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Merck & Co. Inc.

Counsel, Corporate Transactions (R118484)





Kenilworth, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

The Legal Counsel, Corporate Transactions will provide legal support and counseling for a broad range of complex transactions on behalf of the Company, including public and private mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; research, development and commercial collaborations; corporate licensing; manufacturing and supply and other business development transactions.


  • Work closely with management in business development and licensing functions on complex legal transactions led by the Company’s Corporate
  • Provide legal, deal and strategic advice to business development, management and executive clients
  • Negotiate and draft highly sophisticated M&A, divestiture, joint venture, licensing, collaboration and other agreements, often where no precedents exist
  • Advise as needed on relevant antitrust, securities and corporate laws impacting various projects
  • Supervise activities and manage the relationship with outside counsel, as needed, to support transactions
  • May train and supervise paralegal
  • Provide legal services, advice and guidance that is consistent with law and Company policy; further business objectives and appropriately balance divisional/functional/corporate business objectives and legal risks
  • Exercise judgment to drive decisions on routine and non-routine matters within area of practice
  • Some domestic and international travel required
  • Report to Managing Counsel of Corporate Transactions Legal

Position Qualifications:

Minimum Education Minimum:

  • An Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Graduate of an accredited U.S. law school, with admission to the Bar of New Jersey or another state


  • Three (3) or more years of legal experience in a law firm or corporate setting
  • Has drafted sophisticated legal transactional documents
  • Excellent teamwork, communication (written and oral) and analytical skills, and a high level of business acumen
  • Has managed a significant workload, with the ability to juggle multiple transactions simultaneously
  • Ability to be proactive and work independently with high level of initiative, self-motivation and intellectual curiosity
  • Willingness to embrace development opportunities, which may include assuming other related roles and assignments, or future roles at different company locations

Preferred Skills and Requirements:

  • Has independently handled complex transactional matters in the pharmaceutical industry or other regulated industries
  • Has advised management on business and legal risks in specific transactions
  • Has operated in ambiguous circumstances
  • Has worked collaboratively with colleagues to set project plan and timelines
  • We partner with the business to ensure we maintain our company’s values and high ethical standards, comply with the law, protect our people and enhance our reputation. We strive to foster an environment that is inspiring, supportive and diverse.

Our Support Functions deliver services and makes recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the experience of working at our organization. Our Support Functions include Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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No relocation

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Requisition ID:R118484