Christophe Goossens

Local Partner, Brussels

Biography

His boutique firm was “recommended for its ‘tax expertise and strategic thinking’”
Legal 500, 2015

Overview

Christophe Goossens heads the tax and white collar crime practice of our office in Brussels.

With 20 years' experience in business tax law, he advises clients on Belgian and Luxembourg tax law issues in the fields of M&A, real estate taxation and international taxation. He has also developed a strong track record conducting major tax litigation, including criminal tax law. His areas of expertise include white collar investigations and litigations, including criminal defense of corporations and individuals.

Christophe is widely recognized as an expert in his field and has written academic publications on tax law and criminal tax law. He is a frequent speaker at academic conferences and congresses. He has also been a professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, and at the Haute Ecole Francisco Ferrer, where he taught on corporate tax and specifically on tax aspects of M&A.

Prior to joining White & Case, he worked for 10 years at Belgian and international firms in Brussels before founding his own boutique tax firm in 2008.

Bars and Courts
Brussels Bar
Luxembourg Bar (Liste IV)
Education
Special degree in tax law
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Law Degree
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Languages
French
English
Luxembourg address: 14 rue Eugène Ruppert, L-2453 Luxembourg

Experience

Representation of Cobepa S.A. in the disposition and reinvestment of a portion of its position in Gen II Fund Services, LLC ("Gen II"), a leading independent private equity fund administrator, to a consortium of investors including General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, and Hg, a leading global software investor.  Cobepa S.A. will continue to hold a minority position in Gen II.

Advising Swedish PE firm Ratos AB and holding company Bonnier Group on the divestment of Bisnode AB to Dun & Bradstreet. Ratos and Bonnier have signed an agreement to sell their entire holdings in Bisnode, excluding its business operations in Belgium, for an approximate enterprise value of SEK 7.2 billion

Advising global growth equity investor Summit Partners on the acquisition of a stake in CluePoints SA, a Belgian fast-growing provider of clinical trial management software.