Legal Counsel (Auditor's team) | National Bank of Belgium


For the National Bank of Belgium, I am looking for a Legal Counsel to join the Auditor's team in charge of investigating administrative sanction cases against financial institutions. Fluent in Dutch, with at least passive knowledge of French and good command of English.


The National Bank of Belgium (NBB) is Belgium's central bank since 1850. It contributes to a stable and sustainable economic and financial environment by ensuring the stability of the prices and the financial system, by guaranteeing the security of banknotes and the efficiency of payment systems, and by providing data and analysis.

As part of its prudential supervision activities, the NBB has the authority to impose administrative sanctions. An essential aspect of the process of imposing such sanctions is the investigation of cases, both legally and factually, inculpatory and exculpatory.


Under the direction of the Auditor, you will be responsible for the investigation of administrative sanction cases. More specifically, you will:

  • Conduct investigations, interview and interact with financial institutions
  • Analyse cases from a legal point of view
  • Qualify facts legally
  • Draft and defend investigation reports

A large part of your work will consist of providing in-depth legal advice on various topics related to potential breaches of financial legislation with regard to the supervisory competences of the NBB, in particular in the context of the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

You will also participate in the development of the legal framework and procedures relating to the conduct of investigations (rights of defence, right to a fair trial...).


  • You hold a Master’s degree in law
  • You are interested in finance and have relevant professional experience, preferably as a lawyer
  • You have excellent analytical, synthesis and drafting skills
  • You are persuasive and able to argue
  • You are able to work independently but also in a team
  • You pay particular attention to the rules of ethics and professional secrecy
  • You are fluent in Dutch and have at least a passive knowledge of French. You also have a good command of English


  • A legal position contributing to the NBB's enforcement activities
  • A pleasant and collegial working atmosphere in an institution that invests in its employees and values their well-being
  • Many training and career development opportunities
  • A well-designed workplace with relaxation areas and optimal ergonomics
  • Offices easily accessible by public transport, with private parking and secure bicycle storage
  • A good work-life balance with up to 50% remote working possibilities
  • An attractive salary package with many fringe benefits

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