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Henk Verstraete specialises in Belgian and international tax law. He focuses on tax advisory, transactional, and litigation work.
Henk has extensive experience in a wide range of tax matters involving complex tax litigation, tax advisory work and transfer pricing matters. Henk has a broad expertise in advising on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, buy-outs, joint ventures and financing transactions. He has a strong track record in assisting clients in their negotiations with tax authorities and the public prosecutor, and he represents clients before the administrative and judicial courts.


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  • Member of the Tax Institute of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA)
  • Member of the Tax Practice Council of the International Tax Program at NYU School of Law
  • Member of the Legal & Taxation Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium (Amcham) (2020–present)


  • Law studies at the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, United States (1999)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (1999)
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1999
  • Tax associate in the Brussels office of an international law firm (2000–2008)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the New York University School of Law, United States (2003)
  • Visiting professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2004–present)
  • Tax partner in the Brussels office of an independent law firm (2008–2018)
  • Professor at the Fiscale Hogeschool Brussel (2010–present)
  • With the Brussels office of Stibbe since 2018

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Belgium > Tax

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Henk VerstraeteStibbe

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.