People

Behind our firm is a strong team of lawyers who, each from their own field and specialisation, are at your service with legal advice and legal assistance. We combine our knowledge and expertise in a professional service tailored to your needs and expectations.

Because legislation and jurisprudence are constantly changing in our jurisdictions, we believe it is crucial to keep up and share our knowledge.

That is why we also combine our assignments as lawyers with teaching (e.g. at Odisee) and giving seminars for companies, financial institutions and umbrella organisations.
Participating in various publications is also part of the core task of our lawyers.

Leo De Broeck
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    Als fiscaal geschoolde zakenadvocaat (KU Leuven en Fiscale Hogeschool Brussel) rekent stichtend vennoot Leo De Broeck niet alleen alle takken van de fiscaliteit tot zijn vertrouwde werkterrein, maar ook nauw daarbij aansluitende rechtsgebieden (vennootschapsrecht, deelgebieden burgerlijk recht, deelgebieden ondernemingsrecht, vastgoedrecht, fiscaal strafrecht...) verdienen dagelijks zijn volle aandacht.

    Hoewel de voorkeur neigt naar advies en voorafgaande bijstand, trekt Leo De Broeck toch regelmatig de toga aan, zodat de voeling met de steeds evoluerende rechtspraak optimaal blijft.

    Zijn dagelijkse advocatenervaring verrijkt Leo De Broeck door deelname aan de academische wereld (Prof. Fiscale Hogeschool) als spreker of moderator op gespecialiseerde studiedagen, door het schrijven in fiscale tijdschriften, boeken of naslagwerken en als Voorzitter Examencommissie IAB.

Didier Van Laere
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    Didier Van Laere (°1971) is a lawyer at the Brussels and Ghent Bar, specialized in tax law and company law. He obtained his Law Degree (1989-1994) at the University of Ghent and is a graduate in Specialized Studies of Tax Law (Vrije Universiteit Brussel - 1994-1995). He is co-founder and managing partner of the Brussels law firm DE BROECK VAN LAERE & Partners (1998). He mainly focuses on advice and litigation in his preferred fields. He spends much of his time on corporate law/tax restructuring in the context of buy-outs or succession related issues combined with the personal wealth planning of the owner of the (family) business. He advises wealthy clients and funds in private equity transactions.

    Didier Van Laere leads the M&A team at DE BROECK VAN LAERE & Partners and has extensive experience in both national and international M&A transactions. A personal approach, adequate negotiation techniques and an eye for tax implications characterize him. Over the years he has won several international awards. KBC's online M&A platform Match'it has appointed him as one of the preferred partners to legally guide M&A transactions.

    Beside the M&A practice, Didier Van Laere is often consulted for estate planning questions. Didier Van Laere has taught the subject "Inheritance Tax" for many years at Odisee College (Brussels) to final-year students of the Fiscal Sciences department and has developed special expertise in this field. He remains associated with the academic world as a guest lecturer at Odisee College (Brussels).

    Didier Van Laere not only advises but also assists his clients in dispute resolution. If an amicable solution turns out not to be possible, he will defend your rights tooth and nail in court and, thanks to his many years of experience, lead the litigation in a strategic manner.

    Didier Van Laere regularly contributes to the professional literature and publishes weekly on the DVP website. His articles are also published on LinkedIn and Twitter.

    Didier Van Laere is a welcome speaker at lectures and seminars on all kinds of tax and corporate law topics for various organizations (Odisee Seminars, MD Seminars, Kluwer, UAMS, Trends, Fiscal Business Forum, BNP PARIBAS FORTIS, Deutsche Bank, Bank Van Lanschot, KMO Campus, Mentor, etc.), both for a professional and a purely private audience.

    Didier Van Laere is fluent trilingual (Dutch, French and English).

    Don't hesitate to contact him directly for any questions you might have.

Jan Van Camp
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    Jan Van Camp graduated cum laude in 1981 from the Catolic University of Louvain and obtained a Master’s degree in business administration cum laude in 1983 at the Catolic University of Louvain.

    Jan has been active in banking for several years specializing in the short and medium term financing of international trading transactions. He made a switch to an important Belgian industrial group where he was responsible for managing the treasury in all its legal, financial and banking aspects.

    Jan Van Camp entered the Brussels Bar in 1997 and joined his tax partners Didier Van Laere and Leo De Broeck in 2000. He assists companies in dispute resolution before courts and provides advice, combining litigation and consultancy.

    Jan Van Camp is substitute judge at the Dutch Brussels Commercial Court.

    He has primarily focused on commercial and company law and provides support to many medium-sized and important Belgian family owned companies involved in acquisition and restructuring operations. Jan offers expert legal and financial knowledge and assistance to companies in difficulties, whether or not in the course of insolvency proceedings.

Bart Coopman
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    Bart Coopman (°1966) holds a master's degree in law (KUL 1991), and obtained a postgraduate degree in business economics from VLEKHO Brussels (1992) and a degree in "Maîtrise en Gestion Fiscale" (1993) from the U.L.B. - Ecole Solvay, all with ordinary or major distinctions. He also completed the four-year training as a candidate lawyer at the Court of Cassation in 2002. At the beginning of his career, he was honored with the famous "Fiscofoonprijs".

    Bart Coopman is or was a lecturer at Vlekho and the Fiscale Hogeschool. He has given various seminars on taxation, tax procedure and tax criminal law at various professional associations (KBAB, BAB Antwerp, BAB Brabant, BAB Kempen, KBAB Ghent, LBAB), the Belgian Banking Association, Kluwer Opleidingen, KBCBank, Bank Degroof, BACOB, Fiscale Hogeschool, VBO, Cepina, the High Council of Justice, M&D, UAMS, etc.

    He has also published numerous academic tax contributions in the Tijdschrift voor Fiscaal Recht, Algemeen Fiscaal Tijdschrift, Onroerend Goed in de Praktijk, Fiscaal Vermogensbeheer, Nieuwsbrief Notariaat Fiscaal, Fiscoloog, Fiscale Actualiteit, de Fiscale Praktijkboeken, and others. He has also contributed to various professional literature in book form such as "Welcome Black - Practical Guide to Fiscal Amnesty", together with his Didier Van Laere and Leo De Broeck (Standard Publisher), "Risks for directors of V.Z.W.'s" (Intersentia), "Local Business Taxes" (Intersentia), "The Amicable Settlement in Tax Matters" (Intersentia).

    He has practiced as a tax lawyer since 1993, first as a lawyer and later as a partner at the law firm Dauginet in Antwerp from 1993 until the end of 2002. Since 2003, he has worked at the office DE BROECK VAN LAERE & PARTNERS (bco@dvp-law.com).

    For more than twenty-five years Bart Coopman has been very active in tax advice and litigation (from administrative appeals to proceedings before the tax and correctional court). He has a strong experience in most tax fields.

Koen Hens
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    Koen Hens (°1980) has been an attorney at the Brussels Bar since 2004 and joined the firm in June 2006, where he has since then focused on fiscal, financial and economic criminal law and corporate law.

    He obtained his Law Degree (2003) at the University of Leuven and holds a degree in Complementary Studies in Criminological Sciences (Catholic University of Leuven - 2004).

    He has acted for protagonists in various mediated files concerning tax fraud, VAT carousels, public and private bribery, money laundering, social fraud,...

    He intervenes for all those involved in the criminal process: suspects, defendants, defendants and civil parties. Both during the preliminary investigation, before the investigating courts, and during the sentencing phase. He also handles cassation proceedings in criminal cases and proceedings before the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

    He has also built up extensive experience in tax law and corporate law, where he often acts in proceedings that run in parallel with criminal cases.

    Koen Hens regularly contributes to the professional literature on criminal tax law and criminal procedural law (Fiscale Actualiteit, Tijdschrift voor Fiscaal Recht, Algemeen Fiscaal Tijdschrift,...). In 2004, together with Bart Coopman, he wrote the book "De minnelijke schikking in fiscale zaken" (The settlement in tax matters). The book was intended to be a manual for legal practitioners who, in their daily practice, have to deal with the out-of-court settlement and with negotiations with the tax authorities or the public prosecutor.

    Since the first of February 2016, he has held a certificate of special training in cassation proceedings in criminal cases.

    Koen Hens is fluent trilingual (Dutch, French and English).

Annelore Molly
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    Annelore Molly (°1985) graduated in 2008 as Master of Law at the University of Ghent with great distinction.

    After her law studies, she obtained a Master in General Management at the Vlerick Business School in 2009 (with distinction), where she broadened her legal knowledge with management skills in the broadest sense (marketing, HR, finance, accounting, etc.).

    She joined the Kortrijk Bar in 2009, where she practiced corporate and commercial law at the Eubelius office until 2012.

    Annelore joined our firm in October 2012. On the one hand, she focuses on corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on corporate transactions (M&A), both for SME acquisitions and for large-scale restructurings and commercial partnerships. She has also built up experience in the field of shareholder disputes and the procedures in this matter. On the other hand, over the years she has also developed extensive expertise in the field of estate planning.

Philippe Van Gaever
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    Philippe VAN GAEVER (born 11 October 1986) has been a lawyer at the Brussels Bar since 2011. He handles cases in Dutch, French and English. He also has working proficiency of Italian and German.

    Philippe VAN GAEVER obtained his Bachelor's degree in Law (2007) at the KUB (Katholieke Universiteit Brussel) and in parallel also took classes at the FUSL (Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis). He obtained his Master in Law (2010) at the KUL (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) with a focus on economic law and tax law. Afterwards, he further specialised in taxation and obtained an LL.M. (2011) at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

    After starting his traineeship with one of the twenty Belgian Supreme Court lawyers in 2011, Philippe VAN GAEVER joined an international boutique law firm in 2012 with a focus on representing retail investors in negotiations and proceedings in mediatised financial sector cases. Furthermore he also assisted insurance companies in the preparation of business-to-business contracts with key service providers as well as SMEs with management agreements adapted to their business models. He also successfully mediated disputes between shareholders and/or directors. He is also a known negotiator and representative in litigious matters against banks with regard to credit arrangements and related security interests and guarantees (e.g. suretyship/pledges/mortgages). In connection therewith he specialised in attachment proceedings, accompanying corporate restructurings, controlled management proceedings and bankruptcy proceedings, in particular for entities operating in the construction and real estate sector. Subsequently these clients made him their trusted advisor for their daily operations and related contractual matters (e.g. building contracts and real estate transactions).

    Since 2016 Philippe VAN GAEVER is certified to submit petitions in criminal matters to the Belgian Supreme Court. Consequently, he can act before the Belgian Supreme Court in both tax and criminal cases.

    In 2018, Philippe VAN GAEVER joined the tax firm DE BROECK VAN LAERE & Partners. During this period, he gained extensive experience in tax matters.

    Philippe VAN GAEVER is an established negotiator and litigator who over the years has developed into a versatile lawyer with the interests of companies and entrepreneurs at heart. Being an entrepreneur himself as a lawyer, he joined the regional board of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater-Leuven in 2017 and subsequently co-founded the regional board of the Chamber of Commerce of the Druivenstreek in 2019. As from 2017 he has also been appointed as a director of Vlaams Pleitgenootschap bij de Balie te Brussel NPO, a company that offers legal training and organises socio-cultural activities for the legal profession.

Odile Meurisse
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    Odile Meurisse obtained a Master's degree in Law at the KULeuven, specializing in fiscal and private law (2018).After her law studies, Odile decided to further specialize in tax law and obtained an Advanced Master in Tax Law (2019) also at the KULeuven.

    She started her career as a lawyer at the Brussels Bar in February 2019 and joined the tax team of our firm in order to further deepen her knowledge of tax law.

    Her expertise covers the three main tax branches: personal income tax, corporate income tax and VAT. Moreover, she has a special interest in international taxation and tax procedure. She advises and represents clients' interests in negotiations with the tax authorities, as well as in the administrative phase and during court proceedings.

    Odile is a passionate young lawyer who likes a pragmatic approach. The interests of clients are always paramount to her and she always strives to do this in an efficient and fast manner. Likewise, you can contact her with all your tax issues. She will strive to find a solution together with you and explain this extremely complex matter in clear language.

Thijs Dermaux
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    Thijs Dermaux specializes in tax law.

    In 2018, he (° 1995) obtained his Master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent. During this Master he also studied for five months at the University of Nice by participating in the Erasmus program. In 2019 he also obtained a postgraduate degree in Tax Law and Practice at the Fiscale Hogeschool in Brussels. After which he joined the firm on 1 October 2019 and was registered at the Dutch-speaking Bar of Brussels.

    Within the firm, Thijs Dermaux is part of the tax department under the guidance of his supervisor, Leo De Broeck. He deals with all branches of tax law, but with an emphasis on tax litigation without losing sight of related fields of law such as company law.

    Thijs Dermaux is very eager to learn so that he can keep up with the evolutions in the ever-changing tax universe and in this way help the client to the best of his ability.

Christine Wiggeleer

Christine Wiggeleer

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Hafida Oufqir

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