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United Airlines Counsel - Finance and Corporate Development in Chicago, Illinois

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From airports to the boardroom, our Legal department provides advice and counsel on all aspects of the business, assessing legal risks and our compliance.

Job overview and responsibilities

As a member of the United Airlines, Inc. (the “Company”) in-house legal team, Counsel - Finance and Corporate Development will report directly to the Associate General Counsel – Corporate Transactions and be part of the Corporate Transactions group within the Legal Department, which provides counsel, advice and legal support to facilitate the Company’s growth through targeted acquisitions, joint ventures, equity investments and other corporate transactions.

  • Draft, review, analyze and negotiate strategic and financing transactions, including:

  • strategic partnerships and investments

  • acquisitions and divestitures

  • equity offerings and debt financings

  • term loans and revolving credit facilities secured by various assets

  • aircraft acquisition and disposition agreements

  • Engage in corporate development activities, including:

  • participation in due diligence

  • strategic dialogue with company stakeholders with respect to transaction-related decision-making, strategic processes and issue resolution

  • proactively supporting the entire acquisition and investment process, including by leading, drafting and negotiating key transaction documentation, providing legal advice and counsel to the Corporate Development group and other internal departments, and coordinating and supervising internal and external project teams to ensure the successful completion and integration of transactions

  • anticipate, identify and manage risk and liability exposure

  • Provide practical, compliant and strategic legal advice and counsel to internal clients on a variety of matters as issues arise.

  • Strategically and in a cost-effective manner, manage and partner with outside counsel to ensure execution and delivery of high-quality work product.

  • Oversee and manage certain other strategic initiatives that are deemed important to the growth and future prospects of the Company.


  • Bachelor’s and Juris Doctorate degree from top institutions

  • At least seven (7) years of extensive large firm or in-house practice supporting sophisticated finance and corporate development and transactions

  • Broad knowledge of corporate transactional disciplines including M&A, joint ventures and equity investments, among others.

  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to render persuasive, diplomatic, practical, creative and legally compliant advice in a timely fashion

  • Excellent business acumen with the judgment and ability to advise on legal issues within the business context

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, especially of complex issues

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong planning/organization abilities

  • Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills

  • Proven ability to interact effectively with all levels of corporate management

  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and handle high-pressure situations and short deadlines

  • Effective Negotiator as this role requires hands-on negotiation of complex transactions, and as such, being an effective negotiator with both arms-length counterparties and future business partners is required.

  • Bar admission and active member in good standing in at least one state


  • Knowledge of the aviation/airline industry

  • Knowledge of federal securities laws, aircraft finance instruments and leases, loan agreements, credit and security agreements, and asset sale agreements

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.

  • Airline experience preferred

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

Division: 31 Legal

Function: Legal

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled