Corporate, General Commercial/Contracts Law, Intellectual Property
Major, Lindsey & Africa has been exclusively retained to conduct a search for a General Counsel for IJW Whiskey Company to be located in Beverly Hills, California.
Overview: IJW Whiskey Company was launched 3+ years ago by a multi-billion-dollar private equity firm as a wholly separate entity to operate and invest in the spirits industry and more particularly, in the Kentucky bourbon space. Over the last three years, IJW has amassed the largest independent inventory of bourbon in the world, surpassing 100,000 barrels in storage. While IJW’s operational headquarter is on Louisville’s’ Whiskey Row, its executive management, including the private equity firm CEO, are located in Beverly Hills, California.
Experience: 8-12+ years of progressive legal experience with foundational training in a well-respected law firm followed by in-house experience. Ideal candidate will have proven business savvy and strategic vision, as well as experience with commercial contracts, corporate, regulatory/legal compliance matters, labor and employment, litigation management, and intellectual property management (protection of trademarks, brands). Additional work supporting the CEO’s family office is anticipated. As the first General Counsel for this organization, the ideal candidate will have proven leadership skills and experience managing a lean legal function, as well as be able to roll up their sleeves. There is a strong preference for candidates who have been in nimble, lean, fast-paced environments. Consumer products or spirits industry experience, or manufacturing/distribution experience is a plus but not required.
Relocation: Strong preference for local candidates. No relocation assistance provided.
Bar: Member in good standing of at least one U.S. state with the ability to become Registered In House Counsel (RIHC) in the State of California.
Internal Number: 281379
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