De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Tax Department

Netherlands
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What the team is known for Routinely praised for its transactional capabilities, demonstrating high activity and huge experience in tax advice relating to M&A transactions. Also acts on international tax issues, frequently working together with its 'best friends' network of leading firms in Spain, France, Italy, Germany and the UK. Represents clients' interests before the Dutch tax authorities, acting on domestic and cross-border litigation.

Strengths One source enthuses that the team is "very knowledgeable and always able to dip into the pool of technical experts." 

Another interviewee comments: "They are sharp, well informed and able to ensure a quick turnaround."

Work highlights Assisted the shareholders of Q-Park with tax aspects of the sale of all shares to KKR.

Notable practitioners

Maarten van der Weijden assists with tax structuring on high-end cross-border transactions. One source lauds him as "a very impressive individual who is technically very strong." Interviewees also admire his to-the-point approach to negotiations.

Paul Sleurink is valued by clients for his "impressive technical knowledge" and his "depth and breadth of experience." Another interviewee lauds him as "a solid and innovative thinker" who is also "very approachable." He often acts on tax structuring in connection with corporate reorganisations and transactions, as well as advising on investigations.

Wiebe Dijkstra assists clients with transactional tax matters, representing multinational corporations and private equity funds. One source describes him as being "very accessible, sharp, responsive and to the point," while another notes: "He has a good understanding of commercial issues."