S&P Global

Assistant General Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions

S&P Global is seeking an experienced, practical, business-oriented and collaborative attorney to assume the role of Assistant General Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions, reporting directly to the Associate General Counsel - Legal Head of Mergers & Acquisitions who is based in New York, USA. The Assistant General Counsel, M&A will be responsible for providing leadership, guidance, direction and execution on a broad range of global M&A activities and key strategic and business initiatives. The Assistant General Counsel, M&A will have the opportunity to partner closely with colleagues in strategy, corporate development, finance, and the people team, among others, while forming part of a collaborative legal department that is valued for its clear and concise advice.

Job description

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January 26, 2024

The Assistant General Counsel, M&A is responsible for supporting a business of approximate $12 billion in revenue and over 35,000 employees world-wide, serving as a critical business partner and trusted advisor to our senior leadership team in advancing our M&A and strategic initiatives across the global organization.The ideal candidate will be an experienced attorney with at least five (5) years of a broad range of cross-border and domestic M&A experience, and preferably prior in-house experience. The successful candidate will have excellent communication, team-building and interpersonal skills, strong judgment, an eagerness to learn about our evolving company and a passion for the financial and commodities markets and the data that powers those markets.


  • Independently manage and execute key strategic M&A transactions, investments and partnerships from inception to closing, including advising on structure and deal documentation and leading transaction negotiation.
  • Ensure all appropriate internal stakeholders and functional partners are engaged in reviewing and mitigating transaction risks, and that all transactions are executed in accordance with all applicable procedures and policies.
  • Develop strong relationships with internal constituents including the corporate and divisional Strategy, M&A, and Partnerships business teams and other core functional teams.
  • Review, draft, negotiate and/or manage outside counsel review of core transaction documents including purchase agreements, transition services arrangements, joint venture arrangements and other similar agreements.
  • Manage due diligence processes and coordinate requests and input from key internal stakeholders.
  • Prepare approval documents for various internal committees and boards of directors.
  • Oversee deal-related regulatory and compliance requirements; coordinate related corporate filings with corporate secretarial function.
  • Assist with other corporate legal matters and provide substantive support for the rest of the Legal team, as needed, including vendor/procurement agreements and licensing agreements.
  • Efficiently manage outside counsel with an eye toward minimizing outside counsel expense and meeting budget.

Job requirements

  • J.D. or equivalent from a top law school with exceptional academic credentials and admitted, active and in good standing in at least one US state bar.
  • At least five (5) years of relevant experience gained at a leading law firm and/or in-house at a financial services/data-focused company; experience with fintech M&A, ventures and partnerships a plus.
  • Ability to prioritize, remain organized, and execute effectively on established timelines to meet the business needs of internal clients.
  • Ability to work on multiple, complex transactions in a fast paced, energetic department.
  • A detail-oriented, self-starter attitude with the ability to think critically, operate autonomously and exercise independent judgment.
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively with others at all levels of the organization.
  • Be a team player who brings a positive attitude to the workplace and works collaboratively with other members of the Legal team and with internal clients.