Paulus Merks

Paulus Merks

Tax Lawyer | Partner


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+31 6 5200 5921

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An expert in domestic and international tax law, Paulus Merks advises on M&A transactions, restructurings, reorganisations, public offerings and transfer pricing. He also litigates disputes with the tax authorities, as well as advising on general tax-law matters. Merks regularly advises US and other non-Dutch companies on how best to structure their worldwide operations and acquisitions.

Merks has degrees in Dutch tax law from the University of Amsterdam and in US tax law from the University of San Francisco. He previously worked as a tax lawyer in New York, Paris, Chicago and San Jose (California).

Merks is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Dutch Association for Tax Research (Vereniging voor Belastingwetenschap), the International Fiscal Association (IFA), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the European American Tax Institute. The author of several tax publications, and a regular speaker at international tax conferences, Merks also lectures at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD), the SDU Licent Academy and the Advanced LL.M. in International Tax Law at Leiden University.
  • “Paulus Merks is hailed as ‘a true global player who knows international tax law inside out.’”
    Chambers Europe, Tax (2019 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Tax (2019 Edition)
  • "Sources say that Paulus Merks applies himself in 'a constructive manner, with knowledge, energy and charm,' adding that he is 'well positioned to engage with clients in more difficult discussions'." 
    Chambers Europe, Tax (2018 Edition)
  • "One client enthuses: 'He is my go-to international tax guy,' and praises his 'global oversight'." 
    Chambers Europe, Tax (2018 Edition)
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