Tax

Our Tax Group consists of around 30 lawyers and is recognized as a leading tax practice in Belgium. For years, it has been listed as “tier one” or “leading” by Chambers, Legal 500, World Tax, and other authoritative reviews.

Our Tax Group has more than 45 years' experience dealing with all aspects of tax law for a broad range of Belgian and international clients in advisory and litigation work.

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Our Tax Group is privileged to have acted in some of the most sophisticated and challenging tax matters and litigation in Belgium.

Recent and relevant deals in which we are or have been involved include:

  • Advising a number of multinational groups for the structuring of their financing.
  • Acting in the restructuring of a listed investment fund.
  • Assisting a major international retail group in designing and implementing a restructuring into business lines.
  • Advising a multinational group that is a world leader in the extraction sector in reorganising the holding structure of its subsidiaries in Eastern Europe.
  • Assisting the Belgian State and its financial arm in the context of restructuring the Belgian banking sector.
  • Successfully assisting an industrial group in a lawsuit on the deductibility of significant provisions for risks and charges.
  • For a major Belgian bank, we have convinced the court to hold that the Belgian dividend tax regime is in breach of the EU’s Parent-Subsidiary Directive.

Recent litigation matters include:

  • For an international agro-food group, we have got a decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union that the Belgian provisions on the deduction of costs paid to certain foreign companies are not in line with EU law.
  • For a foreign investment fund, we have got a decision that the annual tax on share placements in Belgium is a wealth tax proscribed by the double taxation treaties.
  • We have successfully helped a financial body in a test case on the application of VAT to electronic services provides by an operator to banking institutions.
  • In a major tax prosecution in which evidence had been gathered illegally, we have got an order of no case to answer.

Our Tax Group has nine partners and one of counsel in a team of around 30 lawyers.

Partners of our Tax Group are recognized as leaders in their field by the authoritative reviews Chambers Europe, PLC Which Lawyer?, Legal 500, World Tax (International Tax Review), Legal Experts Directory and Experts Guide – The World’s Leading Lawyers.

One of our tax partners is amongst the group of 20 attorneys admitted to plead all cases before The Belgian Supreme Court.

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What others say about us

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s tax department has an "excellent" reputation (Legal 500 2016)

"A very strong tax practice which is excellent in terms of both knowledge and capacity.", "Very present and active in the market." (Chambers Europe – Tax – 2015)

Praise for Daniel Garabedian from clients: "A star in the Belgian market.", "He is exceptionally strong - absolutely one of the top tax lawyers." (Chambers Europe – Tax – 2015)

The well-established Jacques Malherbe remains active and visible in complex tax disputes. (Chambers Europe – Tax – 2015)

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s tax team has an excellent reputation and an enviable practice across advisory and contentious matters. (Legal 500 – Tax – 2014)

Liedekerke go from strength to strength, they are a brilliant tax practice. (International Tax Review – 2014)