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Stéphanie Houx

Partner

CMS DeBacker
Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
1170 Brussels
Belgium
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. 

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“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

"Stéphanie Houx specialises in VAT matters, acting on analyses and procedures relating to M&A transactions, share deals and public listings. She also assists with contentious matters and complaints connected to tax issues."

Chambers Europe, 2019

"knowledgeable about VAT (and other indirect taxes) and real estate tax"

Legal 500, 2019

"I have rarely seen a lawyer as equally intelligent and knowledgeable. She is patient, hard-working and will always opt for compromise over confrontation."

Feedback from a client - Chambers Europe, 2018

Relevant experience

  • Specializing in real estate taxes: income tax, VAT, registration duties, withholding and local taxes and Indirect tax law (including VAT, registration duties and some customs cases)
  • 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)
  • Assisting with legal opinions and advice
  • Drafting and structuring real estate taxes memos
  • Collaborating and supporting corporate, M&A, finance, banking, funds, insurance, PPS, public, labour, regulatory, restructuration, litigation, competition, state aids and others EU practices 
  • Successful magistracy examination in tax court 
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member of the Brussels Bar 
  • Member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA)
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Education

1996 – Solvay Business School (Master in taxation) 
1993 – Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
1993 – University of Louvain-La-Neuve, UCL (Master in Law)
1990 –  University of Saint Louis (Bachelor in Law)

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Expertise