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Alain Nijs

Attorney at Law  |  NijsDraye | Attorneys at Law
JURISDICTION

Belgium

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Family business governance
Family office
International estate and tax planning

Enhanced Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Navigating clients with success through the complexity of matters regarding their family, business and wealth and in doing so being able to work in a fun environment, with a great team and often in collaboration with private client lawyers all over the world.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Connect with your clients in order to truly understand what drives them and what their needs and worries are, but always stay true to yourself. Work hard but have some fun along the way.

What is your favourite quote?

“We are our choices,” Jean-Paul Sartre.

Where have you seen growth in your practice over the last year?

Tax advice on investments / investment opportunities

What is the main area of growth you predict for the next 12 months?

Advisory work for clients and their family offices on DAC6/MDR reporting obligations for cross-border tax arrangements (and other reporting and tax compliance obligations).

What do you think will be the biggest three challenges in your practice for the next 12 months?

1. Impact of Covid19 on family businesses
2. Preserving (close) client relationships when travel/meeting restrictions apply
3. Preserving team spirit in a remote work environment