Christiaan Barbier focuses mainly on proceedings (administrative as well as judicial) concerning all types of tax law matters. He has also developed particular expertise in white-collar defense, investigations, and corporate crime. He advises companies and natural persons and defends them in criminal matters.
Christiaan Barbier has more than 30 years of experience in handling complex tax matters and white-collar crime cases such as tax fraud, VAT fraud, customs and excise fraud, money laundering, abuse of company goods, subsidy fraud, corruption, and other types of offences that are financial and proprietary in nature. He areas of expertise lie in negotiations/settlements with tax authorities in fraud cases and in negotiations/settlements with judicial authorities in criminal cases.
In addition, Christiaan Barbier focuses on compliance matters and fraud prevention inside the company as well as outside it, such as in the relationship between the company and its clients (especially pertaining to the prevention of money laundering).
Christiaan Barbier combines his extensive legal know-how with a very thorough knowledge of the (facts of the) case in handling matters for clients. He does this by applying a hands-on approach and in close consultation with his clients.
Christiaan Barbier has a strong reputation and is highly recognized by regional and international legal directories. They praise him as “highly recommendable” (Chambers, Who’s Who “Business Crime”, Legal 500), and the Legal 500 ranks him consistently as “Leading Individual”.
Christaan Barbier is a licentiate in law (KU Leuven, 1991). He graduated in fiscal sciences (Fiscale Hogeschool, Brussels, 1992) and completed a post-graduate degree in business administration (KU Leuven, 1994). He was admitted to the Brussels bar in 1991 and started his legal career at the tax law firm Tournicourt-Vanistendael. In 1997, he was a lawyer at Stibbe (1997-1998), and he joined Loyens in 1999. He has been a partner at Monard Law since 2003.
Christiaan Barbier has authored numerous articles on tax law, which have been published in Belgian tax journals. He lectures regularly on matters relating to tax procedures and white-collar crime. And he is a member of the editorial board of Larcier Wetboeken (tax law).