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Fieldfisher Belgium welcomes Lionel Wellekens as Of Counsel




European law firm Fieldfisher is delighted to announce that Lionel Wellekens has joined its fast-growing Belgian Tax practice as Of Counsel. 

Lionel Wellekens specialises in indirect taxes, with a particular focus on VAT. 

For more than 15 years, Lionel has gained extensive experience in various indirect tax aspects within top-tier law and consultancy firms where he became the trusted indirect tax adviser of clients mainly active in the technology, financial and real estate sectors. He has developed a particular expertise in the indirect taxes aspects of real estate, M&A and financial transactions. He is also advising companies on the indirect taxes consequences of their European and international trading of goods. 

He frequently lectures and gives speeches on various indirect tax topics. 

Lionel Wellekens holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) and a post Master’s degree in tax from the University of Antwerp (UA). 

Leveraging his natural synergies with Geoffroy Galéa (with whom he has previously worked with), he will further develop the fast-growing Belgian Tax practice covering indirect taxes, notably VAT, excise, customs and registration duties. Lionel brings with him a wealth of experience, both in assisting clients with complex indirect tax issues or in representing them in complex tax litigations. 

Commenting on this arrival, Jean-François Germain, Joint Managing Partner, said: 

We are delighted that the Belgian Tax practice of Fieldfisher is already expanding. The arrival of Lionel will add new tax capabilities to our fast-growing Tax practice set up by Geoffroy Galéa one year ago. It shows that our Tax practice is now ready to go to the next level, as an independent fully-fledged international Tax practice. Within Fieldfisher, we all look forward to finding out what is coming next!" 

Geoffroy Galéa, Head of the Belgian Tax practice, commented: 

"Lionel's profile fits perfectly with the needs of our Tax practice, and will allow us to provide high quality tax services ranging from corporate tax to VAT or customs duties. Furthermore, adding a senior profile with a mixed experience (consultancy and law firms) is in line with our forward-looking Tax practice providing our clients with top-notch practical advice that is not limited to their traditional legal aspects but that is also covering the economics behind any issue. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to work again with Lionel and to bring our natural synergies, both technical and personal, to our Tax practice."

On this arrival, Lionel Wellekens commented: “I am thrilled to join Fieldfisher. The firm really charmed me by its dynamism and positive atmosphere. The notable growth of the Tax practice set-up by Geoffroy is just one example of the firm’s positive dynamism. I am really looking forward to working again with Geoffroy and further expanding the offering of the Belgian Tax practice. We indeed have strong synergies with Geoffroy and this will be a real added-value for the firm's clients. Geoffroy, Alain Thilmany (associate within the Tax Practice) and myself share the commitment to provide first-class and pragmatic assistance to clients.”

About Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market-leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, financial services, energy & natural resources and life sciences. 

Many of our lawyers are top-ranked in various legal directories and we are widely respected thought leaders, digging deep into the issues that matter most to our clients. We provide answers and opinions not just legalese.

Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our strategic bases in Silicon Valley and China. Among our clients, we count technology companies providing internet-related services and products, consulting and digital services, pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, infrastructure and chemicals companies, as well as banks and financial institutions.

Fieldfisher has 25 offices across 11 countries, we work collaboratively with each of our offices to ensure our clients receive the best advice and support.

Our Brussels office has a team of approximately 50 lawyers (including 20 partners) specialising in the main areas of business law practice, in particular corporate, banking and finance, energy, competition, data protection and privacy, employment, dispute resolution, arbitration and mediation, tax, intellectual property, energy, technology, international trade and EU Regulatory law.

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