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Legal & Taxation Committee

Palais de Justice
Inside the Palais de Justice, Brussels. Photo credit: flickr / fabonthemoon

Mission

The Legal and Taxation Committee is responsible for monitoring significant tax and legal developments in Belgium (and, subsidiarily, in the EU) and attempting to influence, in a constructive fashion, legislative and administrative decisions in such fashion as to promote the best interests of the American and international business community in Belgium.

Goals

  • To promote a positive investment climate in Belgium by the maintenance of and improvement to existing fiscal and non-fiscal incentives and, in general, to promote the continued improvement in the overall legal and tax climate for investors.
  • To promote improvements in various tax rules of a more specific nature which are of concern to business, including but not limited to the Notional Interest Deduction, the Financial Transaction Tax, the Fairness Tax, “Thin Capitalization”, and the Expatriate Tax Regime.
  • To promote further cooperation between Belgium and the United States, including as regards the resolution of bilateral transfer pricing disputes, promoting the benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the eventual negotiation of a Belgian-US treaty covering estate and gift taxes.
  • To review non-tax, business law developments in Belgium, including but not limited to those in the areas of corporate governance, securities law, class action lawsuits, and the like, and to keep the members informed of same.

Subcommittees and Taskforces

BEPS Taskforce • Corporate Tax Subcommittee • Expatriate Tax Regime Taskforce • Fairness Tax Taskforce • Indirect Tax Taskforce • Legal Subcommittee • NID Taskforce • R&D and Innovation Taskforce • TTIP Taskforce

Committee members

Mr. Luc Dhont

Tax Manager, Procter & Gamble Services Company NV
Chair

Mr. Werner Heyvaert

Partner, AKD
Vice Chair

Ms. An De Reymaeker

Tax Lawyer-Partner, Vandendijk & Partners Avocats - Advocaten
Vice Chair

Mr. Dirk Ceulemans

Tax Counsel, ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical BV
Vice Chair

Mr. David Alhadeff

Associate Director Tax Northern Europe, Coca-Cola European Partners (Brussels)
Member

Mr. Ferenc Ballegeer

Lawyer, FB-Tax & Private Wealth Law
Member

Ms. Teresa Basile

EMEA Privacy Director and Legal Counsel, Estée Lauder Companies
Member

Ms. Annelies Butaye

Corporate Tax Director GE, PwC Business Advisory Services BCVBA
Member

Mr. Filip Buyle

Legal and International Tax Director, Mohawk International Services BVBA
Member

Mr. Gauthier Cachbach

Tax Director EMEAI, Wabco Europe BVBA/SPRL
Member

Mr. Bhev(an) Chandrasena

Controller, Benelux, Baxter Belgium SPRL
Member

Mr. Steven Claes

Managing Partner Tax and Talent Leader EY Belgium, EY Tax Services
Member

Mr. Dirk Coppejans

Country Tax Manager, Cargill NV (Mechelen)
Member

Mr. Daan De Backer

Lawyer, Claeys & Engels (Kortrijk)
Member

Mr. Nico De Meyer

Head of Tax EMEA, Capsugel Belgium NV
Member

Mr. Erwin De Meyst

Tax Director Belgium, ArcelorMittal Holding and Services Belgium
Member

Mr. Marc De Munter

Tax Partner, Baker Tilly Belgium Consultants BV CVBA (Melle)
Member

Mr. Philippe Dedobbeleer

Partner Transfer Pricing, BDO Belastingconsulenten - BDO Conseils Fiscaux BV CVBA
Member

Ms. Olivia Defoort

Legal Advisor, KBC Group NV/SA
Member

Mr. Thierry Denayer

Partner - Tax, Stibbe
Member

Mr. Kris Dolfen

Director Tax, Abbott Medical
Member

Ms. Astrid Drieskens

Senior Counsel Benelux, Philip Morris Benelux BVBA
Member

Mr. Bert Gevers

Attorney at Law, Loyens & Loeff Advocaten CVBA/SCRL
Member

Mr. Axel Haelterman

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Member

Mr. Yves Heijmans

International Lead Counsel, Chevron Phillips Chemicals International NV
Member

Mr. Alain Huyghe

Partner, Baker McKenzie (Brussels)
Member

Ms. Isabelle Janssens

Director Tax &nd Entity Planning, GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals SA
Member

Mr. Eric Laurent

Partner, Eryv BVBA/SPRL
Member

Mr. Thierry Lauwers

Lawyer - Partner, Lauwers & Seutin Tax Lawyers
Member

Mr. Wim Lavaerts

Business Development Manager Tax, Partena Professional
Member

Ms. Ine Lejeune

Attorney, tax policy, disputes/litigation, Ine Lejeune BV
Member

Mr. Howard Liebman

Of Counsel, Jones Day
Member

Ms. Lorry Limbourg

RFC European Indirect Tax Manager, Coca-Cola Services NV/SA
Member

Mr. Nicolas Lippens

Partner, Linklaters LLP (Brussels)
Member

Mr. Koen Maerevoet

Senior Partner, KPMG Belgium
Member

Mr. James McEvoy

Partner, US Tax Abroad BVBA/SPRL
Member

Mr. Raf Nietvelt

General Manager Tax, KBC Group NV/SA
Member

Mr. Sean O'Connor

Advisor U.S. Solutions, The Fry Group (Belgium)
Member

Mr. Jan Oversteyns

Group Tax Director, Allnex Belgium NV (Drogenbos)
Member

Mr. Peter Parmentier

Senior Legal Advisor, Riverside Europe Partners BVBA/SPRL
Member

Mr. Bernard Peeters

Partner, Tiberghien (Brussels)
Member

Ms. Fleur Poets

Senior Corporate Affairs Manager BeNeLux, AB InBev NV
Member

Mr. Marc Quaghebeur

Lawyer, Cabinet DAVID
Member

Ms. Natalie Reypens

Partner, Loyens & Loeff Advocaten CVBA/SCRL
Member

Ms. Gisèle Rosselle

Partner, Strelia
Member

Mr. Laurent Ruzette

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Member

Mr. Jan Servaes

Director, Head of Corporate Tax Department, Euroclear NV/SA
Member

Mr. Adam Sibarani

Tax Manager, Honeywell Europe NV
Member

Mr. Brecht Sohier

Partner, Deloitte Belastingconsulenten/Conseils Fiscaux Diegem
Member

Mr. Brent Springael

Partner, Bird & Bird (Belgium) LLP
Member

Mr. Erik Stessens

Senior Vice President, Tax, Europe and APMEA, MasterCard Europe SA
Member

Ms. Marie-Lise Swinne

Partner, Tax Consult NV/SA
Member

Mr. Tom Swinnen

Executive Director M&A/Transaction Law, EY Law Belgium
Member

Mr. Vincent Tassin

Managing Director - Tax Europe, The Bank of New York Mellon NV/SA
Member

Mr. Richard Temko

Of Counsel, Dechert LLP
Member

Mr. Maarten Temmerman

Tax Reporting & Strategy Partner, PwC Business Advisory Services (Antwerp)
Member

Ms. Laura Tielemans

Associate, Jones Day
Member

Mr. William Timmermans

Partner, ALTIUS
Member

Mr. Pieter Van Den Berghe

Tax Partner, Monard Law
Member

Mr. Johan van der Zande

Tax Manager Finance Domestic Financial Benelux, 3M Belgium (Diegem)
Member

Mr. Koen Van Ende

Partner Corporate Tax Practice, KPMG Tax and Legal Advisers (Brussels)
Member

Mr. Hans Van Haelst

EMEA Tax Director, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV
Member

Mr. Marnix Van Keirsbilck

Partner, Dumon, Sablon & Vanheeswijck
Member

Mr. Bart Van Vooren

Senior Associate, Covington & Burling LLP
Member

Ms. Karolien Vandenberghe

Customs & Trade Attorney, PwC Legal
Member

Mr. Marc Vandendijk

Fiscaal Advocaat, Vandendijk & Partners Avocats - Advocaten
Member

Mr. Henk Vanhulle

Partner, Linklaters LLP (Brussels)
Member

Mr. Wouter Vanmechelen

Senior Tax Manager EMEA, Avnet Holding Europe BVBA
Member

Mr. Peter Verhaeghe

Managing Partner, VVGB Advocaten-Avocats
Member

Mr. Vicar Yang

Senior Consultant - International Employment, SD Worx Belgium (Brussels - SME)
Member

Ms. Sue Wheeler

Policy, Finance & Administration Director, AmCham Belgium
Staff Liaison