Allen & Overy LLP

Tax Department

Belgium
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What the team is known for Impressive multidisciplinary practice with a strong international network. Assists private equity sector clients with the structuring of investments and the design of new management incentive plans. Secures tax rulings from the Belgian authorities that clarify the tax treatment of capital markets instruments or new financial products. Also advises corporate clients on tax matters relating to debt restructurings and refinancings.

Strengths Clients applaud the firm for taking "a no-nonsense approach to matters."

"I have good access to the partner handling the matter and always get swift responses," states another source.

Work highlights Advised Chequers Capital on the tax structuring of portfolio company Sport & Leisure Group's acquisition of Limonta Sport.

Notable practitioners


Isabelle Panis
assists with a broad scope of tax-related matters, including the structuring of private equity or strategic M&A transactions. Clients praise her ability to "provide reliable advice and get the job done."


Patrick Smet
advises significant corporate clients on the tax structuring of acquisitions and reorganisations. He also has experience in tax inspections and acts for financial institutions on the structuring of investment funds. Clients laud him as "a leader in his field," going on to explain: "He is flexible and practical in advising on complex matters."


Stéphanie Houx
demonstrates impressive expertise in VAT-related litigation and advisory matters. She is also well known among market commentators for her work representing real estate investors in tax structuring mandates.