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Philippe Hinnekens

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Philippe Hinnekens is a tax lawyer with more than 30 years of experience in advising multinationals, small and midsized Belgian companies, not-for-profit entities and wealthy individuals in a wide variety of tax matters.

Philippe has a particular focus on (i) the real estate sector (he is a lector in the Real Property Postgraduate Programs at KULAK and FHS), (ii) the Fund industry and (iii) estate and wealth planning for family owned enterprises.

Except for his particular focus, Philippe also has experience in the tax aspects of M&A transactions, corporate reorganizations; cross border employment; equity incentive plans, R&D incentives, general estate and wealth planning.

Areas of FocusReal EstateTax
Professional QualificationsAdvocaat admitted with the Nederlandse Orde van AdvocatenAvocat registered with the Ordre Francais des Avocats du Barreau de Bruxelles


  • Philippe has been involved as tax advisor in setting up one of the first international crypto assets investment funds by a Belgian promotor team and obtaining a tax ruling relating to this structure.
  • He also advised on the tax aspects of an international (sharia compliant) investment structure for middle east investors in a large Belgian real property project.
  • Dutch
  • French
  • English
  • LLM University of Chicago, USA, 1986-1987
  • Licentiaat in de rechten K.U. Leuven, 1984-1986
  • Bachelor in de rechten K.U. Leuven, 1981-1984


  • Impact of the recently approved Belgian federal budget, 28 October 2022
  • Reform of the Belgian expat tax regime, 07 January 2022
  • Tax Alert: Netherlands and Belgium notify tax treaty under the Multilateral Instrument, 30 November 2021
  • De nieuwe jaarlijkse taks op effectenrekeningen, 24 Maart 2021
  • P. Hinnekens and L. Wellens, “Aanwasbeding : Vlabel vergaloppeert zich in burgerrechtelijke analyse”, Fiscoloog 14.03.2018, nr 1558, p 2.
  • P. Hinnekens and L. Wellens, “Invoering belastingvermindering voor investeringen in groeibedrijven”, Fiscoloog 07.02.2018, nr 1553, p 3.
  • P. Hinnekens and L. Wellens, “Fiscale steunmaatregelen voor starters”, TEP 2017/5, p 500
  • P. Hinnekens and L. Wellens, “Overzicht regularisatieheffingen federaal-regionaal”, Vermogensplanning in de praktijk, 2017/3, p 51
  • P. Hinnekens and L. Wellens, “Eerste ruling over antimisbruikbepaling Moeder-dochterrichtlijn”, Fiscoloog 31.05.2017, nr 1523, p 3.
  • P. Hinnekens, Laurius nieuwsbrief, May 2017, vermogensplanning.
  • P. Hinnekens and L. Wellens, “Kaaimantaks ‘vermijdingsbepaling’ kaaimantaks : geen effectieve belastingheffing vereist”, Fiscoloog 29.03.2017, nr 1515, p 7.
  • P. Hinnekens and L. Wellens, “’Gecertificeerde maatschap’: toepassing kaaimantaks bevestigd”, Fiscoloog 22.03.2017, nr 1514, p 5.
  • P. Hinnekens and L. Wellens, “Rulingcommissie: wel kaaimantaks op inkomsten ‘trust’, niet op uitkeringen”, Fiscoloog 08.03.2017, nr 1512, p 8.
  • P. Hinnekens and L. Wellens, “Betwistbare beslissing Vlabel over Nederlandse ascendentenverdeling”, Fiscoloog 01.03.2017, nr 1511, p 6.
  • P. Hinnekens, Laurius nieuwsbrief, februari 2017, vermogensplanning.
  • P. Hinnekens and L. Wellens, “Schenking en vererving familiebedrijven : nieuw stelsel in Brussel”, Fiscoloog 14.12.2016, nr 1501, p 6.
  • P. Hinnekens, “Toch Vlaamse erfbelasting op uitkeringen Liechtensteinse stichting?”, Fiscoloog 14.09.2016, nr 1488, p 5.
  • P. Hinnekens and L. Wellens, “Schenking familiebedrijf onder opschortende voorwaarde : wijziging standpunt”, Fiscoloog 24.02.2016.
  • P. Hinnekens and S. Gommers, “Liquidatiereserve: retroactieve uitbreiding naar aj. 2013 en 2014”, Fiscoloog 03.06.2015, nr 1433, p 1-6
  • P. Hinnekens and S. Gommers, “De liquidatiereserve. De saga rond belastingheffing op winstuitkeringen duurt voort.”, TEP 2015/1, p 82
  • P. Hinnekens and S. Gommers, “Ruling erkent gelijkschakeling Liechtensteinse met Belgische stichting”, Fiscoloog 25.03.2015, nr 1424, p 3
  • P. Hinnekens and S. Gommers, “Wijzigingen ten gronde aan Vlaamse gunstregeling voor familiebedrijven”, Fiscoloog 25.02.2015, nr 1420, p10-12


Philippe teaches taxation in the framework of (i) the Postgraduate of Real Estate at the KU Leuven and (ii) Corporate Tax in the Postgraduate Taxation at UCLL. He regularly publishes articles and gives lectures on tax matters.

Prior Experience

  • May 2018 - current: Lawyer-Partner, DLA Piper
  • 2013 - May 2018: Partner, Antwerp/Brussels based law firm
  • 2004-2012: Partner, Brussels based law firm
  • 1995-2004: Partner, Brussels based law firm
  • 1987-1995: Associate, Brussels based law firm
  • 1993 - current: Lawyer, Brussels Bar

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Member of the Brussels Bar
  • Member Board Of Directors of ZNA - Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen
  • President Of The Board Of Directors of Rondpunt vzw
  • Board member of the International Fiscal Association (Belgian Branch)
  • Staff member of Fiscoloog
  • Member of the editorial board of the Journal for Estate Planning