Luminous Tax Matters is a tax law firm providing high- We offer our clients a personal and proactive approach,
quality tax consultancy and compliance services to high-quality advice and short communication lines,
domestic companies, (listed) multinationals and (wealthy) always ensuring prompt and tailor-made services.
private individuals. Luminous is fully independent of any Our professional objective is to identify and create
law firm or audit firm. This independence guarantees optimal tax solutions within the context of our clients’
objectivity and prevents conflicts of interest. overall business objectives.
Luminous provides seamless cross-border tax advice The extensive experience of some of our partners as in-
through its informal network of law and tax firms abroad. house tax counsellors within well-known multinationals
This network also guarantees that we are able to monitor also enables Luminous to provide boardroom
international tax developments closely. counselling services.
Luminous Tax Matters is a member of the Dutch
Association of Tax Advisors (NOB).
We strive for perfection. The Luminous Tax Matters tax professionals have decades of experience
in tax services. All our tax professionals have been hand-picked from top global tax law firms.
We constantly monitor our services and adapt them to meet changing demands wherever necessary.
Since tax legislation is becoming increasingly complex, we consider specialisation to be a key
factor. We focus on medium-sized and large companies with cross-border operations and offer
a tailor-made service package.
We have no connections with any law firm or audit firm. This guarantees our objectivity and
prevents conflicts of interest.
We adhere strictly to ethical business practices within a unified culture of trust, openness
We use our entrepreneurship in our creative problem-solving approach, which enables us
to take immediate and decisive action.
We prefer working in a long-lasting partnership with our clients. We team up with our
clients to optimise their businesses by anticipating and managing the tax aspects of
day-to-day business operations.
We are able to distinguish ourselves from our competitors thanks to our ability
to identify and create optimal tax solutions, combined with balancing risk
management and tax-saving opportunities and continually monitoring costs.
LumInous’ experTIse • (Cross-border) mergers and acquisitions;
Luminous Tax Matters specialises in Dutch and • Tax due diligence;
international tax law. We focus on providing advisory • Coordinating State tax audits;
and compliance services in the field of corporate income • Transfer pricing;
taxation. Our team also includes colleagues specialised • Cross-border financing and royalty operations.
in VAT, wage and income tax.
We believe that tax compliance is an important element
We offer a complete range of tax consultancy services, of our service package. As (corporate income) tax returns
mainly in the above areas. Our main areas of expertise are: frequently constitute the initial communication line to the
• Optimising the tax aspects of our clients’ day-to-day tax administra-tion, preparing tax returns requires the
operations and strategic business decisions; involvement of trained professionals. Our firm has a
• (International) tax planning and structuring; department that specifically focuses on the preparation
• Optimising cross-border operations and (internal) of corporate income tax returns. Since tax compliance
business processes; is a fully-integrated part of our services, any tax advice
• International structuring of investments by private rendered is directly translated into the tax returns, and
capital and hedge funds; tax exposures are identified at an early stage.
Leon van Baal
Leon van Baal qualified in Company Law and Tax Law at the University of Leiden. He studied taxation of
US corporations and pass-through entities at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He also obtained
an LL.M. degree in advanced international taxation at Leiden University. He started his career in 1990 and
gained about 10 years’ experience in the general tax practice at the present Loyens & Loeff and Ernst &
Young in the Netherlands. Leon was in charge of the Ernst & Young Dutch desk in the Netherlands Antilles
from 1996 to 1998. In 1999, Leon established his own tax law firm, Van Baal International Tax Services,
based in The Hague/Wassenaar. This firm has been merged into Luminous Tax Matters N.V.
Leon advises companies and wealthy individuals on national and international tax issues. His client
portfolio comprises a number of listed and non-listed multinational companies, including one of the
leading EU mobile telecom operators and a large-scale manufacturer of building materials.
Leon is a member of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisors (NOB), the International Fiscal
Leon vAn bAAL
Association (IFA), the American Bar Association (ABA) and the International Bar Association (IBA)
Michel Bilars qualified in Tax Law at the University of Leiden. He started his career in 1995 and
gained experience as international tax advisor at Ernst & Young. This included a secondment
to the New York office. Michel joined the KPMG Meijburg & Co corporate and international
tax practice in 2001. As a member of the Transaction Services Group within this firm, he has
coordinated a large number of M&A processes. Michel mainly advises companies on national
and international tax issues, such as restructurings, mergers, acquisitions and employee
benefit schemes. His client portfolio includes a number of quoted and non-quoted
multinational companies active in fields such as the chemical industry, pharmaceutical
industry, private-equity investments, consumer electronics and property. Michel also
advises on financing and royalty structures.
mIcheL bILArs Michel is a member of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisors (NOB), the International
Fiscal Association (IFA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).
LumInous’ cLIenT porTFoLIo
At Luminous Tax Matters we pride ourselves on developing strong relationships with our clients by
understanding their needs. We believe our expertise is underlined by the strength and diversity of our client
portfolio. Our client list includes well-known Dutch based and foreign companies ranging from a substantial
number of listed multinationals and domestic companies to private individuals. Our clients are active in fields
such as consumer electronics, entertainment and media, mobile telecom operations, the chemical and
pharmaceutical industry, private equity investments and real estate.
Huub started his career in 1987 as an international tax lawyer with the present-day Loyens & Loeff. In 1996
he became the in-house Head of Tax for a multinational group of companies with security and facility
management operations in more than 50 countries. He was responsible for all tax matters and played
a leading role in the team of tax professionals that managed the merger between this group and another
quoted company. Huub is an expert on major international taxation, with specialised knowledge on cross-
border (re)structuring and planning, transfer pricing, tax due diligence, cross-border financing, mergers and
acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate reorganisations. Thanks to his being an international tax lawyer
combined with considerable experience as an in-house tax counsellor, Huub is able to understand and
advise international companies on their worldwide tax strategies, policies and planning.
Huub is a member of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisors (NOB), the International Bar Association
(IBA) and the International Fiscal Association (IFA).
Ivo Vreman started his career in 1997 and was a tax advisor with KPMG Meijburg & Co in their
corporate and international tax practice. As a member of KMPG Meijburg Transaction Services
Group, Ivo was involved in a large number of M&A projects. He also gained business experience
as a tax manager at Credit Suisse (Zurich, Switzerland) and Royal Philips Electronics in the
Netherlands. The fact that Ivo has gained experience in a multinational corporate environment
as well as at a Big Four tax consultancy firm makes for a valuable combination, resulting in a
quick and thorough understanding of international business processes and the ability to
provide added-value advice in respect of our clients’ day-to-day business operations and
their strategic business decisions. Ivo advises companies on national and international tax
(re-)structurings, mergers, acquisitions and the setting up of joint ventures. His client portfolio
includes a number of stock-quoted companies active in fields such as consumer electronics,
manufacturing services and the chemical industry. Ivo also advises on financing and royalty
companies and transfer pricing-related issues.
Ivo qualified in Tax Law and Corporate Law at the University of Groningen. He is a member
of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisors (NOB), the International Fiscal Association (IFA)
and the International Bar Association (IBA).
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