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BIO is hiring a Senior Legal Counsel

Brussels 11.12.2018

Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries NV/S.A. (BIO) is a development finance institution incorporated in 2001 to support the private sector in developing countries.

BIO invests, directly and indirectly, in SMEs, financial institutions and infrastructure projects. With a capital of more than 800 million EUR, BIO offers customized long-term financing solutions (through equity, debt and guarantees) as well as subsidies for technical assistance programmes and feasibility studies.

BIO promotes good environmental and social standards, as well as good governance practices with its partners, and seeks to realize an important development impact in each of its interventions.

Our operations are complementary to those of traditional financial institutions and aimed at projects that offer a balance between financial return and development impact.

BIO is a member of EDFI VZW/ASBL (European Development Finance Institutions).

 Function

As Senior Legal Counsel you will be responsible for managing legal aspects of investment projects and take part in other tasks of the legal department.

 Your role

Manage and coordinate legal aspects relation to the structuring and completion of investment projects (debt and equity) in close cooperation with the investment team through:

  • assisting the (non-legal) investment team in structuring transactions and advising on legal matters,
  • structuring, drafting or reviewing, and negotiating the legal documentation (term sheets, loan agreements, SPA, etc), and
  • coordinating with external legal counsel.

Assist the portfolio department on legal matters arising during the follow up of investment projects:

  • advising on waivers and amendments or restructuring;
  • structuring, drafting or reviewing, and negotiating the legal documentation, and
  • coordinating with external legal counsel.

Take part in legal trainings organized by the legal department, contribute to the knowledge management database of the legal department and assist in compliance and corporate/ institutional matters.

BIO invests in enterprises in developing countries with a challenging legal environment. In collaboration with external (local or international) counsel it is your role to ensure the validity of BIO’s interventions while safeguarding BIO’s interests.

 Profile

  • Master in Law with 5 to 10 years relevant professional experience (preferably banking and finance)
  • A first experience in the banking and/or finance sector (debt in general, and project finance in particular) in a financial institution or law firm is required
  • Good written and spoken English and French (legal documentation and internal/external relations will be conducted in both languages), knowledge of Dutch and/or Spanish is an asset
  • Good negotiation and communication skills
  • Team player, pragmatic and business/solution oriented
  • Organized and determined to delivery quality, pro-active and flexible
  • Creative, “out of the box” thinker, not of afraid of unfamiliar circumstances

 Report to: Chief Legal Officer

 Offer

BIO offers you a unique opportunity in the development sector, a varied job with profound responsibilities within a small team, in collaboration with the other departments of the institution. If you’re interested in this exciting and challenging role, get in touch and become or new colleague!

 Interested: please send your CV and cover letter through the career page of our website.