Dennis Weber appointed Professor of European Corporate Tax Law

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The Board of Governors of the University of Amsterdam have appointed tax lawyer Dennis Weber (36) to Professor of European Corporate Tax Law effective 1 May 2006.

Mr Weber’s research will include the influence of EC law on national corporate taxes and the desirability and type of total or partial harmonisation of European corporate taxes. A growing number  of EU Member States, including the Netherlands, are adjusting their corporate tax in order to reinforce the tax incorporation climate and to make corporate taxes EU ‘proof’. In that respect, the government last week submitted a proposal for the introduction of a new system for investment funds in the Netherlands. In addition, corporate tax will be modernised (‘Corporate Tax 2007’), which will result in, among other things, a reduction of Corporate Tax to 25%. The impetus for such measures is the increasing tax competition within the European Union, and the increasingly far-reaching influence of case law of the European Court of Justice on corporate tax.

Dennis Weber is a professor of European Corporate Tax Law at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He is in charge of the international aspects of the research and European tax legislation research that has been accommodated at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) of the UvA. As a visting professor, he teaches the European Tax Studies course at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, at the Free University of Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam) and at the International Tax Center of Leiden (LL.M Program in International Taxation).

As a tax lawyer, he is affiliated with Loyens & Loeff, where he is in charge of the European tax law team. As part of his duties, he is involved in numerous proceedings in the field of European tax law for Dutch courts and the European Court of Justice, as well as acting as a consultant, mainly to multinational organisations.

Weber is the author of a book entitled ‘Tax avoidance and the EC treaty freedoms’ (2005), and has published more than 30 articles on European fiscal law in national and international professional journals, such as the Weekblad Fiscaal Recht (Tax Law Weekly), FED Fiscaal weekblad (FED Tax Weekly), European Taxation, EC Tax Review and Intertax. He is also the author of more than 150 published columns about taxes in a number of Dutch newspapers.

Weber is coordinator of the International and European Tax Law course of the Nederlandse Orde van Belastingadviseurs (NOB, Netherlands Association of Tax Lawyers) and a member of the NOB’s European tax law section. He is also a member of the European Tax Law Group, an independent group of tax lawyers focusing on European tax law.

He is also a deputy judge at the Den Bosch Court of Appeal, where he is primarily involved in cases related to European tax law.

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