Benelux law firm AKD offers advice and expertise in all areas of domestic Dutch tax, as well as advice on international, transactional and personal taxation matters. The firm is led by partner Huub Laauwen, who has been head of the tax department for four years. The wider Dutch tax department includes 17 professionals including six partners.
The firm recently advised the IOI Corporation, a Malaysian palm oil business, on the sale of a 70% controlling stake in IOI Loders Croklaan for a combined total of almost $900 million to US-based company Bunge. The transaction involved a global transfer, including transactions in China, for which a pre-closing restricting was required.
Following the departure of Derk Prinsen in early 2018, AKD recruited partners Hans Galavazi and Robert Jean Kloprogge to the tax department.
Atlas Tax Lawyers is a Dutch tax boutique. It is a member of international tax association WTS, offering partnership with tax professionals across the world. It has also entered into a strategic partnership with fellow law firm Tiberghien to create a cooperation under the name of T/A International, with a specific focus on the role of Benelux in international transactions. The cooperation, active across Benelux and Switzerland, allows the two firms maintain their autonomy while operating in all practical aspects as a single firm. This cooperation also includes the activities of T/A Economics.
The firm has advised on a number of transactional tax matters, including advice to Apax France and its Dutch portfolio company SK Firesaftey Group with the with the carve-out and sale of the AeroSaftey division to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners. The firm also assisted a leading US-based biopharmaceutical company with the reorganisation of their commercial and clinical supply chains, as well as reviewing and renegotiating the VAT and customs related agreements with local governments and insurance companies.
Former partner Joël Wessels left the firm in April 2029 to take up a position within the Dutch tax authorities.
Deloitte Netherlands continues to hold an impressive place in the Dutch market, with more than 800 tax and legal professionals working in the Netherlands, and the ability to connect with colleagues all over the world. The Deloitte tax department offers expert professionals in all areas of indirect and direct taxation and manages cases for some of the world's largest multinationals. The Dutch firm has also invested in tax technology, with the acquisition of tax technology boutique Tytho. Willem Blom is the managing partner of Deloitte tax and legal in the Netherlands.
Dentons Boekel has a large presence in the Netherlands, with a team of 15 tax lawyers based in the Amsterdam office. The tax department, launched in 2017, holds a significant practice within real estate investment funds and mid-market private equity funds. The firm also has capabilities in tax planning, tax litigation and private clients. It is led by domestic and international corporate tax specialist Jurjen Bevers. Heico Reinoud is the co-head of the Amsterdam office, with Paul Halprin heading the tax dispute resolution team, and Marnix Veldhuijzen is responsible for private client work. All of the partners joined the firm from Baker McKenzie in 2017.
The firm is currently representing an international energy company in a dispute with the authorities in a backdated tax levied against the company for state profit share. It has defended the client in the lower courts and the case is now pending before the supreme court. The firm has also positioned itself as a leading adviser to insurance companies offering warranty and indemnity insurance for M&A transactions.
DLA Piper has a very strong base in the Netherlands, not least to the presence of partners Roderik Bouwman and Daan Arends. Bouwman is the co-chair of DLA Piper's worldwide tax group and Arends acts as the location head and co-head of DLA Piper's indirect tax group. Further to the two partners, the DLA Piper team is made up of numerous tax directors and a number of associates. The firm focuses its attention on advising on cross-border M&A transactions. The firm advises on all aspects and types of transactions, including indirect and direct taxation, as well as real estate transactions, private equity and corporate transactions.
DLA Piper recently assisted the Carlyle Group in the auction sale of its digital services provider Expereo Holding to APAX Partners. The cross-border element of the deal was complex as Expereo currently operates in 180 countries including The Netherlands, USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. The firm has also advised PGGM, the largest Dutch pension fund, on its proposed fund investment through complex Luxembourg and British structures.
“Outstanding level of service. They have a very good grasp of our business model and provide technical and commercial advice.”
“DLA Piper Netherlands have been exceptional advisers, very precise and most professional to deal with.”
“DLA Piper does a terrific job both from a technical understanding and communication standpoint, but also delivers exemplary customer service at an affordable price point compared to global accounting firms.”
“DLA Piper has been significantly more responsive, technically proficient and cost-effective than other firms.”
International legal and accounting firm Grant Thornton uses its international presence to assists its clients with tax advice in international taxation, restructuring, cross-border transactions and indirect taxation. For its Dutch clients, the firm also assists on general corporate tax as well as estate planning and private client services. The firm is led by partner Jacob Mook, who is assited by transactional tax team head Jurgen van Hattum and indirect tax team director Bob van der Steen.
The team recently assisted a Dutch corporate in discussion with the Dutch authorities over the deductibility of a loss made on an investment in a foreign intermediary holding entity. The firm argued that the losses should be tax deductible under the Dutch liquidation loss regime.
“Grant Thornton Netherlands was very quick in understanding our concerns, and is very thorough in its analysis. It is very helpful that the firm has a large network so it was easy coordinating tax advice among various jurisdictions.”
Houthoff has significantly increased its tax practice over recent years. The firm now houses a team of 20 tax professionals, including noted practitioner Paulus Merks, who joined the firm in 2018. The department is led by financial and transaction expert Sylvia Dikmans. It aims to offer clients a full service tax offering, expertise in all areas of direct and indirect taxation, for corporate, financial and private clients.
The firm recently advised Apollo in relation to a joint venture with 21Fox for an investment in the Endemol Shine Group. The structure and implementation of the joint venture is complex, due to the various locations of the funds of 21Fox and Apollo, and the varied regulations in each of the jurisdictions the funds are based in.
KC Legal is a tax boutique, founded in 2013, with a focus on international tax planning, restructuring and refinancing, as well as assisting in transactions and reorganisations. Founding partners Friggo Kraaijeveld and Ceriel Coppus lead the firm, with the assistance of a small team of professionals.
The firm advises a variety of clients, including technology companies much as Movile, for whom they have advised on the restructuring of the Movile-Wavy portfolio, as well as Movile's investment in food delivery service iFood. The firm has also advised on reorganisations for Ilumno, Caribbean Travel Network and Groupe Allard.
“Very flexible, commercial and reasonable. Always eager to help.”
“Good and accurate work, able to explain to client the complexity of the tax consequences in an understandable language.”
KPMG Meijburg & Co offers a wide variety of tax professionals, with a great range of expertise. The firm focuses on advising the largest multinational and listed companies active in the Netherlands. The connection to the wider KPMG network allows it to attract and advise these clients on all aspects of domestic and international tax. The firm is led by eight tax partners, specialising in a variety of tax sectors.
Major European law firm Loyens & Loeff offers a strong tax practice in the Netherlands, with the company headquartered in Rotterdam. The firm is led by a group of partners, including Marcel Buur, Arco Bobeldijk, Harmen van Dam, Marco de Lignie and Fred van der Leije, who are supported by a number of further partners and more junior professionals. The Dutch practice is able to operate in all areas of tax, including advice for various investment firms, private clients and representation in contentious tax matters.
The firm recently advised Round Hill Capital on its joint acquisition with KKR of two residential development sites, including in the publicised acquisition of student accommodation in Utrecht. The firm also assisted Arcona Capital in its €53 million refinancing deal of its Dutch property portfolio.
The firm saw five partners retire in 2018/19. Etienne Spierts, Rob Cornelisse and Wil Martens all retired from partnership, but remain with the firm as counsel. Ronald Wijs and Wim Nan both retired from practice. Partner Robert de Vries left the firm to take up a partnership at Dirkzwager. Michiel Schul has been promoted to partner as of January 2019. Schul has been at Loyens & Loeff for 13 years.
“Fast and sound advice; good understanding of the business.”
Simmons & Simmons has a strong focus on transfer pricing, including transfer pricing litigation, as well as advising corporate and financial clients on a variety of reorganisations, corporate tax issues such as withholding tax and transactions. René van Eldonk is the country head for tax. He is supported by partner Peter Flipsen and managing associate Steven den Boer.
The firm has been advising Xerox with its civil law suit against the Dutch state for failing to refer its case against the Dutch Supreme Court to the ECJ in a case without acte clair. The department also advised the shareholders of Eneco in connection with the division of its network business and energy production business.
In 2019, the firm hired prominent TP and tax specialist Monique van Herksen to become a partner in the firm.
Steevensz Beckers is a sole practice, with Emile Steevensz focusing his tax practice on real estate, private wealth and transactional tax. The firm is based in Curaçao and as such focuses on tax matters relating to international companies with an interest in the Dutch Caribbean islands, as well as local clients. The firm also receives referral work from Europe-based firms, such as Atlas and Kraaijveld Coppus Tax & Legal.
Steevensz has advised on a number of real estate projects, including advising Blue Bay Golf Resort on the obtainability of tax benefits for investment within its $34 million dollar development and the appropriate investment facilities. He has also advised BM-W Caribbean on structuring the development of tis $4 million construction to acquiring the exemption of import duties on heavy machinery for the Dutch parent company of the constructor.
Stibbe is one of the leading Benelux-focused law firms, with a very strong Dutch tax department. Corporate taxation specialist Michael Molenaars leads the firm with the support of three other partners and a sizeable team of counsels and associates. It operates within all areas of tax advice, with a focus on advising corporate and financial clients with M&A transactions.
The firm has been involved in some of the largest M&A transactions, including advising Quadrant Capital Advisors and Aguila on their investment in Acorn Holdings for the successful completion of the €21 billion merger between Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. The team also advised Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, ABN AMRO Bank, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup on the IPO of Ayden on Euronext Amsterdam. Following the IPO, the shares of Arden nearly doubled in the first day of trading.
“Highly skilled tax advisers, combining tax analytics and a practical mind-set. Partner attention the whole process.”
Taxand Netherlands is part of the worldwide Taxand network, with access to the support of tax professionals across the world. The Dutch Taxand firm covers all areas of taxation, with a special focus on tax litigation, indirect taxation, real estate transfer tax and private client taxation. The firm is led by a team of seven partners, with a further team of 13 professionals.
“Generally high quality with a high level of partner involvement.”
Taxperience was created in June 2019, with the firm choosing to separate itself from the Andersen Tax & Legal network. The independent firm has reverted to the name and form that was used before it joined the Andersen network in 2017, retaining all professionals and clients in the process. It currently contains a tax team of 40 professionals, with five partners, including co-founders Ruben Van Aarle and Ramon Van Aarle. The firm has experienced advisers covering all areas of tax, including indirect taxation, transfer pricing, real estate tax, transactional tax, tax litigation and private wealth taxation.
The team has assisted a Canadian investment company in performing due diligence on a variety of potential investment targets within the Dutch agricultural technology, sustainable food and plant medicine industries. Following the due diligence, it assisted the client with all matters related to the acquisition of several the Dutch companies, including the rationalisation of the acquired entities to align with the structure of the investment company.
“Brief and concise advice, responsive.”
“Great professional knowledge. Proactive, customer friendly mind-set.”
“This firm has an impressive indirect tax practice with quick turnarounds and precise advice.”
Benelux law firm Van Campen Liem focuses its tax practice on corporate and private equity transactional work. The firm is currently one of the largest local law firms, with five tax partners working in the Netherlands. These partners are supported by a large team domestically, as well as by colleagues in Luxembourg.
The firm has recently advised on numerous Dutch transactions, including advising Peninsula Investments on its investment in Guala Closures, RCS MediaGroup in its internal merger with RCS International Newspapers and Oceanteam on the sale of the outstanding shares of KCI to Royal ICH.