Our philosophy

We are a small firm and aim to be accessible and hands-on for our clients and for those with whom we work on a day-to-day basis. A good relationship based on mutual trust is our cornerstone and corresponds perfectly to our desire always to cooperate on a long-term basis. Moreover, thanks to our professional past and our size, we are able to deliver high-quality work in return for very competitive fees.

Of course, we cannot advise on international law on our own. So we have an extensive, carefully cultivated, international network of highly skilled foreign (tax) advisers to call on. Within this network, we always maintain our independence: after all, we are acting only in your interest. Your own adviser (accountant, banker, auditor or notary) is naturally a companion with whom we seek out the most suitable solution for you.

"Focus on international tax law, an expertise we have developed over the past years"

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After a career spanning many years with (international) law firms, in 2014 it was time to use my experience and knowledge to set up my own firm. My specialist area of international tax law began as a job, but it has since become far more than that. In this field, not only are knowledge and skill vital, but so are diplomacy and pragmatism. An open-minded view and a social attitude to life are crucial, and sometimes really open up new horizons.
Right from the outset, I had a special affinity with the tax system applicable to Dutch nationals living in Belgium, whether the issue concerns their pension, their DGA status (Dutch director-major shareholder) or the planning or structuring of their assets. However, the tax system applicable to cross-border workers in Luxembourg or France, providing tax guidance for emigrating or immigrating taxpayers and tax consultancy services for investors or entrepreneurs regarding the worldwide implementation of their plans also fall well within my areas of competence.

Erik Sansen

Partner

After a career spanning many years with (international) law firms, in 2014 it was time to use my experience and knowledge to set up my own firm. My specialist area of international tax law began as a job, but it has since become far more than that. In this field, not only are knowledge and skill vital, but so are diplomacy and pragmatism. An open-minded view and a social attitude to life are crucial, and sometimes really open up new horizons.Right from the outset, I had a special affinity with the tax system applicable to Dutch nationals living in Belgium, whether the issue concerns their pension, their DGA status (Dutch director-major shareholder) or the planning or structuring of their assets. However, the tax system applicable to cross-border workers in Luxembourg or France, providing tax guidance for emigrating or immigrating taxpayers and tax consultancy services for investors or entrepreneurs regarding the worldwide implementation of their plans also fall well within my areas of competence.
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Gertjan Verachtert assists clients with national and international tax issues, both with respect to private and professional assets and income. In these areas he also assists clients in dispute resolution and litigation. Over the years, Gertjan has built up experience in advising on tax compliance of asset structures (Cayman tax, exchange of information), migration and emigration of individuals and companies, cross-border investments and assistance to artists and sports individuals in international context.
Gertjan likes to share his expertise through articles in professional journals and as a speaker at various conferences. As an active member of AIJA (Vice-President Tax Law Commission), he maintains a network in various countries to assist our clients.

Gertjan Verachtert

Partner

Gertjan Verachtert assists clients with national and international tax issues, both with respect to private and professional assets and income. In these areas he also assists clients in dispute resolution and litigation. Over the years, Gertjan has built up experience in advising on tax compliance of asset structures (Cayman tax, exchange of information), migration and emigration of individuals and companies, cross-border investments and assistance to artists and sports individuals in international context.Gertjan likes to share his expertise through articles in professional journals and as a speaker at various conferences. As an active member of AIJA (Vice-President Tax Law Commission), he maintains a network in various countries to assist our clients.
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Charlotte Lardenoit is a partner at our firm. She assists our entrepreneurs in international tax procedures. She also advises them in (inter)national tax matters, this always with a risk assessment approach in mind. Charlotte became a lawyer at the Antwerp Bar in 2011 and has since built up a wide-ranging expertise in income tax matters. She assists taxpayers in their contacts with the tax authorities (ruling, mediation, negotiations during audits and evaluation, etc.). She carefully guides clients through legal disputes and represents them in court. Charlotte thereby has a wealth of litigation experience in personal income tax, corporation tax, legal entities tax and tax on non-residents, as well as VAT.
In addition, Charlotte has built up a unique expertise with regard to safeguarding of tax payers rights guaranteed by European and international conventions during a tax procedure. She is a regular speaker on the beforementioned topics. She has published many articles about taxation in newspapers and magazines.

Charlotte Lardenoit

Partner

Charlotte Lardenoit is a partner at our firm. She assists our entrepreneurs in international tax procedures. She also advises them in (inter)national tax matters, this always with a risk assessment approach in mind. Charlotte became a lawyer at the Antwerp Bar in 2011 and has since built up a wide-ranging expertise in income tax matters. She assists taxpayers in their contacts with the tax authorities (ruling, mediation, negotiations during audits and evaluation, etc.). She carefully guides clients through legal disputes and represents them in court. Charlotte thereby has a wealth of litigation experience in personal income tax, corporation tax, legal entities tax and tax on non-residents, as well as VAT.In addition, Charlotte has built up a unique expertise with regard to safeguarding of tax payers rights guaranteed by European and international conventions during a tax procedure. She is a regular speaker on the beforementioned topics. She has published many articles about taxation in newspapers and magazines.
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I studied at the KU Leuven (Master of Laws degree, 2011) and then further specialised in taxation at the same university (Master after Master taxation, 2012). Having gained professional experience as a lawyer at the Bar in Brussels with a leading firm of tax lawyers and as a tax manager with a Big Four firm, in 2021 I decided to join the team at Sansen International Tax Lawyers. I assist clients with all their questions about general corporate taxation in both a national and an international context. Over the years, I have built up particular expertise in the field of real-estate taxation.
For instance, I assist private individuals and companies with matters such as the structuring and financing of various real-estate projects, the purchase of a second residence at home and abroad, corporate restructuring projects (partial divisions, mergers, etc.) and transactional taxation, as well as succession planning relating to immovable assets. The thing that appeals to me in real-estate taxation is the interplay of the various branches of tax law. In addition, I regularly speak at seminars and have written a number of articles for several tax journals.

Bernd Tiebout

Associate

I studied at the KU Leuven (Master of Laws degree, 2011) and then further specialised in taxation at the same university (Master after Master taxation, 2012). Having gained professional experience as a lawyer at the Bar in Brussels with a leading firm of tax lawyers and as a tax manager with a Big Four firm, in 2021 I decided to join the team at Sansen International Tax Lawyers. I assist clients with all their questions about general corporate taxation in both a national and an international context. Over the years, I have built up particular expertise in the field of real-estate taxation.For instance, I assist private individuals and companies with matters such as the structuring and financing of various real-estate projects, the purchase of a second residence at home and abroad, corporate restructuring projects (partial divisions, mergers, etc.) and transactional taxation, as well as succession planning relating to immovable assets. The thing that appeals to me in real-estate taxation is the interplay of the various branches of tax law. In addition, I regularly speak at seminars and have written a number of articles for several tax journals.
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After my law degree at KU Leuven, I enrolled for my LLM at UGent, which I completed successfully. Since then I gained experience working for some leading tax law firms. I support high net worth individuals in relation to national and international fiscal aspects. I also advise them on their estate and successionplanning, with a particular interest for consultancy in relation to family owned businesses. This all with the necessary attention to the civil law aspect to estate and successionplanning.
Joining Sansen International Tax Lawyers I will further my experience as I, alongside my colleagues, support our customers with various international tax and cival law matters.

Mattias Van de Wygaert

Associate

After my law degree at KU Leuven, I enrolled for my LLM at UGent, which I completed successfully. Since then I gained experience working for some leading tax law firms. I support high net worth individuals in relation to national and international fiscal aspects. I also advise them on their estate and successionplanning, with a particular interest for consultancy in relation to family owned businesses. This all with the necessary attention to the civil law aspect to estate and successionplanning.Joining Sansen International Tax Lawyers I will further my experience as I, alongside my colleagues, support our customers with various international tax and cival law matters.
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I started my career at a law firm in the Kortrijk area which specialises in tax and corporate law. There I supported its tax consulting activities towards companies and private individuals.
In October of 2016, I decided to join the Sansen International Tax Lawyers team. The field of international taxation, the professional environment and the accessible and open attitude of Sansen International Tax Lawyers encouraged me take this step. At Sansen International Tax Lawyers I will support Erik Sansen and Gertjan Verachtert in the handling of cases in the field of international taxation.

DAAN VAN NIEUWENHOVE

Associate

I started my career at a law firm in the Kortrijk area which specialises in tax and corporate law. There I supported its tax consulting activities towards companies and private individuals.In October of 2016, I decided to join the Sansen International Tax Lawyers team. The field of international taxation, the professional environment and the accessible and open attitude of Sansen International Tax Lawyers encouraged me take this step. At Sansen International Tax Lawyers I will support Erik Sansen and Gertjan Verachtert in the handling of cases in the field of international taxation.
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After my law degree at KU Leuven, I followed a LLM in International & European Tax Law at the University of Maastricht. I want to keep focusing on these areas of tax law as a lawyer. After having joined the Sansen International Tax Lawyers team on September, 3, I will assist my colleagues and clients of the firm by treating all their questions related to international taxation.

Celine Kaura

Associate

After my law degree at KU Leuven, I followed a LLM in International & European Tax Law at the University of Maastricht. I want to keep focusing on these areas of tax law as a lawyer. After having joined the Sansen International Tax Lawyers team on September, 3, I will assist my colleagues and clients of the firm by treating all their questions related to international taxation.
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After my law degree at Uantwerp I joined the Bar of Gent and started my career with a tax law firm. This is where I acquired my first experiences in tax advice and procedure. In 2019 I completed a 6-month internship with a French law firm, where I assisted French real estate transactions. From September 2019 onwards I will be joining the Sansen International Tax Lawyers team.

Shana Convents

Associate

After my law degree at Uantwerp I joined the Bar of Gent and started my career with a tax law firm. This is where I acquired my first experiences in tax advice and procedure. In 2019 I completed a 6-month internship with a French law firm, where I assisted French real estate transactions. From September 2019 onwards I will be joining the Sansen International Tax Lawyers team.
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I started at Sansen International Tax Lawyers to relieve the administrative and organizational burden which allows my colleagues to focus for 100% on their clients.

Isobel Miller

Office Manager

I started at Sansen International Tax Lawyers to relieve the administrative and organizational burden which allows my colleagues to focus for 100% on their clients.

Vacancies

Sansen International Tax Lawyers is always on the lookout for enthusiastic lawyers-tax specialists keen to support the further growth of the firm in the field of interational tax law. Contact us at erik@sanseninternational.tax