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Senior Counsel Securities Law

Date: Aug 10, 2019

Location: Memphis, TN, US, 38197

Company: International Paper

What if you were given the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference? It is time to embrace your Infinite Possibilities. This is your opportunity to be part of International Paper, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in paper and packaging products. IP is known for our commitment to the environment and to cutting-edge technology. We have spent more than 100 years creating new ideas, and we are looking for people who can collaborate to help us build on our history, while creating future success. We are committed to attracting, preparing, promoting and supporting our teams. At International Paper, you control your destiny. We offer benefits, challenges, global opportunities and total rewards. When we say Infinite Possibilities, we mean it. 




This position is located in Memphis, TN, and reports to the Chief Counsel, Corporate Governance, Securities & Executive Compensation.  


The primary focus of this attorney will be to provide legal advice on matters relating to securities law compliance and disclosure, including corporate governance matters. The attorney will also provide advice and support for securities/disclosure aspects of corporate transactions, such as M&A, and finance projects.  


This position demands attention to detail, a bias for action and a collaborative attitude, legal research capability, strong written and oral communication skills and excellent organizational and project management skills. The successful candidate must be capable of performing job responsibilities within specified, and frequently shortened, internal and external deadlines, have the ability to handle multiple priorities, and work with minimal supervision.



Business Clients (Investor Relations, Corporate Accounting; Treasury); Senior Management; Board of Directors; Shareholders



  • Prepare and review informal disclosure (earnings and other press releases, slides for earnings calls and investor conferences)
  • Prepare, review and file formal disclosure (SEC filings), including: periodic and current reports (Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K), proxy statements, annual reports to stockholders and Section 16 reports (Forms 3, 4 and 5) for directors and executive officers
  • Lead process for registered offerings, issuances and repurchases of debt securities, including creation and maintenance of due diligence files and assistance with due diligence review
  • Support and advise Company’s Disclosure Committee on disclosure-related and other matters, including preparation and review of meeting materials
  • Ensure compliance with the Company’s governance documents (Certificate of Incorporation, By-Laws, Corporate Governance Guidelines, Committee charters), New York state corporate law and New York Stock Exchange governance-related listing standards
  • Keep abreast of regulatory changes, evolving best practices and changing expectations of shareholders and proxy advisors in the area of corporate governance
  • Assist in other areas of corporate law (executive compensation, M&A, financing transactions) as needed
  • Effectively communicate with internal clients and other stakeholders
  • Discern between business and legal issues
  • Conduct training on relevant legal issues & concepts
  • Participate in legal and business meetings
  • Learn business and industry inside and out
  • Manage budgets generally less than $500,000
  • Ensure consistent implementation of legal department SOP’s



  • Organizational agility
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable when dealing with tough calls


  • Managing outside counsel
  • Understanding the business industry
  • Key changes in the law
  • Interact with external stakeholders, agencies and authorities


  • 7 years or equivalent legal experience as practicing attorney in securities compliance and corporate governance areas at law firm serving public company clients (or at public corporation)
  • Legal expertise in ensuring public company compliance with 1933 Securities Act registration obligations and 1934 Securities Exchange Act reporting obligations
  • Experience advising public companies on public disclosure and the governance aspects of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank Act, related SEC rules, and the NYSE corporate governance listing standards
  • Strong legal research skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to manage and think analytically about projects
  • Customer-focused and service-oriented
  • Proactive and able to function effectively in environment of rapidly changing demands
  • Sound judgment and decision-making capability
  • Capable of performing responsibilities within specified deadlines and handling multiple priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Functional skills:
    • Written communications
    • Presentation skills
    • Legal analysis issue spotting



  • Learning on the fly
  • Customer Focus
  • Business Acumen
  • Composure 
  • Drive for Results
  • Political Savvy
  • Ethics and Values
  • Listening
  • Developing direct reports
  • Influencing
  • Conflict management


International Paper is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans.

Memphis TN 38197 

Nearest Major Market: Memphis

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