DLA Piper appoints new International Head for Tax

DLA Piper has appointed Jacques Wantz as International Group Head of the firm’s Tax practice, with effect from 1 May 2021.

Wantz joined DLA Piper from Allen & Overy in December 2018 and is a highly regarded international tax planning lawyer. He has significant experience in international and corporate tax law, focusing on the tax aspects of cross-border private equity, real estate and debt investments and the tax structuring of regulated and unregulated investment funds. Wantz also advises on the tax elements of corporate restructurings, securitisation and capital markets transactions.

Wantz succeeds Roderik Bouwman, who after many successful years will be focusing on client work and building global client relationships as he continues to play a key role in the realisation of the group’s strategy. Roderik will work alongside Jacques to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

Olaf Schmidt, Managing Director of Practice Groups at DLA Piper, says: “I am confident Jacques will be an excellent leader. His strong skill-set and entrepreneurial approach will help us to build on the success and growth of our global Tax group. I look forward to working with him in his new role and ensure we continue to deliver the best possible service to our clients and capitalise on the many opportunities that lie ahead. I would like to thank Roderik for his leadership and great work for over the last 12 years."