Chris Warner


Portrait of Chris
Chris Warner heads NautaDutilh's tax practice. He advises Dutch and international clients on all tax aspects of major public and private M&A transactions, IPO's, corporate reorganisations, debt restructurings including ‘WHOA’ cases and real property transactions. Chris was a managing partner of the firm from 2017 – 2023.
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  • Work highlights
    • ALD Automotive and Societe Generale in its EUR 4.9 billion acquisition of LeasePlan
    • ENGIE S.A. in its sale of EQUANS to Bouygues group
    • Thermo Fisher in its EUR 7.2 billion acquisition of Patheon N.V.
    • Mylan NV regarding its USD 5 billion acquisition of the Abbott Laboratories assets as well as its business combination with Upjohn to create Viatris;
    • Intel regarding its USD 5 billion investment in ASML
    • Airbus in its EUR 10 billion shareholder restructuring and its 4 billion share buy back plan
    • Unibail on its EUR 12 billion acquisition of Rodamco
  • What others say
    • Clients describe Chris as "practical, super smart and there's almost nothing he hasn't seen."
      Chambers Europe, 2020
    • Chris is described as "pragmatic and focused on solutions".
      Another source adds: "He is calm and a seasoned tax individual who is also friendly."
      Chambers Europe, 2019
    • Client says he is "very good at taking away the mysticism; when you're doing business in the Netherlands, he helps you to navigate". Another source highlights that he offers clients a "balance between technical expertise and practical application" as well as a "very practical and experienced view of what the client should do."
      Chambers Europe, 2019
    • His clients value his "broad knowledge of Dutch tax law as well as tax law of other jurisdictions" whilst also praising his "good accounting knowledge which makes transactions very efficient."
      Chambers Europe, 2017
  • Ancillary functions

    Chris is actively involved in the Foreign Lawyers Forum of the American Bar Association and chaired the committee for a number of years. He has been national reporter and panelist for the International Fiscal Association, (IFA) conference. In addition, Chris has lectured on international taxation for the ITC Leiden L.L.M. program 2002 until 2015. Chris was elected to NautaDutilh's nomination committee in 2011 and was chair of this committee from 2012-2014.

  • Qualifications

    He graduated from Leiden University in 1988. Prior to joining NautaDutilh in 1997, Chris was a member of Salomon Brothers' structured finance team in London. From 2002 to 2006 he worked in the Firm's New York office. In 2006 he returned to the Netherlands to chair NautaDutilh's Dutch Tax practice.

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