About Me

I am a partner in our Tax practice in The Hague. My in-depth knowledge and expertise in tax matters complements Bird & Bird's key focus on innovation.

With 20 years of experience, I advise on a broad array of international tax matters with a particular focus on international structuring and restructurings, tax control and compliance matters and tax litigation, all with a focus on innovation, technology and energy matters.

Over the years I have specialised in advising businesses expanding into the Netherlands and Europe as well as the structuring of corporate foundations, not-for-profit and mission-driven organisations as well as Dutch and international charitable funds and social impact investments. I regularly advise our sector clients on energy taxes, tax incentives, VAT on services and betting and gaming taxes. For over a decade I regularly visited South Africa on business trips to meet longstanding clients and contracts and get acquainted with new ones.

I am a member of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisers, the International Fiscal Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Southern African Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and the Dutch Association of Tax Science.


  • Leiden University, Master's, Tax Law/Taxation


  • Dutch Association of Tax Advisers in 2003
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'Arnoud Knijnenburg is truly top-notch with deep expertise on Netherlands issues, but also a strong commercial sense that comes through even on global deals.'

Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

'Arnoud Knijnenburg is an expert in his field, with tremendous ability to simplify issues that may be quite complex in nature. He also has excellent communication skills and is highly effective in negotiation contexts.'

Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

'The firm has offices in all the geographic areas we do business outside the US in. As a US non-profit, this is an invaluable service.'

Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

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