Inside Stibbe

Stibbe expands tax team with lateral hire

Henk Verstraete joins the Stibbe Brussels tax team.

Stibbe expands tax team with lateral hire

05.07.2018 BE law

Brussels, 5 July 2018 - Henk Verstraete joins the Stibbe Brussels tax team

On 1 July 2018, the Brussels office of Stibbe has welcomed Henk Verstraete – previously tax partner at Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick – as partner in its tax law department. Henk has extensive experience in a wide range of tax matters covering complex tax litigation, tax advisory work and transfer pricing matters, as well as tax work in corporate and financial transactions. He has a strong track record in assisting clients in their negotiations with tax authorities and the public prosecutor, and represents clients before the administrative and judicial courts. Henk joins Stibbe along with three team members.

At Stibbe, Henk will work closely with fellow tax partners Wim Panis and Thierry Denayer. Wim Panis has a broad practice in company taxation and focuses also on the real estate sector and public sector taxation. He is also generally recognised as a leading VAT specialist. Thierry Denayer has longstanding expertise in advising clients on Belgian and international tax law. Furthermore, he specialises in tax advice regarding financial products, pension schemes and remuneration for executives. Henk will also work closely with other practice groups of Stibbe.

Jan Peeters, Managing Partner of Stibbe Brussels comments: “I am pleased that Stibbe, as a leading independent firm in the Benelux, can attract top talent like Henk. Henk’s profile reinforces and complements our tax law department and allows us to cover the full range of tax matters where Stibbe’s full-service offering can be a true differentiator for clients.

Henk Verstraete adds: “The combination of Stibbe’s leading full-service offering and the opportunity to enhance Stibbe’s tax law department makes this the perfect occasion to extend my practice and to provide even better service to clients. I look forward to further expanding Stibbe’s tax department.
 

About Henk Verstraete - Henk Verstraete started his career as a lawyer in 1999. In December 2008, he left Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and joined Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick as a partner. Henk graduated as a Masters of Laws from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in 1999 and studied law at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA in the same year. He also obtained an LLM in taxation at NYU School of Law in 2003. Since the beginning of his career, Henk has been an active member of the Tax Institute at KU Leuven where he is a visiting professor. Since 2010, Henk is also a professor at the Fiscale Hogeschool Brussel. In addition, he is a member of the Tax Practice Council of the International Tax Program at NYU School of Law. Furthermore, he is the editor of Tijdschrift Beleggingsfiscaliteit / Revue Fiscalité des Placements.

Team

Related news

05.05.2021 NL law
The Dutch Scheme – tax aspects

Short Reads - On 1 January 2021, the Act on confirmation of private restructuring plans (Wet homologatie onderhands akkoord, also known as the “WHOA”, hereinafter: the “Dutch Scheme”) came into effect. We discussed several aspects of the Dutch Scheme in our previous blogs. In order to come to a successful scheme, it is important to consider tax aspects at an early stage of the restructuring process. This blog highlights the most important Dutch tax aspects of the Dutch Scheme.

Read more

01.04.2021 NL law
Public consultation on proposed amendment of Dutch classification rules for certain domestic and foreign legal entities

Short Reads - On 29 March 2021 the Dutch government has released a consultation document (the “Consultation Document”) containing a draft bill of law and explanatory memorandum to amend the Dutch classification rules for certain domestic and foreign legal entities.

Read more

09.03.2021 NL law
Consultation on ATAD 2 (reverse hybrids) and amendment arm’s-length principle in the Netherlands

Short Reads - As noted in our earlier Tax Alerts (see our Tax Alerts of March 2017 and July 2019), the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive 2 ("ATAD 2") provides for minimum standards to neutralize hybrid mismatches and came into effect in the Netherlands as of 1 January 2020. However, as an exception, the rule that targets so-called “reverse-hybrid” mismatches will become effective only as of 1 January 2022.  

Read more