Houthoff targets major expansion of its Tax Team



Houthoff’s tax advisory practice is currently undergoing a major expansion. Houthoff welcomed Paulus Merks to the firm on 1 January, as a new partner in the Tax Team. This follows the recent addition of Peter Josten to the practice group. Overall, the Tax Team is expected to have 30 advisers by the end of the year, doubling its current size.


This expansion means that the practice group will have specialists in every relevant discipline of tax law, with expertise in corporate income tax, VAT, income tax/wage tax, property transfer tax and transfer pricing, as well as offering international advisory services. “Adding these new faces means a stronger market position for our Tax Team. With specialists in every discipline of tax law, we can further improve our services to our clients,” comments Edward de Bock, managing partner at Houthoff.


About Paulus Merks

An expert in domestic and international tax law, Paulus Merks advises on M&A transactions, restructurings, reorganisations, public offerings and transfer pricing. He also litigates disputes with the tax authorities, as well as advising on general tax-law matters. Merks regularly advises US and other non-Dutch companies on how best to structure their worldwide operations and acquisitions.


Merks has degrees in Dutch tax law from the University of Amsterdam and in US tax law from the University of San Francisco. He previously worked as a tax lawyer in New York, Paris, Chicago and San Jose (California). Merks is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Dutch Association for Tax Research (Vereniging voor Belastingwetenschap), the International Fiscal Association (IFA), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the European American Tax Institute. The author of several tax publications, and a regular speaker at international tax conferences, Merks also lectures at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD), the SDU Licent Academy and the Advanced LL.M. in International Tax Law at Leiden University.


About Houthoff

Houthoff is an independent, leading law firm headquartered in the Netherlands, with offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, London and New York and representatives in Houston and Singapore. Our 300 lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisers work collaboratively to ensure we’re there for our clients when they need us most. We focus on highly complex transactions and dispute resolution, advising international and domestic corporations, financial institutions, private equity firms and governments on their most strategic and business-critical matters. Whether it’s helping to assess the strengths of new opportunities or managing risk, we always look beyond today and find the long-term solution.


For more information: www.houthoff.com