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Associate General Counsel, Corporate and M&A

Posted Jan 24
Full Time
On Site
Madison, Wisconsin

Position Overview

Reporting to the VP, Lead Litigation Counsel, the Associate General Counsel, Corporate and M&A is primarily responsible for corporate and securities legal matters, with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, venture capital investments, and similar transactions.  The Associate General Counsel, Corporate and M&A also plays a leading role in financing activities, including debt and/or equity transactions, as well as on corporate governance matters.  The person filling this role will have experience reflecting a strong focus on M&A as well as corporate structures and formation and maintenance of corporate entities; preparation of a wide range of proxy and Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K disclosures. 

This role will be based out of Madison, WI. Relocation assistance available.


Essential Duties

include but are not limited to the following:

  • Play leading role on all corporate M&A and other strategic transactions (e.g., joint ventures) from a legal perspective. Will work with General Counsel on some transactions; will independently run others.
  • Provide legal support for post-closing integration activities.
  • Provide legal review and oversight of all securities filings; advise on securities law compliance matters including Regulation FD and the company’s insider trading policy.
  • Work with General Counsel in preparations for board and committee meetings and follow up.
  • Work with General Counsel on corporate governance matters.
  • Primary contact for outside counsel on corporate, securities and M&A matters; help manage and control costs.
  • Coordinate with outside counsel to deliver advice on merger controls and other antitrust and competition law matters.
  • Collaborate closely with other functional areas, including business development, accounting, operations, and human resources.
  • Uphold company mission and values through accountability, innovation, integrity, quality, and teamwork.
  • Support and comply with the company’s Quality Management System policies and procedures.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Ability to work designated schedule.
  • Ability to work nights and/or weekends.
  • Ability to work seated for approximately 90% of a typical working day. Ability to work standing for approximately 10% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to work in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 90% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to travel approximately 10% of working time.


Minimum Qualifications

  • College degree (B.A., B.S.) and Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from top-tier, ABA-accredited law school.
  • Six or more years related experience at a law firm or in a corporate law department. “First-chair”-level experience leading corporate and M&A transactions and handling securities law matters.
  • Health care, life sciences, and diagnostics experience is a plus.
  • Extensive, comprehensive technical knowledge of corporate and securities laws.
  • Extensive experience running complex M&A and financing transactions; structuring; leading due diligence efforts; drafting transaction documents; negotiating to successful close; and tracking post-closing requirements.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills, and senior level skills in managing ambiguous situations and issues.
  • Ability to effectively negotiate and establish a personal rapport with opposing parties, and to resolve conflicts in a professional manner.
  • Ability to develop and implement effective and efficient recommendations.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and executive presence.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively throughout all levels of the organization. Must be a team player.
  • Strong leadership skills; self-awareness; confidence.
  • Desire and aptitude for understanding the business; business acumen.
  • Strategic organizational and presentation skills; ability to explain transactions to management and board.
  • Must be self-starter able to work independently.
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the Essential Duties of the position with or without accommodation.


Salary Range:

$204,000.00 - $326,000.00


The annual base salary shown is for this position located in US - WI - Madison on a full-time basis. In addition, this position is bonus eligible, and is eligible to receive company stock upon hire as well as annually.

Exact Sciences is proud to offer an employee experience that includes paid time off (including days for vacation, holidays, volunteering, and personal time), paid leave for parents and caregivers, a retirement savings plan, wellness support, and health benefits including medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage. Learn more about our benefits.

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