• Belgium-US
    Country Desk

Belgium-US Country Desk

The members of our Belgium - US Desk have built up many years of experience in the guidance of, on the one hand, American companies and individuals who are or who want to be active in Belgium, and on the other hand Belgian companies and individuals who are developing or who want to develop activities in the United States.

The Belgium - US desk can assist you with multidisciplinary advice and services in Belgium and/or America, using the knowledge and experience of BDO professionals in Belgium and of the existing intensive relations of the members of the Belgium - US desk with BDO professionals in the United States of America.

Audit Services

  • auditing of (consolidated) financial statements according to Belgian accounting rules, US GAAP and/or IFRS
  • SOX audits
  • contractual audits
  • financial advice on implementation and conversion to and compliance with US GAAP and IFRS
  • internal audit services
  • IT audit services
  • IT governance services   

Fiscal-legal guidance (advice, completion of formalities and drafting of agreements)  

  • optimal structuring of existing and new international activities (choice of legal form, business model, etc.)
  • optimisation of financing, IP and holding activities
  • creation of a consistent transfer pricing policy
  • requesting and filing of tax rulings
  • up-to-date advice on the latest fiscal developments in Belgium and the US and the impact of the tax treaty and European law 

Accounting, compliance and reporting

  • drawing up and optimisation of VAT returns, financial statements and corporation tax returns
  • responsible representation regarding VAT, reclaiming foreign VAT
  • monthy, quarterly or annual closing of accounts
  • e-@ccounting services
  • management reporting
  • corporate housekeeping activities (minutes, reports, publications, contracts, etc.)  

Guidance on personnel matters  

  • legal assistance in the recruitment of staff and optimisation of the differences between the two countries
  • drafting employment contracts
  • coordination of all periodic payroll formalities
  • drafting salary splits, applying for expat status
  • optimisation of social security position (secondment, multiple employment in accordance with EU regulations)  

Guidance on take-overs (Corporate Finance) 

  • guidance on take-overs of Belgian companies (due diligence, take-over contracts, structuring)
  • valuations
  • drafting of or advice on financial plan  

Interim management

  • recruitment of interim managers with relevant knowledge and experience for short-term contracts (4-18 months) and with the support of BDO professionals
  • general management, finance, human resources, supply chain, production, customer services.
  • replacement of postulant at Management level, strategic project with no internal resources available, turnaround, shutdown, crisis, relocation, new venture, post merger integration, change & project management, etc.