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Senior Lawyer, Mergers & Acquisitions

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Job ID 152208 Date posted 11/29/2021 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota

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Job Purpose and Impact

The Senior Lawyer, Mergers & Acquisitions will independently manage the legal aspects for a portion of the organization’s portfolio of merger, acquisition, divestiture, venture capital and joint venture deals, developing strategic legal solutions for complex business issues by partnering with business leaders. In this role, you will provide strategic legal advice and recommend action to executives and management on critical merger and acquisition issues.  This position will be a critical member of the Global M&A Practice Group.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide strategic, risk-based legal counsel across a broad spectrum of merger and acquisition activity, primarily but not exclusively throughout North America, to leadership including at the executive level 
  • Independently structure, draft, strategically lead negotiationjs and approve legal agreements, written communications, policies and other documents related to merger and acquisition activity, assist with regulatory reviews, close transactions and handle post-closing matters.
  • Identify, evaluate and address complex and strategic issues of legal and commercial risk.
  • Engage and oversee legal team and, where needed, manage outside counsel and related costs to achieve merger and acquisition objectives.
  • Gather relevant facts and information from multiple sources using probing questions and methods and apply the results to legal research and analysis to drive positive outcomes.
  • Provide strategic commercial solutions and advice to business and function leaders.
  • Provide expert consultative guidance for initiating strategic long-range goals and objectives.  You may provide direction to supporting team members and be a strategic contributor. 
  • Provide legal advice and guidance to legal colleagues relating to M&A activity.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Juris doctor and licensed to practice law in current jurisdiction with an ability and willingness to be licensed in Minnesota
  • Ability to build deep trusting and collaborative relationships and proactively address conflict
  • Consistent and confirmed ability to drive commercial outcomes using a creative, resilient and agile approach
  • Exceptional communication, advocacy, writing and drafting skills
  • Minimum of eight years of related work experience including significant direct legal M&A experience
  • Established expertise structuring and executing multiple merger and acquisition transactions, including prioritization, managing due diligence, drafting transaction documents, strategically leading negotiations, handling closings and integration matters
  • Significant experience providing merger and acquisition client counseling at different levels of experience and sophistication including to executive leadership
  • Proven expertise in merger and acquisition risk calibration and the ability to provide practical, solutions-oriented advice to enable proper risk mitigation


  • Minimum of ten years of related work experience
  • Experience leading business and legal teams
  • Proven commitment to community service, including pro bono work
  • Proven ability to manage and mentor a team, educating, developing and growing team members
  • AM Law 100, Magic Circle or equivalent mergers and acquisition practice experience
  • Merger and acquisition experience in agriculture, food and commodities
  • Merger analysis and regulatory filings experience

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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