Sophie Weyten is a Counsel in the Tax Law practice of Arendt & Medernach. She advises on Luxembourg and cross-border VAT aspects of financial and commercial transactions. She has also gained broad experience in investment fund-related matters, advising clients on the structuring of services and fees from a VAT perspective.

Since 2017, Sophie Weyten also offers her international VAT expertise to clients present in the UAE market, helping them to get ready for theimplementation of the GCC VAT system as from 2018.

Prior to joining Arendt & Medernach, she worked as VAT Senior Advisor at another Luxembourg law firm. She also practiced as Senior VAT Manager within two Big Four firms, where she advised both financial and commercial/industrial companies, including e-commerce businesses, on VAT-related matters. She started her career in Belgium within the intra-Community service of the Belgian VAT authorities (Administration Centrale TVA), where she was mainly in charge of the practical implementation of the VAT transitory regime into Belgian law.

She is a member of the VAT working group of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI).

She holds a law degree from the Université de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium).

Languages: English, French.

VAT group legislation voted

The bill of law n°7278 implementing the VAT group into Luxembourg law was voted on 26 July 2018 by the Chamber of Deputies.

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Unrestricted VAT deduction for active holding companies

On 5 July 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) released a welcome decision in the Marle Participations case (C-320/17) concerning the deduction of input VAT by a holding company on costs incurred in relation to acquisitions and sales of shares in subsidiarie...

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