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Stéphanie Houx


CMS DeBacker
Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
1170 Brussels
Languages French, Dutch, English

Stéphanie Houx joined CMS Belgium’s Tax department in March 2021. She specializes in indirect taxation with a strong focus on the real estate sectors. She has gained experience by practicing tax law for more than 20 years at Allen & Overy, where she has become a recognized practitioner.

She advises leading banks, insurance companies and public authorities regarding real estate matters, VAT-related litigation and advisory matters. 

She has been awarded “Real estate Tax adviser of the year” by the Finance Taxation Awards 2022.

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"Stéphanie Houx is always available for her clients – she gives good advice and is very pragmatic"

Feedback from a client - Legal 500, 2023

"Stéphanie Houx has strong experience and expertise in VAT matters."

Feedback from a client, Legal 500, 2022

“Stéphanie Houx demonstrates impressive expertise in VAT-related litigation and advisory matters. She is also well known among market commentators for her work representing real estate investors in tax structuring mandates.”

Chambers Europe, 2020

Relevant experience

  • Specializing in real estate taxes: VAT, registration duties, withholding and local taxes and Indirect tax law.
  • Specialization in VAT in all sectors including public and financial.
  • Civil law: rights in rem and other civil law topics, real estate knowledge.
  • Tax litigation: successful ECJ and Belgian Supreme Courts judgments in all tax matters (direct and indirect taxes).
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA).
  • Member of the ‘Union Professionnelle du Secteur Immobilier’ (UPSI-BVS).
  • Member of the Belgian Association of Tax Lawyers (BATL).


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  • 1996 - Solvay Brussels School - ULB - Belgium (Master in Taxation) 
  • 1993 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
  • 1993 - University of Louvain, UCLouvain - Belgium (Master of Laws)
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