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Stibbe

CENTRAL PLAZA, LOKSUMSTRAAT 25/ RUE DE LOXUM 25, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Tel:
Work +32 2 533 52 11
Fax:
Fax +32 2 533 52 12
DX:
36 BAB
Email:
Web:
www.stibbe.com
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Wim Panis

Tel:
Work +32 2 533 53 63
Email:
Stibbe

Work Department

Tax.

Position

Partner.

Career

Wim Panis specialises in Belgian and international tax law, which comprises corporate tax, legal entities tax, and indirect tax. He has built up special expertise in indirect taxation (VAT, registration duties, etc.), real estate taxation and the taxability of public authorities. He is experienced in advising clients regarding construction and real estate transactions, tax aspects of public entities and PPP’s, software and internet transactions, and tax issues within the energy and utilities sector.
In 2008, Wim Panis was awarded the prestigious biennial IFA reward for his article on tax avoidance in VAT matters ("Misbruik en BTW – De strijd tegen normconform maar abnormaal handelen").

Languages

Dutch, French, English

Education

Wim has a master’s in law from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL). He also studied tax law at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.


Belgium

Tax

Within: Tax

Stibbe provides ‘very quick answers’, ‘practical ideas’ and ‘out-of-the-box solutions’. Among the team’s areas of specialism are VAT, R&D tax incentives, PPPs and state aid issues concerning special tax regimes. Wim Panis and senior associate Giovanni Smet are also recommended. Xavier Gillot left the firm.

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Belgium: Industry focus

Food and beverage

Within: Food and beverage

Stibbe has a substantial and multidisciplinary food sector practice, combining the expertise of highly experienced IP, IT, corporate, competition and employment lawyers. Transactional highlights included its advice to Belgian food group Vandemoortele on the buy-out of Gimv by Safinco; corporate partner Pascal Vanden Borre and tax expert Wim Panis led the advice. Ignace Vernimme heads the practice.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Well versed in contentious and non-contentious issues affecting the sector, Stibbe’s media and entertainment team has developed strong relationships with leading companies, including Kinepolis, Spotify, Sony Entertainment and VRM, the Flemish Regulator for the Media. Erik Valgaeren advised SoundCloud on market introduction issues in Benelux, and an administrative law team led by Nathanaelle Kiekens assisted Napoleon Games with the bidding process for a casino concession. Wim Panis has developed a strong practice advising companies and government authorities on tax shelter for media and entertainment works.

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