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Yi Lei Zheng

Yi Lei Zheng


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

After a master’s degree in law at Université Catholique de Louvain and a complementary Master in Tax Law at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Yi Lei Zheng started her career as a lawyer at Afschrift. She then joined De Broeck Van Laere & Partners and PwC Legal (Law Square).

Yi Lei obtained an Executive Master in Finance from the Solvay Brussels School, and thereby acquired new skills in finance, which is a perfect combination with her tax law specialisation, enabling her to provide clients with a broad spectrum of advice.

Yi Lei has an extensive knowledge of many areas of Belgian and international tax law, including international tax planning, corporate tax as well as negotiations with the tax authorities.

As a specialist in tax law, Yi Lei also assists clients in tax litigation procedures before all Belgian and European Courts, especially regarding tax fraud, investigative powers of the tax authorities, permanent establishment issues, application of tax treaties and anti-avoidance rules.

She has also successfully defended cases before the Belgian Supreme Court.

Yi Lei joined the Tax Department of CMS Belgium in December 2018.

Yi Lei is a Chinese and French native speaker and is fluent in Dutch and English.

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Relevant experience

  • 2018 – Present: Associate, CMS Belgium
  • 2016 – 2018: Senior Associate, PwC Legal (Law Square)
  • 2012 – 2016: Associate, De Broeck Van Laere & Partners
  • 2011 – 2012: Associate, Afschrift
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  • 2015 – 2016: Solvay Brussels School (Executive Master in Finance)
  • 2010 – 2011: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Master in Tax Law)
  • 2008 – 2010: Université Catholique de Louvain (Master in Law)
  • 2005 – 2008: Facultés universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (Bachelor in Law)
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  • Gauthier Vael and Yi Lei Zheng, “Nouvel arrêt de la Cour de cassation en matière d’utilisation de preuves obtenues de manière irrégulière : confirmation de la jurisprudence Antigone ou rendez-vous manqué ? », Act. Fisc., no. 22, 1 – 6.
  • Jo Roseleth and Yi Lei Zheng, “Inkoop eigen aandelen en oude antimisbruikbepaling: geen herkwalificatie”, Accountancy & Fiscaliteit, 2013, no. 34, 3 – 5.
  • Yi Lei Zheng, “L’incidence du régime matrimonial sur la taxation de la plus-value”, Act. Fisc., 2013, no. 2, 3 – 6.
  • Yi Lei Zheng, “Déduction des frais liés à la location de véhicules de remplacement : un pourvoi en cassation introduit par l’Administration contre sa propre position défendue depuis plus de vingt ans”, Act. Fisc., 2012, no. 31, 5 – 7. 
  • Yi Lei Zheng, “Des amortissements comptabilisés sur des travaux de réparation et d’entretien effectués à un immeuble, peuvent-ils être assimilés à des amortissements sur l’immeuble lui-même pour l’application de l’article 41 du CIR92 ?”, Act. Fisc., 2012, no. 26, 1 – 4.
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