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Regional Counsel - Americas

Brown-Forman
Posted Jun 27
Full Time
Dallas, Texas

Meaningful Work From Day One:

The Regional Commercial Counsel - Americas will oversee legal matters for the B-F USA&C and Latin America Commercial organizations, providing strategic, transactional, and corporate legal advice.

What You Can Expect:

Commercial & Corporate Legal Advice

 

  • Support the commercial teams by providing legal advice and support related to the importation, distribution, marketing and sales of the Company’s beverage alcohol product portfolio in in the Americas. Tasks generally will include drafting, reviewing, negotiating and interpreting importation, distribution, marketing services, and other commercial agreements and arrangements.
  • Provide advice and training related to commercial competition matters and commercial matters.
  • Manage a team of two Legal Counsels to effectively support commercial teams in providing legal advice, including: advising on antitrust and competition law matters, with a particular focus on best-in-class compliance training, retailer and supplier management, assisting with product innovation: formulation, packaging and labeling, corporate maintenance, governance, risk management and anti-bribery
  • Oversee legal participation in commercial projects in addition to day-to-day tasks (e.g., RTCs and own distribution projects, implementation of Corporate Development projects across the region etc.).
  • Intercompany agreements: coordinating with various internal teams, reviewing draft intercompany agreements and ensuring we have intercompany agreements in place where needed. Provide general corporate legal advice and support related to European corporate subsidiaries. Draft and review corporate resolutions and approvals as needed.

Compliance & Data Privacy

 

  • Partner with the Compliance Team to provide legal oversight of the Company’s activities, policies, business practices, and transactions in the region to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations including FCPA, UK Anti-Bribery Act and local anti-corruption laws. Contribute to existing strong compliance culture by providing compliance-related training and implementing compliance-related processes, procedures and controls.
  • Oversee compliance with data privacy regulations in Europe and assist the US team in the global implications and set-up.

Regulatory

 

  • Assist with regulatory matters specifically related to beverage alcohol manufacture, marketing and sales in European markets.
  • Monitor for legal issues and/or regulatory changes that could impact the Company’s business operations
  • Retain and manage outside counsel as needed.

What You Bring To The Table:

 

  • JD from an accredited US or European law school and admission to the bar either in the US, UK, Germany, France or the Netherlands (other qualifications will be considered).
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant legal experience in a private law firm and/or corporate legal department.
  • Fluency (oral and written) in English and either French or German languages required.
  • Experience with US-based or global corporate clients.
  • Comprehensive understanding of commercial matters and related legal practice experience, including supply chain, distribution, pricing, marketing, sales, financing, etc.
  • Firm understanding of EU and national competition law frameworks and their practical application to commercial questions.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop creative solutions that both promote business goals and respect the legal environment.
  • Extensive experience drafting and negotiating contracts.
  • Experience dealing with European regulators preferred.
  • Strong business sense and ability to work as a partner with business clients.
  • Highest quality oral and written communication skills, including in particular, communicating complex legal issues to non-lawyers.
  • Persuasive presentation and counseling skills, with demonstrated ability to make and defend firm, well-reasoned recommendations.
  • Collegial, positive attitude; self-starter.
  • Project management experience; ability to supervise and manage outside counsel relationships.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and prioritize conflicting demands from multiple business partners in a very fast-paced environment.
  • Enthusiasm to learn and develop beverage alcohol industry-related expertise.

What Makes You Unique

 

  • FMCG industry experience.
  • Functional in French, German or Polish languages.

Brown-Forman Corporation is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. It is the policy of Brown-Forman Corporation to provide full and equal employment opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status.

Business Area: Global Legal & Risk Management

Function: Legal

City:

Louisville

State: Kentucky

Country: USA

Req ID: JR-00007772