Need help hiring top legal talent? Contact our team.
Company logo

Assistant General Counsel, Securities, Corporate Governance and M&A

Sysco
Posted May 29
Full Time
Houston, Texas

Our Global Support Center/ Corporate Office is located in the Energy Corridor- off I10 and N Eldridge.

Address: _ 1390 Enclave Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077_

Hybrid Role: In-office Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Work from home on Thursday and Friday.

Job Summary: The Assistant General Counsel is responsible for providing advice, legal counsel and risk assessment to Sysco Corporation regarding SEC and NYSE reporting and compliance, corporate governance matters, corporate secretarial support, capital markets affairs and M&A. Serves as the primary legal support for a variety of business professionals, such as senior management, company executives and/or leadership of key GSC functions including accounting, finance, treasury, tax, corporate development and investor relations. Manages and selects outside counsel and develops strategies to support key initiatives for the overall organization, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and securities offerings.

Responsibilities: Securities and Corporate Governance

  • Provide daily advice and counsel regarding compliance with federal securities and corporate laws, as well as applicable rules and regulations of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
  • Provide support for the board of directors, including preparing and reviewing agendas, materials and minutes for the board and its committees
  • Prepare and review U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including periodic and current reports, Section 16 filings and proxy statements
  • Review press releases, earnings releases, investor presentations and other significant public disclosures
  • Advise, develop compliance processes and coordinate training on applicable securities law issues and various corporate governance policies and practices, including the company's insider trading policy, trading windows and Regulation FD compliance
  • Structure, negotiate and document debt and equity financings
  • Stay up-to-date on securities-related regulatory developments and provide tailored advice regarding potential impacts and solutions
  • Assist the legal team on various other corporate matters, including entity management

Mergers & Acquisitions:

  • Act as lead counsel and manage the legal aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, including negotiations, due diligence and review of documents and issues
  • Coordinate and lead integration efforts on behalf of the legal team
  • Develop form agreements and guidance to enhance efficiency

Functional Responsibilities:

  • Manage outside counsel fees and costs
  • Participate in cross-functional teams to provide legal guidance and to support the development and execution of enterprise-wide initiatives, policies and strategies
  • Deliver data-driven reporting that informs senior leaders on progress and effectiveness of initiatives
  • Enhance the securities, corporate governance and M&A function through process automation and legal technology
  • Provide guidance to paralegals and/or junior level attorneys
  • Represent the legal team in industry, professional and community affairs

Education/Experience:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school with strong academic credentials required
  • 6+ years legal experience, including at least 5 years practicing at either a major law firm or in-house legal department focusing on a broad range of securities and corporate governance matters (can be a combination)
  • Direct experience personally drafting Securities Act and Securities Exchange Act filings, including periodic reports, proxy statements, Section 16 reports and registration statements
  • Experience advising board of directors and senior executives regarding governance and securities issues
  • Corporate transactional experience in all aspects of due diligence, risk assessment, drafting and negotiating transaction documents for acquisitions and divestitures
  • Prior in-house experience at a public company preferred
  • Excellent management skills and business judgment with a capacity to make decisions and give practical advice, which demonstrates an understanding of overall business objectives and the “big picture” risks/rewards of each situation
  • Strong organizational skills, flexibility and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, using methodical problem solving and decision making to resolve ambiguity
  • Proactive personality, eager to learn new areas of the law and committed to understanding the industry and the company's business
  • Ability to communicate effectively and convey critical information to a non-legal audience is imperative
  • Must uphold the highest standards of discretion and confidentiality

Skills:

  • Excellent verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to provide sound, clear legal advice to senior executives and other Sysco senior leaders; creative problem solving; aptitude to work collaboratively; ability to effectively and efficiently manage multiple time-sensitive projects simultaneously; strong leadership skills and client service orientation. Ability to manage high volume of employment, litigation and contract matters.

Language Skills:

  • Above-average command of English, both oral and written, and excellent grammar, proofreading, punctuation and spelling skills.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Above-average arithmetical skills.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
  • High energy level required. Ability, physically and mentally, to simultaneously handle several tasks. Candidate must be able to sit for long periods of time and undertake lengthy typing tasks. Candidate must be able to multitask without error and be able to handle stress in a positive manner.

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job, including the ability to conduct confidential conference calls/meetings.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. An individual should contact their supervisor or the human resources department if they believe that an accommodation is needed.
  • This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for the role. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

BENEFITS INFORMATION: For information on Sysco’s Benefits, please visit https://SyscoBenefits.com

OVERVIEW: Sysco is the global leader in foodservice distribution. With over 71,000 colleagues and a fleet of over 13,000 vehicles, Sysco operates approximately 333 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 700,000 customer locations.

We offer our colleagues the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, to contribute to the success of a dynamic organization, and to serve others in a manner that exceeds their expectations. We’re looking for talented, hard-working individuals to join our team. Come grow with us and let us show you why Sysco is at the heart of food and service.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION STATEMENT: Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

This opportunity is available through Sysco Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates.