The Estee Lauder Companies Assistant Counsel I, Corporate in New York, New York

Assistant Counsel I, Corporate

Brand: Estée Lauder Companies


The Assistant Counsel will be part of a small, highly motivated legal team responsible for providing legal advice and support to corporate functions, as well as select brands and regions, within The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) including New Business Development. The primary scope of this role will focus on M&A, JVs, business combinations and distributions, as well as the integration of acquired companies. Secondary responsibilities will include supporting other corporate functions (including Tax, Treasury and Finance), as well as select brands and regions. Additional matters include subsidiary management, general corporate matters, and general liability litigation oversight.

The Assistant Counsel will be a member of the Corporate, M&A & Board Affairs Group within the Legal Department, and report to the Vice President, Senior Corporate Counsel, and have the following responsibilities:

  • Position based in New York City

  • Responsible for providing legal advice and counsel involving a variety of business combinations, investments, dispositions and other general corporate agreements

  • Support the New Business Development function in the acquisition of, and investment in, new beauty brands and technology companies. Manage the legal due diligence process including supervising the diligence process, issue spotting, and advising management related thereto

  • Draft contracts related to M&A, financing, banking, confidentiality, consulting, and other corporate related matters

  • Draft corporate governance-related documents

  • Support the execution of integration of new brands and companies into ELC

  • Assisting in the creation of new template agreements, playbooks and training to support efficient contracting processes and management of legal matters

  • Coordinate with, and occasionally manage, outside law firms with respect to highly complex or specialized transactions

  • Advise and counsel all levels within the organization, including senior leadership, to identify critical legal issues, assess potential legal alternatives, and provide individuals and teams with appropriate analyses and advice

  • Supervise certain litigation matters

  • Develop knowledge about the ELC’s businesses and products

The High-Touch Leadership Competencies provide the framework to build and grow the skills, knowledge, and behaviors in each employee to lead from every chair. Everyone is expected to lead in every position. All of the High-Touch Leadership Competencies are important to success. However, in each position there are three competencies that are imperative for job success.

  • Thinks Strategically: Takes a broad view of the business, industry, and consumer environment to anticipate

and plan for the future. Identifies the focus and defines where to play, how to win and what capabilities and

management systems are required.

  • Builds Collaborative Relationships: Builds relationships based on trust and respect. Promotes the inclusion

of diverse knowledge, skills, and experiences to achieve results.

  • Demonstrates Learning Agility: Ability to anticipate change, face reality, draw conclusions, and swiftly

mobilize to adapt to changing needs and demands.

  • Strives for Excellence in Execution: Proactively seeks ways to improve personal and organizational

effectiveness to meet current and future business needs. Learns equally from successes and failures.


Minimum Education level: Law Degree

Minimum Years of Experience: 3

% Travel Time: 0% - 5%

Required Language Proficiency: English

Licenses or Certifications:

Additional Job Specifications (e.g., physical demands, working conditions, equipment/machinery, specific skills, etc.):

  • Experienced business lawyer with ability to form strong relationships with business leaders and serve as counsel to various corporate functions, including New Business Development

  • Experience with drafting, reviewing and negotiating various business combinations, including mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, as well as other general corporate related agreements, such as NDAs, financing documents, and consulting agreements

  • Experience with corporate governance, subsidiary management

  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize workload, adapt to changing conditions and execute with excellence in a complex matrix environment.

  • In addition to top-notch legal skills and a strong ethical center, must have excellent interpersonal skills, strategic thinking, communication and organizational skills

  • Must be able to independently handle complex matters, understand which issues to elevate, and a “grab the bull by the horns” work ethic

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel and PowerPoint, and familiar with collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams or Slack, and Skype

  • At least 2 years of law firm experience

  • JD from a top law school

  • Licensed in NY

Job: Legal

Primary Location: Americas-US-NY-New York

Job Type: Standard

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: 1st (Day) Shift

We are an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Number: 1821769