• HVG Welcomes Tom Swinnen

    Posted on July 11, 2017 HVG Advocaten-Avocats (HVG) is pleased to announce the arrival of Tom Swinnen as Executive Director in the M&A/transaction law department. HVG Welcomes Tom Swinnen

  • International requests for information subject to (limited) judicial review

    Posted on July 7, 2017 In its decision of 16 May 2017, the European Court of Justice (hereafter “ECJ”) decided that if the tax administration requests a taxpayer to provide information in the context of a request for exchange of information regarding another taxpayer, the first is entitled to be informed on the relevance of the information requested. International requests […]

  • The European Commission simplifies State aid rules for ports and airports

    Posted on June 21, 2017 The European Commission has approved new State aid rules that exempt certain aid measures to (air)ports from the obligation to obtain prior Commission approval. Read the article here

  • Fairness Tax violates EU Law

    Posted on May 17, 2017 HVG is proud to have realized this win for Belgian tax payers! Please find enclosed the link to our news flash. 20170517- newsflash fairness tax

  • Nowhere to hide: the register of ultimate beneficial owners

    Posted on April 26, 2017 In view of enhancing transparency and in order to avoid abuse of legal entities, the fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (nr. 2015/849) has imposed the obligation on member states to install a central register of ultimate beneficial owners of legal entities. It is believed that such a register is required in order to trace criminals who […]

Holland Van Gijzen: lawyers who distinguish themselves

About HVG

HVG is a rapidly growing law firm in the Belgian market. We are an ambitious firm with a no-nonsense mentality. Our lawyers are active in all major jurisdictions that affect businesses.

We operate as a multidisciplinary practice (MDP). Hence, our approach is clearly different to that taken by traditional law firms. The reason for that is the privileged cooperation HVG has entered into with EY Tax Consultants. We ensure that our clients obtain legal, tax, etc. services of a uniform quality in an integrated way. All pieces of advice seamlessly reinforce each other and provide greater added value.

Core activities
HVG is a full-service business law firm. Our thorough expertise in corporate law, transaction, tax, IP/IT, employment and labor law, commercial and distribution law, financial law and litigation ensures that we can assist with the full spectrum of legal matters your company needs and that it is provided with the best/specialized legal advice. Our lawyers are decisive in their work, pragmatic, clear in the course of actions and are open to interaction. Our priority is given to the interests of the client.

Our clients
HVG focuses mainly on start-ups, SMEs, Belgian subsidiaries of foreign companies and Belgian companies with interests abroad. Our specializations are situated mainly on a number of specific market sectors such as private equity banking government and public sector real estate technology and telecommunications automotive sector health care and life sciences Industrial products consumer products.

The core idea of our strategy is a strong and well coordinated cooperation. This way, starting from a specialized position, we have the ability to offer our clients high quality services beyond the physical office boundaries. Our approach is pragmatic and multidisciplinary. Wherever you do business, both nationally and internationally we are able to provide you with our services in a practical and effective way.

Our structure and offices
HVG advocaten-avocats operates on a national and international scale, with offices in Brussels and with HVG in the Netherlands having offices in Amsterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Utrecht and two legal desks in London and New-York. We have corresponding offices in most jurisdictions in Europe and also in Asia, the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Oceania.