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Taxand expands team and enhances brand in the Netherlands

Taxand expands team and enhances brand in the Netherlands
1 Apr 2009

Taxand is delighted to announce, as of 2nd April 2009, its Dutch member will be known as VMW Taxand. This change of name reflects VMW Taxand's long term commitment to the Taxand global network, its rapidly expanding team and its growing multinational client base.

A team of three top tax lawyers, from the international tax department of Deloitte in Amsterdam, have joined VMW Taxand to deepen an already well-established tax practice. Roelof Vos joins the firm as a partner and head of the tax law department with two experienced associates, Marc Sanders and Wally van Hall. Plans are in place to build the team still further in the near future.

This reinforcement underpins VMW Taxand's strategy to expand its client base and its service portfolio. VMW Taxand aims to be the leading independent provider of full-service tax law advice in the Netherlands. VMW Taxand is part of Van Mens & Wisselink, affectionately known in the Netherlands as VMW and Taxand member for the Netherlands for three years. As well as tax law, Van Mens & Wisslink will continue to enhance its other departments focusing on corporate law, employment law and litigation and tax law.

Frederic Donnedieu de Vabres, Chairman of Taxand commented: "This move by our Dutch member is indicative of the increasing power of our network. All Taxanders - for the ultimate benefit of our clients - have membership commitments which include the delivery of growth, quality service and brand adoption. The endeavour shown by VMW Taxand is exemplary."

Roelof said: "Leading VMW Taxand is an exciting challenge for me. Expanding an independent tax practice - not burdened by audit-based conflicts of interest - and within Van Mens & Wisselink, is a superb opportunity. Moreover I have worked with many Taxanders before serving multinational clients. I am looking forward to renewing old relationships and building new ones".

Paul Bavelaar the managing partner of Van Mens & Wisselink added: "Our tax and legal experts pride themselves on providing our clients with a high quality, integrated service. The calibre of our people is fundamental to our success. I am delighted we have succeeded in further strengthening our tax team. The arrival of Roelof, Marc and Wally and the rebranding of our tax services to VMW Taxand puts us on the right track to enlarging Taxand's footprint in the Netherlands."




Roelof Vos
Roelof began his career as a tax advisor in 1989 with Ernst & Young after graduating in tax law from the University of Groningen. In 1995 he joined the Indirect Tax department of Arthur Andersen in Amsterdam. In 2000 Roelof was promoted to partner level with Arthur Andersen. In 2002 he joined Deloitte in Amsterdam as a partner.

From 2006 to 2008 Roelof was Service Line Leader of the Indirect Tax group and member of the management team of Deloitte Tax in the Netherlands. From 2005 to 2008 he was also European Indirect Tax FSI leader. His indirect tax experience spans both VAT and Customs and includes working on multiple complex national and multinational engagements. Roelof has particularly robust experience in the financial services Industry, tax litigation and mediation.

In 2009 Roelof was appointed as NMI certified mediator at the tax court of Haarlem and the court of Amsterdam. Roelof is also an attorney at law and member of the Amsterdam Bar. Roelof teaches tax litigation at the University of Leyden and the Dutch Association of Tax Advisors (NOB). He is co-editor of VAT Bulletin (Kluwer) and a member of the board of the Association of Tax Mediators.

Marc Sanders
Marc graduated in tax law from the University of Amsterdam in 1999 and went on to join Deloitte & Touche on Aruba (Dutch Caribbean). In 2000 he joined the international tax department of Arthur Andersen in Amsterdam which was subsumed into Deloitte in 2002. He was an integral member of Deloitte's Technology, Media & Telecom team focusing on international corporate income tax planning and compliance for companies in these sectors.

Marc's experience is broad with projects including the development of a tax efficient finance structure for a US (NASDAQ listed) company, a major restructuring of a European television broadcasting company, supporting a multinational on its annual tax memo for its auditors and managing global tax compliance for a multinational company. Marc has also been involved in a number of SOX projects providing tax guidance for multinational clients. In the years 2002 and 2003 Marc was seconded to a major European cable company where he was responsible for the tax management function of its content division.

Marc was assigned to Deloitte's Dutch Desk in New York from 2006 until 2008. Marc assisted US clients with the tax issues associated with their European operations including providing particular tax guidance in the areas of set up operations, finance, commissionaire and European holding structures. Marc also has extensive experience in structuring and maintaining private equity structures.

Wally van Hall
Wally graduated in taxation and economics from the University of Groningen towards the end of 2002. He started his career as a tax advisor at Deloitte. Wally worked in the international corporate tax group of Deloitte Amsterdam and was also a member of the Technology, Media and Telecom team focusing on international corporate income tax planning and compliance for companies in these sectors.

The key day-to-day engagement manager, Wally worked with many clients advising them on their tax structuring and operational issues. Most of his clients had substantial operating companies located in the Netherlands and are using the Netherlands in their international holding structure. Wally's wide project experience includes the development and implementation of a financing structure through the Netherlands for a US listed company, advising on the tax implications surrounding IP and participation exemption as well as the coordination of finalising the tax position for annual accounts returns.

In 2008 Wally was seconded as an international tax manager to the headquarters of a major global distributor of documents, parcels and freight for four months. During that time he was responsible for the tax planning and the tax accounting position of Western Europe and Africa.


Founded in 1991, VMW Taxand is the third largest law firm-based tax practice in the Netherlands and has offices in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Our team of seasoned tax professionals is focused on providing practical solutions based on a strong technical foundation, as well as being dedicated to offering clients a choice in tax advisors free from audit-based conflicts of interest.

Our tax department specialises in international taxation, all aspects of corporate tax, individual tax, value added tax and customs, tax litigation, tax accounting, advance tax rulings, tax audits and tax compliance.

We also advise our corporate clients on mergers, spin-offs, acquisitions (including due diligence), pre -and post-acquisition restructuring, reorganisations, (distressed) debt restructurings, joint ventures, structured finance, private equity, domestic and cross-border tax-planning and employee incentives.

Our team is familiar with the tax issues facing our corporate clients across a wide range of industry sectors, including energy, pharmaceutical, media and entertainment, insurance, maritime, pension funds, private equity, finance, manufacturing, transport, hospitality and leisure and property and construction.

Virtually all of the members of our tax department have University degrees in tax law and civil law enabling them to collaborate closely with our firm's private law departments to deliver complete and workable solutions.

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