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Howard Liebman


Jones Day
Brussels, Belgium

Law Firm - International

Professional Summary

Howard heads the Jones Day Tax Practice in Brussels, Belgium. He focuses on international tax and corporate structuring, coordinating both the corporate and tax sides of transnational M&A, joint ventures and restructurings.

Howard recently represented Platinum Equity in both its pan-European (Dutch, Swedish, U.K., Romanian) acquisition of the Geesink Norba Group from Oshkosh Corporation and its subsequent sale to a German private equity fund, as well as the purchase of the 3B-Fibreglass manufacturing business (Belgium, Norway, Tunisia, Luxembourg) from Owens Corning and its subsequent sale to the Binani Group of India. He has advised on many pan-European tax and corporate structuring and M&A projects for IT companies such as IBM, Fujitsu Consulting and NextiraOne Europe; U.S. tax matters for UCB and Solvay (two major, Belgium-based pharma/chemical groups) and AP Moller-Maersk; and pan-Latin American structuring assignments for various other multinationals.

Howard chairs the Legal & Taxation Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, which has often taken the lead in lobbying for U.S. industry in Belgium and the EU. He is coauthor of the BNA Portfolio (No. 999 - 2nd) on "Doing Business in the European Union" and has chaired and spoken at Congresses of the International Fiscal Association in Stockholm, Eilat and Amsterdam. He is also the Belgian correspondent of Tax Management International Forum and frequently publishes articles on international taxation in both U.S. and European journals.

According to Chambers Europe, he is cited as one of Europe’s leading tax lawyers for “his excellent advice, technical skills and detailed knowledge of so many different industries”.

Howard received his law degree cum laude from Harvard in 1977, following an A.B. in International Relations and Economics summa cum laude and with Highest Honors in Economics (he was Salutatorian of his graduating class) in 1974 and an A.M. in International Relations with honors in 1975. He is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and Brussels-French Section (List B).

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Jones Day
Brussels, Belgium 1200
Law Firm - International
2000 - Present
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Brussels, Belgium 1040
Law Firm - International
1993 - 2000
Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly
Brussels, Belgium 1050
Law Firm - International
1979 - 1993


Harvard Law School
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Cum Laude
Comments and Notes Editor, Harvard Internatinal Law Journal
MA, International Relations 1975
Colgate University
Hamilton, New York, United States
Master of Arts in International Relations with distinction

Court Admissions

  • Court of Appeals
  • Federal District Court

Associations and Societies

  • American Bar Association - Section of Taxation
  • International Fiscal Association

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