LodewijkBerger (Lou)

Partner

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Lou Berger has significant experience in international tax planning, M&A, and tax controversy and is consistently recognized as a leading tax lawyer by all major publications, including The Legal 500, Chambers Europe, and Who's Who Legal: World's Leading Corporate Tax Lawyers.

Lou has long-standing trusted relationships with a number of the largest U.S. multinationals and represents them on planning, (multilateral) audits, and international tax controversies. He is very engaged in EU and OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) changes, including BEPS (base erosion and profit sharing), ATAD (Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive), State aid, and DAC6 (EU Directive on Administrative Cooperation), and proactively counsels clients on related risks and implications.

Representative tax planning work highlights include: numerous corporate reorganizations for multinationals; counseling clients on strategic transfer pricing, particularly related to IP and treasury activities following BEPS and ATAD; and advising corporations and private equity clients on international holding structures.

Representative tax dispute resolution engagements include: strategic counsel to a U.S. multinational on pan-EU multilateral control; representing a Dutch multinational on a major tax dispute and settlement; and representing various U.S. multinationals on private equity, transfer pricing, and withholding tax disputes across Europe.

Lou also regularly acts as tax counsel on cross-border M&A transactions as highlighted in his experience list.

Lou began his practice as an international tax attorney in Amsterdam in 1997. He spent two years working in London and six years working in New York before returning to Amsterdam. He is a member of the ABA and the IFA (International Fiscal Association) and speaks regularly at tax conferences.

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Experience

  • PETRONAS Chemicals acquires Da Vinci Group B.V. for €163 million (US$182.2 million)Jones Day advised PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) in its acquisition of a 100 percent stake in Da Vinci Group B.V. from its shareholders including funds managed by Bencis Capital Partners for €163 million (US$182.2 million).
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires HistoGeneX and Caprion BiosciencesJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on major investments in HistoGeneX and Caprion Biosciences and the subsequent combination of the two businesses.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc. for $328 millionJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on the $328 million acquisition of Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc.
  • AURELIUS to sell Solidus Solutions for €330 million (US$375.6 million)Jones Day is advising AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the full shop auction sale of the Solidus Solutions group to funds advised by Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
  • ENGIE-led consortium wins competitive bidding process in Brazil for $8.6 billion acquisition of TAGJones Day advised ENGIE in the $8.6 billion acquisition and related financing of 90 percent of Transportadora Associada de Gás SA ("TAG"), the largest natural gas transmission network owner in Brazil, from Brazilian state oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras).
  • Garmin® acquires Tacx, the leading manufacturer of indoor bike trainersJones Day advised Garmin Ltd. in its acquisition of the Tacx group, a Dutch family business that designs and manufactures high end indoor bike trainers, tools and accessories, as well as indoor training software and applications.
  • Newell Brands sells Pure Fishing to Sycamore Partners for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Pure Fishing business to Sycamore Partners for approximately $1.3 billion in cash.
  • Aurora Resurgence sells Alltub Group to One Equity PartnersJones Day advised Aurora Resurgence in the sale of portfolio company Alltub Group to One Equity Partners.
  • Timken to sell Groeneveld ICT Solutions to VehcoJones Day is advising The Timken Company in its sale of Groeneveld ICT Solutions to Vehco AB.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners sells IGM Resins to AstorgJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners (“ACP”) on the full shop auction of IGM Resins Cooperative U.A. and its group (“IGM”) to European private equity firm Astorg as the successful bidder.
  • Newell Brands sells The Waddington Group to Novolex for approximately $2.3 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in its sale of The Waddington Group to Novolex Holdings, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, for approximately $2.3 billion in cash.
  • Owens Corning acquires Paroc Group, a leading European mineral wool manufacturer, for approximately €900 million (US$1.04 billion)Jones Day advised Owens Corning in its acquisition of Paroc Group, a leading producer of mineral wool insulation for building and technical applications in Europe, from CVC Capital Partners for an enterprise value of approximately €900 million ($1.04 billion).
  • Irving Place Capital portfolio company acquires plant in Netherlands from Graham PackagingJones Day represented Irving Place Capital Management, L.P. in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Alpha Packaging Inc., a leading blow molder of bottles and jars for rapidly growing consumer markets, of a plant in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands, from Graham Packaging Company, a global leader in plastic packaging solutions.
  • EagleTree Capital acquires CORSAIR for $525 millionJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in connection with the acquisition and related financing of CORSAIR, a world leader in high-performance PC components, gaming peripherals, and enthusiast memory, from Francisco Partners for $525 million.
  • AURELIUS sells Getronics Group for €220 million (US$251.3 million)Jones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the sale of its subsidiary Getronics to strategic investor Bottega Invest Co S.à.r.l. for €220 million (US$251.3 million) (enterprise value).
  • Timken acquires Groeneveld Group for $280 millionJones Day advised The Timken Company in its $280 million acquisition of Groeneveld Group, a leading provider of automatic lubrication solutions used in on- and off-highway applications.
  • Koch Supply & Trading sells Rotterdam splitter to VitolJones Day advised Koch Supply & Trading on the sale of its Rotterdam located 85,000 barrel a day oil refinery to Vitol.
  • Parker Hannifin acquires CLARCOR for $4.3 billionJones Day advised Parker Hannifin Corporation in its $4.3 billion acquisition of filtration company CLARCOR Inc.
  • RPM acquires leading Dutch coatings company, SPS GroupJones Day advised RPM International Inc. in its acquisition of SPS Group, a Dutch decorative and specialty coatings company.
  • Antirion SGR acquires 50 percent interest in Principal PlaceJones Day advised Antirion SGR S.p.A. in its acquisition of a 50 percent interest in Principal Place Commercial Limited, a Luxembourg resident SPV wholly owned by Brookfield Property Partners.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • September 19, 2019
      2019 Annual Conference of Marques
    • April 13, 2018
      18th Annual Tax Planning Strategies U.S. and Europe conference of the ABA, IFA US branch, and IBA
    • April 27, 2016
      International Tax Seminar for Detroit Chapter of Tax Executives Institute
    • March 15, 2016
      US-EU Tax Planning: Issues and Opportunities
    • March 8, 2016
      U.S. - Spain Cross Border Tax Update, Jones Day Madrid
    • February 22, 2016
      Taxation and European Union State Aid Law: The European Commission's Investigation Into Whether Certain Tax Rulings Constitute State Aid
    • June 22-23, 2015
      A European perspective: State Aid Investigations, BEPS, Exchange of Tax Rulings, Disclosure of CbC Reports | Tax Executives Institute (TEI) Conference
    • June 12, 2015
      Comparative study of the tax treaties of The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium with the United States | International Fiscal Association (IFA) Benelux meeting
    • June 3, 2015
      Global Insights: The Future of M&A, Inversions, BEPS, etc.
    • April 22, 2015
      US/Netherlands Tax Planning: Issues and Opportunities
    • March 2015
      BIO Conference on International Taxation in the Biopharmaceutical Industry, IP Regimes in Europe
    • February 9-10, 2015
      4th Annual IBA Tax Conference: Current International Tax Issues in Cross-Border Corporate Finance and Capital Markets
    • February 24, 2014
      Joint Current Developments Panel, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
    • February 24, 2014
      Current International IP Tax Issues - BEPS, patent boxes and more, American Bar Association
    • February 27, 2013
      International Fiscal Associations, Joint Meeting of the USA and Netherlands branches
    • June 11-12, 2012
      IP Taxation in the Netherlands and Luxembourg, BNA Bloomberg | CITE, Taxation of Intellectual Property Conference
    • May 11, 2012
      U.S. Private Equity Fund Outbound Transaction Structuring, American Bar Association, Tax Section
    • February 17, 2012
      Special Taxes on Financial Institutions and Transactions, American Bar Association, Tax Section
    • May 6, 2011
      Tax Planning for “Inbound” Licensing of Intellectual Property, American Bar Association, Tax Section,
    • October 21, 2010
      European Holding Company Regimes, International Fiscal Association, New England Region
    • June 8, 2010
      The (Im)Proper use of Holding Companies, International Tax Institute
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