Senior Counsel – Iselin, NJ
At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation. We achieve this through our commitment to continuous improvement and operational excellence, which gives us the opportunity to set and deliver on ambitious, long-term goals. We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment with a strong emphasis on process safety, as well as the safety of our employees and the communities we operate in, and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development. This allows for our employees to innovate and generate new ideas, put them into action, and gain insights from them to further advance our collective expertise. And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2017. We strongly support the spirit of collaboration through effectively involving team members and colleagues from other relevant units when developing and executing strategies and projects. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future Senior Commercial Counsel (1804343) Iselin, NJ Where the Chemistry HappensWe are seeking a professional like you to provide pragmatic, strategic and day-to-day legal advice and support to executives, business management and operational personnel of an integrated global precious metals refining, manufacturing and commodities trading business with an emphasis on precious and base metals, including counsel on a broad array of legal and risk management issues (e.g., antitrust law, contracts, and commodities markets regulatory matters) and counsel and guidance on the full range of commercial disputes and regulatory enforcement actions arising in the business. Duties & Responsibilities: Advise the relevant credit, risk management, and other control functions;Manage relations with outside legal advisers;Coordinate with regional legal teams regarding legal and regulatory issues that impact their respective region;Monitor and keep the business advised of relevant developments in commodity markets regulations and antitrust law;Monitor changes to existing or new business practices and products to ensure that compliance guidance, training and oversight are adjusted accordingly;Lead negotiations, help structure transactions and draft transactional documents, including mine outturn agreements, toll refining agreements, salts and solutions sales agreements, bespoke master trading agreements, margining agreements, and ISDA master agreements, working as required with in-house and outside subject matter experts;Develop templates, policies and procedures to support physical and OTC trading activities;Identify issues requiring, and establish and manage, cross-functional teams (e.g., intellectual property, tax and litigation counsel, risk management, finance and EH&S) to ensure complete and efficient resolution of all matters/transactions;Assist the business in complying with all relevant regulations and provide the necessary advice and guidance to help ensure that appropriate operating procedures and controls are in place;Assist with the management of regulatory relationships, including visits, investigations, enquiries, and routine reporting;Provide compliance and legal training on relevant laws, regulations, BASF policies, procedures and legal issues to meet the clients’ needs; andLead or support compliance related projects as and when required;Qualifications:J.D. from and accredited U.S. law school;Admitted to practice in New Jersey or, if qualified in another U.S. jurisdiction, having the ability to practice law inhouse in New Jersey;7+ years of experience working in a law firm, and practicing as in-house counsel for a metal refining or commodities trading company;Extensive experience analyzing, preparing and conducting strategic negotiations for a broad array of commercial transactions;Proficiency in one or more of the following areas is required: commodities trading; commodities markets regulations; insolvency; and international transactions (familiarity with antitrust law a plus);Solid knowledge of ISDAs and EFRPs;Specific experience with regulatory issues related to the CFTC, NFA, CEA, and the Dodd Frank Act (experience with MiFir, Emir and the UK Benchmarking Regulation is a plus);Solid experience with the CME (experience with the LME and TOCOM is a plus);Strong negotiation and communication skills (written and oral) are required;A commitment to client service in a fast-paced business environment;Demonstrated well-developed real-world business judgment;Demonstrated ability to effectively influence and communicate and interact with all levels of personnel and management including senior executives;Ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders;A team-oriented, collaborative work style;Initiative and the ability to work independently and make autonomous decisions;Strong interpersonal skills;A desire to learn new and challenging areas of the law; andThe ability to manage a diverse workload and work under pressure with tight deadlines. Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer YouAdding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry. The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career. BASF provides interesting and challenging learning and development opportunities to help you make the most of your talents and your job.Apply for this job.