Legal Counsel

Legal Counsel
Regio: Zwijndrecht
Vereiste ervaring: 3 jaar
Werkomgeving: Onderneming
Ref: VL/BE/LAW/3825/24
Contract: Onbepaalde duur (Voltijds)


DEME, met hoofdkantoor in het Belgische Zwijndrecht, is een wereldvermaarde aannemer op het gebied van baggerwerken, offshore energie, milieusanering, het leggen van kabels en leidingen onder water en maritieme infrastructuur. Naast het zuivere  aannemingswerk legt DEME zich ook toe op het ontwikkelen van  concessies voor offshore windenergie, maritieme infrastructuur, groene waterstof en de ontginning van diepzee-mineralen. Het bedrijf kan bogen op meer dan 145 jaar ervaring en is toonaangevend inzake innovatie en nieuwe technologieën. Het is DEME's visie om te bouwen aan een duurzame toekomst door oplossingen te bieden voor wereldwijde uitdagingen: een stijgende zeespiegel, een groeiende bevolking, toenemende emissies, vervuilde grond en rivieren en schaarste aan mineralen. 

In een operationele omgeving met steeds complexer wordende contractstructuren, veeleisende private en publieke klanten en immer  ingewikkelder regels en wetten blijft DEME er naar streven om haar wereldwijde klanten een totaaloplossing te bieden, door het inzetten van haar state-of-the-art expertise voor lange termijn projecten inzake  bagger,  haven- en maritieme constructie  en in de sectoren van  offshore wind, groene waterstof en infrastructuur.  Deze  komen overheden, concessiehouders, gebruikers en particuliere partners ten goede steunend op verschillende innovatieve internationale contractvormen (turnkey, Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC), Design-Build-Finance-Maintain (DBFM), Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Early Contractor Involvement (ECI), etc.), waarbij gedegen kennis van contractuele, financierings- en verzekeringstechnieken hand in hand gaan. DEME kan rekenen op ongeveer 5.000 hooggeschoolde en gemotiveerde professionals en exploiteert één van de grootste en meest geavanceerde vloten ter wereld.

Our client

DEME Group, headquartered in Zwijndrecht, Antwerp is a market leader in dredging, environmental and marine engineering business solutions, such as port construction and improving maritime access worldwide. DEME has been creating land for 150 years and will continue to do so in the future.

In an operational environment with an involvement in complex contract structures, with high expectations from clients and with increasing regulatory restrictions from authorities, DEME today is able to offer its worldwide clientele a total solution, bringing together state-of-the-art expertise and top partners to focus on economically viable long-term projects in the ports and maritime, offshore wind, green hydrogen and infrastructure sector that benefit concession owners, users and private-sector partners, through a variety of innovative international contract forms (turn-key, Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC), Design-Build-Finance-Maintain (DBFM), Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Early Contractor Involvement (ECI), etc.), in which contractual, financing and project insurance techniques go hand in hand.

To strengthen its legal department, DEME is looking for a Legal Counsel with experience in corporate Law (including M&A) and contract law.

Description of the vacancy

You will be part of the legal department, situated at DEME’s headquarters in Antwerp, consisting of an extensive and complimentary team of in-house legal counsels, each of them covering and responsible for one or more geographical areas in the world, DEME business units and/or particular professional domains.

You will be a part of the legal team responsible for the DEME Concessions activities. DEME Concessions oversees DEME’s broad-ranging and diverse concessions in the fields of renewables (wind, wave and tidal), marine infrastructure, dredging and ports for which DEME Concessions acts not only as a contractor but also as an equity investor and developer. Furthermore, DEME Concessions, as developer, is also taking a first-mover position in novel industries such as green hydrogen and deep-sea mineral harvesting. In close cooperation with the business and the other supporting DEME departments, you will sculpt and form the worldwide projects of DEME Concessions from the first cooperation with partners up to preparing and executing (i) the project financing, (ii) all relevant agreements and (iii) the construction and operation of the project.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Providing legal support in respect of the projects of DEME Concessions which are spread over the world ranging from port extensions, river concessions, developing and constructing offshore (floating) wind farms, pioneering development work in green hydrogen and many other related projects.
  • Assisting the business with all legal aspects of the concession projects which consists of participating in tenders, negotiating all sorts of agreements, and drafting, reviewing and amending of cooperation agreements, development agreements, shareholder agreements, share purchase agreements, concession agreements, EPC contracts, financing documentation, offtake agreements etc..
  • You will play a vital role in ensuring that the projects and agreements reach their execution phase which also means assisting with the financing process and achieving financial close.
  • You will assist any potential share sale processes of such projects under development or developed in close cooperation with the business and the selected financial and legal advisors.
  • You will lead the legal workstream for the projects and organize the support and contacts with reputable law firms from all over the world.
  • Providing practical legal advice on a large scope of legal questions related to the DEME Concession’s participations and activities.


  • You hold a Master in Law.
  • You have minimum 3 years of experience in aforementioned areas, preferably as a lawyer or in-house counsel in an international environment.
  • You are fluent in English. Other languages (French, Dutch) are an asset.
  • You have strong communication and relational skills.
  • You have affinity with ports, marine infrastructure offshore industry and/or renewables industries.
  • You show creativity with regards to elaborating and providing solutions.
  • You have an open, unprejudiced, and international view. You are willing to travel for a limited period of time and at short notice with respect and understanding for different cultures.
  • You show curiosity and intellectual mobility, you are eager to learn and have an open mindset.
  • You are known for your availability, as well as responsiveness, tenacity, and willingness to succeed.
  • You are well organized and stress resistant, capable of handling multiple projects.
  • You are assertive, self-confident and a true team player, and at the same time you are able to work autonomously.


The position offers an unique blend of internationally oriented work in combination with a hands-on approach, which requires a willingness to get involved in the businesses. You will work closely together with the professionals of the concerned divisions in a stimulating, innovative workplace with numerous growth opportunities.  You will be offered challenging work that you can organize with a high level of autonomy and you can count on a motivating and attractive remuneration package in accordance with your seniority and experience.

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