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Counsel - M&A

Counsel - M&A

  • Location United States - Texas - Houston
  • Travel required Yes - up to 10%
  • Job category Legal Group
  • Relocation available Negotiable
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 139214BR
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary

Responsible for providing comprehensive strategic and solution-focused guidance on legal and risk-related matters and projects, to assist BP in minimising its legal and reputational risks.

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Legal supports the Group M&A function, a global function with teams located in London and Houston. We conduct all strategic merger, divestment, and acquisition activity over $50 million across all businesses in bp, including its low carbon and renewable energy businesses. This includes public / private M&A, joint ventures, and public market securities trades.

This role will be responsible for bp’s legal activities associated with transactions led by Group M&A professionals primarily based in Houston, Texas, but some transactions may be led by internal M&A professionals from London.

As Counsel – M&A you will:

  • Lead and coordinate legal support to Group M&A, through both external counsel as well as internal legal resources or assisting senior in-house M&A attorneys with the same; this includes, drafting large and complex documents, organizing, and conducting potentially sizeable due diligence, assisting with design and preparation of transactional process and with the conduct of transaction itself
  • Identify legal and commercial risks, assessing their impact, identifying opportunities to mitigate risks and/or to capture value and growth and providing strategic and timely legal advice on both
  • Ensure that material risks are appropriately handled. Explaining the nature of such risks to key colleagues and stakeholders and mitigate them within the context of a negotiated transaction (whether in the transaction documentation, structurally or otherwise)
  • Instruct and manage external M&A counsel to ensure support is provided when needed, transaction objectives are achieved, and that costs are rigorously controlled to ensure bp receives optimum service and value, or assisting senior in-house M&A attorneys with the same
  • Deliver and coordinate legal advice and work product to the Group M&A function and client groups within BP to ensure that deadlines are met and that transactions are completed in line with Group strategy or assisting senior in-house M&A attorneys with the same
  • Follow the bp Code of Conduct and bp safety and compliance standards on all transactions


Essential education:

  • Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • Active bar membership in good standing in one of U.S. states


About you:

  • At least (5) years of prior M&A experience (preferably with experience of making a material contribution or managing a portion of sizeable or complex M&A transactions and preferably within the energy, power, or technology sectors), with strong client advisory, hands-on drafting, negotiation, and transaction management abilities
  • Strong academics and outstanding technical legal ability
  • A proven record of commercial awareness and of high-quality contribution to business strategy and delivery during transactions
  • Strong interpersonal, counselling and communication skills
  • Influence and collaborate within a group of experienced and motivated lawyers, clients and M&A professionals across teams and geographies
  • Team player with the ability to focus, direct and manage the efforts of internal and external legal and business resources to provide critical legal support to Group M&A and other stakeholders, including senior in-house M&A attorneys
  • Self-motivated, driven, committed, have a bias towards finding solutions and closing issues (not merely identifying problems), be innovative and be prepared to deliver robust and commercial advice
  • Demonstrate an ability to successfully prioritize tasks to support a multi-transaction portfolio and to work under pressure and carry significant workload at peak times of transactional cycle


Why join us?

There are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are meaningful, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits can include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, and excellent retirement benefits, among others!



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