Domestic and international, corporate and financial transactions

... at home and abroad, with tax authorities and with clients: our expertise pivots.

Our team of Tax experts excels in M&A and intra-group reorganisations, capital markets and structured finance transactions, assisting large Dutch and non-Dutch multinational companies and banks with their complex tax matters.

Across the full gambit of Dutch tax law, (including corporate income tax and dividend withholding tax), and all international tax issues, we provide tailored advice for our clients. We frequently negotiate their tax matters with the Dutch Tax Authorities, and with a substantial legal opinion practice, we regularly provide assistance to foreign counsel on the Dutch tax aspects of corporate and financial transactions.

We also advise on the tax aspects of innovative financial instruments, stock option and shares plans, and provides advice on the structuring and analysis of investment funds for retail and institutional investors, as well as the private equity industry.

Recent Matters

27 October 2022

De Brauw advises AEGON on the combination of its Dutch operations with a.s.r.

De Brauw advised AEGON, a leading multinational life insurance, pensions and asset management company, on the combination of its Dutch operations with a.s.r., a leading Dutch insurance group. The deal is valued at EUR 4.9 billion. In connection with the transaction, AEGON and a.s.r. have agreed certain arrangements regarding the provision of asset management services by AEGON for the enlarged a.s.r. group and AEGON's governance rights in a.s.r., including the right to nominate initially two members to the supervisory board with one such supervisory board member having an affirmative vote for certain resolutions, including dilutive transactions and material M&A.The deal signifies a transformative transaction for both AEGON and a.s.r., creating a champion in the Dutch pension, life, and non-life insurance markets.
22 October 2022

Athora Netherlands to acquire WTW's PPI in the Netherlands

De Brauw is advising Athora Netherlands on the acquisition of WTW's premium pension institution (PPI) in the Netherlands. The parties announced on 18 October 2022 that they have agreed on Athora Netherlands' takeover of the PPI. The transaction is expected to close early 2023, subject to regulatory approvals and the consultation of employee representative bodies. After the closing of the transaction, the PPI will become an integrated part of Athora Netherlands' market leading Zwitserleven PPI. The combined scale and capability will provide the opportunity for greater innovation and enhanced services for clients and members.
17 October 2022

Schroders Capital acquires 10.6% stake in Fastned

De Brauw has advised Schroders Capital on its acquisition in a private placement of a 10.6% stake in Fastned B.V., a Euronext Amsterdam listed company that provides fast electric charging for electrical cars. As part of the transaction, Schroders has obtained a supervisory board seat.

Clients cite 'pragmatism, high quality of service, pro-active, a good level of awareness', and 'excellent tax technical know-how'. It 'provides for a comforting cooperation, even on the most complex of matters'.

Legal 500, 2021
Landscape debrauw paper warm grey low res 2

Tax Dispute Resolution

We have a strong track record of developing innovative and holistic strategies for resolving tax disputes, and we are pioneers in international dispute resolution mechanisms. Due to our unique position, we can assist regardless of the authority involved or what type of proceedings this concerns.

Our fully integrated team of market-leading tax and litigation lawyers combine their extensive knowledge of, and proven expertise in, cross-border and domestic tax issues, with their unrivalled capacity to handle (often high-profile) tax disputes.

Our international outlook guarantees a truly coherent strategy to deliver on cross-border matters, such as where MNE or investment management and fund structures are concerned. Our independence and privilege protection assures an unbiased approach.