Chief Legal Officer - Antwerp

Region: Antwerpen
Function: In-House
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Corporate law, Banking & Finance
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent contract

As Chief Legal Officer, you will be heading a team of 3 legal counsels.You will be responsible for coordinating all legal aspects of Incofin's operations.

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Incofin Investment Management (“Incofin IM”) is a leading international impact investment company focused on investing in dynamically managed enterprises in emerging countries. Driven by a strong interest of business solution that promotes inclusive progress, Incofin wants to improve the lives of the more vulnerable or less privileged people. By doing so, Incofin is committed to deliver attractive returns to its investors. The company has over 15 years of experience in dealing with risk capital in the form of debt and equity investments and currently has $ 850m committed assets under management. Incofin has a loyal investor base comprising leading development funds, banks, insurance companies, pension funds, alternative investment funds, high net worth and retail investors.

Incofin currently generates over €7m euros revenues and has an international team of 45 people, including over 25 investment professionals, spread across its regional teams. The management team combines 40+ years of impact investing experience and has built a strong network linking reputed investors to high potential investees. Incofin is AIFM licensed and its shareholders include staff (80 %), Incofin CVSO (10%) and GIMV (10%).

All of Incofin’s activities come under the umbrella of strong values and purpose. Incofin commits to the highest professional standards and ethical values and goals.

Incofin is looking to hire a Chief Legal Officer. 

As Chief Legal Officer you will be heading a team of 3 legal counsels (2 in Antwerp and 1 in Bogota (Colombia)). You will be based in Antwerp.

You will be responsible for coordinating all legal aspects of Incofin IM’s operations in the following areas:


1. Fund development

-  Providing in-house expertise about European fund legislation (AIFM, MIFID,..) and specific EU member state fund legislation;

-  Leading in-house research for identifying appropriate fund structures worldwide;

-  Structuring and negotiating fund documentation (Issue Document, Shareholders’ Agreement, Articles of Incorporation, fund management agreement);

-  Supporting fund development and fundraising process.


2. Legal aspects of fund management and advisory

-  Monitoring investments (breaches, verification of legal documents, reporting to foreign regulatory authorities, tax aspects, legal aspects of AML/KYC, ... );

-  Managing legal side of relationships with Fund Investors/Managers/Advisors/custodians/ depository banks;

-  Corporate housekeeping of funds: convening general assembly, attending board meetings, preparing board minutes.


3. Investment process (debt, equity)

-  Structuring legal/contractual aspects of debt and equity investment transactions worldwide;

-  Coordination of legal/contractual aspects of potential workouts and litigations;

-  Structuring legal/contractual aspects of divestments;

-  Instruct and manage external counsel in relation to the equity investment transactions worldwide;

-  Set up of operational processes and/or IT system that ensure all legal aspects of transactions are covered. 


4. Supporting the implementation of corporate strategy and dealing with governance bodies and regulators (especially FSMA);


5. Team management 

Driving Results

-  Entrepreneurial, proactive and having a creative attitude to problem solving;

-  A “can-do” mentality towards supporting new initiatives and resilient to stress;

-  Strong negotiating skills;

- Actively contributing to the business development targets of the company by leveraging

-  Process-oriented: experience with legal processes, strong ability to think in terms of processes and their improvement.


Building People Capability

-  A real leader with strong organisational and management skills and experience in managing a team of senior legal professionals;

-  Engages with team to develop a clear perception of long-term capabilities/potential, and to provide balanced feedback/guiding principles.

-  Ensures and promotes that the legal team - as part of the Incofin team - collaborates seamlessly with the Finance and Investment teams.


Experience and personal characteristics

-  Profound knowledge of corporate law (including M&A) and financial law (investment funds, fund structuring, financial contracts, regulatory finance law, ..) gained in a renowned (international) law firm and/or as inhouse counsel in an international company;

-  Interested in international business;

-  Passionate about Incofin's business and excited by Incofin’s values and culture;

-  Inclusive and a genuine team player, who avoids self-promotion;

-  Integrity, high ethical standards and with an impeccable appearance;

-  Intellectually agile, willing to learn and challenge;

-  Sense of humor, highly developed social/emotional intelligence and good energy level;

-  Multilingual: Perfect knowledge of Dutch and English (including written); fluency in French and Spanish is highly desirable;

-  Prepared to travel when required. 

-  Incofin offers you a unique opportunity to work in the area of impact investments, in a dynamic, highly professional, multinational and multicultural environment.

-  You will be able to make a difference by supporting organizations with a social objective and a positive impact all over the world.

-  You will contribute to conclude transactions in other countries and you will deal with local professionals and investors and investees, as well as with authorities.

-  You will receive a competitive remuneration package in accordance with your profile. 


Please connect with Ilse Tack. Send your cv and motivation letter to ilse.tack@youconnect.be or call +32 477 51 52 09. 

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