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Counsel, M&A

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Date: Aug 11, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 56221


Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.


Odds are that the email you read this morning travelled over Corning Optical Fiber; the smartphone you used had a Corning cover lens; and the vehicle you took to work had cleaner emissions because of a Corning catalytic substrate. Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science.  


Position Description:

The Counsel, M&A is a crucial member of a small team within Corning’s Law Department that is responsible for providing legal guidance and executing on a wide variety of business and strategic transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate partnerships, venture capital and other minority investments and joint ventures. In this role, you will conduct and manage legal due diligence, negotiate and draft transaction documents, advise on deal structure and key legal considerations, and direct outside counsel.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Director, Law—M&A and other members of Corning’s Law Department to provide legal advice and services to support a wide range of domestic and cross-border M&A and other strategic transactions, including buy-side, sell-side, private and public transactions.
  • Responsible for legal strategy, negotiation, and advice on M&A and other strategic transactions.
  • Review and advise on structural, corporate and legal issues pertaining to acquisitions, divestitures, strategic alliances, venture capital investments, spin-offs and tender offers.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders across multiple functions (e.g., Corporate Development, Finance, Treasury, Technology, and business units) on complex transactions impacting many areas of the organization.
  • Conduct and manage due diligence activities and use relevant information to develop legal strategies and ensure appropriate contract terms.
  • Provide legal advice to support integrating acquired businesses and separating divested businesses.
  • Develop, maintain, and update standard forms, guidance and processes in response to changing markets, business needs and best practices.
  • Retain and manage outside counsel on legal matters, as needed.


Travel Requirements:

  • Up to 10 – 15%, primarily domestic


Required Experience/Education/Skills:

  • Strategic, business-focused, practical and emotionally intelligent adviser with expertise in M&A, capital markets, and commercial transactions.
  • Experience drafting, reviewing, and supporting negotiation of deal-related legal documentation (e.g., purchase agreements, ancillary agreements, NDAs).
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively navigate diverse perspectives and problem-solve in a global, multicultural, highly matrixed organization.
  • Exceptional at communicating complex ideas and practical advice both in writing and orally • Strong judgment and the ability to collaborate with, lead, and motivate team members.
  • Experience reviewing the work of outside counsel and/or other legal team members.
  • 4+ years of experience as a practicing attorney, either with a law firm or in a corporation with M&A and transactional experience.


Other Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience managing elements of large cross-functional projects.
  • Experience interacting with senior business leaders, delivering communications/presentations, and contributing to business discussions and decision making.
  • Strong working knowledge of intellectual property law, commercial law and basic finance and accounting.
  • Demonstrates consistent success working with partners across other divisions, geographies, and/or functions.


What sets us apart? Corning’s unwavering commitment to Diversity. Diversity is integral to Corning’s belief in the fundamental dignity of the individual – one of Corning’s seven Values. We are committed to providing an environment where all employees can thrive. This begins with an understanding that our global workforce consists of a rich mixture of diverse people. This diversity will continue to be a source of our strength as well as a competitive advantage. If you have a passionate belief in the power of innovation to change the world; and if you are up to the challenge of working for a world-class organization that makes real, profitable advanced materials, then visit Corning’s website at  

This position does not support immigration sponsorship.



We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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