Paul is a leading specialist in Dutch and international tax law. While his practice is strongly transaction driven, with a mix of M&A, corporate restructuring and finance transactions, he has developed strong relationships with a number of the largest Dutch multinationals. Paul also regularly works on special projects and is frequently involved in foreign tax litigation as an expert witness on Dutch tax law.

Before joining De Brauw, Paul was resident partner at Loyens & Volkmaars’ (the predecessor of Loyens & Loeff) New York and London. He was also a managing director of investment banking, corporate finance with Merrill Lynch in London. This experience has provided him with invaluable insight into the non-tax considerations of corporate transactions.

Paul’s broad experience gained in the Netherlands and abroad significantly enhances his understanding of the tax aspects of capital markets and finance transactions and cross-border M&A transactions. In addition, Paul frequently assists clients in tax policy issues, including ongoing and potential tax litigation. He frequently negotiates with the Dutch Revenue Authority, with a focus on one-off situations.

Paul’s recent work includes advising:

  • NXP Semiconductors on its USD 47 billion acquisition by Qualcomm
  • Philips on the separation of Philips Lighting and the IPO of Philips Lighting on Euronext Amsterdam
  • Shell on the GBP 47 billion acquisition of BG Group
  • NXP on its USD 40 million merger with Freescale
  • Vodafone on the USD130 billion divestment of its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications

Paul Sleurink combines 'technical excellence with sound commercial understanding of the business, which helps when it comes to giving pragmatic and informed advice.

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  • Profession

    Tax partner

  • Languages

    Dutch, English, French, German

  • Education

    University of Leiden (civil law and postgraduate tax law)