Tax Partner, Amsterdam
“I have been advising corporates, financial institutions and funds on their tax issues for more than 40 years, offering a combination of long-established analytical skills, strategic guidance, commercial understanding and legal judgment to enable clients to plan their tax structures and arrangements effectively, securely and wisely.”
Education and qualifications
Dick is head of the Linklaters global tax practice as well as the tax practice in Amsterdam. He has a wide range of experience in both Dutch Domestic and international tax law. Dick offers expert advice to multinationals, private equity houses and banks on high-end transactions and tax planning in M&A, private equity, corporate restructuring, banking and securities, asset finance, structured finance and investment funds.
Throughout his career, Dick has been based in San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York and London, as well as in Amsterdam. Dick has developed long-standing relationships with many clients, who rely on him for his expert knowledge of international tax structures, including the planning and management of such international structures. He also assists clients with setting up their back office operations and organisation of legal documentation to create efficient management of their tax affairs.
Dick has advised on the tax aspects of many high-profile transactions during his career. Highlights include:
- Cerberus Capital Management: advising on the acquisition, reorganisation and sale of its portfolio company, Reydel Automotive, the design company of car interiors
- Delhaize Group, the Belgian-headquartered international food retailer: advising on the Dutch tax aspects of its €25bn merger with Ahold, its Dutch-headquartered equivalent
- Cerberus Capital Management: advising on the financing and acquisition of €7.2bn worth of distressed commercial real estate loans secured by a portfolio of Irish and European real estate asset
Dick is a deputy judge at the tax chamber of the Court of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He is also a member of the Dutch Bar Association, the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and the Association for Tax Research (Vereniging voor Belastingwetenschap).
Dick also offers pro bono advice on tax matters to Stichting Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).
Dick is a frequent speaker at events, including, most recently, on the subject of BEPS to the IFA branch Switzerland.
In addition, Dick has represented clients in a number of high profile EU and Dutch High court cases including:
- National Grid in the ECJ case National Grid Indus v Belastingdienst Rijnmond/kantoor Rotterdam
- South African media group in “Mauritius” High Court case 8 July 2016, BNB 2016/197
- Liquid gas producer in HR 2 June 2006, nr. 41.942, NTFR 2006/7
Education and qualifications
Dick studied tax law and notarial law at the University of Groningen.
The LOB Provision in the New Japan-Netherlands Tax Treaty, 2011 (updated 2015), published by the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD), with F.P.G. Pötgens.
Vermogensheffing op basis van werkelijk rendement verhoogt de welvaart, published Economisch-Statistische Berichten, with J. Lorié