De Brauw set to capture Freshfields tax team

Dutch heavyweight De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is poised to raid the Amsterdam tax team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

De Brauw is to vote this week on whether to hire senior tax partner Dick Hofland, an international tax and structured finance specialist, along with a junior partner. It is also considering hiring Paul Sleurink, another tax expert who left Merrill Lynch last year.

Hofland is a highly rated tax specialist who was previously a partner at the Dutch tax firm Loyens & Volkmaars, which merged with the Rotterdam office of the legacy Loeff Claeys Verbeke on 1 January 2000.

De Brauw and Freshfields were both unavailable for comment.