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The ‘outstanding’ practice at Baker McKenzie is praised by clients for its ‘dedication and good industry knowledge’, with particular expertise in matters involving regions such as Latin America, Asia and the US. Indirect tax expert Erik Scheer and the ‘strongWouter Paardekooper led advice to FedEx on the Dutch tax aspects arising from its €4.4bn public takeover and subsequent post-acquisition integration of TNT Express. Headed by Margreet Nijhof, the practice includes Antonio Russo and Juliana Dantas.

The ‘business-oriented and creative’ department at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has considerable experience in transactional and contentious tax matters. Frank Pötgens represented Hunkemöller in litigation concerning the deductibility of the interest in a number of loans arising from the acquisition of a Dutch resident company by a private equity fund. The department, which is led by the well-regarded Paul Sleurink, was strengthened by the arrival of Maarten van der Weijden from Loyens & Loeff. It includes senior associate Henk van Ravenhorst.

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Taxand Netherlands

Taxand Netherlands is based in Amsterdam. We are an independent tax advisory firm offering a full range of tax services. Our focus areas are (international) tax disputes and transactions. Our tax department is very experienced in advising on international taxation, including transfer pricing, Country by Country reporting, EU state aid and OECD BEPS developments. We also have a strong VAT, wage tax and private client practice to complement our overall tax practice.

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Loyens & Loeff’s group is rated for its ‘high expertise’ in all areas of tax law, with a strong focus on M&A-related tax matters. Marc Klerks led advice to Toyota on the tax issues arising from its €1.2bn acquisition of Vanderlande Industries from NPM Capital. Vincent van der Lans assisted Griffin Premium RE with the tax aspects of its corporate governance structure regarding its IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Key names include international tax partner Harmen van Dam, corporate tax expert Marcel Buur, investment management partner Marco de Lignie and Fred van der Leije, who advises on family-owned businesses and private wealth matters.

Allen & Overy LLP’s group is commended for its ‘in-depth knowledge, good business sense’ and considerable international experience. Group head Godfried Kinnegim, who is ‘a strong negotiator’, and counsel Jochem Kin advised NPM Capital on the tax aspects of its €1.2bn sale of Vanderlande Industries to Toyota. Kinnegim and senior associate Marc Oostenbroek are assisting Dutch sports and clothing company Head with tax structuring and compliance issues arising from its reorganisation and delisting. John Brouwer and counsel Rens Bondrager are also recommended.

Primarily known for its ‘good technical knowledge’, Bird & Bird LLP’s team handles a broad range of tax matters, including compliance and customs issues. Group head Willem Bongaerts is handling tax planning issues for a Luxembourg Stock Exchange-listed IT company concerning IP ownership and incentives, as well as VAT compliance matters. The ‘friendlyBrian Mulier specialises in indirect tax and cross-border transactions.

Clifford Chance’s multi-disciplinary group is rated for its ‘good-quality advice’ on the tax aspects of large and complex transactions. The ‘very solid’ Michiel Sunderman and associate Stern Flik advised Cobepa on the tax aspects of its acquisition of HG Group from Gilde Buy Out Partners. Sunderman, Flik and associate Pascal Borsjé acted for Staples on the tax aspects of the sale of its UK and European business to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management. Ate van IJlzinga Veenstra joined Jones Day in February 2018.

DLA Piper’s ‘very good’ team is known for its international strength and transfer pricing expertise. Practice head Daan Arends acted for Hansteen Holdings on the tax aspects concerning the €1.3bn sale of its German and Dutch industrial property portfolio to Blackstone. The ‘very creative and pragmaticPaulus Merks, who is ‘a true global player’, is leading advice to Discovery Communications on the tax aspects of Brexit-related migration planning and structuring matters. The team was bolstered by the arrival of transfer pricing expert Clive Jie-A-Joen from EY.

Committed and always available’, Hamelink & Van Den Tooren is known for its ‘in-depth knowledge of cross-border tax issues’. ‘Highly skilled and creative’ practice head Jan van den Tooren and ‘very competent’ senior tax adviser Wendy Moes advised Fortum on the Dutch tax aspects of the company’s restructuring of investments in Eastern Europe and pricing agreement issues concerning the company’s intra-group financing activities. Tooren and Wouter Vosse also assisted Baring Vostok Capital Partners with various matters involving Dutch tax authorities. Tax adviser Hendrik van Waveren joined as an associate from Loyens & Loeff. Servaas van Dooren is also a key name.

Houthoff’s ‘reliable’, ‘efficient’ group has considerable experience in handling international restructuring and M&A, with particular expertise in the real estate sector. Group head Sylvia Dikmans is leading advice to Intel on the tax aspects of its tender offer to acquire Mobileye. Litigation expert Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk is representing Waterbedrijfs Vitens in proceedings against a number of municipalities regarding the levying of local tax on its underground water pipes. Clients also recommend the ‘very knowledgeableRob Havenga.

The ‘excellent’ multi-disciplinary practice at NautaDutilh often handles the tax aspects of restructurings and public and private M&A. Practice head Chris Warner advised Thermo Fisher Scientific on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Patheon. The ‘motivated’ Nico Blom assisted De Volksbank with the tax aspects of a securitisation matter, as well as an update of its covered bond programme. The team includes Rotterdam-based Edward Rijnhout and litigator Léon Wijsman.

Stibbe’s ‘very good’ group is often instructed by major corporations on the implementation of tax plans, as well as on the tax aspects of M&A, capital markets and private equity transactions. ‘Consistently good’ group head Michael Molenaars assisted Clayton Dubilier & Rice with tax issues arising from its $2.3bn divestment of Mauser Group. Maarten de Bruin advised Carlyle Group on the tax aspects of its $3.2bn acquisition of Atotech from Total, including multi-jurisdictional issues. Reinout de Boer made partner in 2017; Jeroen Smits and senior associate Johan Vrolijk are also names to note.

Considered to be ‘incredibly responsive and excellent to work with’, Atlas Tax Lawyers handles international tax matters for clients across a wide range of sectors. Matthijs Wierenga, who has ‘great advisory skills’, assisted Penta CV with the tax aspects of a restructuring. The ‘terrific’ Roelof Gerritsen heads the firm, which includes Frank Schwarte and Joël Wessels.

Practice head Eelco van der Stok leads the multi-disciplinary team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which often handles the tax aspects of large M&A transactions, bond issues and restructurings, and represents clients in tax litigation. Van der Stok led advice to Morgan Stanley on the tax aspects of the acquisition and sale of a Dutch residential mortgage loan portfolio. Counsel Job van der Pol is a key name.

Jones Day’s ‘proactive, concise and accurate’ team primarily acts for multinational companies and US private equity firms. Practice head Lodewijk Berger, who is ‘an expert adviser’, advised Timken on the tax aspects of its €280m acquisition of Groeneveld Group. Berger is also advising Axon on the tax issues arising from its establishment of an international headquarters in the Netherlands. Other clients include Chevron, Coca-Cola and Abbott.

At Linklaters, the group often handles the tax aspects of transactions for domestic and international clients. Group head Dick Hofland led advice to Cerberus European Residential Holdings on the tax issues arising from its sale of a loan portfolio to Metro Bank. The group’s client base includes Intel, Gucci and Unilever.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice, which is noted for its ‘technical knowledge and practical guidance’, has significant experience in handling cross-border transactions. Practice head Remco Smorenburg led advice to a number of insurers, including AIG, RiskPoint, Pembroke and Ambridge Partners, on tax liability issues arising from warranty and indemnity insurance in M&A and private equity transactions. The team includes the ‘exceptionally goodBart le Blanc.

Part of the firm’s wider financial markets department, the ‘excellent’ team at Simmons & Simmons LLP handles restructurings and cross-border transactions, as well as contentious matters involving tax authorities. Co-head René van Eldonk is acting for BlackRock on complex refund procedures involving the Dutch tax authorities. Peter Flipsen also leads the team.

The ‘spot-on’ practice at Taxand Netherlands has considerable experience in domestic and international transactional matters. Marc Sanders and Jimmie van der Zwaan are key names.

Van Doorne’s team has extensive experience in international M&A and private equity transactions, as well as litigation. Group head Ewout van Asbeck assisted Main Energie with the tax aspects arising from its acquisition by Audax Energia. The team includes Rob de Win, who specialises in turnover taxes, and Thijs Clement.

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