will also be responsible for helping to assess Danaher's M&A practices from a process perspective with a view to implementing a more systematized, process-based approach to the legal M&A function. The person filling this role will be responsible for helping ensure consistency regarding process and contract terms from deal-to-deal, and will also implement processes to ensure that the institutional knowledge acquired in connection with each transaction is captured and shared throughout the M&A function.Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesIn addition to those identified below, other duties may be assigned.* Direct responsibility for contract negotiation, contract drafting and overseeing and assessing diligence on deals.* Provide counsel and legal support to Danaher's Corporate Development personnel with respect to day-to-day M&A activity. This includes advice regarding confidentiality agreements, how to structure transactions, how to structure the legal due diligence process, due diligence findings, contract terms, regulatory approval process, oversight of outside counsel and overall deal tactics and strategy.* Help educate/train Corporate Development personnel regarding key legal considerations that they need to be mindful of in performing their roles.* Develop policies and processes in connection with the M&A process, including maintaining a library of form documents.* Be a key partner with/advisor to the Corporate Development group.Competencies & Critical Success Factors* Must be an experienced M&A attorney who has worked in a major law firm.* Must have outstanding technical proficiency, and be aware of current legal developments.* Able to explain M&A legal issues to Corporate Development personnel who possess varying degrees of sophistication about legal matters.* Quick learner, able to manage multiple priorities, and clear communicator.* Ability to balance numerous short-term and long-term responsibilities, including prioritizing same on a day-to-day basis as events require, but also achieving traction on long-term initiatives.* Be able to command the respect of, and influence, business leaders and outside counsel across a wide spectrum of experience and sophistication.* Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work, lead and influence in an environment of multiple stakeholders with competing priorities.* Self-starter who is comfortable working under pressure, while managing a complex environment of multiple stakeholders with competing priorities.* Resilient, tough-minded but able to be flexible when the situation demands it, able to think on feet, ability to engage in searching, critical discussion without personalizing outcomes.* High integrity and ethics in all dealings - internal, external, and personal. Non-political in conduct, while understanding internal and external political dynamics.* Sense of humor, openness to learning, resilience.Education and/or Experience* J.D. from an accredited law school, preferably one recognized for graduating top lawyers.* Senior, "buck stops here" experience strongly preferred.* 6-10 years of M&A practice preferred in a major law firm.* M&A experience in different industries through rotations or otherwise.* Cross-border M&A experience in Europe (and/or LatAm or Asia).* Complex carveout experience.* Exposure to private equity and venture capital investing.* Has done a multitude of deals of varying types; considered a "go-to" resource by colleagues.* Substantial responsibility in a variety of M&A areas, including both private and public company acquisitions both inside and outside the U.S.* Fluent in fiduciary duty law both within and outside of M&A contexts* Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed after COVID.Key Internal Relationships* Reports to the Vice President, Chief Counsel, M&A. Will work closely with the Corporate Development team.* Interacts with a variety of corporate functions, operating company business leaders, and associates at various levels.Language SkillsEnglish fluency required. Additional language skills are beneficial.TravelTravel required based on business needs.Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The "EEO is the Law" poster is available here.
Location/Region: Washington, DC (20319)