Mr Bert Gevers > Loyens & Loeff > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

Loyens & Loeff
TERVURENLAAN 2
1040 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Work Department

Bert heads the Loyens & Loeff Indirect Tax Practice Group in Belgium and the International Trade Team. He is a core member of the Loyens & Loeff Corporate Investigations team and co-head of the Food and Beverages Team.

Position

Bert advises his clients on matters related to international and domestic exchange of goods and services. Matters such as international trade measures, customs valuation, origin, classification, export controls and economic sanctions, excise duties and VAT are familiar parts of his practice.

Bert assists his clients by drafting compliance programmes, giving training courses, as well as by performing internal scans and audits. He represents clients before the Belgian and Dutch authorities and courts as well as before the European Commission, its advisory committees and the Court of Justice of the European Union. He has significant experience in counselling clients involved in (criminal) investigations related to their international trade activities.

Bert worked in the Loyens & Loeff Singapore office and was seconded to the International Trade group of a large US law firm. He therefore has extensive experience in advising Asian and US companies on tax and trade aspects of their foreign investments.

Bert is the co-founder and scientific coordinator of the blog www.worldtradecontrols.com (in cooperation with ICC Belgium, VBO and the US law firm Bryan Cave LLP) and is a regular speaker at international conferences. He also lectures at the UCLL in Leuven.

He is active as an expert in the Customs-Business platform ‘Nationaal Douaneforum’.

Bert has been a member of the Brussels Bar (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten) since 2000.

Bert has been mentionned as “Highly regarded” in the International Tax Review (2021 edition) in the Indirect Tax field.

Career

2015: Local Partner, Loyens & Loeff; 2010: Counsel, Loyens & Loeff; 2000: Associate, Loyens & Loeff.

Languages

He works in Dutch, English and French.

Memberships

Bert is chairman of The Global Legal Customs Association (GLCA), a founding member of [AT+ICA] (a European netwerk of export controls, sanctions, investment controls & compliance attorneys), a member of the Steering Committee of CompliancePro (a Belgian network of compliance Professionals), and a member of the steering committee of the ABA International Law Section on sanctions and export controls. He is also the local correspondent for the International VAT Club, a member of the ABA steering committee of export controls and economic sanctions, a member of the ICC commission on Customs and Trade facilitation, of the ICC sub-commission on indirect taxation and of the Indirect Tax Taskforce of Amcham in Belgium.

Education

Bert holds a Law degree from the KU Leuven (Belgium, 1999).

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Tax

Loyens & Loeff‘s team provides standalone advice on the full range of domestic and international tax matters for clients in industries such as energy, real estate, retail, automotive and food and drink, among others. It also works closely with other departments, such as corporate, real estate, banking and finance, and employment. With this multidisciplinary approach the firm provides transactional support and also assists with state aid cases and corporate investigations. It also has a strong capability in the transfer pricing arena, where practice head Natalie Reypens leads a specialist group advising on transfer pricing policies, the set-up and conversion of business models, restructurings, profit allocation to permanent establishments and disputes. Xavier Clarebout is experienced in the tax aspects of corporate restructurings, M&A and structured finance transactions, among other areas. Saskia Lust and Nicolas Bertrand specialise in advising high-net-worth individuals and families on wealth optimisation techniques. Bertand was part of a cross-office team which assisted a client with the restructuring of its intragroup financing and treasury activities. Other key figures include Christian Chéruy, who leads the Belgian tax controversy and litigation group, Marc DhaeneBert Gevers and senior associate Aldo Engels.

Belgium > Industry focus: Food

The multidisciplinary food and beverages practice at Loyens & Loeff counts Ferrero Benelux, Mondelez and Dawn Foods among its clients. The group advises on a range of issues including regulatory, IP, corporate and real estate matters and is jointly led by Bert Gevers and Kris De Schutter in Brussels, who focus on tax and employment law respectively. The group also benefits from the ability to work closely with its offices across the Benelux region. Yves Van Couter retired from the practice, while Aude Mahy joined DALDEWOLF.