Firms To Watch: Tax

Lauwers Law specialises in tax controversy, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution, working with corporate, private, and institutional clients on contentious indirect and direct taxation issues.

Tax in Belgium

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP prioritises high-level and complex tax structuring and litigation matters, advising corporates, investment funds, and public bodies on corporate taxation, private equity investment structuring, and employee benefits, alongside representation in administrative disputes before tax authorities and courts. The team also has a strong record in the financial services space, particularly securitisation and capital markets. The team is led by Patrick Smet, a highly experienced practitioner across transactional and private equity taxation, financial tax, risk management, and contentious issues. Isabelle Panis combines direct and indirect tax expertise, and is a strong performer in the financial services space, and on tax investigations.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Smet

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Panis

Testimonials

‘A&O stands out, especially for complex tax matters and queries. We have the feeling to receive accurate answers and pertinent comments within a very short time span. Also, A&O tax is on top of their file and well informed on market evolutions.’

‘We are working with counsel Isabelle Panis on a variety of files. These files are greatly complex and require profound legal analytical skills.’

‘Very professional, client oriented and knowledgeable.’

‘Extremely trustworthy. I have the faith that Patrick will do what is right to bring my case to a good end.’

‘Expertise in specific Belgian tax matters with correct professional assessment of fiscal risks.’

‘Very proactive, dynamic with great in depth knowledge. No nonsense’.

Key clients

AXA

Danone

House of HR

Immobel

Incofin Investment Management

ING Belgium

Robeco

Linklaters

Linklaters advises its international client base on transactional tax, including M&A taxation, corporate restructurings, and financing, as well as handling tax advisory and planning matters, and representing in tax and VAT litigation before domestic and European courts. A notable area of expertise for the team is competition and state aid issues, regularly working with the firm’s European competition team on high-level issues. Henk Vanhulle leads the team, and is a specialist in international tax planning and transactional issues, enjoying strong relations with the Belgian tax authority. Guido De Wit focuses on indirect tax, and is an authority on VAT, while managing associate Caroline Borgers advises on tax incentives, transactions, and represents clients in tax audits and subsequent litigation. Nicolas Lippens left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Henk Vanhulle

Other key lawyers:

Guido De Wit; Caroline Borgers; Matthieu Possoz;

Testimonials

‘The team is always available to meet our expectations in a timely manner and adjusts to the sometimes unpredictable schedule of an operational company. This is greatly appreciated.’

‘Henk Vanhulle is always particularly attentive to details and draws attention to key elements of the files. Matthieu Possoz is very solution-oriented and has a very appreciable tax technicality. He draws clients’ attention to current tax issues that are always of interest to the business.’

‘We have used Linklaters’ Brussels office for tax advice for 15 years Always very consistent, responsive, practical and pragmatic whilst being technically excellent.’

‘Henk Vanhulle leads the team and is brilliant. Wouter Verhoeye is our day to day contact at the moment and is also very good – responsive, absolutely gets the idea that we need to apply esoteric Belgian tax law to our facts and circumstances in a way that is capable of operational execution.’

‘Very strong sector knowledge and rapidity of response. Extremely outstanding.’

‘Caroline Borgers- always understands both the technical and the strategical part without much necessity for explanation. Also seeing the fun in what tax is.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Waterland

ageas

J.P. Morgan

Ahold Delhaize

Banque Degroof Petercam

Elia

Proximus

NXMH

P&V

AXA

BNP Paribas Fortis

Galapagos

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff handles the gamut of tax work, advising clients on corporate and transactional taxation, indirect tax, transfer pricing, and estate planning, as well as representing major international clients before Belgian tax authorities. The group has strong cross-border capabilities, and works with clients across a broad range of industries, forming multi-disciplinary teams within the wider firm. The practice is led by transfer pricing specialist Natalie Reypens alongside Nicolas Bertrand, who takes the lead on advice to family-owned businesses and investment funds. Christian Chéruy is a vastly experienced specialist in tax controversy and litigation. Nicolas Lippens joined from Linklaters in May 2021, and is a trusted corporate and strategic tax adviser to a number of major companies. Saskia Lust advises high-net-worth individuals and family businesses on international wealth and inheritance planning, while senior associate Aldo Engels is noted for his cross-border transfer pricing expertise.

Other key lawyers:

Nicolas Lippens; Saskia Lust; Aldo Engels; Christian Chéruy

Testimonials

‘Stability and good institutional knowledge.’

‘Understand perfectly what we need and the risks we are prepared or not prepared to take.’

‘Nicolas Lippens has a very to-the-point, pragmatic and direct approach to our tax matters. He is able to explain complicated tax matters in a very consistent and understandable manner. He will always come with a proposal that suits our company.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas Fortis

Ferrero

Unitronics

Mc Cain

Bayer

Agilent Technologies

Carrefour

Edenred

Flir Systems Inc

Yara

Viacom Inc

Rio Tinto

STEF Logistics

IBM

Aurubis Belgium

AB InBev

Galapagos

Work highlights

  • Represented AbinBev and Ambar in its challenge to an excess profit ruling.
  • Representing Galapagos in obtaining a tax ruling in Belgium granting it an entitlement to profits in its sale of Jysecela.
  • Advising Bose’s US tax team and local finance teams in various EMEA jurisdictions on strategic indirect tax policies including e-commerce, supply chain management, Brexit and its overall tax control framework.

Tiberghien

Tax boutique Tiberghien specialises in tax advisory and planning work, advising a wide range of companies and high-net-worth individuals on direct and indirect tax issues, as well as offering bespoke expertise in compliance, transfer pricing, and litigation. The firm offers an extensive senior team with broad experience across tax planning, with key names including practice head Koen Morbée, the vastly experienced Bernard Peeters, ‘experienced tax litigator’ Ben Van Vlierden, the ‘precise’ Emilie Van Goidsenhoven, VAT and customs expert Stijn Vastmans, and Claudine Bodeux, who focuses on real estate transactions and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Koen Morbée

Testimonials

Tiberghien is a very well-known tax law firm in Belgium, with whom I am pleased to work with. They are excellent in their practice and very reactive.’

‘Emilie Van Goisenhoven is a partner with who I work a lot, since she both deals with French and Belgium questions. She is very precise, and she is totally fluent in French, English and Dutch.’

‘As a specialised tax firm they can provide for each type of tax matter, a true specialist.’

‘Both Vincent Vercauteren and Ben Van Vlierden are experienced tax litigators. In addition to this they are also able to translate this litigation experience into hands-on and to the point tax advice, in order to anticipate and avoid possible tax disputes in the most complex matters.’

‘The team is always available to react quickly to requests and has a wide range of skills, technical but also emotional intelligence to approach clients from a practical angle and to give personalised advice directly applicable to their environment.’

‘They are thorough, creative and pro-active.’

Ben Van Vlierden is outstanding. I really appreciate his broad tax knowledge, his capacity to immediately assess and advise without lengthy and costly written advice. He can easily make the bridge to accounting and pure legal issues related to some tax queries. He also has good language skills (besides Dutch also English and French) which is really a plus when there are meetings with colleagues.

‘The team at Tiberghien are exceptional and their knowledge of Belgian tax issues unrivalled. They are also extremely user-friendly. Aside from tax, they are capable of taking on complex cross-border litigation covering both civil law and common law jurisdictions.’

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL advises domestic and international businesses on tax planning, transfer pricing, transactional taxation, and fund structuring issues, counting a number of multinational businesses and financial institutions among its client base. Working in collaboration with its global offices, the practice is adept at handling cross-border work of significant value, including transactions and contentious tax matters. Practice head Géry Bombeke has a particular specialism in transfer pricing, advising major clients on international planning and implementation mandates. Alain Huyghe  is strong in the financial services sector, and has a focus on tax restructuring matters. Senior associate Julie Permeke is involved in a number of complex tax controversy cases, including tax audits and e-discovery matters.

Practice head(s):

Géry Bombeke

Other key lawyers:

Alain Huyghe; Julie Permeke

Testimonials

‘Gery Bombeke is a very skilled negotiator. This was highlighted by one of the tax inspectors during our tax negotiations during a transfer pricing audit.’

‘Team that listens to the client’s scenario, broad experience in the required subject matter.’

‘Gery Bombeke has good experience,’

‘Very knowledgeable and very well connected.’

‘Géry Bombeke- knowledge, availability, communication skills, negotiation skills.’

‘The team is small and nimble composed of business oriented tax experts. There is a good mix between junior and senior people, the team is responsive and is committed to deliver.’

‘The individuals have their specialization but they remain very aware of all taxes which makes them the ideal partner of the in-house tax professional.’

Key clients

Argenx

Belgian Growth Fund

Cadence Design Systems, Inc

Desotec group

Fortino Capital

Johnson controls

KBC Securities NV

Korys Investments

Lubrizol

M80 Capital

Pierre&Vacances-Center Parcs

Procter & Gamble

TA Associates

The Good Life Development Fund II

TINC

Unisys

Vicinity Affordable Housing Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Argenx from a tax perspective on its strategic collaboration and exclusive license agreement with Zai Lab Limited for the development and commercialization of efgartigimod in Greater China.
  • Advising Cadence on the tax aspects of its acquisition of NUMECA International.
  • Advised Vicinity Affordable Housing Fund on its establishment.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance combines strong transactional tax expertise with notable real estate taxation work and involvement in complex cross-border tax disputes, particularly related to the cum-ex proceedings. The team advises a number of high-profile private equity clients on transactional tax elements, alongside real estate developers, asset managers, and institutional investors, as well as advising governments and public sector bodies. The practice is led by Alexandre Ooms, a versatile practitioner with a strong record in transactional and real estate tax alongside tax litigation. Senior associate Baptiste Antoine is a key member of the team, focusing on real estate and VAT matters.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Ooms

Other key lawyers:

Baptiste Antoine; Stijn Van Walleghem

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and efficient.’

‘Alexandre Ooms. Experienced lawyer with a very good understanding of the market.’

‘The exceptional quality of their lawyers.’

‘All of the lawyers are exceptional. Specially Alexandre Ooms and Stijn Van Walleghem.’

‘The team is highly professional, always quick in responding and supports with excellent, to-the-point advice considering the client’s needs. Based on in-depth knowledge about the subject matter, advice is pragmatic and solution-focussed. It is a pleasure working with the team and, overall, we have been very pleased with the services provided.’

‘Alexandre Ooms is always available to discuss issues and ensures that clients receive an excellent service. Based on very clear reasoning he comes up with practical solutions to complex tax matters at short notice. Fully understanding the client’s needs, tailored high quality advice is provided and our demands are consistently considered and implemented as part of the negotiations.’

Key clients

Patrizia

EDF Investissements Groupe SA

ENGIE Electrabel SA

Deka Immobilien

Banque Degroof Petercam

Intégrale

Union Investment

Fluxys

Real IS

Belgian Brewers Association

J. Safra Sarasin Group

Swiss Life Dynapierre

AEW Invest GmbH

Verlinvest

Corealis

Mérieux Equity Partners

Belgian State

Deliverect

Macquarie

Fidentia

GH Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Verlinvest on the sale of its majority shareholding of Valtech SE.
  • Advised Corialis and its management on the sale of the Corialis group by CVC Capital to Astorg and the subsequent reinvestment by management and CVC Capital into the structure majority owned by Astorg.
  • Representing a large private equity client before the Supreme Court in a high-profile case on the direct application in Belgium of the recently strengthened EU anti-tax abuse provisions.

Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal covers the full range of tax advice and litigation, with focused teams covering transactional taxation, planning and structuring, indirect taxation, and contentious tax disputes. The firm advises a wide range of clients, including major international names, and has strong multi-disciplinary and cross-border capabilities. The team includes a number of senior specialists, with leaders including Danny Stas, a VAT and indirect tax expert, international taxation-focused Tim Wustenberghs, Annick Visschers, a leading figure in tax controversy work, and Mathieu Ex , who takes the lead on private client and wealth management matters. Alexander Baert has a strong record in global tax controversy work. Filip Smet guides clients through contentious tax investigations, audits, and represents in associated litigation before Belgian courts.

Practice head(s):

Danny Stas; Tim Wustenberghs; Annick Visschers; Mathieu Ex

Other key lawyers:

Filip Smet

Testimonials

‘Excellent strategic focus, fighting spirit and determination; very good knowledge of the ins and outs of the Belgian fiscal landscape.’

‘Highly professional people that really understand the needs of our business.’

‘My fixed contact person is Alexander Baert: besides being friendly, approachable and understanding, I really appreciate his understanding of our business, his eagerness to find solutions and to think with us and his help in assisting us to find answers from other jurisdictions as well his follow-up on the outcome. For me he is an example of how a lawyer should work.’

Arteo

Arteo is a specialist tax firm, advising clients on transactional tax issues, structuring, and wealth management, as well as representing in complex tax disputes before Belgian authorities. The team has notable expertise in transfer pricing, both in contentious and non-contentious cases. Clients include corporates and high-net-worth individuals. The team includes practice head Daniel Garabedian, who regularly argues tax cases before the Belgian Supreme Court, corporate taxation and international tax planning specialist Jean-Michel Degée, An Weyn, who primarily works with family businesses on corporate tax and estate planning, and transactional tax-focused Steven Peeters.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Garabedian

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Michel Degée;  An Weyn; Steven Peeters; Charlotte Bihain

Testimonials

‘Technical tax competence/expertise in tax matters, support to audit & litigation, dynamic and supportive approach, commitment to support availability and building the relationship with the client.’

‘Exceptional competence, exceptional support to the clients needs, contact based on trust and respect advisory as audit and litigation

‘Highly skilled, responsive and reliable’

‘An Weyn – I have worked with her for years and she always delivers a complete and reliable service.’

‘Well balanced team, focused on highly experienced profiles and high potential profiles. Able to share very complex tax matters like a story ; well presented, well written, and perfectly understandable.’

‘Headed by Daniel Garabedian, Arteo is a tax boutique composed of outstanding and very knowledgeable tax lawyers. They provide excellent and pragmatic tax advice. The team is business-oriented and always easy to reach’

‘The reputation of Daniel Garabedian is well deserved. He is an excellent and brilliant tax lawyer.’

‘In recent years I particularly appreciated working closely with Counsel Charlotte Bihain on real estate tax matters and real estate transactions. She is very smart and knowledgeable and very responsive and pragmatic. She always provides a clear and solution-oriented advice on the most complex issues. Her good understanding of our business and of the real estate industry in general is very much appreciated.’

CMS

CMS combines local and international tax expertise, encompassing direct and indirect taxation, and advises a number of major international clients on tax elements of restructurings, cross-border mergers, and issues relating to VAT and duties. The team is led by Olivier Querinjean, a specialist in corporate tax, who advises companies and investment funds on transactional tax issues. Stéphanie Houx has bolstered the firm’s indirect tax capabilities since her arrival from Allen & Overy LLP in early 2021, and has a notable focus on the real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Querinjean

Other key lawyers:

Stéphanie Houx

Testimonials

‘The CMS team tends to make itself very available’

‘Highly educated professionals with a lot of attention to details. I have been working with Olivier Querinjean since 2014 and always very happy to work with him on very different kind of subjects.’

‘Multidisciplinary law firm with a growing tax practise, with access to the CMS network.’

‘Stéphanie Houx has strong experience and expertise in VAT matters.’

Key clients

Apcoa Parking

Biogroup

Superbet

The Rank Group

Amazon

Toyota

EDF

Airbus Defence and Space

STIB = Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company (local public transport operator in Brussels)

Eli Lilly

Deliveroo

Kpler

HiPay Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Superbet on the acquisition of Napoleon Games Group from Waterland.
  • Advised Airbus on Belgian corporate and tax aspects of the merger of two French group entities.
  • Advised EDF on the restructuring of the Belgian companies of EDF.

Eubelius

Eubelius combines its traditional strength in transactional and real estate taxation with capabilities in tax litigation and indirect taxation issues. Clients include a number of mid-market Belgian players, most of whom are active within the real estate sector, including developers, REITs, and non-listed real estate funds. Co-practice head Wouter Claes takes the lead on transactional and real estate taxation, while Svjatoslav Gnedasj is a tax litigator with experience in tax investigations and criminal proceedings, and has argued up to Supreme Court level. Korneel Decroix specialises in indirect taxation work, primarily relating to VAT, and was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Korneel Decroix

Testimonials

‘Killer combination between tax advice, deal structuring and tax litigation specialists. The perfect legal tax advisor.’

‘Svjatoslav Gnedasj- extremely intelligent, highly-skilled tax litigator with encyclopaedic knowledge of the tax and accounting system, jurisprudence and legal writing, very thorough case knowledge and extremely high availability’

‘Thorough subject matter knowledge.’

Key clients

Batopin

BPA

Xior Student Housing

Care Property Invest

Leasinvest

NMBS/SNCB

Triple Living

Siemens Industry Software

Zorgnet-Icuro

Liantis

Bpost

V-BIO

AG Real Estate

ION

Work highlights

  • Advised Leasinvest on renouncing BE-REIT status and on a business combination with Extensa.
  • Advised Batopin on the tax and VAT structuring of its new business model relating to the exploitation of ATMs.
  • Represented three major real estate project developers in 20 corporate tax and VAT litigation cases before the Belgian Courts.

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick advises on domestic and international transactional tax structuring, including complex mandates such as private equity investments, employee share issues, joint ventures, and corporate reorganisations. The energy sector is a key area of focus for the practice alongside real estate taxation of all kinds, a particular specialism of practice co-head Pierre Desenfrans. Co-head Lieven De Wulf specialises in transactional taxation issues, particularly within private equity, and also handles tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Lievin De Wulf; Pierre Desenfans

Testimonials

‘Pierre Desenfans is the partner with whom we work. He is specialized in Real Estate and has the big advantage to be able to tackle very efficiently different sub topics (corporate tax, VAT, registration duties, International taxation, local taxation).’

‘The members of the team are complementary. They are working together. Together they have a large range of the necessary skills. Working with them let us feel well protected.’

‘Strong interaction with their real estate transaction team allows them to provide a global and synthetic answer to questions raised.’

‘We were pleased by the availability of the personnel in answering all our questions. The firm looks pretty client-oriented and we found the most important and valuable thing was the responsiveness of the professionals we dealt with for our project.’

‘The individuals we have been in contact with have been available to answer all our questions and provided all the necessary details for us to understand the process. We appreciated the availability of the team and the fact that they reverted back to us quickly any time we needed additional details in order to progress with our project.’

‘This practice is unique because of its hands on mentality as well as their responsiveness. They are able to quickly capture the legal needs and issues and translate them into advice and solutions the business can work with in practice.’

‘I highly value the responsiveness and hands on mentality of Lievin De Wulf who is able to translate difficult tax issues and advice into comprehensible wording and provide practical solutions our business is able to work with.’

‘Lievin’s availability, expertise and time of response are outstanding.’

Stibbe

Stibbe‘s tax offering encompasses transactional and funds taxation, real estate, and indirect taxation, as well as transfer pricing issues, with strong domestic and international capabilities thanks to the firm’s Benelux and global platforms. As such, clients include a combination of Belgian and international companies and investment funds, with work including standard M&A, real estate and other asset investments, and capital markets-related work including listings and private placements. The team is led by Wim Panis, a specialist in real estate and indirect taxation, while Henk Verstraete has a strong record in transactional tax, and is active in the funds sector. Counsel Giovanni Smet advises on international tax treaties and transfer pricing. Lizelotte De Maeyer was promoted to counsel in January 2022, and has particular expertise in tax procedure.

Practice head(s):

Wim Panis

Other key lawyers:

Henk Verstraete; Giovanni Smet; Lizelotte De Maeyer

Testimonials

‘Dedicated with passion. Very knowledgeable and flexible. Good mix of various sub areas of taxation.’

‘They are engaged, respectful and comprehensive.’

‘The practice is very in-depth and knowledgeable. They are digging everywhere they need to.’

‘The team is skilled at explaining complicated European tax issues to a US-based multinational. The communication is concise and practical.’

‘Wim Panis quickly assessed how to communicate effectively with a number of client stakeholders ranging from the general counsel to paralegals to finance managers.’

Key clients

Sofindev

Aldi

Droia

Mitiska

Union (UIR)

Refundit

KBC and various entities of the KBC group (KBC Asset Management, KBC Real Estate)

Storm

Vertellus

Proximus

Qrf

Distrilog

Belfius

Gimv

Bridgestone

BNPP

Real Dolmen

DP World

BIL

Work highlights

  • Advised a client active in the real estate sector in one of 2020’s largest corporate real estate transactions in Belgium.
  • Advised Sofindev on the sale of an IT company and the acquisition of a minority stake in another IT company.
  • Advising Antwerp Port Authority on its combination with the Port of Zeebrugge to create the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.

Advisius

Tax boutique Advisius continues to support domestic and international clients in transfer pricing, VAT and customs issues, with particular expertise in cross-border tax work in the EU and globally. Clients include SMEs, listed companies, and investment funds. The firm is headed up by Laurent Donnay De Casteau, an experienced specialist in Belgian and international tax law.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Donnay De Casteau

ARGO Law

ARGO Law specialises in work for private equity and venture capital funds on the tax elements of fund formation and structuring work, as well as investments. The firm also advises listed companies and SMEs on tax structuring and transactional taxation, as well as maintaining an active private client practice, handling wealth management and estate planning considerations. Philippe Rens co-leads the team, focusing on corporate and transactional work, with Hannes Casier taking the lead on private client matters.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Rens; Hannes Casier

Other key lawyers:

Arnaud Vandeputte; Frederik Wilmots

Testimonials

Philippe Rens has a fantastic knowledge of the tax law. He has a no nonsense approach, which makes him the ideal sparring partner. He’s a true problem solver and takes a clear position in matters that are put forward to him.’

Argo Law can provide full-service on any tax and legal matters concerning private clients. The private client team is very dedicated, ensuring in depth advice and prompt action.

Argo Law is multi-disciplinary. They have an in-depth knowledge of all facets of the law. As a company we feel very comfortable in putting cases forward to them, as we have the assurance that they will look at it from all possible angles.

Hannes Casier, Arnaud Vandeputte and Frederik Wilmots. They combine a high level of technical knowledge with a good sense for what would work for the client (and his family) in practice. They are enthusiastic and extremely client-centric, which makes our co-operation not only favorable for the client but simply also fun.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird’s tax team advises its wider tech and corporate practices on various transactional tax issues alongside indirect tax and regulatory considerations. The practice additionally advises on niche IP and R&D tax considerations, working with growth companies in the technology, telecoms, and life sciences sectors. Brent Springael leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Brent Springael

Testimonials

We used the tax practice of Bird & Bird in Belgium because of their unique knowledge in 2 dimensions : IP and tax matters, both related to each other. The important publications both national and international, give this team experience and credibility in handling our files.’

Brent Springael, the partner, has written an important book on IP and tax related matters. His knowledge and credibility are huge. His commercial approach, understanding of the law and practical implementation is one of the best we have experienced.’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal Group

Cefaly Technology

Touring

Monster Energy

Mastercard

Kiadis

Panasonic

Qlik Group

Quantum Simulate

Capsugel / Lonza

Coopervision

ERINHA

Cardiovascular Center Aalst

EY

Servulo (Lusa Press Agency)

We Are Knitters

SABAM

Yuzzu

DLA Piper

Integrated with its global tax practice, DLA Piper specialises in international tax work, including transactional issues, cross-border financing and restructuring, and issues such as double taxation and tax treaties. The firm has a strong record in the funds sector, advising international investors on Belgian investment structuring, and has advised on tax aspects of innovative shariah-compliant financing. The practice is led by Philippe Hinnekens, who advises on the full range of international corporate tax issues, employee incentives, and estate planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Hinnekens

Testimonials

‘Very accesable and customer oriented.’

‘In depth knowledge of the subject from Philippe Hinnekens.’

‘Philippe Hinnekens is our contact for tax purposes. He is up to date with legislation and thinks together with us. He takes the lead in structuring our group and calls in the necessary specialists when needed.’

‘I worked for Philippe Hinnekens since many years and followed him wherever he moved to. I think this speaks for itself. He knows our fiscal structure and always gives good advice.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank Luxemburg

Top Tier Access

Riyad Capital

School Invest

Assuralia

Prime Edge Investments

Abies ONE

SD Worx

Work highlights

  • Advised Riyad Capital on the set up of an investment and financing structure including the use of a Luxemburg securitisation vehicle and a Murabaha financing agreement, since the structure needed to be sharia compliant.
  • Advising School Invest on the framework of the PPP school construction programme of the Flemish Government.
  • Advised Princip.al on the best structure to be used from a tax and regulatory point of view to set up a feeder structure for Belgian private investors to invest in large private equity investment funds.

Monard Law

Monard Law has a strong focus on cross-border tax work, advising a combination of domestic and international clients on transactional tax, incentives, and international tax regulations, alongside representing in tax litigation including high-value transfer pricing and VAT disputes. The team also has a solid record in estate planning for private clients and company shareholders. The practice is led by versatile tax practitioner Hilde Van den Keybus.

Practice head(s):

Hilde Van den Keybus 

Other key lawyers:

Pieter Van den Berghe

Testimonials

Very hands on team.’

‘The team is on top of things, very responsive and accurate.’

‘Pieter Van den Berghe understands how the tax authorities think and approach files. This allows him to emphasize the right things in his communication and anticipate potential questions and issues raised by the tax authorities.’

‘The no no-nonsense approach of the team and the firm. What they promise in a certain file, they deliver every time.’

‘Pieter Van den Berghe is a dedicated person in his profession and we like his no-nonsense approach. He is always in close contact with clients and always reachable. He is always on top of its cases and knows what he is talking about.’

‘Pieter Van Den Berghe is a expert in Innovation Income Deduction. He is both a technical expert and we always have the feeling our file/case is handled with top priority.’

‘As is always the case, the strength of the team lies with the capabilities of the underlying individuals in combination with the strength of the team leader to make them work together in the best way possible to reach their full potential.’

‘Pieter Van Den Berghe is a no-nonsense goal oriented professional with an exceptional expertise in his line of work. Both his network and his knowledge made him the right man for the right job. I would recommend him to other people.’

Key clients

Euronav

Rexel

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh works with its banking and corporate teams on tax issues for financing and lending transactions, M&A, and private equity deals, as well as acting as lead tax counsel for an array of complex insurance, capital markets, and financial services regulatory matters. Primarily handling transactional tax and regulatory matters, the firm is also engaged in contentious work. The team is led by Ken Lioen.

Practice head(s):

Ken Lioen

Key clients

Montea

Colruyt

Odoo

Inclusio

Allianz

ING Lease

Icen (former Travelers)

Hugo Boss

AG Real Estate

Cofinimmo

ZS Associates

Ayming

Keyteo

Engie Electrabel

FedEx

City Mall

Confotherapeutics

Royal BAM Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Montea on the issue of €235m in green bonds.
  • Advising Colruyt Group on various tax matters.
  • Advised Allianz on the tax aspects of the development of an office building.

PwC Legal

PwC Legal has a strong focus on tax controversy work, handling domestic and cross-border litigation relating to direct and indirect taxation on behalf of clients in administrative issues and court cases, both at Belgian and European level. The team is led by senior counsel Véronique De Brabanter, a specialist contentious tax practitioner with experience in litigation, multi-jurisdictional tax audits, and transfer pricing disputes.

Practice head(s):

Véronique De Brabanter

Other key lawyers:

Bart Vanstaen

Testimonials

Perfect match between our expectations and their proposed solution. High knowledge standards.’

This practice is unique because of its focus on the business requirements and the consistent application that legal analysis and recommendations should always be based on the business needs and requirements.

We mainly work with Véronique De Brabanter and Bart Vanstaen who both combine a deep interest in our business and then analyse legal and fiscal requirements always starting from these business requirements.’

PwC Legal is unique in the sense that they offer advice that is not only very much to the point but also ready to be implemented. PwC Legal’s approach is very much customer focused and oriented which is key to ensuring an efficient process.

Véronique De Brabanter is a top expert who knows how to bridge the gap between her domain of expertise on one hand and the customer’s daily reality on the other hand. Very much to the point always providing tangible advice.

Flexibility, knowledge, willingness to listen and learn from customers.

‘Very large spectrum of services: valuation, local taxation, excellent corporate income tax also, international taxation.’