Philosophy and methodology

"The Art of Being Wise is Knowing What to Oversee"
- Ineke A. Koele (freely adapted from William James)

Koele Tax & Legal Perspecta is a platform of excellence, high quality and leadership with the goal of adding integrated value to our clients.

Where different perspectives converge, we find interesting solutions to our client's issues. Among other things, we bring together:

  • Civil and tax law
  • People and structures
  • Knowledge and context
  • Passion and responsibility
  • Financial and social capital
  • Dutch and foreign legal cultures
  • Divide and grow: win-win thinking
  • Academic insights and pragmatism
  • Profit and reproduction of lasting success

Mission

Our mission is to be a valuable partner for you, where appropriate to add perspectives to your case and by taking your broadest purposes into account to achieve the maximum result possible.

Modern and diligent

We work with the most modern Legal Intelligence and knowledge systems, digital files and speech recognition systems, and are always online with our little laptops. We travel by train and Brompton folding bike to avoid losing time. We are insured for up to €10,000,000 per case and have never had to fall back on our liability insurance at any time during our careers.

Our main office is in Deventer in the Twick, a monumental villa on the river IJssel. It's a haven that our clients enjoy returning to. We also have a representative meeting office in the center of Amsterdam, on the Dam.

Specialist added value and collaboration

We "unbundle" legal services and only take on the tasks we know we can add the value of a specialist to. Tasks requiring other qualifications are subcontracted at competitive prices. When we do need the help of other professionals, we either turn to professionals within Koele Wire or work with your advisors. We're flexible and focus entirely on your case.

Extensive network of high-quality specialists: Koele Wire

We are independent. We only involve professionals from our extensive network of Dutch and international specialists if a specific issue requires us to do so. Koele Wire is an evolving network of the best professionals in their field and we select the professionals that match your specific interest.

Experience has shown that independent collaboration based on quality and strategy is the best way of achieving excellence. It's efficient, free of bureaucratic noise and the accompanying overhead, and unlike other outfits, you are free to work with whomever you choose.

Because we interact regularly with Koele Wire specialists, we are well informed about many national and international developments that touch on our niche area.

“Ineke Koele has the great gift of combining a profound knowledge, not only of Dutch law but also of the manner in which clients with an international profile can make cross border arrangements work effectively, with excellent communications skills, embracing both lay clients and lawyers from other jurisdictions. I have really enjoyed working with her on a project which combined civil and common law structures in the context of a mix of private interests and charitable/purpose trusts and foundations.” 
Simon Weil, Bircham Dyson Bell, London

Fees

Our fees are fully transparent and discussed with you beforehand. We work as much as possible with advance estimates. Alternative fee agreements are negotiable within the norms of our professional organizations. We do not compete on price; our methodology means that our fees are very manageable.

Blog
Dutch Bill on Transparency Civil Society Organizations

THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOM BY POPULIST SYMBOL POLITICS After several decades of research and practice in the non-profit sector, I have become deeply convinced that this sector forms the buffers of our democratic society based on the rule of law.

Publications

Enlarging Space for International Philanthropy Following up on her analysis on the topic in her doctoral dissertation, Dr.

Dutch foundations - ANBI or not ANBI With Brexit on the agenda, there is increased attention for the use of charitable organizations in the Netherlands.

Tax issues of public interest generosity In the annual book 2016/2017 of 'De Dikke Blauwe' in relation to Philanthropy, Major Donors and Social Enterprises, Ineke Koele has written an analysis (in Dutch) of the tax issues of public interest generosity.

Quote interview Family Wars As a specialist on Tax and Wealth Disputes, Ineke Koele has been interviewed by Sander Schimmelpenninck for the November issue of 'Quote'  on Family Wars.

The Dutch Private Foundation in comparison with trusts: for the same purpose but rather different Trusts & Trustees, Oxford University Press, February 2016, p. 140-145.  The Dutch Private Foundation provides an alternative paradigm for sustainable asset protection purposes.

Family Business Lasting Legacy Planning On Family Businesses and succcesful transitions to the NextGen through Lasting Legacy planning, Philanthropy Impact issue 7 2015

Mistake in Dutch Private Clients practice: the autonomy of parties revealed On the meaning of 'Mistake' in the Dutch estate planning practice in comparison with the Anglo American practice, Trusts & Trustees, July 2014

The Dutch Private Foundation: a robust but flexible tool in dynastic structuring The Dutch private foundation is a robust and flexible tool for managing private wealth.

International Charitable Giving Oxford University Press, 2012, author Chapter: the Netherlands

Ten Things on Philanthropy in the Netherlands Ten Things You (probably) didn't know about Philanthropy in the Netherlands, column by Ineke A. Koele in Philanthropy Impact Winter 2013/14