Benelux law firm Loyens & Loeff opened an office in Hong Kong on 16 January. The office, the firm’s 18th, is led by two senior partners: Carola van den Bruinhorst and Thierry Lohest. The office will also be staffed with senior associates. Together with existing offices in Singapore and Tokyo, the new Hong Kong branch will strengthen the firm’s presence in the fast-growing Far East.
Loyens & Loeff Hong Kong advises international clients on international tax (re)structurings, M&A, investment funds, investment management, financing, and wealth management. “Asian investors are interested in the attractive Benelux investment climate, while being protected by a network of favourable bilateral investment treaties,” said van den Bruinhorst. “Loyens & Loeff has been focusing on China for the few past years with a dedicated China team frequently visiting the region.”
Van den Bruinhorst joined the international tax practice of Loyens & Loeff in 1990. She advises groups and funds that operate internationally on their Dutch, European and other international acquisitions and cross-border transactions, such as corporate restructurings, refinancing and joint ventures. Van den Bruinhorst, who has worked previously in Milan, New York and Amsterdam, is frequently asked to speak and write on international tax planning, often for the International Bar Association, where she currently serves as a member of the Legal Practice Division Council.