Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has hired Lionel Van Reet, a former partner in the customs & international trade practice at a global consulting firm. Lionel joins Baker McKenzie's Tax practice and will be based in Brussels.

With over 20 years in practice advising clients on trade and customs related matters, Lionel’s experience includes advising national and international companies from both the private and the public sectors. Lionel has a wealth of expertise in solving complex customs matters and is well regarded for his practice. His business audience includes the Automotive, Chemical and Petrochemical industries, Transport & Logistics as well as Retail and Manufacturing. He also assists customs authorities in the EU in relation to various customs matters.

Lionel is an important strategic hire with a focus and strong experience in cross-border customs matters, which will significantly expand the Firm's capabilities in this space.

Belgium Managing Partner Daniel Fesler said: "We warmly welcome Lionel. He is a strategic addition to our international Tax practice and his arrival emphasizes our position as a leading advisory firm globally. Lionel has an outstanding track record of advising clients on customs, excises and international trade matters".

Géry Bombeke, head of Baker McKenzie's tax practice in Belgium, said: "The addition of Lionel will further add to our expertise and allow us to continue to compete successfully with other leading Tax practices as we grow our capabilities even further".

On his appointment, Lionel Van Reet said: "I am delighted to join Baker McKenzie. Many businesses are likely to face unprecedented circumstances and challenges in the years to come. I look forward to working, alongside my new colleagues, to help the Firm’s clients navigate those issues and to continue to deliver top tier customs assistance".

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