|Christophe De Waele|
Christophe De Waele, Deloitte Belgium, is a partner and leads the global tax center (Europe) that renders global compliance and reporting services to multinational companies across Europe.
Christophe has 20 years of experience in dealing with indirect taxes – both as an adviser and in industry. He is also specialised in global compliance and reporting solutions.
Christophe assists multinational companies with the design and implementation of tax operating models, including compliance outsourcing, co-sourcing, and insourcing solutions. Christophe is further specialised in tax compliance processes and indirect tax compliance automation solutions, and leads the innovation & technology service line for the Belgian tax practice. He is a member of the Deloitte tax management consulting and indirect tax executives.
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Guy Decoene, Deloitte Belgium, is partner in the indirect tax practice in Ghent.
Guy has more than 30 years of experience in VAT matters. He joined Deloitte in 1995 after working with the Belgian VAT authorities for 14 years, where he was also the trainer of VAT inspectors.
Guy is involved in advising numerous clients across a range of day-to-day and operational issues. He has also kept fruitful contact with the Belgian tax authorities. Guy's main speciality is consumer business (retail, tourism, hospitality, and consumer products).
He has authored numerous articles and lectured at many seminars.
Guy graduated in accountancy and is a recognised tax consultant. Guy's mother tongue is Dutch and he is fluent in French and English.
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Olivier Hody, Deloitte Belgium, is a partner leading the indirect tax service line, also active in Deloitte's global tax centre (Europe) in Brussels. He has combined these roles with being responsible for the indirect tax team of the Romandie region (Geneva-Switzerland) from 2013 until June 2017. He studied law at the Free University of Brussels and also obtained a Master's in tax at the Ichec School of Fiscal Science.
He started his career in 1997 as a tax adviser, rapidly specialising in indirect tax. In this field, he had the opportunity to play an important role in the set-up of an indirect tax practice within a tax firm in Luxembourg. Back in Belgium in 2001, he actively participated in the launch of a European compliance centre enabling multinational companies to outsource, in a centralised way, the management of their pan-European obligations and related issues to a single service provider. The Deloitte Global Tax Centre (Europe) was recognised in 2003 within Deloitte as a centre of excellence allowing to render those centralised services covering all EU member states.
In 2013, Olivier took the challenge to partially relocate to Geneva to assist in developing an indirect tax practice, assisting many multinationals with their Swiss and pan-EU indirect tax related issues. He then became Belgian lead partner in 2016, managing the Belgian indirect tax practice.
Finally, Olivier has been a VAT teacher at the FUCAM (Mons and Charleroi), as well as a visiting professor at the University of Navarra in Spain and the University of Genève (both tax LLMs). He has been nominated as assistant at the Free University of Brussels in 2016 (3rd Master law, tax course – VAT module), as well at the ICHEC/ESSF tax LLM (module on international VAT).
Olivier has also written various articles on VAT matters, is responsible for the Deloitte pan-EU VAT refund and Intrastat guides since 2008 and is the co-author of two reference books on pan-EU VAT and international trade.
Nick Moris, Deloitte Belgium, is a partner in the customs and global trade practice in Brussels and leads the customs and global trade automation team, which provides companies and public bodies with support and advice on technology solutions for tax and accounting on a worldwide basis.
Nick focuses on support and advice regarding global trade solutions and has a great deal of experience with SAP (including SAP Global Trade Services, SAP FT, and SAP Beverage). Nick and his team have supported many multinationals with the setup of international trade processes in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). In this respect, Nick has assisted clients with the set-up of the following processes in the ERP environment:
During his 20 years of experience in indirect tax (14 of which were in global trade solutions), Nick has been able to combine tax technical skills with ERP implementation experience. As such, Nick has led mixed teams of tax and business resources and ERP consultants during the implementation of ERP processes. Nick holds a master's degree in economics, as well as a master of tax law, from the Catholic University of Leuven.
Liesbet Nevelsteen, Deloitte Belgium, is the lead indirect tax partner for international supply chain structuring and business model optimisation (BMO). Liesbet's expertise covers a wide range of business sectors with a particular focus on the life science and healthcare industries.
In supply chain structuring and BMO, Liesbet works with companies to remain indirect tax compliant throughout any 'change' process. Specific attention is also given to enhance processes, systems and people. Her approach is highly collaborative and founded on ensuring that indirect tax is never 'stand-alone' but is fully aligned with broader tax, legal, operational and systems concerned. Liesbet also has extensive experience in SSC and ERP setup.
Liesbet assumes the client relationship role on different large accounts across sectors. For life science and healthcare, she leads the indirect tax efforts. She is assisting various multinationals in this industry with specific indirect tax efforts. She is assisting various multinationals in this industry with specific indirect tax-related topics hereby giving specific attention to the regulatory environment they are operating in. Her deep knowledge of the sector, both in Belgium and Europe, allows Liesbet and her team to develop innovative product offerings.
Liesbet is a regular speaker at internal and external seminars and has authored several publications with a main focus on the topic of BEPS from an indirect tax perspective.
Liesbet has more than 15 years of experience in indirect tax consultancy and has a degree in applied economics and tax law from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She is a member of the Belgian Institute for Accountants and Tax Consultants (IAB).
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Fernand Rutten, Deloitte Belgium, is the global customs and global trade leader and managing partner of the customs and global trade service line.
Fernand has more than 19 years of experience in indirect tax, with a strong focus on customs, excise and global trade matters. Before becoming a consultant, he worked as a customs official with the Dutch customs authorities dealing with several customs and global trade matters, issuing rulings on customs valuation and customs economic procedures.
Some 17 years ago, Fernand became a customs and global trade consultant. He further specialised in a variety of customs and global trade matters and built out a specialised group of experts serving clients in both the public and private sectors in business model optimisation, automation, compliance, export controls, excises, litigation, valuation, origin, classification, and data analytics. In leading the Belgian customs and global trade service line, Fernand has advised clients on customs and global trade matters in many domains.
In May 2010, he became the global leader for customs & global trade.
For six years, Fernand was a lecturer at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands in customs and international trade. He also lectured for three years at the University of Antwerp in customs and international trade. In addition, Fernand is a regular speaker, has written many articles on customs and global trade, and has authored a number of books on customs and global trade matters.
Fernand has a law degree (University of Leiden, the Netherlands) with specialisation in customs, international trade, excise and VAT. He is also a member of the Belgian Institute of Tax Advisors.
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Danny Stas, Laga, is the managing partner and the head of the tax advisory practice.
Danny is a tax lawyer specialised in VAT, in particular with respect to real estate, public authorities and healthcare, and eco taxes as well as contributions. As a Laga partner, Danny focuses on VAT consulting for Belgian clients in the private and public sectors and the broad corporate market at national and international level.
In the real estate industry, Danny focuses on VAT consulting for clients in the private (e.g. real estate developers, real estate investment trusts, hotel operators, etc.) and public sectors. Besides the specific VAT topics (such as reduced VAT rates, VAT exemptions, VAT recovery for public infrastructure that should be transferred to a public authority), he also has good knowledge of alternative financing of real estate and transfer duties. In that respect, Danny has specific expertise with the commercialisation of hotel rooms and units in senior housing properties.
Danny advises public authorities (communities, universities) and non-profit associations on the VAT treatment of investments and divestments in real estate. In cases of investment he also advises on the exploitation in a tax-beneficial way. Besides the envisaged investments, he also assists those entities with the VAT regime of the subsidies they grant/receive and with mergers.
In the healthcare sector, Danny assists hospitals and operators of senior housing with the scope of the VAT exemption for medical services, the application of reduced VAT rates (e.g. senior housing), the implementation of cost-sharing arrangements, as well as representation towards the Belgian VAT authorities.
Besides providing VAT advisory services Danny assists numerous clients in all kind of litigation files before tax courts and the constitutional court (cf. VAT on online betting, VAT exemption for medical services, wealth tax). These clients are privately owned entities, public authorities and the Ministry of Finance.
Danny is a lecturer at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). In addition, Danny is a regular speaker at internal and external seminars on subjects such as public private partnerships, international indirect tax, tax aspects of senior housing, has written many articles on VAT and has co-authored a number of books.
Danny has more than 20 years of experience in indirect tax consultancy and litigation. He holds a master's degree in tax law and accountancy from Vlerick Management School and has a law degree from Catholic University of Leuven. He is a member of the Brussels Bar.
|Johan Van der Paal|
Johan Van der Paal, Deloitte Belgium, is an indirect tax partner based in Brussels. He heads up the financial services tax group of Deloitte Belgium.
Johan has 20 years of experience as an adviser in indirect taxes, with a focus on VAT. He developed a focus on tax matters affecting the financial services and energy and utilities industries. He assists clients on a variety of Belgian and international indirect tax matters, both in the framework of the expansion of multinational groups or in an M&A context. He is coordinating global or regional indirect tax work for a series of European-based multinationals.
In the financial services industry, Johan's work includes setting up VAT-efficient group structures and cost-sharing arrangements, both on a Belgian and cross-border level. He negotiated a number of innovative arrangements with the Belgian tax authorities. His deep knowledge of the energy sector, both in Belgium and Europe, has allowed Johan and his team to help clients develop systems and processes to manage the different indirect taxes affecting their product flows, combining VAT, excise and environmental tax reporting.
Johan is a regular speaker at internal and external seminars. He is chief editor of the only periodical on the Belgian market dedicated to VAT, the BTW-Brief/La Lettre TVA. He is regularly consulted in his expertise domain by professional federations in Belgium on legislative initiatives.
Johan is regularly consulted in his domain of expertise by professional federations in Belgium on legislative initiatives. Johan is a member of the VAT Expert Group of the EU Commission on behalf of Deloitte.
Johan has a law degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as well as a master's degree in tax management from the Vlerick Management School. He is a professor at Ghent University, teaching VAT.
Johan is a member of the Belgian Institute for Accountants and Tax Consultants (IAB).
|Pieter Van Hoecke|
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Pieter Van Hoecke, Deloitte Belgium, is a tax partner and leads the indirect tax practice in the Antwerp region.
Pieter joined Deloitte Belgium in 2005 after a career as a professional basketball player, where he succesfully combined life as an athlete with the life of a law student. He holds a degree in law from Antwerp University (with a masters in tax and social law).
As an indirect tax consultant, Pieter focuses on VAT, both on a local as well as on an international level. He is known for his hands-on and pragmatic approach, and always strives to offer clients practical and implementable solutions tailored to the client's needs. As such, he is considered a trusted adviser for clients active in a wide range of industries (manufacturing, commodity and energy trading, life sciences, healthcare, etc) and jurisdictions.
Over the last 12 years, Pieter and his team have been assisting clients in different types of projects aimed at, amongst others: increasing efficiencies in VAT compliance and processes, automation of VAT reporting, tailoring and implementing an indirect strategy, creating an indirect tax control framework and setting up the necessary processes, M&A and due diligence, reviewing the indirect tax throughput to capture risks and opportunitues, reviewing and blueprinting indirect tax supply chains, as well as offering on site support. Pieter continuously strives to improve and innovate collaboration with clients.
Given the importance of an efficient tax reporting, Pieter developed a sound interest in SAP and other ERP-systems. As a member of the tax and legal innovation Steerco, Pieter is working with disruptive technologies (such as RPA, AI, Blockchain) and bringing these to clients in order to improve efficiencies, and reduce risks from an indirect tax perspective.
Pieter has actively participated in the preparation and handling of various ruling requests and has built solid contacts with the Belgian VAT authorities and the Belgian Ministry of Finance.
He is a regular speaker at internal and external seminars and has authored several publications around a wide varierty of indirect tax topics. Pieter is a professor at the Fiscale Hogeschool in Brussels where he shares his passion for VAT with the students and lectures courses on applying VAT in practice.
Pieter is a member of the Belgian Institute for Accountants and Tax Consultants (IAB).
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