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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 Belgium-based tax team is integrated into a wider Benelux group, making the firm well placed to assist clients with a full range of domestic and cross-border tax matters. Team head Wim Panis is an expert in VAT and public sector taxation. In addition, his real estate sector expertise covers both direct and indirect taxes, and he has particular knowledge of Belgian REITs and real estate investment funds. Thierry Denayer has specialist expertise in domestic and cross-border compensation benefits for executives and pension schemes. Also notable is that the firm’s tax litigation capabilities were strengthened by the arrivals of Henk Verstraete and three other practitioners from Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick in 2018. The group is also highly active in headline M&A/private equity, capital markets and finance transactions, as well as PPP projects. In one matter, Verstraete and recently promoted counsel Giovanni Smet assisted Spirit Aerosystems with its $650m acquisition of Asco Industries. Transfer pricing matters are another key workstream for the group, which also includes senior associate Lizelotte De Maeyer.