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Global knowledge in personal hands TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: MICHEL DEVEEN
In an increasingly global and transparent world, safeguarding your international tax matters is essential to any business looking to expand across borders or anyone contemplating investing or migrating abroad. Sansen International Tax Lawyers is a boutique firm taking care of all your foreign tax planning through a professional, yet unmatched, personal approach. Established in September 2014, Antwerpbased firm Sansen International Tax Lawyers (SITL) focuses on international tax law in all its aspects, for a variety of target groups. The firm is founded and helmed by Erik Sansen who, after many years working for other firms, decided to invest his experience and knowledge in his own law firm. SITL provides a unique personal service, alongside a hands-on, accessible approach, partly because of the firm’s small size. “Before everything else, I see myself as a client’s trust-
ed advisor,” Sansen starts. “Our small team creates a climate of mutual trust, whereby my clients know that everything will be taken care of. Building strong personal connections to our clients and their business is vital: I have been working with the same clients for years.” SITL has an extensive international network of highly skilled foreign tax advisers, ensuring every client is provided with the right contacts and connections. “Not only is our
A professional mentor is a more senior manager who agrees to meet with you regularly to discuss with you and to support your professional and career development. While coaching has a shorter-term focus aiming at performance improvement and is driven by the questions the coach asks, mentoring has a longer-term focus, a perhaps less formal agenda and a relationship in which the mentor can give advice and communicate the benefits of their own experience. 68 | Issue 36 | December 2016
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L - R: Erik Sansen, Daan Van Nieuwenhove, Gertjan Verachtert.
Be a mentee Yes, it is a horrible word, but almost everyone I have asked about being mentored has told me that it has been immensely beneficial to them. Indeed, I have only met one person who did not benefit from having a mentor and that was because his company forced someone on him whom he did not like. This is one reason for being wary of corporate mentoring programmes. Find yourself a mentor before HR turns the process into another box ticking exercise.
society globalising more and more; our world is getting more transparent as well,” Sansen affirms. “This means that being accurate and clear about your taxes is more important than ever. The maze of tax law is a complicated one: having a trusted advisor who guides you all the way through it is essential. We do just that.”
TEXT & PHOTO: STEVE FLINDERS
How do you get a mentor? It is simple. Think of someone higher up in your organisation who you really admire, someone you could really learn from. Now think again – think of someone higher up. Do not be shy, be ambitious. If your company pays lip service to the need to break down hierarchy, now is your chance to put this into practice. The worst thing that could happen is that the person you approach says no. But most senior managers feel flattered to be asked. If you can think of two potential mentors, ask them both. What might give you more courage is thinking about early mentors – like that inspiring teacher at school who understood how you tick, who believed in you and who encouraged you to excel. We need these people in our working lives too. One day you will be able to return the compliment by mentoring others yourself – maybe in a professional context, maybe in an educational or community one. The original mentor was the friend of Odysseus entrusted with the education of his son,
Steve Flinders is a freelance trainer, writer and coach, now based in Malta, who helps people develop their communication and leadership skills for working internationally: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telemachus, while he went off on his 20-year trip to Troy and back. Sometimes the goddess Athena appeared to the boy in the guise of the old man. I do not guarantee divine intervention in your case, but I do think there is every chance that getting a mentor will be one of the best professional decisions you ever take.
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