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AFSCHRIFT - Firm Profile


Size of Organization: 20
Year Established: 1994
Main Office: Brussels, Belgium

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AFSCHRIFT Law Firm defends all types of taxpayers in all types of dispute concerning taxes: corporate tax, individual income tax, taxation of non-residents, VAT, inheritance tax, registration duties and customs duties. The firm defends taxpayers by representing them in their disputes with tax authorities and before the courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court, the Court of Arbitration and the Council of State. It also contacts the authorities in order to negotiate preliminary tax agreements, which are binding on the authorities with regard to transactions and dealings not yet taken concerning specific taxpayers.

The firm also defends taxpayers undergoing criminal prosecution in tax and all other financial cases, both during the preliminary investigation stage and before the courts. When clients are involved in criminal proceedings, we assist them assertively and effectively, notably to assure respect for their fundamental rights.

The firm advises all types of taxpayers, natural or legal persons, in order to organize at the best their personal, real property or professional patrimony in due respect of the law and their personal situation. It has a large customer base, both in Belgium and in other countries.

The Firm provides tax consultancy services concerning all existing tax matters including mergers and acquisitions and financial instruments and products. The firm is regularly consulted by listed and unlisted companies operating in the finance, real estate and commercial sectors.

As a specialist, it mainly helps its clients in performing transactions including the setting up of international financial packages that minimize tax costs while remaining legally compliant. The firm gives preventive and rigorous advice in relation to the decisions and behavior clients plan to adopt, so as to avoid the application of criminal law.

Best Belgian Tax Law Firm 2006 -2012 (Belgian Legal Awards)

Listed in World Finance 100 (2010 - 2011 - 2012)

Best Tax Law Firm 2011- 2012(World Finance Magazine)

Tax Law firm of the year-Belgium 2010 -2011-2012 (Finance Monthly magazine), Boutique tax advisory firm of the year in Belgium 2010 (Corporate INTL magazine), Tax Law Firm of the Year in Belgium (Corporate INTL - 2010 Legal Awards), Tax advisory firm of the Year 2011 (ACQ - Country Awards), Law firm of the year 2011 - Tax - Belgium (Lawyers World -Global Awards), Tax Law Firm of the Year in Belgium 2011 (Corporate INTL- Global Awards), Law firm of the year 2012- Tax - Belgium (ICFM - Global Awards), Law firm of the year 2012- Tax (ICFM - Continent Excellence Awards), Tax law firm of the year 2012 - Belgium (ACQ Magazine - Global Awards)

Corporate Tax Law Firm of the Year - Belgium 2009 (ACQ Magazine), Best Law Firm in Belgium for Corporate Tax Law 2009 (Corporate INTL Magazine), Corporate Tax Law Firm of the Year 2011 - Belgium (ICFM - Legal Awards), Law firm of the year 2011 - Corporate tax - Belgium (Dealmakers Monthly Magazine). Law firm of the Year 2012- Corporate tax - Belgium (Corporate Livewire - Global Awards), Law Firm of the Year 2012 - Corporate Tax - Belgium (DealMakers- Country Awards).

Law Firm of the year - Mergers & Acquisitions 2011 (ICFM - Legal Excellence Awards), Law Firm of the year - Mergers & Acquisitions 2011 (Lawyers World - Law Awards), Private Equity and M&A Law Firm of the Year 2012 (Lawyers World -Annual Jurisdiction Awards)

White collar crime law firm 2011 (Lawyer Monthly Magazine), White collar crime law firm of the year 2012 (Global Law Experts - GLE Awards), White collar crime law firm of the year 2012 (Corporate Livewire - Global Awards 2012), Best overall law firm 2011 - Belgium (ICFM- End of the year Country Awards)

Fast 50 - 2011 and 2012 (The New Europe Magazine)

Tax Law Firm of the Year, Switzerland (Finance Monthly Magazine - Law Awards 2011).

Statement of Practice Summary:
Tax and Tax Litigation; Corporate Tax; Individual Income Tax; VAT; Inheritance Tax; (International) Tax Planning; White Collar Crime; International Commercial Practice; Accounting Law; Banking; Bankruptcy; Commercial Law; Corporate (including Mergers and Acquisitions); Finance; Gifts and Estates; Intellectual Property; International Contracts; Litigation; Real Estate; International Taxation.