Senior Counsel - Corporate

Santa Clara, CA, US, 03945


Job Purpose

We are searching for an experienced, pragmatic, and technically-minded attorney to join our legal team. As a senior member of the Legal team, you will be responsible for leading our corporate practice globally. This role reports to the Chief Legal Officer.


Main Duties

  • Support Chief Legal Officer in developing and implementing appropriate “best practice” corporate governance policies and procedures; drafting Board committee charters and guidelines; reviewing Board materials; and counselling Board and senior management regarding the foregoing
  • Support Finance department on treasury policy, negotiating and documenting financing transactions, monitoring compliance with financial covenants under debt instruments and documenting intercompany corporate transactions
  • Support Human Resources in matters relating to executive compensation, equity-related and other compensation plans
  • Support Assistant General Counsel in M&A transactions, including negotiations and transaction documents
  • Manage corporate paralegal responsible for corporate structure maintenance
  • Serve as a resource to all members of the legal team in addressing corporate issues as they impact or apply to their areas of responsibility
  • Support the continuous improvement of standard form agreements, playbooks and legal processes


Skills & Experience


  • JD and bar membership in at least one state
  • 12-15+ years of relevant experience, including in-house experience with a high-tech company
  • Deep experience with corporate governance, securities laws, incentive equity plans and M&A
  • Proven ability to translate technical knowledge into pragmatic advice that appropriately balances legal risks with commercial needs
  • Experience structuring M&A transactions, drafting and negotiating transaction documents and managing post-closing integration
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to successfully interact with senior management
  • Self-starter with ability to execute tasks efficiently with sound business judgment and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage and prioritize a complex workload is essential for this role



  • Technical or engineering background is a plus


Equal Opportunities

Sophos is committed to equality opportunity in all areas of its work. All qualified applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation.

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