Houthoff adds Paulus Merks to expanding tax team

Houthoff, the independent law firm headquartered in the Netherlands, expects to double its tax team by the end of 2018, starting with the hiring of Paulus Merks as a partner in Amsterdam.

Paulus Merks is experienced in transfer pricing, M&A, corporate tax, cross-border transactions, restructuring, international law, litigation, intellectual property, corporate governance and financial structuring.

He joins from DLA Piper, where he has worked since 2007 in various offices, but the longest in Amsterdam. He has also worked in New York, Chicago, Paris and San Jose in California. Merks has degrees in both Dutch and US tax law. He has authored several publications, speaks regularly at international tax conferences, and is a lecturer at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, the SDU Licent Academy and Leiden University.

Houthoff expects to have 30 tax advisers by the end of 2018, doubling its current size.