Dr Freek PJ Snel


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Dr. F.P.J. (Freek) Snel (Amsterdam 1967) has a master in Dutch law and tax law from Maastricht University. Later he completed European Fiscal Studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In 2005 he defended his PhD thesis ‘Van moeders en dochters’ (on parents and subsidiaries), at the University of Amsterdam. He is recognized as expert in the field of participation exemption/holding regimes.

He started in 1994 as tax advisor with Loyens & Volkmaars. In 1997 and 1998 he worked on an exchange basis with Cuatrecasas in Barcelona, Spain. In 2008 he moved to Houthoff Buruma, Amsterdam.
He founded SNEL Corporate Tax & Law, a tax boutique, in 2011. He is editor of the online encyclopedia NDFR – international tax and dividend withholding tax. He lectures corporate taxation at Groningen University and European tax law at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. He regularly gives other lectures and is the author of over 40 articles on various tax subjects.

He is member of Nederlandse Orde van Belastingadviseurs (Dutch tax bar), de Vereniging voor Belastingwetenschap (Dutch tax science asociation) en de Vereniging voor Internationaal Belastingrecht (Dutch IFA branche).


Freek Snel speaks Dutch, English and Spanish. He enjoys painting, sculpting, reading and visiting museums. He is member of honour of Circumflex, a Maastricht student fraternity.


Freek Snel is an off counsel to Shalhav Tax & Law, especially with international corporate tax structuring and the application of the participation exemption.