Head of Legal Belgium - Brussels
25/06/2021

Region: Brussels
Function: In-House
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Litigation, Banking & Finance, Regulatory
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent contract
Your ref.: VL/LAW/2939/21

The Country Head of Legal has responsibility for oversight and supervision of the Legal Department, with a particular focus on legal services for the management and all business lines as well as responsibility for litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. You are fluent in Dutch, French and English.

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The Head of Legal is accountable for the provision of legal services for Deutsche Bank Belgium, ensuring a proper involvement of the divisional General Counsel or Product Heads, as in each case relevant. This includes in particular the following tasks:

  • Ensures effective implementation of relevant strategies and key operating procedures for the function;
  • Sets the strategic direction for the function along the regionally and globally set priorities and advises on legal and regulatory changes;
  • Manages the Legal Team (4 legal counsels) including structure, staffing, talent development and compensation;
  • Selects external counsel on high risk cases, oversees delivery of external legal services and manages the Legal Department’s external counsel relationships in the country, taking the views divisional General Counsel and or Product Heads into account;
  • Accountable for the management of high-risk litigation and regulatory investigations in the country ensuring adequate involvement of the respective Product Heads;
  • Advises on Legal reputational and regulatory issues in transactions;
  • Provides advice and support to DBS’ senior management, business divisions and other infrastructure functions with respect to area of expertise;
  • Provides updates to the Group divisional and regional General Counsel and senior management and bank committees as appropriate;
  • Complies and procures compliance with applicable laws and regulations, taking particular account of compliance with applicable corporate and banking laws and regulations as well as compliance with anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, anti-fraud and anti-market manipulation rules, embargo requirements and any other rules aiming at preventing any kind of other criminal activities as well as data protection, confidentiality and (non-)disclosure requirements;
  • Fulfils all obligations towards supervisory authorities and accredited investigators, including any due notifications and any requirements on submission of information;
  • Complies and endorses compliance with DB Group’s internal rules in general;
  • Ensures effective implementation of relevant strategies within defined Risk Appetite and Tolerance, ensuring that the Unit’s strategy is in line with DB’s Group risk strategy and monitors deliverables and performance targets;
  • Ensures the implementation of Policies and Procedures by and within the Unit;
  • Acts as escalation channel, being accountable for dispute resolution and for overseeing disciplinary processes;
  • Ensures the Unit’s proper and transparent organization along the core organizational requirements as laid out in DB’s Internal Governance Principles, and in particular also taking account of applicable segregation requirements and avoiding/ addressing conflicts of interest;
  • Manages risks and oversees controls in respect of risk types which fall within the remit of the Unit by way of implementing and maintaining an adequate and effective risk management, including identification, assessment and management (incl. control, monitoring and reporting) of risks;
  • Represents the Unit towards internal/ external stakeholders; maintains and fosters internal and external key (business) relationships;
  • Ensures the remediation of issues and is accountable for delivery of Unit’s remediation actions;
  • Drives collaboration and a trust-based relationships both within the Unit as well as across Units.
  • Master in Law with good academic references;
  • You are fluent in Dutch, French and English;
  • You have min 10 years of experience as a lawyer or senior legal counsel in a bank;
  • You have experience in coaching a team;
  • You have knowledge of the legal aspects concerning retail banking and the regulations of the financial sector (prospectus regulation, trade practices, legislation relating to UCITS, anti-money laundering rules, secured transactions, MiFID, financial commission, etc.);
  • You have a strong personality to interact with everyone on an appropriate and balanced way;
  • You manage stressful situations with internal customers and supervision holders while preserving a professional approach to solve the problem;
  • You are able to develop good relations with the local authorities (FSMA).
  • A young, dynamic and innovative working environment;
  • An attractive and extensive range of tasks;
  • An interesting salary package (company car, meal vouchers, medical insurance, group insurance, Flexible Income  plan, ...);
  • A corporate culture where values such as customer focus, integrity and partnership are central;
  • An environment in which you are encouraged to share your opinions, suggestions and concerns (speak-up culture);
  • A flat organizational structure with close cooperation and open communication with both management and in between the different departments;
  • An extensive range of training courses to develop technical, soft and leadership skills via Connect2Learn, our learning platform.

Interested?

Contact Marie Brepoels via email or call confidentially.
Please mention reference  (VL/LAW/2939/21).

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +32 (0) 2 290 23 51
Mobile: +32 (0)498 72 28 58
Ref: VL/LAW/2939/21
URL: http://www.vialegis.be

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