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international legal executive with a vast experience in multi-jurisdictional, multicultural legal and strategic work. a true generalist, combining management and strategic experience and hands-on work. international board and senior management team experience within multinationals, Start-ups ,public and private companies. special interest and specific knowledge in setting up an international/global legal function/department experience as the first in-house counsel for tigenix, first in-house counsel based outside of the us for illumina, first-in-house counsel for sesvanderhave


Current Experience

  • Company Lawyer (solo)

    Since May 2013
    managing the legal function, legal Compliance and legal risk globally. based at hq in tienen (belgium). Member of the employers delegation at the workers council sesvanderhave is the global market Leader in the sugar beet seed industry. each year, sesvanderhave processes and sells one and a half million units of sugar beet seed. these seeds are sold and sown in over fifty countries worldwide. to achieve this, sesvanderhave has a network of businesses and local agents all over the world. three high-tech, state-of-the-art factories in tienen (belgium), kiev (the ukraine), and alexeyevka (russia) process the majority of the seeds. Managing the legal function, legal compliance and legal risk globally. Based at HQ in Tienen (Belgium). Member of the employers delegation at the Workers Council SESVanderHave is the global market leader in the sugar beet seed industry. Each year, SESVanderHave processes and sells one and a half million units of sugar beet seed. These seeds are sold and sown in over fifty countries worldwide. To achieve this, SESVanderHave has a network of businesses and local agents all over the world. Three high-tech, state-of-the-art factories in Tienen (Belgium), Kiev (the Ukraine), and Alexeyevka (Russia) process the majority of the seeds.

Past Experience

  • Sr Attorney

    January 2011 --- January 2013
    lead the commercial contracts teams globally. teams are based in san diego, singapore and eindhoven. Member of the emea management team reporting into the gc based in san diego. illumina is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale Analysis of genetic variation and function. these systems are enabling studies that were not even imaginable just a few years ago, and moving us closer to the realization of Personalized Medicine. with rapid advances in technology taking place, it is mission-critical to offer solutions that are not only innovative, but flexible, and scalable, with industry-leading support and service. we strive to meet this challenge by placing a high value on collaborative interactions, rapid delivery of solutions, and meeting the needs of our customers. our customers include a broad range of academic, government, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and other leading institutions around the globe.

  • Secretary of the Board

    January 2008 --- June 2011
    overseeing and managing corporate housekeeping and corporate governance of the inc

  • Director & Company Secretary

    January 2010 --- January 2011
    Member of the Board of Directors

  • commissaris

    January 2009 --- January 2011
    Member of the raad van commissarissen

  • Group General Counsel

    January 2008 --- January 2011
    strategic business Partner to the senior management and the Board of Directors, managing all legal affairs worldwide. started as the first in-house counsel for the group hence responsible for the creation of the legal function tigenix is a public Biomedical company that focuses on „regenerating motion‟. the company is exploiting the power of regenerative Medicine to develop durable treatments for damaged and diseased skeletal tissues. tigenix has two products approved for Marketing and Sales in europe: chondrocelect®, is the first Cell-based product that successfully completed the entire development track from Research, over Clinical Development to central european registration as a medicinal product. chondrocelect received european Marketing authorization as the first advanced therapy medicinal product. the company exploits a proprietary (stem) Cell and Biomaterials platform, which will continue to generate candidate products that address specific musculoskeletal problems.

  • Head of the legal protection insurance company

    January 2006 --- January 2008
    * managing a team of 25 insurance professionals (lawyers and non-lawyers) • people managementStrategy • organizational improvement • Training • budget * high level commercial contacts with insurance brokers

  • Company lawyer Benelux

    January 2003 --- January 2006
    managing all legal affairs within the designated region reporting in the general counsel emea based in london

  • Legal advisor

    January 2000 --- January 2003
    department large enterprises (major risks, international litigation, torts, professional liability and product liability)


Self Assessment :
FlexibilityInnovative thinkingOptimismOrganizationResiliencyStrategic thinkingTrust


Self Assessment :
Medical devices R&DBiopharmaceuticalsBiotechnologyContract negotiationCross-functional team leadershipEMAEnglishFDAGermanLegal Considerations: Contracts and IndemnityNegotiationpeople managementPharmaceutical IndustryProcess improvementProject ManagementTeam Leadership
LinkedIn Assessment :
Team ManagementLifesciencesmanagementLicensingNegotiationPrivacy LawContract negotiationStrategyPharmaceutical IndustryCompetition LawCommercial LitigationLitigationLegal AssistanceIntellectual PropertyLegal ComplianceLegal WritingDue DiligencePatentsFCPATrademarksRegulatory affairsTechnology transferVenture CapitalContract LawPatent LitigationSecurities RegulationJoint VenturesLitigation ManagementData PrivacyRestructuringSoftware LicensingM&A experienceCommercializationCopyright LawEuropean LawDispute ResolutionLife SciencesCorporate LawCorporate GovernancePrivacyBiotechnologyInternational LawLegal AdviceNegotiating ContractsEthicspeople managementInsuranceComplianceCross-border TransactionsEmployment Law


  • Executive in International Trade from International Business Institute in 2013
  • Licensing Course in from LES Benelux in 2013
  • advanced Master in Business law from University of Antwerp in 2006
  • in European private and labor law from Academy of European law (ERA) in 2005
  • in legal English & American law for non-American lawyers from Tulane University Law School in 2003
  • master in law (international & European law) from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1990
  • High School in Klassieke talen ( Greek and Latin) from Koninklijk Atheneum Diest in 1985
  • High School in klassieke Talen (Greek and Latin) from Koninklijk Atheneum Aarschot in 1983

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    9 weeks
  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 5 days per week
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position
  • International:

Area / Region

Aarschot, België


Driving License
  • No

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