Legal Counsel Belgium & The Netherlands - Vilvoorde

Region: Flemish Brabant
Function: In-House
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Commercial, Real estate
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent contract
Your ref.: VL/LAW/2389/19

Legal Counsel with an experience in real estate and corporate law. Excellent knowledge of Dutch and English.

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Goodman is a publicly listed global industrial property group that owns, develops, and manages modern industrial real estate including logistics facilities, warehouses and business parks in strategic locations throughout 17 countries.

Goodman owns high quality properties, develops properties in key locations to meet customer needs, and manages the premium real estate they invest in globally. Dedicated local teams are responsible for all aspects of property, asset and investment management (investors include sovereign wealth, pension and large multi-manager funds).

Goodman is the largest industrial property group listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and one of the largest listed specialist fund managers of industrial property and business space globally, with around A$43 billion in assets under management.

It has a team of around 900 people in 29 offices worldwide throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, North America and Brazil.

The Continental European Headquarters are located in Vilvoorde.

To provide transactional and commercial support to the European business, Goodman is currently looking for a Legal Counsel Belgium & The Netherlands.

As a Legal Counsel Belgium & The Netherlands your primary objective is to proactively identify and mitigate all legal risks with a strong focus on the managing and resolving of all legal issues relating to the real estate development, property management and the real estate transactions of Goodman and its Partnerships (Funds and Joint Ventures) in Belgium (Vilvoorde office) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam office).

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Managing and resolving legal issues in relation to real estate development (mainly relating to real estate acquisition and disposal - rent/lease – sale – contracting – architectural services) in Belgium and the Netherlands;
  • Identifying risks related to projects and structures and suggesting and applying legally accepted and attractive solutions to make given transactions feasible from a functional and legal perspective;
  • Negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts with customers and third parties;
  • Providing fellow legal managers with on time, pro-active and accurate support within your field(s) of expertise;
  • Working in close collaboration with the wider European and Global legal and risk team and with the business and technical development managers in the different countries;
  • Practice “preventive law” by training and educating employees on general legal and development matters;
  • Involving and liaise with external law firms in an effective way and at fair cost when necessary;
  • Ensuring the coordination of legal disputes and/or litigation.

As member of the Risk Strategy Team you will be working in close collaboration with the wider European legal, compliance and risk team and with the business and technical development managers, the property and asset managers and the capital transactions team in the different countries.   

Externally you will liaise with and manage outside counsel.

  • University degree in law; additional degree or LLM is a clear asset;
  • Minimum 8 years of experience (attorney at law and/or legal manager with experience in cross boarder commercial transactions) and minimum 5 years of experience in the different aspects of corporate and real estate law: real estate development, lease agreements – M&A including real estate transactions – contracting;
  • Experience in international projects required;
  • Having a strong experience in contract drafting and negotiation;
  • Excellent command both orally and written of English, Dutch and French.
  • Being highly professional with high integrity and interpersonal skills, excellent in analyzing legal issues, making risk assessments and in providing pragmatic tailor made solutions, being up to speed with current market evolution, being flexible and committed to bottom line result, outgoing and pro-active, being a quick thinker and stress resistant, being a team player and computer literate;
  • Able to travel (short periods of maximum two days) on short notice to the Netherlands and to work on multiple projects under tight time pressures in a fast-changing environment;
  • Able to operate without significant supervision, and independently handle most complex matters.

Goodman offers you a key position with international exposure within a rapidly expanding global group.

You will be offered challenging work that you can organize with a high level of autonomy.

You can count on a competitive compensation package, company car, non-contributory pension plan and hospitalization plan.


Contact Caroline Voisin via email or call confidentially.
Please mention reference  (VL/LAW/2389/19).

Ref: VL/LAW/2389/19

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