Corporate Legal Counsel - Mechelen, BE

Job description



Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing biotech company with offices in Europe, in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden), Switzerland (Basel) and in the US (Boston).


We’re in the business of changing lives. In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before. In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities. We want to challenge the impossible. We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters. Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists, we need the best-in-class. In other words, we need you: The ‘make-it-happeners’.


For our site in Mechelen, Belgium we are looking for a Corporate Legal Counsel



Scope of the job

Are you passionate about corporate law and familiar with the legal intricacies of listed companies? Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with a team of highly-motivated colleagues?

You might be the person we are looking for!

For our Legal Department, we are looking for a Corporate Legal Counsel with experience in corporate and securities law.


Your role

Your main focus will be on corporate governance and other corporate legal matters for Galapagos NV and the Galapagos group as a whole (17 entities). You will provide transactional support for Galapagos’ strategic deals and legal advice on the day-to-day workings of Galapagos as a European and US listed entity. You will also be involved in setting-up and managing employee incentive plans and ensuring compliance with executive remuneration rules.

You will work closely with the Deputy General Counsel and Senior Corporate Counsel, as well as the Finance, HR and Investor Relations teams, to ensure that corporate legal needs are met swiftly and smoothly, while safeguarding Galapagos’ legal interests.



Job requirements


Who are you?

  • You are a legal professional with a Belgian Master degree in Law (preferably with a Major in Economic or Company Law).
  • You have at least 3 years of experience as a corporate lawyer in an international law firm or as an in-house counsel in an international environment.
  • You are well versed in the rules of the new Belgian companies code, corporate governance code and securities laws.
  • You have an interest in life sciences. An LL.M. from a US law school or experience in a US listed company would be an asset.
  • You are a highly detail-oriented, rigorous, well-organized person.
  • You value building relationships with your colleagues and internal clients.
  • Last but not least, you have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and in Dutch.


What’s in it for you?

You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company. You will get all the support you need to make your job successful. At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.

We are Galapagos: together we can make it happen…!