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09 July 2020 / news

Loyens & Loeff recognised as Top-tier Law Firm in Private Wealth Legal and Tax Advice

Today, 9 July 2020, Chambers & Partners High Net Worth (HNW) has published its rankings for 2020.

Chambers and Partners Europe 2020 - Loyens & Loeff Belgium

We are pleased to announce that, this year as well, Loyens & Loeff continues to maintain its leading position as an integrated legal and tax law firm within the Private Wealth Law category.

In The Netherlands and Luxembourg we have been ranked in Band 1, in Belgium Band 2. We are very proud to announce that this year our Zurich office has also entered the rankings. Chambers notes their ‘awesome team and fantastic approach’.

Chambers guides rank the top lawyers and law firms across the world. Rankings are compiled through assessment of a firm’s work and opinions from external market sources, with an emphasis on client feedback. Firms and lawyers need to demonstrate sustained excellence in order to be ranked in the guide.

What clients and peers say about us

Belgium

The team's strong bench of lawyers is described as "trusted advisers" by one industry insider. Another source remarks: "We found we had very, very good support from Loyens & Loeff at the time and in the years after."

Luxembourg

This "fine firm" is "excellent to work with" and is praised for the "good communication between the Dutch and Luxembourg offices."

Loyens & Loeff is particularly well known among interviewees for its tax work. "They have a clear view of international tax planning and corporate issues around different European Union countries. They understand the practical aspects of law and regulations, explains a source, adding: "They are really kind people and are very good at presenting all of their conclusions."

Another commentator says: "It is definitely a top firm for tax in the Benelux area. They are strong and very experienced. They have extensive knowledge of Luxembourg law and are pragmatic and business-oriented."

The Netherlands

"They are the most famous group in this market, and indeed across Benelux," observes a wealth adviser.

One market source comments: "They are very professional, they focus on the problem and tackle the issue. They tackle the problem from different angles and that is a very strong point."

Another adds: "They are consistently excellent across all their jurisdictions."

Switzerland

Loyens & Loeff enjoys a good reputation in Switzerland for its tax and private client practice. Interviewees note the firm's "awesome team and fantastic approach," adding: "They are very pragmatic and eager to serve us in the best way possible."

"They are very creative and mentally agile. We find them, too, willing to consider new ideas and not be boxed in," says a client, who continues: "They are easy-going and easy to work with."

Another describes the team as "very professional, concise, clear and accessible, with a personal and practical approach. They have a good understanding of the need to balance the pure legalese or tax aspects and the business at hand."

Notable practitioners Band 1

The Netherlands

Guido Derckx, enjoys a strong reputation in the private wealth market. He has significant experience in tax matters for family businesses. "He's super-accessible and he always calls back immediately," notes one client, adding: "He's creative, hands on and knowledgeable."

Pieter Van Onzenoort is highly respected for his work on notarial matters and acts for a variety of clients in the high net worth market. "He's very good at explaining very complex material to my family, not all of whom have the relevant education," comments one local source. An overseas adviser adds: "I know Pieter very well and he is very intelligent, very considered and has some great client relationships."

Notable practitioners Band 2

Belgium

Saskia Lust has a respected private wealth practice with experience both domestically and internationally. "She has a professional work style and is easy to reach by phone or email when needed," comments one interviewee, adding: "She's enthusiastic and informative about new issues."

Luxembourg

Peter Adriaansen has a broad international tax practice that includes advising family offices and wealthy individuals, as well as financial institutions and other major corporate clients. His work involves advising on joint ventures, private equity matters and investment funds, and regularly includes working with Latin American clients. "He is a good guy and an excellent technician," says a Luxembourg-based source.

Jochem van der Wal "does an astonishing job," according to an interviewee. He advises on multi-jurisdictional tax matters, especially those involving Spanish and Portuguese elements, and frequently works with clients in investment management. "He is knowledgeable on Luxembourg law and is very responsible in his analysis," observes a source, adding: "He is very pragmatic and business-oriented."

For further information about our rankings and the editorial, we refer to the Chambers & Partners' website.

For further information about our expertise and teams, we refer to our Loyens & Loeff website.


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