Marriott International, Inc., named by Fortune Magazine as one of the “100 Best companies to Work for in America”, has an immediate opportunity for a Corporate Counsel.

Marriott International, Inc., named by Fortune Magazine as one of the “100 Best companies to Work for in America”, has an immediate opportunity for a Corporate Counsel

Position Summary

The Caribbean & Latin America (“CALA”) Group within the Marriott International Law Department provides legal services to support the operations and development of all Marriott-branded lodging products, including its full-service Marriott and Renaissance, as well as limited service hotels (e.g. Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, and AC by Marriott).

This position will focus on providing legal support in all phases of Marriott’s owned or managed lodging development projects throughout CALA.  The attorney selected for this position will help Marriott achieve its business objectives through key relationships arising from Marriott’s core business of operating self-branded, third-party owned hotels.

This position will require an ability to deal with a broad array of topics, including real estate development, debt and equity financing and guarantees, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, risk-management, and employee related issues.  Familiarity with real estate acquisition, financing and development techniques and practices is essential, and familiarity with mergers and acquisitions is preferred.  This position will require an independent and creative attorney with the ability to manage, structure, negotiate, and execute multiple complex transactions; draft hotel management, lease, and related agreements; participate in mergers and acquisitions; supervise outside counsel; understand and resolve local law issues; work effectively with owners, developers and lenders; and coordinate tax, insurance, intellectual property, and design issues within Marriott.

This position will report directly to the Regional General Counsel, Caribbean & Latin America.  This position will be located in Marriott International’s office in Miami, Florida.

Specific Job Summary and Expected Contributions

The attorney selected for this position will provide legal services for operations of all Marriott-branded lodging projects and the acquisition, development, and financing of new lodging products (including through mergers and acquisitions), including:

  • providing preliminary advice on proposed transactions with respect to confidentiality agreements, structuring the transaction, letters of intent, and trade area restrictions;
  • drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, ground leases, and development agreements, handling legal due diligence, coordinating with other members of the development team, monitoring compliance with local zoning requirements, drafting and negotiating closing documents, overseeing closings, and following up on post-closing matters;
  • drafting and negotiating management and related agreements and coordinating various conversion matters on the takeover of existing properties;
  • drafting and negotiating ownership structuring agreements, including joint venture, condominium, and finance documentation;
  • drafting and negotiating documents involved with multi-unit refinancings, sale/leaseback, and sale/manage back transactions;
  • drafting and negotiating documents involved with mergers and acquisitions and participating in all aspects of the due diligence process; and
  • providing advice on miscellaneous real estate matters affecting lodging development and operations (e.g., condemnations, easements, restrictions, and land use); and
  • providing guidance on a variety of day-to-day hotel operations matters.

Candidate Profile

  • Excellent academic record with a law degree from a top law school;

 

  • Minimum of five years transactional legal experience in a well regarded law firm or comparable corporate environment, with an emphasis on real estate transactions, development and/or mergers and acquisitions;

 

  • Active Bar membership;

 

  • Fluent Spanish language capability, including both verbal and written Spanish language skills;

 

  • Proven contract drafting and negotiating skills;

 

  • Lodging business acumen;

 

  • Ability to expeditiously identify and analyze issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason;

 

  • Ability to work under stressful conditions with owners, lenders, and partners of properties in financial distress;

 

  • Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to interact effectively and work diplomatically with individuals at all levels; Ability to foster relationships and individual accountability across the organization;

 

  • Excellent bi-lingual written and oral communication skills;

 

  • Excellent conflict management skills, and ability to influence without coercion;

 

  • Ability to identify opportunities for improvement and to facilitate the implementation of creative solutions;

 

  • Ability to work independently, take ownership of and effectively resolve problems;

 

  • Ability to expeditiously identify and assess issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason; and

 

Preference for candidates with international experience.

Marriott offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. For immediate consideration, please go to Marriott’s resume posting site at http://www.marriott.com/careers and post your resume on our site.  Please include the following ad code on your resume and in the field requested on our site to be considered for this job. Job # 13000PMF  EOE M/F/V/D