5 October 2009 – Amsterdam, New York ― DLA Piper has established a European tax desk in New York. The desk has been set up by Paulus Merks, a tax partner in DLA Piper’s Amsterdam office. The European tax desk will focus on advising US and Canadian multinationals on restructurings, mergers and acquisition transactions, stock exchange listings, financial products and structured finance transactions in Europe.
The global tax team works with a range of businesses and multi-national companies on a range of matters, including transfer pricing, tax disputes, post-acquisition integration and global equity compensation. The European tax desk will help to improve the support DLA Piper gives to its US clients.
Paulus, an experienced lawyer in international and European tax law, has previously worked in the US and France. He received his LLM degree in US tax law from the University of San Francisco.
Paulus: “It is a great honour for me as a Dutchman to be responsible for setting up DLA Piper’s European tax desk in the US. The European desk in New York is intended to be a legal and financial bridge between North America and Europe; Amsterdam will serve as a tax gateway in this respect. US businesses face important tax questions in all overseas transactions which they embark and this desk will allow DLA Piper to provide them with tax advice at an early stage.”