Overview

Brent is acclaimed for his client and solution orientated approach.

Brent heads the Tax Group in the Brussels office, but also works from the Luxembourg office. His practice covers the full range of business-related tax matters, domestically and internationally, with a focus on specific industries including Life Sciences, Media and Tech & Comms. He also regularly advises non-profit associations on direct and indirect tax matters. However, intellectual property related tax matters are his main area of expertise. 

Brent’s international tax experience (amongst others, in private equity and finance structuring) was strengthened through his secondment roles with the Luxembourg office of NautaDutilh and the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP.

Brent has written extensively on the practical implications of, amongst others, the Belgian and other European patent box regimes, the taxation of copyright income, royalty taxation, aircraft financing, holding company regimes, and non-profit association’s tax rules in leading Belgian and international tax reviews. He is also a regular speaker at conferences on these topics and acts as guest lecturer in the IP Master Program at the University of Brussels.

He holds membership of the Tax and Legal Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Belgium, of the Belgian branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), and of the Licensing Executives Society (LESI). He is also an associate member of the Federation of European and International Associations in Belgium (FAIB).

Brent was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1999 and to the Luxembourg Bar in 2015.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. Bird & Bird is particularly strong in IP-related tax matters, and its international office network makes it well-suited to assist its multinational clients with a range of tax questions. Brent Springael heads the practice.

    The Legal 500 EMEA, 2018
  2. "particularly reputable for his expertise in IP-related tax matters"

    The Legal 500, 2016
  3. "Brent Springael is 'accurate' and 'easy to work with'".

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2014