Background

Nico is a Singapore PR and Dutch national, living and working in Singapore now for three years.
Nico studied from 1987 till 1991 Dutch tax law and accounting at the Controleursopleiding of the Dutch revenue service, and received his Bachelors to become as of 1 January 1992 a tax inspector in the Netherlands. The first seven years of his career he was responsible for companies in the international transport and shipping sector, the automobile sector, the entertainment sector, and the construction sector. He continued his studies at the University of Brabant to receive his masters in tax law in 1997. Nico then became a ruling inspector, negotiating advance rulings on numerous topics with international companies. At that time he became a part time college professor as well, teaching tax and civil law at the Hoge School in Rotterdam. He also became a member of the supervisory board of a large social housing trust in Rotterdam, managing over Euro 2 billion is assets and going through several acquisition and merger processes. Second half 1998, at the age of 29, Nico was promoted to Chief Inspector and made responsible for the shipping incentives in the Netherlands, most of the larger harbor companies, and some of the largest multinationals of Dutch origin. He was frequently asked by the ministry of finance to deliver his expert inputs and opinions on legislative proposals.

 

 

In the year 2000, Nico joined the international tax practice of Ernst & Young in Rotterdam. His focus was predominantly on US and UK Multinationals, structuring their activities in Europe and the rest of the world. Spring 2002 he moved to Chicago, to become the Dutch Ernst & Young representative for the mid section of the US. He returned to the Netherlands after the summer of 2004 in his old role, but also having a focus on tax accounting and risk advisory. Shortly thereafter, in the summer of 2005, he was asked to move for Ernst & Young to Slovenia to become there the head of tax, converting the existing practice in a true Ernst & Young firm. After having gathered a great group of young people, and trained them, early 2007 it was time to move on. Nico was then tasked with building the outbound tax team for Ernst & Young in India, servicing the Indian multinationals investing abroad. After 3 successful years he was offered to join Ernst & Young Singapore to support the expansion of the international tax team. Since February 2010 Nico has gained in that role an invaluable knowledge of the Singapore and South East Asia market, tax issues, and opportunities.

 

 

Over the years, Nico has worked with the largest multinationals in the world, start up entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, private equity funds, hedge funds, and governmental institutions. He is a regular speaker at seminars, publishes regularly articles on tax topics, and has been teaching in many locations, including at the Singapore Tax Academy.

 

 

Besides his masters in Dutch tax law, Nico has been accredited in Singapore as a tax advisor by the SIATP. He is also an executive committee member of the Singapore chapter of the International Fiscal Association, a board member of the Association of Dutch Business People, and Nico is associated with UniSIM’s School of Business as an Associate Faculty, teaching Cross Border Tax Planning.