Bartjan Zoetmulder
Partner - Tax adviser

Bartjan Zoetmulder

Bartjan R. Zoetmulder, tax partner in Loyens & Loeff’s Investment Management practice group, is an active member of the Real Estate team, heads the Central and Eastern Europe team and co-head of the Japan Desk.

About Bartjan Zoetmulder

Bartjan has focused his expertise in international tax matters to the real estate market, with a specific emphasis on tax structuring of investments in and from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as for investments in Dutch property. In this capacity, he serves mainly foreign clients, such as US, Asian and European real estate investors and developers, although Dutch real estate enterprises are also among his clientele.

Bartjan worked at the Tokyo office from 1995 to 1998 and was responsible for Loyens & Loeff’s Japanese practice in 2012 and 2013. He has ever since been involved in Japan-Netherlands relations.

Besides tax partner Loyens & Loeff, Bartjan is chairman of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisers (NOB) since 21 June 2018. Bartjan was already a board member of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisers (NOB) from 2008 – 2016, where he was chairman of the International Tax Affairs committee. Until December 2017 he also chaired NOB's Dutch Investment Climate Committee (Kerngroep Nederland Investeringsland). In addition, he is board member of Dujat (Dutch-Japanese Trade Federation) and a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and NAREIT. He is a much sought-after guest speaker and writer on cross border investments, tax policy and other topics that fall within his field of expertise.

What others say about Bartjan

Chambers Europe: "Bartjan Zoetmulder has substantial experience acting for real estate investors on tax matters relating to the sale and purchase of assets in the Netherlands." (2021)

Chambers Europe: "A client states Bartjan Zoetmulder is a "pragmatic person who does not linger on every little detail," further adding he has "very sound commercial knowledge." Zoetmulder advises private equity firms on the tax aspects of refinancing and M&A transactions." (2020)

Legal 500: "‘For tax matters related to real estate, Bartjan Zoetmulder is the key name to note." (2020)

International Tax Review: Bartjan Zoetmulder is ranked as "Tax Leader". (2020)

Who's Who Legal - Corporate Tax - Advisory: Bartjan is ranked as 'Recommended'. (2020)

Chambers Europe: “Sources recommend Bartjan Zoetmulder for his 'helicopter view' over mandates, saying: 'He is very good on strategy and overview of issues'." (2019)

Chambers Europe: "Bartjan Zoetmulder is noted by several sources for his strong visibility in the market as well as his commercial style. Clients say he is 'very knowledgeable, knows all new developments in tax law and he is very well connected as well but despite this he is always very available, quick to reply, down to earth in his advice and he boils things down to the minimum so it is understandable'." (2018)


  • Dutch tax law, University of Groningen, 1993


  • Dutch
  • English

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