Firm Profile > PwC Legal > BRUSSELS, Belgium

PwC Legal
Woluwedal 20
1932 Sint-Stevens-Woluwe

EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 2

PwC Legal's team is perhaps best known for advising prominent financial institutions, companies, asset managers and investment funds on restructuring, compliance, and regulatory matters. Jacques RichelleIvan Peeters, and Philip Van Steenwinkel are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jacques Richelle; Ivan Peeters

Other key lawyers:


The team is efficient and reactive. They can provide good advice on a short notice‘.

Key clients

ING Belgium

Belfius Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Deutsche Bank

Tax Tier 3

PwC Legal has carved out an outstanding reputation in difficult Belgian and cross-border tax disputes involving both direct and indirect taxes. This is an area where the firm attracts a growing body of work from domestic and international clients. The practice in Belgium is integrated with the firm's global tax controversy and tax litigation network. Senior counsel Véronique De Brabanter has an enviable track record in administrative and court proceedings, which dates back more than 25 years and spans all types of taxes. Beyond tax controversies and litigation, tax policy work is another area of focus. The firm generates related mandates from a broad base of clients, including multinational corporates, trade associations and non-governmental organisations. In a notable development in 2018, Tim Van Sant joined the team, having previously served as an adviser on fiscal policy for indirect taxes to the Federal Minister of Finance, Johan Van Overtveldt. Senior managing associate Charlène Herbain and managing associate Liesbeth Vermeire are other key figures in the group. De Brabanter and Vermeire recently represented an American multinational company in a complex transfer pricing matter at the Court of Appeal of Antwerp. Ine Lejeune departed the firm to become an independent practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Tim Van Sant; Véronique De Brabanter

Other key lawyers:

Charlène Herbain; Liesbeth Vermeire


The team is very hands-on, and practical experience is combined with technical expertise

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

At PwC Legal, the key hires of department head Ivan PeetersPhilip Van Steenwinkel and managing associate Ysaline Mouthuy from Stibbe in 2018 have enabled the firm to win work from a significant number of new clients. The team is equally strong acting for corporates and financial institutions and its expertise spans multiple areas, such as asset-based finance, real estate finance, securitisations, debt capital market issues (including standalone bond issues, EMTN programmes and covered bonds programmes) and financial restructurings. In 2018, Van Steenwinkel and Peeters acted as Belgian counsel to Euroclear Bank on the establishment of its €3bn commercial paper programme (certificates of deposit). On the regulatory side, the group is knowledgeable about all the core issues that are critical to the operation of banks and other financial institutions. Also notable is that the asset management industry is another key specialism; the team advises on the establishment, marketing and operation of regulated and unregulated investment funds, among other matters. Jacques Richelle is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Peeters

Key clients

ABN Amro

AGEAS (AG Real estate)

BNP Paribas Fortis

bpost bank

BS PAYONE GmbH / B+S Payment Europe

Century 21


Crédit Foncier de France

Degroof Petercam

Euroclear SA and Euroclear Bank SA

FCA Bank

ING Belgium SA


La Francaise Global


Belfius Bank

Patrizia Immobilien AG

Record Bank

Société Générale SA

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Tribeca AIFM NV


Vermogensbeheer NV

Deutsche Bank

Warburg Pincus

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

The corporate team at PwC Legal (which includes individuals in Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp) leverage the firm's international network and tax expertise on a range of transactions including corporate reorganisation projects and cross-border M&A. The group counts Telenet, House of HR and CVC Capital Partners among its clients and also acts for non-for-profit organisations. Karin Winters, whose experience spans M&A and reorganisations, transaction financing work and commercial IP advice, heads up the team, which also fields M&A expert Pierre Queritet and Bart Vanstaen, who attracts praise for his ‘practical advice’.

Practice head(s):

Karin Winters


The team is able to work cross border and coordinate through its network, while acting as a single point of contact.

They understand our needs and go the extra mile.

Key clients

Axis Parc Fund


Insites Consulting

CVC Capital Partners

Zeevishandel Mercuur Ijmuiden

Parlevliet & Van Der Plas


LKQ / Sator Holding

House Of HR

VPK Packaging Group


Towerbrook Capital Partners

AGP Glass

Wimi Games



PwC Legal Belgium, a fully fledged business law firm, is part of the PwC Legal network, offering the broadest geographical coverage of any legal services network in the world with over 3,500 lawyers in 95 countries. The extensive international network of lawyers plus the PwC tax, finance, accounting and other specialists are available where needed to provide an end-to-end solution tailored to our clients’ unique situations.

This law firm consists of a varied expert team of over eighty passionate lawyers. From Belgium-based businesses to multinationals, start-ups and scale-ups to non-profit and government organisations, it guides organisations through all aspects of business law, in Belgium and beyond. Its multidisciplinary approach gives the firm an indisputable edge in all matters that PwC Legal handles, since it enables a better understanding of all (non-legal) issues to advise more effectively on the legal aspects.

PwC Legal assists organisations of all sizes with cutting-edge legal advice specific to their individual needs. It guides them in all aspects of corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate (public and private), banking and finance, employment law, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, financial regulations, public law and tax policy, tax dispute resolution and tax litigation services, both in and out of court.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner of PwC Legal, specialised in M&A, Corporate law and structuring (including IP structuring), insolvency, governance, and business contracts. Karin Winters +32 476 60 26 94
Partner at PwC Legal, co-leading the Employment Law team, specialised in national and international employment law, social security and immigration. Bart Elias +32 473 91 06 02
Partner at PwC Legal, co-leading the Employment Law team, specialised in national and international individual and collective labor law, executive reward, social security and immigration. Pascale Moreau +32 479 90 02 76
Partner at PwC Legal and Head of the Real Estate team. François de Montpellier +32 477 48 58 79
Partner at PwC Legal, specialised in Banking & Finance and Financial Regulation. Ivan Peeters +32 476 96 32 68
Director at PwC Legal, specialised in Banking & Finance and Financial Regulation. Philip Van Steenwinkel +32 486 37 04 64
Director at PwC Legal and co-lead of M&A, specialised in M&A corporate law and deal structuring. Pierre Queritet +32 475 91 05 02
Director at PwC Legal, specialised in all areas of corporate law and restructuring, M&A, commercial law and business contracts. Bart Vanstaen +32 473 52 62 49
Director at PwC Legal, specialised in Financial regulatory matters, Banking & Finance and Governance & Legal compliance. Jacques Richelle +32 475 52 25 61
Senior Counsel at PwC Legal, specialised in Dispute Resolution and Tax Litigation. Véronique De Brabanter +32 473 59 34 77
Director at PwC Legal, specialised in Tax Policy - Dispute Resolution and Litigation. Tim Van Sant +32 470 77 57 18
Director at PwC Legal and specialised in M&A, corporate law and structuring and corporate compliance. Elise De Baerdemaecker +32 473 91 06 11
Director at PwC Legal and specialised in Data Protection & Privacy, IT & IP, Business Contracts and Consumer regulations. Carolyne Vande Vorst +32 496 27 51 29
Counsel at PwC Legal and specialised in Corporate law and structuring and Corporate compliance. Jean-François Mouchet +32 2 710 78 89
Director at PwC Legal with specialisation in Real Estate and Public business law. Els Empereur +32 494 57 15 50
Senior Managing Associate at PwC Legal and specialised in Tax Policy - Dispute Resolution and Litigation. Liesbeth Vermeire +32 491 16 72 94
Senior Managing Associate at PwC Legal and specialised in M&A, corporate law and structuring and business contracts. Ive Serneels +32 492 74 39 80
Senior Managing Associate at PwC Legal and specialised in M&A, corporate law and structuring, insolvency, reorganisations and business contracts. Christophe Wathion +32 499 77 07 64
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Elise De Baerdemaecker  photo Mrs Elise De Baerdemaecker
Mrs Véronique De Brabanter  photo Mrs Véronique De Brabanter
Mr Bart Elias  photo Mr Bart Elias
Mrs Els Empereur  photo Mrs Els Empereur
Mrs Pascale Moreau  photo Mrs Pascale Moreau
Mr Jean-François Mouchet  photo Mr Jean-François Mouchet
 Ivan Peeters photo Ivan Peeters
Mr Pierre Queritet  photo Mr Pierre Queritet
 Jacques Richelle photo Jacques Richelle
Mr Ive Serneels  photo Mr Ive Serneels
 Tim Van Sant photo Tim Van Sant
 Philip Van Steenwinkel photo Philip Van Steenwinkel
Mrs Carolyne Vande Vorst  photo Mrs Carolyne Vande Vorst
Mr Bart Vanstaen  photo Mr Bart Vanstaen
Mrs Liesbeth Vermeire  photo Mrs Liesbeth Vermeire
Ms Karin Winters  photo Ms Karin Winters
Mr François de Montpellier  photo Mr François de Montpellier