Global law firm Dentons has strengthened its Tax practice in the Netherlands with the appointment of Sebastiaan Wijsman as a partner He joined the Amsterdam office along with associate Joost Boon on September 1, 2022.
With more than 17 years of tax advisory experience, Sebastiaan has built an excellent reputation as a leading lawyer with a particular focus on Dutch tax matters in the real estate sector. He started his career at Deloitte and then spent 12 years at DLA Piper, where he set up the VAT / Indirect Tax practice in the Netherlands. He advises multinationals, real estate funds and project developers on Dutch VAT, transfer tax, financing, tax due diligence, as well as other tax matters. He also has extensive experience in structuring complex real estate projects, joint ventures and investments. He frequently advises on the purchase and sale of real estate portfolios and the restructuring of real estate entities.
In addition to his qualifications as a tax lawyer, he has completed the prestigious Master of Real Estate from the Amsterdam School of Real Estate.
“We are delighted to welcome Sebastiaan,” said Benelux Managing Officer Marien Glerum. “His expertise at the intersection of tax and real estate will give both our growing Tax and Real Estate practice groups a significant boost. This expansion will accelerate our growth and development strategy and help us achieve our ambition to build a market-leading Tax advisory practice in Benelux and across Europe.”
Europe Co-head of Tax, Jurjen Bevers, said: “Despite being one of the smallest countries in Europe, the Netherlands is one of the most attractive places for international companies. Having a strong Tax practice here is indispensable in order to serve our global client base, and we are happy to be able to add this top legal talent to the team.”
Sebastiaan Wijsman commented: “As the world’s largest law firm, Dentons offers an unmatched platform to meet burgeoning client needs in an increasingly complex global tax and business landscape. The energy and drive in the Amsterdam office was obvious from the first conversations. I am really looking forward to using this positive momentum to support my clients on complex tax transactions and disputes, and ultimately help them achieve their business goals.”
Since entering the Dutch market five years ago, Dentons has more than doubled the size of its Amsterdam office in terms of both revenue and headcount. The Amsterdam office currently has 116 lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax specialists.
Dentons’ global Tax practice includes more than 300 lawyers and tax advisers worldwide, including more than 130 in Europe.