Assistant General Counsel

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Legal

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Position Summary

The Assistant General Counsel – Corporate Affairs is a senior position within Simmons Bank’s legal department responsible for providing legal advice to the bank and Simmons First National Corporation on laws and regulations affecting corporate governance, strategic corporate transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, as well as corporate financings), and public company disclosures. This individual will also oversee the drafting and negotiation of agreements with third-party service providers. This individual will report directly to the bank’s General Counsel and manage other attorneys within the legal department, as well as outside counsel.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide expert advice to management concerning, and assist in ensuring compliance with, corporate governance requirements under state law, SEC rules and regulations, and exchange listing requirements
  • Provide expert advice to management concerning, and assist in ensuring compliance with, public company disclosure requirements under federal securities laws, rules and regulations
  • Assist with matters concerning the boards of directors of the bank and Simmons First National Corporation, including preparation of meeting materials, resolutions, minutes, and relevant research
  • Manage legal aspects of strategic mergers and acquisitions, including drafting agreements and disclosures, as well as working with management of business units on integration-related matters
  • Draft and provide comments on securities disclosures, including Forms 10-K/Q, 8-K, Section 16 filings, registration statements, investor presentations, etc.
  • Draft the proxy statement and related materials for Simmons First National Corporation’s annual shareholders’ meeting, and assist as requested with investor relations matters
  • Oversee subsidiary management and corporate recordkeeping
  • Direct and supervise outside law firms on specific projects, when appropriate
  • Draft correspondence, memoranda, agreements, contracts, and other legal documents
  • Assist in the development, modification, and interpretation of corporate governance-related policies, practices, and procedures
  • Manage strategic/special projects as assigned
  • Effectively manage other attorneys within the legal department
  • Assist as requested with management of the legal department, including departmental budget management
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned
  • Qualifications

    To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The attributes listed below are representative of the requisite knowledge, skill, and/or ability.


  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret financial report and/or legal documents
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, the board of directors, and outside parties
  • High level of expertise in relevant areas of law that results in independent work with little direction or oversight required
  • Ability to synthesize and advise on complex fact and legal topics
  • Strong writing and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a small team
  • Ability to communicate effectively across multiple channels
  • High degree of adherence to ethical standards
  • Education and/or Experience

  • A law degree from an accredited law school
  • Admission to at least one state bar
  • At least six years of experience as an attorney in a large law firm, regulatory agency, or corporate legal department, including at least four years of securities law experience
  • At least two years of supervisory experience preferred
  • Public company experience preferred
  • Other Qualifications (including physical requirements)

  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentially and sensitivity towards all work-related information
  • Other

    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Activities, duties, and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.

    Skills Training

    Continuing Legal Education

    Equal Employment Opportunity Information: Simmons First National Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of equal employment with respect to a person's race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, covered veterans, military status, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected classifications. Simmons First National Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to Affirmative Action Programs consisting of results-oriented procedures to ensure equal employment opportunities. These programs require positive action in lieu of neutral non-discrimination and merit hiring/performance policies.

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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