Sylvia Dikmans

Sylvia Dikmans

Tax Lawyer | Partner

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Sylvia specialises in corporate tax and dividend tax, and in particular in relation to international structuring, private equity, fund structuring, mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on both Dutch and Luxembourg tax law and real estate. She gives tax advice to Dutch companies that operate internationally. Sylvia is a member of the supervisory board of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisers, the International Fiscal Association and the International Bar Association.

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    "Sylvia Dikmans is described by clients as a 'professional and pleasant person to work with'."
    Chambers Europe, Tax (2018 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Tax (2018 Edition)
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    Chambers Europe, Tax (2017 Edition)
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    "Skilled and experienced practice head Sylvia Dikmans’ ‘constant and close involvement gives clients a sense of security’."
    Legal 500, Tax (2017 Edition)
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    "Sylvia Dikmans has broad experience, advising primarily on private equity and M&A transactions and fund structuring issues. Clients say she 'understands quickly how best to tailor solutions to our needs, and her responsiveness and familiarity with us makes her very valuable'."
    Chambers Europe, Tax (2016 Edition)
Sylvia regularly speaks on these subjects and lectures on the University of Hamburg's LL.M. programme in International Taxation. She also commentates for the NDFR on a number of tax treaties entered into by the Netherlands.


  • Tax Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Houthoff advised the shareholders (Waterland Private Equity and management) on the sale of the Infradata group to IK Investment Partners
  • Houthoff advised Nobia on the acquisition of Bribus Holding B.V., a Dutch kitchen supplier with annual sales of approximately EUR 65 million. Bribus was founded 90 years ago and is acquired from Bernhard ten Brinke, who remains in the company. 
  • Houthoff represented Mr Perridon and current management of Trust, a consumer electronics manufacturer, on the sale to Egeria. Trust's current board of directors will maintain its active role within the company.

  • Houthoff advised Poiesz Supermarkten B.V., a chain of supermarkets in the Northern Netherlands, on the acquisition of Zorggroep Friesland B.V., sole shareholder of  Van Smaak B.V.. Van Smaak B.V. delivers meals to healthcare institutions and individual customers and has the whole relating process (including the purchase of the raw materials, processing and logistics) in house.

  • Houthoff represented Argos Soditic in the acquisition of the Future Group, consisting of the following four business groups operating in the public and financial sector: the Talenter group, PLANgroep, Human Capital Group and Future Communication. This matter is particularly significant for Argos Soditic as it signifies Argos Soditic's first presence in the Netherlands.
  • Houthoff represented the selling shareholders in the acquisition of PS Nachtdistributie by PostNL. PS Nachtdistributie is active in the field of overnight distribution in the Benelux.
  • Advising Adveq Dutch Investments, a private equity and real assets investor with approximately USD 5.4 billion AuM, on its Dutch investments, including Avedon Capital Partners and HPE Growth Capital.
  • Houthoff is advising one of Colombia's largest property development companies on its international corporate structure, as well as on its ongoing restructuring and add-ons in 2014 and 2015.
  • Advising on a corporate structure for Terranum, one of Colombia's largest property development companies, on its international structure with ongoing restructuring and add-ons in 2014 and 2015.
  • Houthoff advised IVG Institutional Funds GmbH on the Dutch part of the sale of one of its Pan European office portfolios to a fund managed by Ares Management. The portfolio consists of 30+ buildings in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Finland, Spain and the Netherlands. The Dutch part of the portfolio consists of 18 office buildings and represents a substantial of the portfolio value. The transfer of the buildings is expected to take place in the third or fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Advising Pension fund Vopak on investments in U.S. real estate. Vopak is the world’s leading independent tank storage provider for the oil and chemical industry.
  • Houthoff acted for Great American in the winning offering for the bankrupted Schoenenreus business.
  • Houthoff advised, together with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, TeliaSonera in connection with the divestment of its interest in the Nepalese operator Ncell to Axiata, one of Asia’s largest telecommunication groups, for USD 1,030 million on a cash and debt free basis. At the same time, TeliaSonera will dissolve its economic interests in the 20 percent local ownership and receives approximately USD 48 million. The transactions are conditional on each other and subject to regulatory approval. TeliaSonera, listed in Stockholm and Helsinki, is the dominant telephone company and mobile network operator in Sweden and Finland.
  • Advised CBRE Global Investment Partners, part of one of the world’s premier, full-service commercial real estate services and investment companies, on setting up a Dutch fund targeting European co-investment and joint venture strategies, having raised a total of USD 840 million of equity sourced from six investors.
  • Advised Goodyear on its EUR 250 million eight year high yield senior unsecured notes issuance. Goodyear is a market leader in the manufacture, distribution and sale of tires for global distribution markets and engages in automotive, vehicle parts, rubber and polymer-related businesses.