Mrs Véronique De Brabanter > PwC Legal > BRUSSELS, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

PwC Legal
Woluwedal 20
1932 Sint-Stevens-Woluwe
BRUSSELS
Belgium

Work Department

Tax litigation, Dispute resolution

Position

Senior Counsel, PwC Legal BV/SRL

Career

Véronique is Senior Counsel at PwC Legal and her practice focuses on dispute resolution and litigation related to all types of taxes.

Véronique has built up extensive experience over the past 20 years in advising both Belgian and international clients on procedural matters and in the handling of both administrative and court proceedings (such as complex transfer pricing disputes).

As a specialist in Belgian and international tax law, Véronique assists clients in the context of tax audits and negotiates settlements with the administrative authorities. She assists clients in developing a litigation strategy on the basis of national legislation, EU law and the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union and of the European Court of Human Rights.

Véronique also carries out risk analyses (e.g. penalties, criminal prosecution and liability of managers) and helps clients with voluntary disclosures.

She has expertise in litigation aftercare and in implementing settlements or court decisions, and files requests for waiver of interests and penalties.

Véronique teaches local and regional tax law at the University of Ghent and regularly lectures at seminars on tax and litigation topics.

Professional background

2018 – present 

Senior Counsel, PwC Legal – Member of the Brussels Bar

2014 – 2018

Counsel, PwC Legal 

1996 – 2014

Lawyer in various law firms

1994 – 1996

Tax Inspector at the Ministry of Finance

Publications (selection)

  • “Uitbreiding aanslag- en onderzoeksmogelijkheden bij ontvangst buitenlandse inlichtingen door de fiscus”, Accountancy & Fiscaliteit, De Brabanter V., Dutré N., 2016, nr. 35, p.1
  • “Is het verschil in regeling van voorafgaande kennisgeving van vermoedens van fraude inzake btw en inkomstenbelastingen discriminatoir?”, Accountancy & Fiscaliteit, Lejeune I., De Brabanter V., Vermeire L., 2016, nr. 21
  • “Verkorting bezwaartermijn voor lokale belastingen niet ongrondwettelijk, maar retroactiviteit niet toegelaten?”, Accountancy & Fiscaliteit, De Brabanter V., Laurent B., 2016, nr. 12
  • “FATCA en CRS geïmplementeerd in het Belgische recht”, Accountancy & Fiscaliteit, De Brabanter V., 2016, nr. 9
  • “Benadeling onvoldoende voor fiscus om nalatenschap in plaats van belastingplichtige te aanvaarden”, Fiscale Actualiteit, De Brabanter V., Dehou, J., Peters E., 2016/1

 

Languages

She is fluent in Dutch, English and French.

Memberships

Member of the Brussels Bar

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Tax

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.