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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 …

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Baker McKenzie

Fielding roughly 70 tax advisers in Amsterdam, Baker McKenzie has one of the largest tax practices in the Netherlands. It acts for clients operating in areas such as the consumer goods and retail, healthcare, TMT and energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Juliana Dantas and Mirko Marinc jointly lead the team, which provides a comprehensive range of services to the world’s largest multinational companies; dedicated sub-practice groups focus on areas such as transfer pricing, direct tax, indirect tax and wage/income tax issues. Further reflective of its standing in the market, the group plays a key role in tax policy discussions, including those at OECD, UN, EU and local level. In a recent highlight, a team led by Michiel Kloes and Wibren Veldhuizen assisted mytheresa.com with the corporate law and tax aspects of a pre-IPO restructuring that included a migration of MYT Netherlands Parent BV to Germany and the subsequent IPO of American Despositary Shares in the US. Antonio Russo and Hub Stolker are widely hailed for their transfer pricing expertise, as is Margreet Nijhof. Don-Tobias Jol leads the Dutch global compensation and benefits advisory team.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Dantas; Mirko Marinc

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Russo; Jan Snel; Margreet Nijhof; Mounia Benabdallah; Wibren Veldhuizen; Michiel Kloes; Don-Tobias Jol; Hub Stolker; Harald van Dobbenburgh

Testimonials

‘They are the EU VAT experts and have been deeply involved with the development of the digital and sharing economy and the taxation of such. You need to look no further for advice.’

‘Jan Snel, the leader and well known VAT guru – Jan has seen it all, especially with the digital economy.’

‘Don-Tobias Jol: Proactive (eg with new tax/legal/C&B developments). Quick delivery, short response time and highest quality of work, with practical view and easy communication.’

‘Their tax expertise and work is invaluable. We have worked with them on many global projects from tax compliance, transfer pricing, controversy, tax planning and restructuring, etc. The team is very knowledgeable and they provide high quality work on a timely basis.’

‘The answers they provide to issues raised are not only approached from a tax perspective. Other practicalities are also brought forward for consideration.’

‘They are very focused and proactive. Don-Tobias Jol is investing time to understand business and issues and challenges I am facing. He proactively provides information on trends and developments that is often quite topical and to the point.’

Key clients

Abbott

Baxalta

Baxter

Embraer

GATX

Johnson & Johnson

MyTheresa.com

Petrobras

Work highlights

  • Advised MyTheresa from a corporate law and tax perspective on a pre-IPO restructuring that included a migration of MYT Netherlands Parent BV to Germany and the subsequent IPO of American Despositary Shares in the US.
  • Supported GATX on the acquisition of Netherlands-based Trifleet Leasing Holding B.V. (Trifleet), assisted with the due diligence, supported all negotiations around the share purchase agreement and the W&I insurance policy.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is a leading name for advice on Dutch and cross-border tax issues associated with M&A, corporate restructurings, investment funds, finance transactions and energy projects. Tax disputes are also a notable driver of work for the team, which is jointly led by Maarten van der Weijden and Paul Sleurink. In addition, it is able to advise on transfer pricing matters. In 2020, a team comprising of Sleurink, van der Weijden, and senior associates Klaas Versteeg and Joppe de Bruijn, advised Unilever on all relevant Dutch tax issues associated with the unification of the dual-headed Unilever group into a UK-based parent company by way of a cross-border merger. In a more recent highlight, Henk van Ravenhorst assisted Royal Philips with the tax issues related to the separation and sale of its domestic appliances business to global investment company Hillhouse Capital.

Practice head(s):

Maarten van der Weijden; Paul Sleurink

Other key lawyers:

Wiebe Dijkstra; Frank Pötgens; Henk van Ravenhorst; Klaas Versteeg; Joppe de Bruijn

Testimonials

‘Eye for the needs of the customer, high fiscal knowledge, challenging and creative thinking together with the client.’

‘Wiebe Dijkstra: Informal approach, quick responses, creative thinking, eye for the specific position of the customer, flexibility, committed and engaged with the client.’

‘Trusted business partners who combine technical skills with exceptional transactions experience.’

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

Unilever

Royal Philips

Altice Europe

Just Eat Takeaway

Qiagen

Inter Ikea

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

eBay Inc.

NN Group

Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile Netherlands

Orsted

L&G

Royal BAM Group

Port of Rotterdam

Fugro

Parcom

Bunge

Cofra Holding AG

HEMA

Advent

Work highlights

  • Advising Unilever on all relevant Dutch tax issues associated with the unification of the dual-headed Unilever group into a UK-based parent company by way of a cross-border merger.
  • Advised HEMA on the implementation of a high-profile, complex and multi-jurisdictional debt restructuring and re-capitalisation process and its subsequent sale to a 50/50 consortium of Parcom and Mississippi Ventures (investment vehicle of the Van Eerd family).
  • Advised Just Eat Takeaway.com on its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Grubhub in an all-stock transaction to create the world’s largest online food delivery company outside of China.

Houthoff

Houthoff is highly reputed for international tax work, with its team being adept at handling issues arising from cross-border M&A, international corporate restructurings, finance transactions and refinancings, among other matters. The group includes Jeroen van Mourik, who has over 20 years of experience advising Asia and US-based clients on their investments and business operations in and through the Netherlands. Another key individual is Sylvia Dikmans, who is among the advisers to Apollo on its investment in and joint venture with Disney (21st Century Fox) in the Endemol Shine group. On the contentious side, Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk has a wealth of experience litigating tax cases before the courts in the Netherlands, including both chambers of the Supreme Court. Transfer pricing expert Rezan Ökten is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen van Mourik

Other key lawyers:

Sylvia Dikmans; Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk; Rezan Ökten; Chantal Presilli; Koen Bolink

Testimonials

‘The team is very versatile and can work with other departments at the firm to solve the issues we need help with in our Dutch operations.’

‘Sylvia Dikmans, who is leading partner and our primary contact in our business relationship, has put together a great team to cover all aspects of our operations in the Netherlands. The ongoing advice is much appreciated at national level, as well as at group level. The team is very good at keeping our attention on deadlines and communicates often and clearly about upcoming changes in legislation related to our business setup. These qualities are shared by the whole team.’

‘I very much appreciate the technical tax skills and the responsiveness of Sylvia Dikmans.’

‘Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk is an impressive (tax) Supreme Court litigator. He is committed and intelligent. He really understand the needs of a client.’

‘Rezan Okten is an excellent transfer pricing specialist with an eye for business operations. He combines academic excellence with drive, passion and thorough understanding of enterprises.’

‘The Houthoff team is multidisciplinary, practical and responsive. Also the team can distinguish well for its clients between what is important and what is not.’

‘Jeroen van Mourik is knowledgeable and transparent and has the ability to explain complex tax structures in a simple manner.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Disney

Veon Ventures

TMF

Volker Wessels

Attestor Capital

Petro Rio

Renault Nissan

Stryker

ASR

Heimstaden

BC Capital/Dummen Orange

Work highlights

  • Advising Apollo Global Management LLC on its investment in and joint venture with Disney (21st Century Fox) in the Endemol Shine group.
  • Assisted Swedish resident real estate company Heimstaden with acquisition of a very big portfolio of 10,000 residential units, thereby becoming one of the largest private residential investors in the Netherlands.
  • Advising listed company Crystal Cruises on all legal and tax aspects of the operational support company for the luxury river cruise business in Europe.

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff‘s team in the Netherlands is part of one of the largest tax practices in Europe, with the firm also fielding practitioners in Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Reflective of its breadth of expertise and strength in depth, the firm has specialists in six key areas of tax: international tax, corporate tax, investment management, indirect tax, employment tax, and family-owned business and business wealth. Marco de Lignie, who heads up the investment management practice, advises on domestic and cross-border tax issues associated with fund formations, as well as private equity buyouts and venture capital transactions. Elsewhere, other practitioners in the team play a key role in M&A, reorganisations, real estate investment transactions and project developments, among other matters. Louis Lutz and others assisted Yucaipa Acquisition Corporation with the tax aspects of a $3.2bn deSPAC merger with SIGNA Sports United. Harmen van Dam has specialist expertise in transfer pricing. Other key practitioners include Roderik BeckersBartjan Zoetmulder and Margriet Lukkien. Bart Heijnen and Tim van Straaten recently made the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Harmen van Dam; Arco Bobeldijk; Marco de Lignie; Gerard Blokland; Ynze van der Tempel; Jan Bart Schober

Other key lawyers:

Roderik Beckers; Jeroen Janssen; Marcel Buur; Bartjan Zoetmulder; Bart Heijnen; Tim van Straaten; Margriet Lukkien; Louis Lutz; Imme Kam; Michiel Schul

Testimonials

‘Loyens is very strong in Dutch and Luxembourg tax. We have consulted them on a number of proposed restructurings involving both countries, and their advice is timely, well supported, and client friendly. We have no issues introducing them to our clients in this regard.’

‘Margriet Lukkien is very responsive, thoughtful and client friendly. A joy to introduce to clients and work projects with.’

‘I choose Loyens for particularly complex tax work. The reasons I choose them include: deep knowledge of Dutch tax laws, anticipation, very high standards, truly understanding of clients needs, responsiveness, large teams, involved partners.’

‘Roderik Beckers has outstanding technical skills, and is at the same time very accessible; his ability to explain Dutch tax concepts stands out, as does his creativity in thinking of multijurisdictional issues.’

‘The firm has one of the best tax practices in the Netherlands. They are very professional, responsive and friendly to clients.’

‘Our main individual contact with the firm is Jeroen Janssen. He is extremely professional and focused on clients.’

‘The Netherlands’ unquestionably top tax advisory firm.’

‘Very dedicated professionals and fully available. Excellent follow up on complex subjects.’

Key clients

VodafoneZiggo

Eni

Waterland Private Equity Investments

ING

Simon Property Group

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

First Reserve

Crédit Suisse

Round Hill Capital

Engie

Work highlights

  • Advised Vivendi on the sale of a two times 10% stake in the share capital of Universal Music Group (UMG) to a Tencent-led consortium, based on an enterprise value of €30bn for 100% of UMG’s share capital.
  • Assisted Yucaipa Acquisition Corporation with a $3.2bn deSPAC merger with SIGNA Sports United.
  • Assisted Wall Box Charges S.L. with a $1.5bn deSPAC merger and NYSE listing.

Stibbe

Stibbe‘s first-rate tax team works closely with other departments to provide seamless support on high-profile and complex M&A, reorganisations and capital markets transactions. In addition, one of the members of the group is Maarten de Bruin, who is sought after for real estate and finance-related tax matters. In a recent highlight, Jeroen Smits and senior associate Lotte Boon advised InPost (as the issuer) and selling shareholder Advent on the tax aspects of the IPO of InPost on Euronext Amsterdam. Beyond undertaking transactional work, the tax team assists clients with investment fund structurings, and it also advises on EU law and tax treaties, as well as VAT and executive management schemes. Elsewhere, tax controversies are another key area of strength; Reinout de Boer is a name to note in this space. Michael Molenaars is the head of the team, which also includes counsel Johan Vrolijk.

Practice head(s):

Michael Molenaars

Other key lawyers:

Jeroen Smits; Maarten de Bruin; Reinout de Boer; Johan Vrolijk; Lotte Boon; Rogier van der Struyk

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely responsive to transaction timing and coordinates exceptionally well with counsel in other jurisdictions.’

‘Excellent performance, highly proactive and skilled team makes the firm one of the top in the Netherlands.’

‘Reinout de Boer is an outstanding tax lawyer. His approach and technical skills enable urgent, complex and sensitive matters to run smoothly and achieve the desired results.’

‘The team at Stibbe has deep technical knowledge of the relevant tax issues and is able to couple this with a practical understanding of our needs and wishes. They are able to explain very technical issues in a simple manner so that the management team is able to understand them.’

‘What I specifically value in Jeroen Smits, the lead partner, is his sharp analysis of the technical tax issue at hand and his ability to explain complicated tax issues in a simple manner. This gives me and the rest of my team comfort and confidence in the decisions we take in respect of these matters.’

Key clients

Adevinta

Accel KKR

Aquiline Capital Partners

Nuvei

Odyssey Hotel Group

Providence Equity Partners

Avista Capital Partners

Technology Crossover Ventures

Schneider Electric

Investcorp

Insight Venture Partners

Rhone Capital

Bain

Heineken

Blackstone

Quadrant Capital

Cimpress

Wright Medical Group

AccorInvest

Euronext

NXP

APG

Apollo

ICE

Work highlights

  • Advised private equity house Rhône Capital and CSM Bakery Solutions on the €650m sale of its CSM Ingredients business to Investindustrial.
  • Acted as lead counsel to InPost (the issuer) and selling shareholder Advent on the IPO of InPost on Euronext Amsterdam.
  • Advised AccorInvest on the corporate and tax aspects of the €4,5bn restructuring of AccorInvest’s existing corporate loan and the granting of a state guaranteed €477m loan by its existing lenders and was prompted by the impact of Covid-19 on the worldwide operations of AccorInvest.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP‘s international reach makes it a strong choice for advice on tax matters involving multiple cross-border elements. The practice in Amsterdam is led by Godfried Kinnegim, who advises on the tax aspects of public and private M&A, investment funds, real estate transactions and corporate deals. In addition, he is experienced in representing clients in tax controversies and litigation. Kinnegim works with Sigrid Hemels, who is knowledgeable about employment-related tax issues, and recently promoted partner Rens Bondrager. In a recent highlight, Bondrager advised KPN on the tax aspects of its joint venture with APG to participate in a greenfield joint venture, which is intended to accelerate the rollout of fibre to households in medium-dense areas and businesses in the Netherlands.

Practice head(s):

Godfried Kinnegim

Other key lawyers:

Rens Bondrager; Sigrid Hemels

Testimonials

‘Godfried Kinnegim is a leader in the market. He is on top of developments, easy to work with and always willing to share tax developments in the market that he sees.’

‘High level of expertise, practical application of this expertise and clarity in communication.’

‘They really combine excellent tax and legal knowledge in a practical and hands-on way. No lengthy theoretical memos.’

‘The tax team provides a high level of service. They are client-oriented, reliable with a high level of competence.’

‘Godfried Kinnegim has plenty of experience and a deep understanding of real estate tax issues. He has high technical competence.’

‘Over the past year, I worked with Godfried Kinnegim, one of the best tax partner I have worked with in my career (I have more than 20 years of experience in tax). Godfried does really care about his client, is fully dedicated and wants the best for his client. As a non-resident of Netherlands, Godfried took the time to discuss and explain the tax rules and also raised all significant issues during the transaction in a timely manner.’

‘All-round tax team that integrates several tax disciplines into one piece of advice.’

‘Very responsive individuals with great customer care. Great lead by Rens Bondrager.’

Key clients

Engie

APG

Royal DSM

Aegon

Nuveen Real Estate

NextEra Energy

Seagate Technology

ING

Nationale Nederlanden

PAI Partners

Ivanhoe Cambridge

AES Corporation

Atlas Tax Lawyers

Independent boutique firm Atlas Tax Lawyers has established a notable presence in the Dutch market. In addition to acting for Dutch multinationals, it generates mandates from international corporates headquartered in other countries, such as Belgium and Sweden. Johan Visser, who was appointed partner in 2021, has particular expertise in advising US companies operating in the digital economy on global indirect tax and digital services tax issues. The group also includes Roelof Gerritsen, who specialises in assisting foreign companies with the tax aspects involved in them establishing operations in the Netherlands. Firm co-founder Ivo Kuipers is a go-to for advice on matters such as cross-border structurings, restructurings, financings and joint ventures. Matthijs Wierenga, Frank Schwarte and Boudewijn Niels are other key practitioners at the firm, which also undertakes mandates concerning transfer pricing, wage tax, private wealth and estate planning issues. Dispute resolution is another driver of activity for the team.

Practice head(s):

Roelof Gerritsen; Matthijs Wierenga; Boudewijn Niels; Frank Schwarte; Johan Visser; Ivo Kuipers

Testimonials

Exceptional working relationship, professional and personal speaking, deep knowledge of the Netherlands tax area; holistic view and full availability for their clients.’

‘Highly skilled professionals, reasonably priced and responsive boutique firm.’

‘Fun people with broad knowledge and they are always available for a catch up. Ivo Kuipers (for corporate tax) and Johan Visser (for indirect tax) are my go-to guys.’

‘Very knowledgeable of PE and VC and fast in delivering excellent tax advice. Good client care and communication skills.’

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners

Cellnex Telekom SA

Dept

Lexence

Interstellar

Van Lanschot

Ergon

Normec

Work highlights

  • Advising Cellnex Telecom SA, a major player in the telecoms infrastructure industry, on its circa €600m acquisition of T-Mobile Infra from Deutsche Telekom.
  • Acting for DTCP on the set up of its circa €2bn strategic telecoms infrastructure fund, of which Cellnex Telekom and Cellnex are the cornerstone investors, and the structuring of its circa €600m acquisition of a 38% stake in Cellnex Netherlands, the Dutch part of the Cellnex group.
  • Acting for Quadrum on the set-up of its third €250m fund.

Clifford Chance

Led by Michiel SundermanClifford Chance‘s team covers the full range of domestic and international tax issues connected with high-profile M&A and corporate finance transactions, restructurings, real estate transactions, energy and infrastructure projects, and banking and finance transactions, among various other non-contentious matters. It also provides full tax litigation support at all court levels in the Netherlands, particularly in the context of corporation tax and dividend tax disputes. Sunderman recently led the advice to Royal Ten Cate and Gilde Buy-Out Partners on the tax aspects of the sale of Ten Cate Geosynthetics to Solmax. Counsel Nolan Groenland and associate Stern Flik are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Michiel Sunderman

Other key lawyers:

Nolan Groenland; Stern Flik

Testimonials

‘Focuses on the client. Trustworthy and competent.’

‘I have mostly been in contact with Nolan Groenland. I appreciate his trustworthiness, commitment to do a high quality job, availability and depth of knowledge. He also has a sense of humour, which is not something you see every day in this area of expertise.’

‘Unparalleled service.’

Key clients

Adyen N.V.

Connected Capital & Partners Management B.V.

DTCP Capital

Mondelez International Inc

NIBC Bank N.V.

Oman Investment Authority

Orange Capital Partners Holding B.V.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LLP

Koninklijke Ten Cate B.V.

TMF Group B.V.

Dentons

Dentons‘ Amsterdam office is a hub for cross-border tax work, which is reflected by the fact that it has dedicated regional desks that focus on markets such as the US, China, Germany and Latin America. Jointly led by Heico Reinhoud and Jurjen Bevers, the team undertakes a mix of transactional, advisory, VAT, controversy and transfer pricing work. Bevers is particularly noted for his energy tax expertise, and acts for clients such as offshore energy companies and contractors. Reinhoud has experience in advising real estate funds and real estate investment companies on domestic and cross-border corporate income tax and withholding tax issues. Elsewhere, Paul Halprin acts for clients in tax controversies and tax litigation, while Marnix Veldhuijzen advises private equity houses on the tax aspects of transactions. Senior associates Emilie Kaatee and Wing-Men Tang joined from Uber and EY respectively.

Practice head(s):

Heico Reinhoud; Jurjen Bevers

Other key lawyers:

Marnix Veldhuijzen; Paul Halprin; Wesley Boldewijn; Laura Janssen; Emilie Kaatee; Wing-Men Tang

Testimonials

‘Paul Halprin has deep knowledge of an enviously broad section of tax topics. He is always willing to invest his time to work towards a solution which fits us.’

‘Very good communication and understanding of clients’ needs. The team is supported by relevant subject matter professionals, which enables cooperation on various topics under one roof and with single point of contact (VAT, CIT, reorganizations, M&A etc.). Well developed contact network within the Dutch tax administration.’

‘The products they deliver are of great quality. Concise, to-the-point advice, which at the same time is well structured and written in a user-friendly manner, being at the same time very professional and well thought through.’

‘Paul Halprin: experienced and skilled professional, strong in solution-based tax advice, team player.’

‘Excellent level of pragmatism and commitment.’

‘Relevant tax knowledge is very strong. Practical/pragmatic approach. Hands on. Diverse team set-up.’

‘Excellent knowledge. Good relationship with the tax authorities. Hands on approach.’

‘Our experience with them was great. Their knowledge and way of transferring the information to the client made a big difference in comparison to other firms.’

Key clients

AIG

CBRE

VKR (Velux)

Heerema Marine Contractors

Invel Real Estate Partners

Lighthouse Capital Ltd

MUFG Bank (Europe) NV

John Bean Technologies

Fortress REIT ltd

Globalworth Real Estate Investments Ltd

MAS Real Estate

Prime Kapital

Work highlights

  • Advised Hyde Park Hoofddorp and its 50% owner, Snippe Projectontwikkeling, a Dutch company, on the tax aspects of what is one of the largest urban development projects in the Netherlands.
  • Advised clinical-stage biopharmaceuticals company ATAI Life Sciences on the preparation of its initial public offering (IPO) on the NASDAQ through a Dutch holding company.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has a strong track record acting for Dutch, European and US multinationals on their most significant contentious and non-contentious tax matters. The practice is led by Daan Arends, who is noted for his expertise in domestic and international indirect tax issues, such as customs, VAT and Dutch Transfer Tax. Other members of the team provide full support on transactional tax, general corporate tax and transfer pricing matters and tax controversies/litigation. Roderik Bouwman is active in matters such as cross-border M&A, private equity issues, corporate restructurings, capital market transactions and Advance Pricing Agreement (APA)/Advance Tax Ruling (ATR) mandates. Another name to note is Jian-Cheng Ku, who led the tax advice to Snowflake in relation to the set-up of its non-US headquarters in the Netherlands in 2020. Legal directors Jean Paul DresenGabriël van Gelder and Sebastiaan Wijsman are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Daan Arends

Other key lawyers:

Jian-Cheng Ku; Roderik Bouwman; Jean Paul Dresen; Gabriël van Gelder; Sebastiaan Wijsman

Testimonials

‘Responsive and able to offer a wide range of expert services.’

‘The DLA Piper Netherlands team has been incredibly great to work with. They are very responsive and accommodating. The team has assisted us in finding efficient solutions that are still practical to implement. There are other firms that will present a planning opportunity to us without thinking through the impact on the business on the whole; this is not the case for DLA Piper. They are thorough in their understanding of both tax and our business as a whole.’

‘We often have last minute requests and they respond in a detailed, quick fashion, while always maintaining a positive attitude.’

‘Responsiveness, efficiency, highly skilled team, flexibility in fees, best value for money’

‘Gabriël van Gelder is my main contact in DLA Piper’s Amsterdam office. He responds in an extremely timely matter and has exceptional knowledge in the area of Dutch taxes and international taxes. He has remarkable knowledge and practice in reorganizations, as well as pre and post-acquisition structuring/restructuring in M&A, as well as in transfer pricing. His tax advice is very practical and he can always find workable solutions for complex tax issues.’

‘DLA’s tax team is proactive when informing us of any tax developments relevant to our business. They understand our business, and by having regular contact, they know of changes to our business model. They are then more than capable of analysing and concluding if there are challenges from a tax perspective.’

‘The team is extremely responsive and always thinks outside the box in relation to our projects/issues.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Avalara, Inc.

Aviva Investors

Box Inc.

Crocs Inc.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Dept

Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited

Hugo Boss AG

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Pfizer, Inc.

Ralph Lauren Corporation

Rituals B.V.

ServiceNow, Inc.

Snowflake, Inc.

TESLA, Inc

The Carlyle Group

The Hilton Group

Uber Technologies Inc. / Uber B.V

Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Snowflake on setting up its non-US headquarters in the Netherlands from a tax, transfer pricing and VAT perspective.
  • Advised Centroid Investment Partners on the tax aspects of the acquisition of TaylorMade Golf Company Incl, a company backed by PE house KPS Capital Partners.
  • Advised Wintershall Dea GmbH on the tax aspects of the issuance of its first subordinated notes in two tranches in the total amount of €1.5bn.

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh‘s tax practice in the Netherlands is highlighted for its significant involvement in cross-border transactions, where it regularly works with foreign law firms. In addition, the firm has a tax lawyer based in the New York office. Beyond assisting with transactional matters, the group is prominent in tax litigation and corporate investigations, and it also assists clients with matters concerning indirect taxes. Chris Warner and Nico Blom jointly lead the team, which also collaborates with other departments to provide full-service support, including corporate M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, regulatory, real estate, litigation and arbitration assistance. Recent highlights included Nina Kielman acting as tax counsel to Nouryon Chemicals on the divestment of its Salt Specialties business to Salins Group. Other active practitioners include Edward Rijnhout and senior associate Sjuul Jentjens.

Practice head(s):

Chris Warner; Nico Blom

Other key lawyers:

Edward Rijnhout; Léon Wijsman; Nina Kielman; Pieternel van den Brink; Sjuul Jentjens

Testimonials

‘NautaDutilh has very good fiscal knowledge in the area of financing transactions.’

‘The tax advisers we work with (including Nico Blom) have highly specialist knowledge and work in a very customer-oriented manner.’

‘This team knows their strengths and weaknesses. In addition, they really understand the case they are working on with us; if unclear, they just ask as they should. If input is needed from other disciplines than Tax, they reach out quickly to partners that are also fully into the case. Their internal communication could not be better. Have not seen lawyers being as efficient as NautaDutilh acting with us.’

‘Excellent firm – one of the best in the region. Always happy to work with them and would highly recommend.’

‘Tax partner Nina Kielman is a strong M&A tax lawyer. She has the capacity to understand complex technical issues and the creativity to propose pragmatic solutions for appropriately addressing them in a complex transaction.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Achmea Bank

AerCap

Amsterdam Commodities

ASR

Apollo

Eneco

HAL Investments

ING Bank

Lineage

Louis Dreyfus Company

Neste

Nouryon (former AkzoNobel Chemicals)

NPM Capital

Playa Hotels & Resorts

Rabobank

RTL Group

SHV

Syntrus Achmea

Sonae

Uber Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised AerCap on the circa $31bn acquisition of GE Capital Aviation Services.
  • Advised RTL Group on the proposed merger of RTL Nederland and Talpa Network.
  • Advised Next Private B.V., an entity controlled by Altice Europe’s majority shareholder and President Patrick Drahi, in connection with its recommended all cash-offer in respect of all Altice Europe’s listed common shares A and B and the subsequent delisting of Altice Europe.

Simmons & Simmons

As part of a pan-European tax practice, Simmons & Simmons‘ Amsterdam-based team handles multijurisdictional mandates for premium-name clients in the asset management and investment fund, financial, life sciences, media and technology sectors. It was strengthened by the recent arrivals of Robert Jean Kloprogge and senior counsel Hans Galavazi from AKD. Kloprogge’s wide-ranging experience includes M&A, restructurings, fund formations and banking and finance transactions; he also represents clients in tax investigations and litigation. Kloprogge co-heads the practice with transfer pricing expert Monique van Herksen and Netherlands managing partner René van Eldonk, who has over 35 years of international tax law experience. In an ongoing mandate, van Eldonk and Pim Duteweert are advising HVC on the tax aspects of a joint venture between various water boards to develop a new waste plant.

Practice head(s):

René van Eldonk; Monique van Herksen; Robbert Jean Kloprogge

Other key lawyers:

Pim Duteweert; Hans Galavazi

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and skilled. Many in-house expertise in notarial law, corporate law and tax law. In addition, good empathy for various environments: government and business.’

‘René van Eldonk offers proactive and user-friendly support when a Dutch tax issue arises. Generally he forms part of a very effective Simmons tax team globally.’

Key clients

BlackRock

BancaIMI

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)

BlueCrest

Savills

Nova Capital

Insight Investment Capital

Mason Capital

British Land

Redbird Capital

Achmea

Hines

Adidas

Peek & Cloppenburg

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of the Fletcher Hotel group on the sale of a majority stake to Egeria, a Dutch private equity house. Fletcher Hotels is the largest hotel chain in the Netherlands, with 103 locations.
  • Advising DIF Capital on the setting up and structuring of two large infrastructure funds.
  • Advising Citi on three large securitisation transactions.

AKD

AKD‘s tax practice covers the full spectrum of corporate income and withholding tax advisory matters for clients such as multinational corporates, financial institutions and private equity funds. Working with other departments, it is active in M&A, real estate transactions, restructurings and financings. Beyond providing transactional support, the team is sought after for standalone tax advice in its own right; René van der Paardt has expertise in VAT and transfer tax matters. Elsewhere, tax controversies and litigation are another key workstream for the group, which is led by Huub Laauwen.

Practice head(s):

Huub Laauwen

Other key lawyers:

René van der Paardt; Ivo Vreman; Eric Vermeulen; Milja Bormann-Bakker; Jan-Willem Beijk; Anton Akimov; Maarten Munsterman

Testimonials

‘Clear communication and proactive approach when dealing with issues.’

‘Provides clear arguments for different options, and presents clear views on the best way forward based on individual circumstances.’

Key clients

Braskem

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Santander

Unicredit

AT-PAC

Benson Elliot

Clarins

United Phosphorus

Tate & Lyle

Work highlights

  • Advised Yource’s management team on the legal and tax aspects of Parcom’s investment in Yource.
  • Advised UPL on tax aspects of complex financing transactions to fund the acquisition of Arysta, as well as the integration of Arysta business lines into a UPL business line.
  • Advised Foodmate’s shareholders on the sale of Foodmate to Duravant LLC (backed by Warburg Pincus).

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird‘s tax team is active in cutting-edge projects and transactions in the technology, communications, life sciences, energy and utilities sectors. The head of the Dutch and Luxembourg tax practice is Willem Bongaerts, who is prominent in M&A, corporate restructurings and corporate finance transactions; he recently advised Eargo Inc on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Clementine group. Other notable individuals in his team include indirect tax specialist Brian Mulier, of counsel Pieter Camps and Arnoud Knijnenburg. Associate Ivo Ijzerman represents clients in tax litigation, and also advises on corporate income tax, VAT and dividend withholding tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Willem Bongaerts

Other key lawyers:

Brian Mulier; Pieter Camps; Arnoud Knijnenburg; Ivo Ijzerman

Testimonials

‘The strength of the legal advice is characterized by its broader approach, taking into account the history of the case in the past, and its projection to a possible future scenario. This enables the client to get a more realistic view of his/her own case.’

‘It is great working with Willem Bongaerts because he not only has outstanding tax law skills, but is also really open to adding value in informal chats and brainstorming sessions.’

‘Willem Bongaerts has been my tax lawyer of choice for the Netherlands and Luxembourg. He has a very commercial and efficient approach that is very beneficial for clients.’

Key clients

DXC Technology

Repsol

VEM Pharmaceuticals

Cellnex Telecom S.A.

Connectria

Chinook Therapeutics, Inc.

Cree, Inc.

Secure 24, Symmetry Global

Meridiam

Preceyes

Guesty

Veloxis

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd

Orlen Upstream

Live Kindly

Kiadis Pharma

NIO

Sapienza

Dayco

Taco Group Holding Inc.

BloomReach Inc.

Unisun Energy Group

Qblox

Eargo, Inc.

Buren

Buren has an integrated corporate, notarial and tax practice, which generates mandates from leading corporates that are headquartered in Russia/CIS and Latin America. In addition, with the firm having offices in mainland China, it is able to attract work from Asia-based clients. Its workload covers the tax aspects of joint ventures, cross-border restructurings, spin-offs and M&A, as well as the setting up of corporate structures for foreign investors, among various other matters. Cees-Frans Greeven leads the tax department in the Amsterdam office, while Peter van Dijk heads up the practice in The Hague.

Practice head(s):

Cees-Frans Greeven; Peter van Dijk

Other key lawyers:

Ijsbrand Uljée

Testimonials

‘Buren’s tax practice is very different from other tax advisory firms. The partners and tax lawyers there think together with the client and provide non-standard solutions. They help with complex matters by thinking out of the box, by fighting for clients’ interests until the end.’

‘When you give Buren’s lawyers or partners a call at any time, they know your case and where you stand right now.’

‘Cees-Frans Greeven is my key contact. Bright and experienced lawyer. Great network of professionals.’

‘Cees-Frans Greeven would be my go-to for tax advice on mid-market transactions.’

‘Their tax team deals with any kind of tax related matters including tax planning and company structuring for investment in Europe. Their response is very quick and the fee is very reasonable for the quality.’

Key clients

Inter RAO group

Bausch Health

Planon Beheer B.V.

Shaw Industries Group Inc.

Antler U.A.

Kimball Electronics Netherlands B.V.

Evonik

Nippon Suisan B.V.

Azerion

Work highlights

  • Advising ESAS on the divestment by investment fund Buysse & Partners and the buy-out of the existing management by French IT group Circet backed by Advent International one of the largest global private equity investors.
  • Advised Marketing VF Ltd (trading as MVF) on the acquisition of Software Vergelijken B.V. (AppWiki).
  • Assisting Bausch Health with global spin-off operation to separate the company into two different companies, Bausch + Lomb – NewCo, which will consist of Bausch Health’s global vision care, surgical, consumer and ophthalmic Rx businesses, and BHC, which will comprise a diversified portfolio of durable brands across the Salix, International Rx, Solta, neurology and medical dermatology businesses.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

In addition to providing support on high-profile corporate and finance transactions, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s team provides tax advice on a standalone basis and it is also active in litigation. Eelco van der Stok leads the group’s work on domestic and EU tax disputes, including state aid matters. He co-heads the practice with Bob van Kasteren, who made partner in May 2021 and recently assisted Mercuria Energy Group with the tax aspects of its investment in N+P Group. Another highlight saw the firm act for Springer Nature on its acquisition of Atlantis Press.

Practice head(s):

Eelco van der Stok; Bob van Kasteren

Key clients

AstraZeneca

Cargill

Morgan Stanley

PAI Partners

Permira

CVC

Vitruvian

APG

NN Group

Talpa Holding

Royal Boskalis Westminster

CK Hutchison

Work highlights

  • Advised AstraZeneca on its acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Advised Ardian on an agreement to support Deli Home in its international growth plans.
  • Advised APG, which formed a consortium together with the National Pension Service of the Republic of Korea and Swiss Life Asset Managers on the acquisition by the Consortium of an 81.1% interest in Brisa – Auto-Estradas de Portugal, S.A., the European toll road concessionaire, from José de Mello – Investimentos, SGPS, S.A. and Arcus European Infrastructure Fund 1 LP, managed by Arcus European Investment Manager LLP.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s vastly experienced team handles a varied portfolio of tax work for Dutch and multinational corporates, including corporate tax and transactional support matters that arise in the context of M&A and real estate transactions. It is also knowledgeable about tax issues in the investment management arena, and has expertise in transfer pricing, VAT and customs issues. Tax litigation is another key area of strength for the group, which is led by Thomas van der Vliet. Recent mandates included van der Vliet, and senior associates Paul Schouten, Richelle Baptiste and Suzanne Walstra advising Dutch unicorn MessageBird on the tax aspects of several transactions, such as the acquisition of 24Sessions. Erik de Bie, Reinier van de Steenoven and Alex Westerman have over 70 years of tax experience collectively.

Practice head(s):

Thomas van der Vliet

Other key lawyers:

Erik de Bie; Reinier van de Steenoven; Alex Westerman; Richelle Baptiste; Paul Schouten; Suzanne Walstra

Testimonials

‘We typically work with one partner (Erik de Bie) who provides an outstanding service. Knowledge and experience are the foundations of a strong relationship. Erik brings excellent listening and communication skills coupled with a pragmatic approach.’

‘Erik de Bie: Outstanding trade lawyer, great experience, excellent for litigation in the field of customs and trade.’

Key clients

MessageBird

Vena Energy Pte. Ltd.

Creative Clicks

InterXion Holding NV

Nostrum Oil & Gas

Meyer Realty Partners

Amsterdam Commodities

Heitman International LLC

747 Capital

Rhenus Group

Amundi

Jamestown

Work highlights

  • Advised NASDAQ-listed technology company Digital Turbine, Inc. on its acquisition of Fyber N.V., a developer of a monetization platform for software applications.
  • Advised Dutch unicorn MessageBird on several transactions it entered into, including the acquisition of 24Sessions.
  • Acted for APi Group Corporation on its acquisition of the international SK FireSafety Group from funds managed by APAX.

Hamelink & Van den Tooren

Independent tax boutique Hamelink & Van den Tooren mainly provides Dutch and international tax law advice to mid-sized and large (often listed) companies with cross-border operations. The team’s technical expertise makes it a strong choice for advice on fund structurings, M&A and the structuring of investments, as well as real estate transactions. It also provides standalone advice on matters such as tax compliance and transfer pricing issues. Jan van den Tooren, who co-heads the practice with Servaas van Dooren and Wouter Vosse, has experience of handling international private wealth tax planning for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, among other matters. International VAT expert Maarten Edie is another notable individual. In addition to undertaking non-contentious matters, tax controversies and disputes are another pillar of the group’s work.

Practice head(s):

Jan van den Tooren; Servaas van Dooren; Wouter Vosse

Other key lawyers:

Maarten Edie; Robert Wintgens; Wendy Moes; Melissa Annegarn; Leonie de Rooij

Testimonials

‘Jan van den Tooren and Wendy Moes combine their exceptional knowledge and experience in international taxation with the needs of clients. Acute understanding of the changing international tax environment in the Netherlands.’

‘The personal touch is most valuable. Also reaction speed is impressive. Fairly priced.’

‘Worked with Wouter Vosse. An excellent, very knowledgeable person, with a focus on solutions rather than problems.’

‘Very dedicated and personal, high quality, open mind, clear advice, quick availability and turnaround.’

‘Jan van den Tooren; 100% trust in a longstanding relationship.’

Key clients

Kuehne+Nagel

Fortum Corporation

Climate Investor 1/Climate Fund Managers

DTEK

Baring Vostok Capital Partners

CK Capital Partners

Metinvest

Robertson Marketing Group Inc.

Ghabbour Auto Group / MNT Investments

LifeQ Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted on the set up of and investments made by Climate Investor 1 and more recently Climate Investor 2 which are mostly government and IO-backed funds focusing on investment in sustainable energy projects (Climate Investor 1) and water projects (Climate Investor 2) in underserved countries.
  • Advising Kuehne + Nagel on its Netherlands-related international tax structuring.
  • Advising Fortum group on Netherlands-related international tax matters on many cross-border M&A transactions as well as financings.

Linklaters

Under the leadership of global tax group head Dick HoflandLinklaters‘ team plays a key role in matters involving particularly complex tax considerations, notably cross-border M&A and private equity deals, as well as capital markets and finance transactions. In 2020, highlights included recently promoted counsel Joost Rompen advising Cityhold Office Partnership on the tax aspects of the acquisition of Ark Portfolio Owner Prinses. He also acted as tax counsel to Abertis Infraestructuras Finance B.V and Abertis Infraestructuras SA on a €1.25bn hybrid bonds issuance. Managing associates Jurian van der Pas and Frank Kuilboer are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Dick Hofland

Other key lawyers:

Joost Rompen; Jurian van der Pas; Frank Kuilboer

Testimonials

‘What makes them unique is the combination of technical expertise, practical business judgement and ability to consult with local tax authorities to come up with optimal solutions to issues.’

‘Dick Hofland is the gold standard of Dutch tax lawyers. I have worked with him for over 20 years and he continues to be extraordinary!! Brilliant and practical!!’

‘Dick Hofland and Jurian van der Pas are amazing. Always on top of our account, dealing with complex matters in a timely manner and well suited for our business.’

‘The strength and depth of their tax offering. Their lawyers demonstrate very strong subject matter expertise and a commercial approach.’

‘Dick Hofland and Jurian van der pas. We have significant experience of working on complex tax structuring projects with both Dick and Jurian and have found them to have a phenomenal grasp of international tax technical issues which they use to inform clients on risks and opportunities and well thought out solutions. Jurian has a great tax brain and works in a very approachable and helpful manner.’

‘The tax team is very strong- technically excellent and focused on getting the best result for the client.’

‘Jurian van der Pas is technically excellent and a pleasure to work with. He is quick to find solutions to potential problems before they become an issue for clients.’

‘Jurian van der Pas has a high level of potential. He challenges his clients where needed. In all party calls, his excellent communication skills and perseverance help to achieve the best results. Analytically superb and creative where needed. Exceeds expectations on a regular basis.’

Key clients

ENGIE New Business S.A.S.

Adapteo Plc

Cityhold Office Partnership S.à r.l.

Abertis Infraestructuras,

Galapagos NV

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, the bulk of the work involves acting for clients that specifically turn to the firm for tax advice, although a significant portion of the firm’s workload also involves providing critical support on transactions. The practice is led by Remco Smorenburg, who has been instrumental in growing the firm’s real estate tax work. In addition, there has been an increase in mandates connected with renewable energy projects and W&I insurance. Another key figure is Bart le Blanc, who is experienced in advising US and European clients on tax issues associated with their investments in emerging markets, such as Latin America and Africa. Senior associate Yannick Schuerman has expertise in international corporate taxation and transfer pricing work.

Practice head(s):

Remco Smorenburg

Other key lawyers:

Bart le Blanc; Yannick Schuerman

Testimonials

‘The tax team at Norton Rose in the Netherlands is very responsive, highly commercial and practical, and is focused on providing workable solutions to tax issues. It has excellent international experience, particularly in Latin America.’

‘Bart le Blanc is the tax partner we use in the Netherlands. He is highly responsive and commercial, and seeks to deliver very clear and pragmatic solutions to complex tax issues. He has excellent international experience. Very user-friendly.’

Key clients

CAE Inc

AIG

Appian Capital Advisory LLP

BBGI

Canadian Tire Corporation

Commerzbank AG

DNV

Energizer Inc.

Gran Energia

Sabic Capital

ICTSI

BNP REIM

Riskpoint

Technip FMC PLC

DVM

Daimler AG

Gazprom-Neft

Agri3 Fund

Susquehanna International Group (UK)

BMW Nederland

WarnerMedia Inc / AT&T Inc

Allianz Nederland Groep NV

KKR &Co

Aviva Insurance Limited

BMW Holding BV

Vale Insurance Partners

Jane Street Financial Limited

Vistra Netherlands

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

Royal Bank of Canada

Work highlights

  • Advised Kerry Group on Dutch law aspects of the acquisition by Kerry Group of the Niacet Group, with target holding in US but with material operations in The Netherlands as well.
  • Assisting Appian with its exit from the Roxgold investment.
  • Assisted CAE with the Dutch tax aspects of the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Flight Simulation Company B.V. for a cash consideration of approximately €70m paid to the sellers, calculated on the basis of an enterprise value of €100m.

Van Doorne

Van Doorne‘s tax work is closely aligned with the firm’s strengths in transactions; a number of dedicated practitioners are embedded in the M&A, finance and real estate practices. In addition, the firm undertakes tax advisory work on a standalone basis and also provides representation in litigation. Rob de Win (a member of the real estate transactions team) heads up the practice, which is particularly highlighted for its strengths in matters with a nexus to the healthcare and education sectors; a recent highlight saw Sjoerd Stokmans act as tax counsel to NPM on the international auction sale of its portfolio group Mentaal Beter to Apax Partners. Elsewhere, other recent mandates spanned areas such as the sport, retail, automotive and energy sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Rob de Win

Other key lawyers:

Ewout van Asbeck; Jan Roeland; Sjoerd Stokmans; Danielle Westerhoff

Testimonials

‘I find the team at Van Doorne always provides an extensive amount of detail and doesn’t just look at the surface of the issue.’

‘Will always try to help at short notice, and will explain why not when this isn’t feasible.’

‘Personal approach, 24×7 availability, in-depth knowledge, quick turnaround.’

‘Rob De Win: Pragmatic, in search of solutions – proactive follow-up of outstanding issues.’

‘The team is very hands-on and pragmatic.’

‘Rob de Win (partner): Rob is very accessible and knows how to get things done in a pleasant way.’

‘The team is multidisciplinary and the partners are very much involved throughout the whole process, not only at the end. They know the case files very well and in depth and are also very pragmatic. They are flexible and available when needed.’

Key clients

FIFA Clearing House Stichting

Deen

Nissens A/S

Sunrock Investments

NPM Capital

Care Property Invest NV

WDP NV

Cofinimmo NNV/SA – Superstone NV

Retail Estates NV

Round Apple Hotel Partners

Yandex

Xior

HEMA

Roompot

Patrizia

Corre Energy

Westcore Europe

SunOpta

Westmont Hospitality Group

Crossroads Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising DEEN on an agreement with Albert Heijn, Vomar Voordeelmarkt and DekaMarkt, relating to the proposed sale of all 80 store branches of DEEN Supermarkten to these three parties.
  • Advised Xior on the setting up of the (tax) structure and launch of ‘XL Fund’: a collaboration between real estate developer LIFE and Xior (with a 90% Xior – 10% LIFE distribution).
  • Acted as lead counsel to the FIFA Clearing House in relation to the incorporation of the FIFA Clearing House in the Netherlands, and the design and development of its governance and internal procedures.

CMS

At CMS, the tax team acts on mandates connected with the professional and business services, financial services, real estate and construction, transportation and consumer products industries. VAT-related financial products are a specialist area of expertise for the team, which is led by Herman Boersen. In addition, contingent tax insurance is another area of growth. Elsewhere, counsel Etienne Cox is knowledgeable about the interplay between tax and sustainability in the real estate arena. The firm’s other tax work interrelates with M&A, funds and structured finance issues, among other areas. In a recent highlight, Anton Louwinger and Cox acted for Principal Real Estate Europe on the tax issues connected with its acquisition of the multi-tenant Helix office building in Utrecht.

Practice head(s):

Herman Boersen

Other key lawyers:

Anton Louwinger; Etienne Cox

Testimonials

‘A very comprehensive approach, taking into account the client’s business needs. Good coordination with other firm’s departments and even CMS offices in other jurisdictions.’

‘Anton Louwinger – very responsible, trying to meet all client’s requirements and time schedule.’

‘The CMS tax team has very broad experience and is technically excellent, efficient and responsive. It has excellent knowledge of the industry, and last but not least, it is good value for money.’

‘I work closely with the tax partner of the team, Mr Anton Louwinger. He covers a broad range of general tax matters, he is very experienced and provides excellent, clear and practical tax advice.’

‘The individuals we work with understand our product very well and tailor their advice accordingly, enabling us to win whilst working together.’

‘An experienced and pragmatic team, willing and able to tailor their services to clients’ needs.’

‘Herman Boersen leads the team and is able to provide succinct and sound advice, without losing sight of commercial aspects of risks.’

Key clients

RFS Holland Holding (Wehkamp)

Intrum

Turn/River Capital

Borghese Real Estate

Delin Capital Asset Management

Catella Real Estate AG

Aquila Capital

Rabobank

Boluda Towage, S.L.

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised South Korean investor Midas International Asset Management Ltd. on the €215m acquisition and financing of the newly constructed Zalando e-fulfilment centre in Bleiswijk (The Netherlands).
  • Advised Turn/River Capital (US based private equity house) on the €315m acquisition of the strategic investment of Redwood Software.
  • Advised Boluda Towage (Spanish based) on the strategic acquisition of Iskes Towage & Salvage.

HVK Stevens

Boutique firm HVK Stevens provides a wide array of tax solutions to clients such as private equity funds, corporates and entrepreneurs. A key contact at the firm is Wilbert van Vliet, who has a strong profile among charitable organisations. Sandra Singh has specialist expertise in advising companies active in the energy transition space, while Frank van Nus is known for his work in the real estate industry. On the contentious side, the firm has a particularly strong track record in successfully resolving complex disputes with the tax authorities in the Netherlands, as well as those further afield internationally. Other work includes advice on the tax aspects of mergers and demergers, restructurings and estate planning matters. Jeroen Ruijg made partner in January 2021 and in January 2022, Paulus Merks joined from Houthoff.

Practice head(s):

Stan Stevens; Jeroen Peters; Jeroen Ruijg; Joost van den Berg; Wilbert van Vliet; Paulus Merks

Other key lawyers:

Sandra Singh; Frank van Nus

Testimonials

‘The profile of Sandra Singh seems to fit very well with my clients from India, Egypt, Jordan. My clients highly praise her punctual service, well-prepared meeting, very efficient and effective.’

‘I worked with Stan Stevens. He has great knowledge and great negotiation skills. He is a nice person to work with.’

‘Very accessible almost 24/7 with top quality advice at reasonable rates, I mainly work with Jeroen Peters.’

‘The tax team of HVK Stevens is certainly among the 5 best tax practices in the Netherlands. Their link to the tax administration is unique.’

‘Joost van den Berg, tax partner, stands out. He is exceptional in private equity and cross-border matters. He provides a solution to every problem that is thrown at him and thinks on his feet.’

‘Jeroen Ruijg is very effective. Good results, up to date and up to speed with innovative markets.’

Key clients

CI Capital

Command Alkon

Helios Investment Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for Egypt-based private equity house CI Capital and the other shareholders in Taaleem Management Services on the successful listing of Taaleem on the Egyptian stock exchange.
  • Acted for Command Alkon on the tax and legal aspects in the Netherlands and Luxembourg of the sale in 2020 of Command Alkon by owner Quilvest Capital Partners to Thoma Bravo, a US-based private equity house focused on the software and technology-enabled services sectors.

Jones Day

Jones Day‘s fund structuring and fund services group advises some of the largest and most active Dutch investment managers on tax issues connected with the formation of funds, as well as fund reviews, fund M&A and investment joint ventures, among various other matters. Elsewhere, the firm advises clients in other industries on matters such as tax planning issues, transfer pricing work, tax audits, tax controversies and EU Commission tax rulings. Lodewijk Berger, Ate van IJlzinga Veenstra and Quirine Eenhorst are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Lodewijk Berger

Other key lawyers:

Ate van IJlzinga Veenstra; Quirine Eenhorst; Marierose Kouwenberg; Stef Plouvier

Testimonials

‘The team is incredibly well equipped and works seamlessly with other practice groups in the firm. They are outstanding in coordinating large transactions and communicate in a clear manner. It is a delight to work with them!’

‘Lodewijk (Lou) Berger is incredibly smart and very well aware of Dutch tax law. He is very much up to speed on relevant foreign law in such manner that he knows exactly when and at what time foreign counsel needs to be engaged.’

‘What makes them stand out from their peers is their combination of tax and legal/regulatory expertise, in particular on fund structuring. Specifically on tax, they manage to offer creative solutions to complex problems in discussion with their peers.’

‘Ate Veenstra, Quirine Eenhorst and Lodewijk Berger combine excellent and deep tax and regulatory knowledge on PE/VC funds. This combination is what makes them stand out in general. Their warm and professional personalities make them a pleasure to work with, and stand out in particular.’

Key clients

APG Asset Management

Beaureale CenterParcs

Gilde Healthcare Partners

Capital A

Climate Fund Managers

Rabobank (Rabo Fund Management)

TCX Investment Management Company

DSM Pension Services

DM Capital

IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative

NN Group (Investment Partners)

PGGM Vermogensbeheer

Kempen Capital Management

Technical University of Delft (Teggwings IA)

Ice Lake Capital Management

Lion’s Head Global Partners

DMFCO / DSF Partners

Dexteritas Investment Management

Enterprising Finance

VanLoman

At tax boutique VanLoman, the practice has established a strong profile among high-net-worth individuals, as well as corporates in the private equity, food and agriculture industries. Clients instruct the team for advice on matters ranging from M&A and fund formation to the structuring of multinational companies and implementation of management participation plans. The firm is also developing its own in-house transfer pricing capabilities. Indirect tax specialist Maarten Prevoo, who joined from Meijburg Legal a member firm of KPMG International in September 2020, is knowledgeable about matters such as VAT and real estate transfer tax. Jochem Kin heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jochem Kin

Other key lawyers:

Marc Oostenbroek; Maarten Prevoo

Testimonials

‘Hands on in combination with a highly professional approach.’

‘Quick responses to questions and easy to get directly in contact with the right people.’

Key clients

Norges Bank Investment Management

Vortex Capital Partners

OCI

Gold Fields

Bunge

Perpetual Next

Holland Capital

Cerelia

Nordian Capital Partners

Victus Participations

Work highlights

  • Advised Norges Bank Investment Management on the acquisition of Dutch offshore wind farm, and assisted with the negotiation and wording of tax provisions in SPA.
  • Advised Edel Group on its sale to Victoria Plc. The work included vendor due diligence on tax, and negotiation and drafting of tax wording in the SPA.
  • Acted for Nordian Capital Partners on the acquisition of J-Club International Holding BV. The work included due diligence, negotiation of tax provisions in SPA and advice on acquisition and management participation structure.

Kraaijeveld Coppus Legal (KC Legal)

International tax firm Kraaijeveld Coppus Legal (KC Legal) has a growing reputation in the Amsterdam legal market, with its team being sought out to advise multinational companies on compliance issues, tax planning work, reorganisations, debt strategies (including financings and refinancings of financial instruments) and M&A. Friggo Kraaijeveld has expertise in the tax aspects of cross-border investments and private equity structuring issues, among other matters. Ceriel Coppus is experienced in international group restructurings and private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Friggo Kraaijeveld; Ceriel Coppus

Other key lawyers:

Timo Ponsioen; Lisette Kamysheva

Key clients

Movile-Wavy

Howden

Archipelago Analytics

Seavus

Pangaia

Moxico

Hunnewell Capital Partners

GeoProMining

PlayKids

S7 Airlines

Mundoro

Control Tower International

Work highlights

  • Advised the Movile group on the pre-sale transactions and steps that ultimately led to the successful sale of Wavy Global to Sinch AB.
  • Advised a client on obtaining insurance through Howden on the tax risks associated with a $100m+ transaction.
  • Assisted Archipelago Analytics with setting up its business in Europe.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke‘s tax practice in the Netherlands is led by Job van der Pol, who has experience of undertaking a mix of domestic and cross-border work, particularly in relation to M&A and real estate transactions. On the contentious side, he has also represented clients in cases arising from the European Commission’s state investigations into tax rulings issued to multinational companies. Although the firm’s work spans a wide range of industries, it is notably active in mandates connected with technology, media and communications, as well as life sciences. Senior associate Cees Graafland joined from Stibbe in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Job van der Pol

Other key lawyers:

Cees Graafland

Testimonials

‘The team works actively in a solution-oriented way, sees new ways instead of finding problems, and always based on a needs analysis.’

Key clients

Infosys

Terumo

Crown Bioscience Inc.

Miniclip (UK) Limited

Nmbrs

Ancora Finance Group and Wellington Partners (Koa Health)

DKV Mobility Services Holding GmbH + Co. KG/NOVOFLEET Verwaltungsgesellschaft MBH

Morrison & Co

Bauhaus Matrixmind Holding BV

Wireless Logic Group

Connected Infrastructure Capital GmbH

Management of BauWatch

Phoenix Holding B.V.

ViroClinics Biosciences and Summit Partners LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Japan-based Terumo Corporation on all tax aspects of the €45m acquisition of the remaining 80.1% stake in Quirem Medical B.V.
  • Advised the management of BauWatch on all tax aspects of the sale of BauWatch by Nordean Capital to Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, including the structuring of management incentive packages.
  • Assisted the shareholders of Milabs B.V. with the controlled auction sale of the company’s entire issued share capital to Rigaku Corporation, including handling the settlement of tax and stock ownership plans (SARS and ESOPs) in connection with the sales process.