Legal Counsel - Antwerp ('t Eilandje)

Region: Antwerpen
Function: In-House
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Commercial
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Temporary contract
Your ref.: VL/LAW/3059/21-LexGO

You have approximately 5 years of working experience in an international context, preferably in the commercial and/or corporate law department of a well-reputed law firm or in the legal department of a multinational company. You are fluent in Dutch and English (both oral and written).

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PSA Antwerp’s story began in 2002, with the merger of two-well established port operators, Hessenatie and Noord Natie, each bringing together a wealth of experience and hundreds of years of port operating history. This single entity was subsequently brought under the umbrella of Singapore-based PSA International, one of the largest port groups in the world specialized in container handling.

The PSA Group participates in port projects across Asia, Europe and the Americas with flagship operations in PSA Singapore Terminals and PSA Antwerp. As the port operator of choice in the world's gateway hubs, PSA currently processes some 220,000 containers per day, which amounted to a total for 2018 of 81 million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units). The terminal in Singapore accounts for almost half of this volume. The Belgian PSA Antwerp, PSA’s largest investment outside of Singapore, processed around 10.3 million TEUs in 2018. PSA Antwerp is referred to as the PSA group’s second flagship.

In Antwerp, PSA operates 3 container terminals: MPET at Deurganck dock (a joint venture between PSA Antwerp and TIL), Noordzee Terminal and Europa Terminal). Over 80% of all containers coming into Antwerp, pass through one of these terminals. In addition to container handling, PSA is also active in general cargo handling on the PSA Breakbulk Terminal.

PSA can draw upon a talented pool of experience and expertise of a workforce of approximately 3,000 employees in Antwerp to manage our complex operations. Thanks to their hard work and motivation, PSA Antwerp is playing a significant part in making the group’s slogan, ‘The World’s Port of Call’ a reality.

As a Legal Counsel you are a.o. responsible for:

  • Giving sound yet highly practical legal advice in order to support the operations and ensure their compliance with legal requirements.
  • Reviewing, drafting and finalizing commercial agreements (such as agreements with customers and suppliers, concession agreements, IT agreements, cooperation agreements) on the best possible commercial terms.
  • Assisting management in M&A related projects (legal DD, share purchase agreements, asset transfers) and joint venture agreements.
  • Providing regulatory and compliance advice, and be a motivator and energizer for a strong culture of integrity and compliance. 
  • Creating legal forms and best practices. 

The legal counsel will report to the Regional Legal Counsel PSA EuroMed & Americas.

  • You have a Master of Laws degree and an experience of approximately 5 years as a lawyer or in-house Legal Counsel;
  • You are experienced in corporate and/or commercial law;
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English, both oral and written; 
  • You are driven, ambitious and willing to take on responsibilities; 
  • You are business oriented, practical, pragmatic and risk aware working style; 
  • You are a team player, but able to work autonomously;
  • You have excellent analytical skills, good in computing (especially the most used MS Office applications); 
  • You have good personal communication and presentation skills, showing cultural awareness; 
  • You have a no nonsense and hardworking attitude; 
  • You are stress resistant and able to work under pressure in an international orientation.

An interesting and varied full-time job with responsibility in an agreeable and dynamic environment where values such as respect, transparency and integrity, but also entrepreneurship and collegiality prevail. You are offered a permanent contract with a competitive remuneration, complemented by fringe benefits, in accordance with your expertise and experience.


Contact StĂ©phanie Penen via email or call confidentially.
Please mention reference  (VL/LAW/3059/21-LexGO).

E-mail: [email protected]
Ref: VL/LAW/3059/21-LexGO

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