In tax matters, there is never a solution that applies to everyone. An asset structuring will only be optimal if it is applicable and adapted to the client’s situation. An optimization of the situation of a company will only be useful if it integrates the concrete mode of operation of the company. In fifteen years of activity, I have never had to deal with the same case twice. This is obviously a positive observation: this diversity in the situations to be dealt with and this variety in the search for concrete solutions makes it possible to remain constantly alert, to constantly improve one’s knowledge and to never be satisfied with solutions experienced in the past.
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An integrated approach.
For Mélanie Daube, taking into account the interpenetration of taxation and other branches of law is an essential condition for any planning process. “When a client consults me about an estate planning issue, I always start by considering the situation from a civil law perspective. The first step is to consider how the client’s estate can be divided. Only once this question has been resolved do we need to examine how to implement this solution while minimizing its tax impact. The approach is no different in the presence of legal structures, Belgian or foreign. With the implementation of the numerous Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD) it has become essential to approach taxation from the existing economic situation, and not the other way around.
Mélanie Daube is a specialist in the organization of assets and the (re)structuring of companies with an international dimension and also deals with litigation. For her, these different specialties go hand in hand. “If we participate in the elaboration of a patrimonial structuring, we must also be able to defend the chosen solution in case of litigation”. Convinced of the value of this complementarity, Mélanie Daube considers that it is important to integrate it into the follow-up of each client’s file. “We are available to help our clients in all tax matters, and we give them our advice after an in-depth study of their situation. We never lose sight of the fact that we are there to advise our clients, but that the final decision is theirs.
Member of the Bar
- Member of the Brussels bar since 2002
- Member of the Antwerp bar since 2010
- Member of the Luxembourg bar (list IV) since 2011
- Law degree – Université Libre de Bruxelles (2001 – great distinction)
- DES in economic law – Université Libre de Bruxelles (2002 – great distinction)
- Lecturer at the Executive Master in Tax Management at the Solvay Business School of Economics & Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles
- Assistant at the Law Faculty of the ULB (History of Law and Institutions).
- Substitute professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Tax law)
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