Loyens & Loeff

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for Globally renowned for the quality of its tax practice, Loyens & Loeff has an unrivalled strength in international tax structuring, which combines the strength of a huge legal and tax advisory team to serve large corporations and investment funds with connections to the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The Amsterdam team is the firm's full-service hub and the firm offers a strong practice as an independent firm handling cross-border work, frequently combining forces with other leading independent firms and maintaining strong relationships overseas through small offices in the US, the UK and Asia, to bolster its strong full-service Benelux presence.

While the firm has cemented its position as the premier practice for international tax matters with a significant Dutch component, it also features in cross-border work across M&A, private equity, financial services and energy from its Dutch HQ. The firm has a strong reputation for fund formation, structuring, financing and investments, combining its tax and transactional expertise.

Strengths The firm's peerless capabilities for handling international tax work from Amsterdam are often picked out by clients. One says: "They're a top-notch firm. They have a good handle on not only EU tax issues but also the political environment there." Another notes that on "international tax issues" the firm is "highly experienced. It has a strong technical background associated with a very pragmatic view."

One interviewee regards "the Netherlands tax technical expertise and ability to effectively advise their offshore clients" as one of the firm's strongest points, praising the "local office in New York," which the source says is "staffed with knowledgeable attorneys."

Other sources acknowledge the firm's strong reputation in the global legal market, referencing its "very strong presence internationally. It is a very strong firm with strong revenues and global operations." Another source believe the firm stands out because it has "more experience in international transactions, and is more responsive."