The expertise of Bloom Law Firm’s tax team is reflected by the fact that five of its six partners are professionals in one or more Belgian and Dutch universities. In addition, members of the team are regularly invited by the Belgian and regional governments to express their opinions on new tax legislation. The group is sought out by multinational companies and high net worth individuals for specialist legal advice on all types of complex advisory and contentious matters; their expertise spans areas such as personal and corporate income tax, registration duties and inheritance tax. It has made a name for itself securing favourable rulings from tax authorities, particularly where it represents foreign investors setting up operations in Belgium. It also provides standalone advice to clients on international tax planning, corporate reorganisations, tax treaty application and estate planning, among many other areas. Recent highlights included Michel Maus representing the Belgian cities of Blankenberge, Bruges and Ostend in tax litigation. In addition, Mark Delanote acted for the Belgian government at the Constitutional Court in an application for annulment of the so-called Cayman tax (as applicable to trusts). On the non-contentious side, Denis-Emmanuel Philippe is noted for his tax structuring expertise. Counsel Pieterjan Smeyers and Aymeric Nollet are also recommended. Bart Buelens recently departed to set up an independent law firm.