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Temporary Senior Attorney (M&A/Due Diligence)

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Date: Nov 18, 2022

Location(s): Houston, TX, US, 77070

Company: NextEra Energy

Requisition ID:  66187 

NextEra Energy Resources is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and a world leader in battery storage. We provide energy-related products and services that grow our economy, protect the environment, support our communities and help customers meet their energy needs. We are leading the decarbonization of the U.S. economy with our goal to reach Real Zero carbon emissions from our operations by 2045 while improving customer affordability and reliability. Are you interested in creating a cleaner environment for future generations? Join our world-class, innovative team today.

Position Specific Description

Description:

This position is located in the Gexa Energy office in Houston with a hybrid remote option.  Gexa Energy is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc.  Gexa, under its different brand names, sells retail electricity in 14 states and the District of Columbia. 

Responsibilities:

Gexa Energy is working on potential acquisitions and needs an experienced M&A attorney to assist as both lead deal attorney and support attorney, at times, both with due diligence obligations, as directed.  This attorney will manage outside M&A counsel for larger deals as needed.

  • Will both be senior lead attorney managing smaller acquisitions and will support other attorneys at times on their acquisitions.  Outside counsel will likely still be used for key document creation.
  • Review of data room documents and agreements as requested.  Typical contracts may include retail customer agreements for power and gas, third party retail broker agreements, real estate agreements, NDAs, vendor and service agreements, etc…
  • Summarizing and/abstracting agreements, often in Microsoft Excel
  • Analysis and risk issue determinations, consistent with an experienced transactional attorney
  • Understanding of acquisition agreements
  • Ability to assist with creation of exhibits
  • Work closely as part of a team with attorneys providing similar support to Gexa and its affiliates’ energy businesses with respect to various retail and wholesale transactions to insure consistency
  • Other legal and business requirements as needed
  • Position will be time limited for 6-9 months

Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree, Juris Doctor and five (5) or more years of relevant legal experience is required.  Must be member in good standing of a state bar (Texas or any other state in the United States). 

  • Must have strong baseline M&A experience and be able to be the lead Legal point person inside the business for closing an acquisition (using outside counsel where needed)
  • Must have sophisticated commercial or transactional legal experience 
  • Retail electricity sales experience is helpful, but not required
  • Competitive credentials and related experience from corporate in-house, governmental, and/or leading law firm practice preferred
  • Ability to work as part of a team with both internal and external stakeholders with diverse cultural backgrounds 
  • Willingness to show respect in the workplace and strive for excellence at all times
  • Ability to prioritize time spent on particular matters by value and risk  
  • Ability to comfortably reprioritize quickly as needed by the business
  • Ability to defend difficult positions and achieve balance with commercial considerations 
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Ability to work well within a team framework

 

**initial expectation of 6 month project, with the potential to extend**

Job Overview

Employees in this job participate in complex legal matters and projects and deliver timely and quality legal services to clients with minimal supervision.

Job Duties & Responsibilities


•   Provides written and oral legal advice to clients
•   Anticipates and guards against legal risks involving the organization
•   Works to ensure budget compliance and avoids the need for outside counsel
•   Ensures disclosure of potentially material legal issues to senior leadership
•   Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications


•  Member in Good Standing of State Bar
•  High School Grad / GED
•  Juris Doctorate
•  Bachelor's Degree
•  Experience:5+ years

Preferred Qualifications


•  None

 

Employee Group:  Exempt
Employee Type:  Projectbound FT
Job Category:  Legal/Regulatory/External Affairs
Organization:  Gexa Energy LP 
Relocation Provided:  No

 

Where permitted by applicable law, NextEra Energy requires all employees and new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination on or before the first day of employment.

 

NextEra Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.

 

NextEra Energy provides reasonable accommodation in its application and selection process for qualified individuals, including accommodations related to compliance with conditional job offer requirements, consistent with federal, state, and local laws. Supporting medical or religious documentation will be required where applicable and permitted by applicable law. To request a reasonable accommodation, please send an e-mail to recruiting-coordinator.sharedmailbox@nexteraenergy.com, providing your name, telephone number and the best time for us to reach you. Alternatively, you may call 1-844-694-4748. Please do not use this line to inquire about your application status.

 

NextEra Energy will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

 

NextEra Energy does not accept any unsolicited resumes or referrals from any third-party recruiting firms or agencies. Please see our policy for more information.

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