Brent Springael is a tax partner in the Brussels office of Bird & Bird LLP, but also works from the Luxembourg office. His practice covers the full range of business-related tax matters, domestically and internationally, with a focus on specific industries including Life Sciences, Media and Tech and Comms. He also regularly advises non-profit associations on direct and indirect tax matters. However, intellectual property related tax matters are his main area of expertise.
Brent’s international tax experience (among others, in private equity and finance structuring) was strengthened through his secondment roles with the Luxembourg office of NautaDutilh and the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP.
Brent has written extensively on the practical implications of, amongst others, the Belgian and other European patent box regimes, the taxation of copyright income, royalty taxation, aircraft financing, holding company regimes, and non-profit association’s tax rules in leading Belgian and international tax reviews. He is also a regular speaker at conferences on these topics and acts as guest lecturer in the IP Master’s Programme at the University of Brussels.
He holds membership of the Tax and Legal Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Belgium (in which he chairs the R&D Subcommittee), of the Belgian branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), and of the Licensing Executives Society (LESI). He is also an associate member of the Federation of European and International Associations in Belgium (FAIB).
Brent was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1999 and to the Luxembourg Bar in 2015.