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Event | 1 June 2023 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Ahead of Tax & Legal Conference 2023

Date & Time

1 June 2023 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location

Claude Debussylaan 54
1082 MD Amsterdam
P.O. Box 2720
1000 CS
Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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At the Ahead of Tax & Legal Conference 2023, our tax and legal experts will highlight three important themes: race to net zero, innovation and the international business climate. Below you will find the full program with descriptions and speakers for all sessions. In the morning (Program Tax), the focus is on tax, with some surprising legal insights. In the afternoon (Program Legal), it is the other way around: the focus is on the legal aspects, with some important tax angles to be aware of.

You can register for the conference and subscribe to the sessions you want to attend by clicking the ‘Register’ button at the top of the page or by clicking one of the buttons by the descriptions of the various sessions. You can subscribe to multiple sessions on one theme or create your own program for the day.

 Program – Tax

Registration and Welcome

09:00 – 09:20Registration
09:20 – 09:50Welcome and Tax Plenary session: Tax from Every Angle

Round One: 10:00 – 10:45

Race to Net-ZeroInnovationBusiness Climate
ESG as Part of the Deal: The Role of ESG in M&A and Tax TransactionsVirtual reality and real-life consequences: taxes and law in the metaverseThe road to advanced certainty and relief from double taxation — the impact of the changing landscape

Round Two: 11:10 – 11:55

Race to Net-ZeroInnovationBusiness Climate
The end of the race to the bottom: Pillar Two becomes realityTransforming Business for a Connected World: Tax & Legal Challenges of an Online BusinessTax Dispute Resolution: Burden of Proof in Transfer Pricing Disputes

Round Three: 12:00 – 12:45

Race to Net-ZeroInnovationBusiness Climate
Is global formulary apportionment on the horizon? What you need to know about Pillar OneNo Office, No Problem: Considerations of Working from AnywhereChallenges from every angle: from beneficial ownership to unshelling, will your corporate structure pass the test?

Closing Plenary and Networking Lunch Tax & Legal

12:45 – 13:00Closing Plenary Summary
13:00 – 14:00Networking Lunch Tax & Legal

Program – Legal

Networking Lunch Legal & Tax and Registration

13:00 – 14:00Registration and Lunch
14:00 – 14:15Welcome and Plenary session

Round Four: 14:15 – 14:55


Race to Net-Zero
InnovationBusiness ClimateBM Collabs
What is your legal path to net-zero?Understanding the value of data and compliance with regulationsWhat does the new world of work mean for you as an employer?Sanctions and geopolitical uncertainty are the “new normal” — how to deal with them?

Round Five: 15:20 – 16:00

Race to Net-ZeroInnovationBusiness ClimateBM Collabs
How does the legal sustainability framework for real estate impact your business?Managing complex, international legal projectsThe Future of Diversity in the Legal Context – Developments & Impact of legislation supporting the ID&E agendaThe impact of volatile market developments on intra-group cash management

Round Six: 16:05 – 16:45

Race to Net-ZeroInnovationBusiness ClimateBM Collabs
ESG-related compliance and class actionsVirtual Reality, Real Life Consequences — The metaverse: law and taxesHow will these international M&A trends affect your business?Closing the deal is just the beginning! Delivering a successful integration

Closing Summary and Drinks

16:45 – 17:15Plenary Session Summary 
17:45 – 18:30Drinks

Race to Net-Zero stream (Program Tax)

10.00-10.45

ESG as part of the deal: the role of ESG in M&A and tax transactions

As we entered the new decade, businesses were already grappling with new challenges to their license to operate: What did it mean to be a good corporate citizen in the context of the climate emergency and continuing social inequality? Consumer, employee and shareholder activism have continued to force environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues to the top of the board’s and management’s agenda. Having a clear corporate purpose is becoming essential.

It is expected that ESG will play an increasing role in M&A transactions. A focus on ESG may give a company a competitive advantage, and when it comes to mitigating

risk and creating value in an M&A transaction, ESG factors must be considered. This panel will discuss market trends and best practice examples.

Our moderator

Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac is a partner in the Corporate M&A practice, a member of our global sustainability practice, and a regular speaker on sustainable finance and the legal framework of EU ESG. She advises on cross-border transactions with a focus on energy and sustainable industries.

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11.10-11.55

The end of the race to the bottom: Pillar Two becomes reality

Toward the end of last year, the EU reached agreement on its Pillar Two Directive, leaving a year for member states to implement the GloBE rules into domestic law. Other jurisdictions are also starting to implement the GloBE rules, and the OECD released its guidance regarding safe harbours and penalty relief, as well as public consultations on the GloBE information return and tax certainty for the GloBE rules.
Now that the focus is shifting from policy to implementation, the real work of preparing for Pillar Two has begun. This panel will discuss a number of case studies to explain some interesting options to qualify for the safe harbour rules and to mitigate the impact of Pillar Two after the safe harbour rules stop applying.

Our moderator

Michiel Kloes is a partner in our Direct Tax practice group and advises on supply chain planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, treaty application and EU law. The tax aspects of the new world of work are currently high on the agenda of many of his clients

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12.00-12.45

Is global formulary apportionment on the horizon? What you need to know about Pillar One

This panel will provide a refresh on the building blocks of Pillar One, discuss in detail the recent Pillar One consultation documents on Amount B, digital services tax and similar measures, and address what happens if there is no global adoption of Amount A.

Our moderator

Antonio Russo is a partner in our Transfer Pricing practice group and is chair of our Global Tax Practice Group. Antonio specializes in the design, implementation and valuation of transfer pricing for businesses and intangible assets.

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Innovation stream (Program Tax)

10.00-10.45

Virtual reality and real-life consequences: taxes and law in the metaverse

If you want to do business in the metaverse, you will have to deal with some legal and tax challenges. How do you protect your brand and intellectual property in the metaverse? Are your contractual agreements fit for purpose for new and existing partnerships? How do you invoice for virtual products delivered, and where do you pay taxes on those real revenues from a virtual world? In this session, this panel will guide you through the tax and legal aspects of doing business in the metaverse and dealing with cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens.

Our moderator

Roger van de Berg is a legal director in our Indirect Tax practice group and specializes in VAT and other indirect taxes, with a great interest in cryptocurrency & digital economy taxation. He regularly publishes and speaks on emerging technologies such as crypto, blockchain, NFTs and metaverses.

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11.10-11.55

Transforming business for a connected world: tax and legal challenges for an online business

The pace of digital acceleration has prompted companies across all industries to re-examine and transform their business models. Smart technologies such as 5G, AI/robotics, machine learning and the Internet of Things are all becoming more interconnected and helping businesses design and execute their digital transformation plans. The economy is becoming increasingly digitalised, and, unsurprisingly, online businesses are on the rise. A constant increase of new regulations may pose various tax and legal challenges for companies that often, from the very first day, will operate globally. This panel will examine the constantly changing tax and legal considerations for an online business.

Our moderator

Jan Snel is a partner in our Indirect Tax practice group and primarily advises international high-tech, e-commerce and medical technology companies on international VAT and customs law. Jan Snel is a regular international speaker on EU VAT and customs issues.

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12.00-12.45

No office, no problem: considerations of working from anywhere

The COVID-19 pandemic is almost in the rear-view mirror, but some changes are here to stay. Having experienced mandatory “working from home” during the pandemic, employees now expect to have this option made available to them permanently. The panel will discuss the tax implications of remote work, including permanent establishment considerations, employer withholding tax obligations, corporate income tax and apportionment issues. We will also present real-life, practical advice for companies establishing or increasing their remote workforce, such as best practices and guidelines that every company should institute as they adapt to their “next” normal.

Our moderator

Don-Tobias Jol is a partner in the Direct Tax practice group with a special focus on global compensation and benefits taxation, with a particular emphasis on executive, equity and expatriate compensation. He is a sought-after author and speaker on a variety of international remuneration issues relating to the (inter)national taxation of compensation & benefits.

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International Business Climate (Program Tax)

10.00-10.45

The road to advanced certainty and relief from double taxation — the impact of the changing landscape

With the growing complexity of the global tax environment and a rapid increase in transfer pricing controversies, advance pricing agreements (APAs) are becoming even more important as a transfer pricing risk mitigation tool. Likewise, the availability of Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) relief is key to the overall tax strategy. How does the changing transfer pricing landscape impact the APA and MAP process? Several years into CBCR and BEPS, and with Pillar One on the horizon (or not), it is time to take stock of what corporate taxpayers may expect by sharing the most recent experiences and discussing the trends we see emerge.

Our moderator

Margreet Nijhof is a transfer pricing partner and focuses on domestic and international tax planning in the US with an emphasis on corporate reorganizations and restructurings, global tax planning and transfer pricing. Margreet Nijhof has been highly regarded in leading directories for years, both individually and with her team, and she’s a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

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11.10-11.55

Tax dispute resolution: burden of proof in transfer pricing disputes

Transfer pricing disputes are on the rise. For many multinational companies, transfer pricing continues to be their top audit risk. Transfer pricing disputes are among the most complex, impactful and time-consuming controversies in tax. But when it comes to a transfer pricing dispute, who carries the burden of proof and what role does TP documentation have in this regard? This panel will share recent Dutch audit and litigation experience and the – yet untested – approach taken by the Dutch tax authorities trying to shift the burden of proof to taxpayers in transfer pricing disputes.

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Wibren Veldhuizen is a partner in the tax practice group and has extensive experience in tax planning and restructuring. He has assisted clients in developing strategies for the conclusion of ATR’s as well as tax audit defense and tax litigation.

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12.00-12.45

Challenges from every angle: from beneficial ownership to unshelling, will your corporate structure pass the test?

Making a corporate structure future-proof has become very complex as tax developments are playing a growing role when a corporate structure is designed. Examples of such developments include the proposed ATAD 3 Directive, which aims to curtail the use of legal entities in the EU with no or minimal substance and economic activity (so-called “shell entities”), although also affecting valid investment-driven structures. Secondly, the so-called Danish cases of the CJEU have led to increases scrutiny of passive income streams across the EU. Moreover, there is an increasing audit focus from the tax authorities. This panel will examine which corporate and financing structures are currently most at risk of being scrutinised. It will also examine the best practices in corporate reorganisations, such as legal entity and financial instrument rationalisations.

Our moderator

Juliana Dantas is a partner in our Direct Tax practice group, focusing mainly on international tax planning, group restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, investment and financial structures, fund structuring, treaty interpretation and application. Juliana is qualified to practice both Brazilian and Dutch law.

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Race to net-zero stream (Program Legal)

14:15 – 14:55

What is your legal path to net-zero?

What legislation will you face on your way to net zero? How will you comply with and report under ESG legislation, and how can you mitigate litigation risk? Eva-Maria, William-James and Heleen share their views and insights on the legal path the race to net-zero will take.

Our speakers

Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac is a partner in the Corporate M&A practice, a member of our global sustainability practice, and a regular speaker on sustainable finance and the legal framework of EU ESG. She advises on cross-border transactions with a focus on energy and sustainable industries.

Heleen Vrolijk is a legal director in the Global Reorganizations Practice Group and advises multinational companies on corporate governance, ESG and cross-border corporate reorganizations.

William-James Kettlewell is an associate in the EU Competition and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group and advises businesses extensively on European-wide energy, climate and sustainability issues, with specific experience in EU climate policies and the new EU ESG reporting landscape.

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15:20 – 16:00

How does the legal sustainability framework for real estate impact your business?

In the race to net-zero, the real estate industry will play an important role. The government’s net-zero target and the measures it intends to take to achieve and enforce it mean that developers, lenders and occupiers will be forced to change. In an industry that has traditionally been “business as usual,” this will have an impact by 2050. Paul Goedvolk and Fedor Tanke and give you the inside scoop on the key components of the legal sustainability framework for the real estate (finance) industry, how they impact your business, how they interact and why they’re a big deal for the real estate and finance industry.

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Paul Goedvolk is a partner in the Real Estate practice group and advises on all aspects of commercial real estate, real estate finance and project development, and has particular experience with sustainable real estate, (renewable) energy projects and data center development. Paul Goedvolk is regularly asked by the media to comment on developments in sustainable real estate.

Fedor Tanke is counsel in the Banking & Finance practice group and advises national and international banks, equity funds and sponsors and has particular experience in the real estate sector.

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16:05 – 16:45

ESG-related compliance and class actions

The race to net-zero and other ESG-related compliance requirements will lead to an increase in the number of class actions as investors, consumers and other stakeholders examine what companies are actually doing in light of existing and new ESG obligations. As the Netherlands is a popular forum for international class actions, many of these ESG-related class actions will be filed in the Dutch class action register. Frank Kroes and Sjef Janssen will share their knowledge and experience with litigation related to ESG and climate change, and class actions in the Netherlands.

Our speakers

Frank Kroes is a partner in the Dispute Resolution practice group and is experienced in complex commercial disputes and domestic and international arbitration. He represents clients in a wide range of industries before courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

Sjef Janssen is a senior associate and focuses on commercial and competition litigation, representing a variety of clients before courts of all instances.

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Innovation stream (Program Legal)

14:15 – 14:55

Understanding the value of data and compliance with regulations

Accelerating technologies not only use but also generate large volumes of data. While the legislative focus has long been on personal data protection, since recent years lawmakers are also recognizing the importance of access to and reuse of non-personal data for technological developments. Nathalja Doing and Remke Scheepstra will guide you through the legal developments of collecting, processing and sharing data internationally.

Our speakers

Remke Scheepstra is a partner Employment and advises on all employment law matters, in particular data protection and compliance issues. She supports clients throughout the data protection cycle, from implementation to investigation and enforcement.

Nathalja Doing is a legal director in the IPTech and Data Protection practice and advises on new EU and national laws and regulations in the digital society, including platform and content regulation, (digital) marketing and advertising, and data protection.

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15:20 – 16:00

Managing complex, international legal projects

At Baker McKenzie we are at the forefront of legal project management, believing a structured approach to complex matters results in increased efficiency, cost certainty and the ability to meet challenging deadlines. Our global team of legal project managers covers all regions and practice groups, and works alongside our lawyers, tax specialists, notaries and economists to provide innovative and practical support to client projects. They design and implement delivery solutions and drive efficiencies through better scope definition and process design, matter management, bespoke fee reporting and the deployment of advanced technology platforms. Laura Rietvelt and Patricia Hofsteenge share with you their experience managing complex, international legal projects.

Our speakers

Laura Rietvelt is a partner in Corporate Structures, advising on the design, implementation and management of global restructurings and leading international restructurings for many of our clients.

Patricia Hofsteenge is a senior legal project manager, assisting lawyers and tax counsels in the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects involving multiple jurisdictions and practices. She has extensive experience in the use of legal technology in projects.

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16:05 – 16:45

Virtual Reality, Real Life Consequences — The metaverse: law and taxes

If you want to do business in the Metaverse, you must deal with some legal and tax challenges. How do you protect your brand and intellectual property in the Metaverse? Are your contractual agreements in order for new and existing partnerships? How do you invoice for virtual products delivered and where do you pay taxes on those real revenues from a virtual world? Benjamin van Kessel van de Berg will guide you through the legal and tax aspects of doing business in the Metaverse and dealing with cryptocurrencies and NFTs.

Our speakers

Benjamin van Kessel is a partner in the Amsterdam IP Tech and Commercial practice group and is experienced in international platforms, marketplaces and emerging technologies.

Roger van de Berg is a legal director Tax and specializes in VAT and other indirect taxes. Roger regularly publishes and speaks on emerging technologies such as crypto, blockchain, NFTs and metaverses.

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Business Climate stream (Program Legal)

14:15 – 14:55

What does the new world of work mean for you as an employer?

Flexibility is the currency in the new world of work. Both employers and employees want to take advantage of the opportunities offered by innovation, changes in work culture and demands of the workforce. What does this workforce redesign mean for an employer? And how can you manage the international tax risks? Danielle Pinedo and Michiel Kloes enlighten you on any blind spots you might have with complex labour, tax and compliance issues.

Our speakers

Danielle Pinedo is an employment law partner specializing in employment litigation, individual and collective dismissals, restructuring and related litigation. Danielle has experience in new technologies and global mobility.

Michiel Kloes is a partner in our Direct Tax practice group and advises on supply chain planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, treaty application and EU law.

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15:20 – 16:00

The Future of Diversity in the Legal Context – Developments & Impact of legislation supporting the ID&E agenda

While the awareness and acceptance of the business critical reasons for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity is now part and parcel of the strategy of many multi-nationals, legal developments that support the ID&E agenda are emerging at a fast pace. Our panel will discuss topics such as legislative developments in a variety of areas including health & safety legislative developments to support psychological safety, whistleblower legislation, non-biased recruitment legislation developments and diversity quotas to name a few. In addition, we will discuss emerging trends that can be distilled from recent jurisprudence.

Our speakers

Mirjam de Blécourt and Margreet Nijhof, partners of Baker McKenzie Amsterdam, share a commitment for advancing the ID&E agenda. Mirjam leads our Employment law team and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the best in her field. Both in her work as a lawyer and as a senator in the Dutch Senate, inclusion and diversity is high on her agenda. Margreet is a member of our Tax team and is the Practice Group Leader for the EMEA Tax group within Baker McKenzie. In her role as PGL she is responsible for executing the Baker McKenzie ID&E agenda for the EMEA Tax team. Mirjam and Margreet will lead the discussion on the legal trends impacting the ID&E agenda.

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16:05 – 16:45

How will these international M&A trends affect your business?

Baker McKenzie is a transactional powerhouse with more than 2,500 corporate lawyers in over 46 countries. Mo Almarini, Koen Bos and Megan Ruigrok work on cross-border transactions on a daily basis and will share their views with you on M&A trends and the expected impact of such trends on deals. We have also invited one of our clients who is experienced in doing cross-border deals to provide you with the corporate perspective on the topic.

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Mo Almarini is a partner in our Corporate M&A practice and advises on mergers and acquisitions with a particular focus on private equity. Mo regularly lectures on various corporate law topics.

Koen Bos is a partner in the Corporate M&A and Private Equity practice group and specializes in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, private equity investments and corporate restructurings.

Megan Ruigrok is a legal director in the Indirect Tax practice group and specializes in tax dispute resolution, international tax law and transactional work. She is a key expert in procedural tax law.

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BM Collabs (Program Legal)

14:15 – 14:55

Sanctions and geopolitical uncertainty are the “new normal” — how to deal with them?

As countries, blocs and regions seek to advance their foreign policy and national security goals, the global sanctions compliance landscape is becoming increasingly complex. Paul Amberg and Derk Christiaans will give you an international perspective on the legal and practical consequences of global sanctions regimes and the impact on your business.

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Paul Amberg is a partner in our Madrid office. He advises multinational companies on export controls, trade sanctions, antiboycott rules, customs laws, anti-corruption laws and commercial law matters.

Derk Christiaans is a senior associate and advises clients on EU and Dutch sanctions compliance and enforcement issues, export controls, anti-boycott laws and trade compliance.

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15:20 – 16:00

The impact of volatile market developments on intra-group cash management

Recently, there has been a global pandemic, a war that has severely impacted the world economy, and inflation and interest rates that have impacted global businesses. These drastic changes in market conditions have meant that intra-group cash management is currently high on the agenda for multinational companies. As market conditions directly impact current and new cash management structures, the cash management function must be supported by various disciplines (legal, tax, transfer pricing) in ditto jurisdictions to manage the complexity of these structures on a global scale. In their presentation, Corinne Schot and Andre Dekker will therefore take a holistic look at current trends in cash management.

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Corinne Schot is a partner in the Banking & Finance practice group and managing partner in our Amsterdam office. Corinne Schot has extensive experience in derivatives, structured finance and international financial regulation and is regularly listed in leading directories.

Andre Dekker is a director in our Transfer Pricing practice group and has extensive experience in the design, planning and documentation of intercompany transactions for multinational clients.

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16:05 – 16:45

Closing the deal is just the beginning! Delivering a successful integration

Increasing globalization and economic uncertainty have created a much more demanding and competitive marketplace while shareholders continue to pressure companies to increase their returns. Change through successful integration and reorganization can often ensure a business is fully equipped to meet these challenges. However, the hard truth is that many businesses never reap the intended benefits as transformations often fail to make the leap from planned strategy to effective execution. Gillis Kempe. Hub Stolker and Harald van Dobbenburgh have been guiding clients through these transformations for years to ensure they meet their intended objectives, and will share their insights during this session.

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Gillis Kempe is a partner in the Corporate Structures practice and a member of the Amsterdam Tier 1 Reorganizations Practice Group, specializing in domestic and cross-border corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, including the establishment of new corporate structures.

Hub Stolker is a partner in our transfer pricing practice group and advises multinational companies in (multilateral) transfer pricing audits and disputes, incl. mutual agreement procedures and arbitration, the applications and renewals of APAs, cross-border corporate restructuring, and supply chain optimization.

Harald van Dobbenburgh is a partner in our Direct Tax practice group who predominantly works on business reorganizations and investment structures for clients in the CG&R space.

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Eva-Maria is a partner in our Austrian corporate / M&A group and a member of our global sustainability practice. She acts as global lead sustainability partner for our financial institutions industry group, heads Baker McKenzie's capital markets practice in Austria and is a member of our EMEA steering committee for capital markets. Eva-Maria is a dual-qualified lawyer, admitted to practice in Austria and New York. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie's Vienna office in 2008, Eva-Maria worked in the New York, Paris and Frankfurt offices of a well-known US law firm.

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Michiel Kloes is a partner in the Amsterdam Tax Practice Group of Baker McKenzie. Michiel has more than 20 years of experience in international tax planning. He advises on supply chain planning, transfer pricing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, treaty application and EU law.

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Roger van de Berg, a Legal Director in the Amsterdam office's Indirect Tax group, provides practical solutions and hands-on advice mainly on VAT and other indirect taxes. His work includes advising on European and Dutch VAT aspects of cross-border transactions, M&A, due diligence, supply chain restructuring, fiscal representation matters, holding companies, margin scheme rules and compliance issues. Roger regularly speaks at conferences on VAT, due diligence and bitcoin/blockchain technology. He also wrote on the EU VAT treatment of bitcoins in the Weekblad Fiscaal Recht (Weekly Tax Law) as well as a formal recommendation to the OECD with respect to the taxation of cryptocurrencies in Europe.

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Jan Snel is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice Group in Amsterdam. He joined the Firm in 1995. In 2000 and 2001, he worked in the Palo Alto office where he focused on assisting US companies (of which many are high tech or e-commerce companies) in dealing with VAT and customs issues particularly in multinational contexts. He became a partner in the Amsterdam office in 2003. Jan is a frequent speaker on EU VAT and Customs issues at international tax planning programs, including the Tax Executives Institute and the Chicago Tax Club.

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Don-Tobias Jol is a partner within the Amsterdam Tax practice with over 20 years of experience. He focuses on global compensation and benefits advisory, with particular emphasis on the so-called “three E’s”: executive, equity and expatriate compensation. Don-Tobias is a frequent author and speaker on a variety of international remuneration issues, and served on the Board of Directors of the Global Equity Organization (GEO) from 2018 to 2023. He has been on international assignments to South Africa (in 2005 and 2006) and Saudi Arabia (in 2012 and 2013) to serve clients of his respective employers at the time. Don-Tobias is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Global Employment & Compensation Practice Group, and heads the Firm’s Dutch Compensation & Benefits advisory team.

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Margreet Nijhof is a member of the International Tax team of Baker McKenzie Amsterdam. Margreet is also management committee member of the Transfer Pricing team of the Firm’s North America Tax Practice Group. Margreet is a frequent speaker on international tax planning and transfer pricing topics. She has also authored several articles on the impact of tax laws and developments on US multinational companies.

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Wibren Veldhuizen is a partner and steering committee member of Baker McKenzie's CG&R Global Industry Group for EMEA. He practices in Dutch and international tax law, including domestic and cross-border corporate law aspects.
He has serviced numerous CG&R companies for many years. His clients consist primarily of European and Asian multinationals.
Wibren is an active member of the NOB IFZ (the Fiscal Affairs Committee of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisors), which provides input to Dutch lawmakers and tax authorities on new laws, application and implementation.

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Juliana Dantas is a corporate tax partner in Baker McKenzie Amsterdam and head of the Latin America Desk. She is qualified in Dutch and Brazilian tax law and has extensive experience in international tax, with a particular focus on Latin America. Juliana teaches at the master of laws program in Leiden and speaks at several international seminars.

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Heleen Vrolijk is a legal director and candidate civil-law notary in the corporate group, concentrating on cross-border corporate restructurings and conversions. She also advises multinationals on Dutch corporate governance, post-acquisition integrations and the establishment of investment structures. Before joining the Amsterdam office in 2007, she was a student intern at the Firm's San Francisco office.

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William-James Kettlewell is a senior associate in the EU Competition and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group of the Brussels’s office.

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Paul Goedvolk is a partner and head of the Amsterdam Real Estate department. With 25 years of experience, Paul is a highly experienced and well-regarded real estate lawyer, inter alia recognized by Chambers Europe as one of the leading civil law notaries in the Netherlands. Paul is experienced in all aspects of commercial property, real estate finance and project development, and has specific expertise on (renewable) energy projects and data centre developments as well as related corporate law. His practice is primarily focused on transactional mandates, working closely with banking & finance and corporate teams, particularly around the acquisition of real estate and the financing thereof.

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Fedor Tanke joined the Amsterdam office of Baker McKenzie in 1996. He mainly advises Dutch, German and foreign banks, equity funds and sponsors, and has particular experience in the real estate sector. Fedor regularly gives presentations on topics covering acquisition and real estate finance and secured lending. He has published several articles on banking issues and changes in securities laws and regulations.

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Frank Kroes is proficient in complex commercial litigation and national and international arbitration.

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Sjef Janssen is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Amsterdam office, where he focuses on commercial and competition litigation. Before joining the Firm in 2013, he was a junior lecturer on EU law for Leiden University's undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Remke Scheepstra joined Baker McKenzie as an associate in 2000, and has since been part of the Firm’s Amsterdam Labor Law practice group. She is also a member of the firm’s European Labor Practice Group. She has authored or co-authored several articles on labor and privacy issues.

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Nathalja Doing is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie Amsterdam's Intellectual Property, Information Technology & Communications and Commercial practice groups. She is part of its IP and IT subgroups and the multidisciplinary Privacy Team. Nathalja has particular knowledge on various aspects of law and technology, specifically GDPR, platform laws, content regulation and IP.

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Laura Rietvelt is a counsel in the corporate structures department of Baker McKenzie’s Amsterdam office. Laura joined Baker McKenzie Amsterdam in 2004 as a candidate civil-law notary and is a counsel in the Corporate Structures department of Baker McKenzie Amsterdam. Laura spent nearly a year in the London office of Baker McKenzie. She was seconded at the legal department of IBM for a couple of months. Laura publishes regularly in legal journals. Laura's practice focuses on Dutch corporate law and the coordination of multijurisdictional reorganization projects. She is often European regional coordinator in worldwide post-acquisition integrations.

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Patricia Hofsteenge is a Senior Legal Project Manager in Baker McKenzie, Amsterdam office.

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Benjamin van Kessel is a partner in the Amsterdam’s IP, Technology and Commercial Contracts department.

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Danielle advises multinationals and provides services across the entire spectrum of employment and employee participation law. Danielle has a strong winning track record in the field of employment litigation and won several significant court cases for multinational clients. Most recently, she assisted a multinational in a court case in which the employee submitted a claim to the court of approximately EUR 400,000. The court rejected the claim and in the ruling specifically pointed out the extensive and thorough defense.

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Mirjam de Blécourt has been repeatedly recognized by top legal directories as one of the leading labor and employment lawyers in Europe and the Netherlands. She leads Baker McKenzie’s Amsterdam Employment and Pensions Law practice group and is member of the Firm's European Employment Group Steering Committee. Furthermore Mirjam is a former board member of Baker McKenzie's Amsterdam office.
Mirjam has always been very active in the diversity and inclusion sphere, both outside and inside Baker McKenzie. She currently serves as chair of the supervisory board for Rutgers (international centre of expertise on (women’s) health and rights). Additionally she serves as senator of VVD (People's Party for Freedom and Democracy) in the Dutch Senate. Mirjam joined Baker McKenzie in 1990 and has been a partner since 1999.

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Mohammed Almarini is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Corporate M&A Practice Group in Amsterdam. He is a regular speaker at seminars and corporate law courses and conducts workshops on various topics of corporate law.

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Koen works in the corporate team of Baker McKenzie Amsterdam. The team comprises civil lawyers and civil-law notaries, ensuring integrated support in transactions, from drawing up letters of intent, executing due diligence investigations, negotiating acquisition agreements to executing notarial deeds of transfer. He is a member of the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group as well as the Private Equity Practice Group.

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Megan is a Dutch lawyer with more than seven years experience with tax dispute resolution, procedural tax law, international tax law, DAC6 (Mandatory Disclosure) and transactional work. She represents clients during all stages of tax disputes, including (cross-border) audits, administrative appeals and litigation and she assists clients with tracking global tax controversies, MAP procedures and legal opinions. Her experience encompasses a broad range of issues, including disputes on: transfer pricing, business restructurings, corporate income tax, information obligations, exchange of information, effective place of management and tax residency/permanent establishments. Megan represents clients from a wide variety of industry sectors before the tax courts in the Netherlands and advises clients in a wide variety of industry sectors on tax matters. Megan spent a year on secondment in our Chicago office with the US Tax Controversy team and has experience with US and international tax controversies. She also advises clients in a wide variety of industry sectors on tax matters and mergers and acquisitions, including but not limited to due diligence, SPA negotiations, W&I policy negotiations and specific Tax Insurance policy negotiations.

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Paul Amberg is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Madrid office, where he handles international trade and compliance issues. He advises multinational companies on export controls, trade sanctions, antiboycott rules, customs laws, anticorruption laws, and commercial law matters.

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Derk Christiaans is an associate in Baker McKenzie's London office and advises (multi)national companies on EU, competition and trade matters in various industries, including healthcare and life sciences, TMT, and consumer goods and retail.

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Corinne Schot is the managing partner of Baker McKenzie's Amsterdam office as of October 2018 and is also a member of Baker McKenzie's Global Financial Services Regulatory Steering Committee and the Global Pricing Committee. Corinne heads the Amsterdam Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. She joined the Amsterdam Banking & Finance practice as a partner in 2011 and has been consistently recognized as a leading derivatives and financial regulatory lawyer in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 and IFLR directories.

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Andre is a Director in the Amsterdam Transfer Pricing team. He joined Baker McKenzie Amsterdam in January 2013. Andre is an experienced transfer pricing professional with extensive experience in the design, planning and documentation of intercompany transactions for multinational clients. His expertise includes financial analysis, economic benchmarking, and business valuation analysis. He has performed transfer pricing work for clients in a wide range of industries including the industrial, oil and gas, financial services and pharmaceutical industry.

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Gillis Kempe is a partner and candidate civil-law notary in Baker McKenzie’s Corporate Structures group in Amsterdam. He advises on domestic and cross-border corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions, including the establishment of new corporate structures. Gillis joined the Firm’s Corporate team in London in August and September 2011.

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Hub Stolker is a tax adviser and lawyer in Baker McKenzie's International Tax Practice Group in Amsterdam. In addition to advising on general corporate tax law, he also represents multinational enterprises in transfer pricing, cross-border business restructurings, supply chain optimization, double taxation avoidance, mutual agreements procedures and tax-related arbitration. Hub frequently publishes articles on tax in BNA magazine and leads internal transfer pricing technical sessions. He has also conducted lectures at the Maastricht University and various conferences.

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Harald van Dobbenburgh has a university background in tax law and economics of taxation. He practices mainly in the areas of Dutch and international tax law and is actively involved in the knowledge-sharing groups within the Firm’s pan-European network. Harald is also an active member in Baker McKenzie’s EMEA-Japan Initiative and has worked for quite some time in the offices of Baker McKenzie in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

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