Philippe Lion is a senior counsel in the Tax Practice Group in the Brussels office and former Head of the EMEA Tax Practice of the Firm, a position which he held between 2010 and 2016. Prior to that, he headed the EMEA Tax Transaction practice for a period of three years.
Before joining Baker McKenzie in 2003, Philippe worked for more than 10 years in the tax department of one of the Big 4 (PWC), including an 18 months secondment in their Frankfurt office.
Since more than 10 years, Philippe is a lecturer on International Tax Planning at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.
Representative Legal Matters
Involved in a number of intragroup restructuring projects as well as pre-transaction restructurings.
Advising a US multinational on the Belgian tax aspects of the reorganization of its Europe-wide supply chain structure following a recent acquisition in Europe.
Advising a major Belgian financial institution in relation to the tax aspects of an acquisition structure designed to secure the long term occupation of certain premises.
Assisting a major Belgian financial institution in relation to the Belgian and foreign tax aspects of a complex deal proposal for the acquisition of a EUR185 million interest in a Luxembourg SICAV.
Assisting a German real estate investment fund in relation to the acquisition of a Belgian real estate property under existing split.
Assisting a Belgian real estate group in relation to the tax aspects of the acquisition of a major shopping centre.
Professional Associations and Memberships
International Fiscal Association - Member
Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management - Lecturer, Executive Master in Tax Management, "International Tax Planning"
- Brussels~Belgium (2003)
- King's College London (Master of Laws LL.M. Taxation) (1991)
- Juristenaustauschprogramm in Germany (Tübingen-Düsseldorf) (DAAD) (1990)
- Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Fiscales of Brussels (Post Graduate Degree Taxation, magna cum laude) (1989)
- Catholic University of Leuven (Law Degree, cum laude) (1988)
Author, “Conflicts in the attribution of income to a person,” Belgian Report for the IFA Congress in Kyoto
Lecturer, "International Tax Planning" at the Master in Tax Management of the Solvay Business School, Brussels