This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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FIRM OF THE YEAR – CORPORATE TAX
From its origins as a Benelux law firm, Loyens & Loeff has grown considerably over the years and is ambitious to continue developing. Leading the firm through this expansion is chairman of the executive board Maarten van der Weijden who took on the role in 2010 and has since seen the firm open its doors in Hong Kong in 2012 building on its existing presence in Singapore and Tokyo.
|LOYENS & LOEFF|
|Corporate Tax||26||Private Clients||3|
|Information Technology||1||Public Procurement||2|
|Insurance & Reinsurance||1||Real Estate||3|
|Labour & Employment||3|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Loyens & Loeff enjoys a prestigious reputation for the strength of its corporate tax practice which has seen the firm achieve our corporate tax law firm of the year award for four consecutive years. Central to the firm’s successful practice in this field is its “impressive size and breadth”. The practice covers transactional advice, tax planning and compliance, transfer pricing and litigation. The aforementioned van der Weijden is a “sensational” tax lawyer focusing on international matters. Mariëtte Turkenburg joins him in the Amsterdam office and is “very knowledgeable” on tax assurance. The “superb” Jeroen Janssen specialises in providing tax advice on corporate restructuring, refinancing, asset financing, aircraft leasing and structured finance. He leads the firm’s Israel desk and is also a member of the Brazil desk. New York-based Michiel van Kempen heads the office’s tax practice and advises internationally operating corporate clients, private equity and investment funds on Dutch and Luxembourg taxation. Simon Paul in Luxembourg focuses on cross-border financial products and structures, mergers, takeovers and international corporate structuring. He is praised for his “astute legal mind”. Willem Bongaerts in Rotterdam recently led the team advising QPS Holdings in respect of the acquisition of Xendo Drug Development for an undisclosed consideration. Carola van den Bruinhorst founded the Hong Kong office and is the office’s head of tax practice. Mark van Casteren in Amsterdam is a “leading authority” on tax matters and frequently advises on acquisitions as well as advising investment banks on cross-border structured finance products. In Brussels, Christian Chéruy is the non-executive chairman of the firm’s Benelux board. His practice concentrates on international and domestic corporate tax issues including transfer pricing, double tax treaty matters, investments, structures and intellectual property.
The firm also has a strong real estate practice including “leading expert” Bram Linnartz. Located in the firm’s Amsterdam office, Linnartz advises on commercial property transactions throughout Europe and is particularly well known for his work in relation to the real estate capital markets. He recently led a team advising Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe IV on the acquisition of six office buildings in the Netherlands from CBRE Dutch Office Fund.
The private client practice is headed by Saskia Lust in Brussels. A “specialist” in asset and inheritance planning, she is “held in high esteem” by peers and clients alike.
Peter Callens is a “worthy inclusion” in our research for his corporate and dispute resolution expertise. He is “highly sought after” to represent clients in litigation in post-M&A, investment or shareholder disputes as well as in relation to mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments. Elisabetta Aarts joined the firm in late 2012 and adds considerable weight to the firm’s energy practice. She advises and litigates in relation to energy projects, contracts, M&A and financing transactions.
|Total Listings in WWL||49||Established||2000|
|Home jurisdiction||Benelux region||Total size of firm||410|
|Number of partners||105||Number of offices||16|
Loyens & Loeff’s pro bono work includes assisting organisations such as Human Rights Watch, War Child and the Dutch National Ballet. In addition, lawyers are encouraged to submit suggestions of whom to help.
The firm takes pride in being a place where people are happy to work, as established through its annual employee satisfaction surveys. Loyens & Loeff achieves this by focusing on diversity and helping its staff to achieve the right work-life balance.
Loyens & Loeff’s leading reputation in the corporate tax sector and “impressive” international scope ensures the firm is consistently recognised as “one of the elite” law firms in the Benelux region and worldwide.
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