Frans Sonneveldt Partner

Frans Sonneveldt

Education and Experience

Prof. Dr. Frans Sonneveldt studied both Slavic languages and literature (1982, with honours; having been a sworn interpreter/translator Russian as from 1983) and Dutch private law (1986) at the University of Leiden. Thereupon he attended the postgraduate course in tax law at the Catholic University of Brabant (1989, with honours). During part of 1994 he was a Visiting Scholar at the International Tax Program of Harvard Law School. In 2000 he obtained his doctorate at the University of Utrecht with a thesis on "The Private Express Trust in the Dutch Inheritance Tax Act 1956".


Prof. Dr. Frans Sonneveldt is partner and vice-chairman of Mazars Paardekooper Hoffman Tax Consultants, Rotterdam (working as a Tax Consultant as of November 1986)

Professional Qualification

He is a Tax Consultant and lawyer and his professional authorities are Anglo-American Trust and other trust like devices, estate planning including legal and tax advice on last wills, prenuptial agreements, divorces, gifts, emigration and immigration and taxation of companies in the Netherlands and relocation of companies.

Secondary activities

Frans is professor at the University of Utrecht (lecturing in Estate Planning as well as in Anglo-American Trust Law), lecturer at the University of Leiden (International Tax Program) and professor at the University of Leiden (Inheritance Tax Act and estate planning). He was a Visiting Scholar of Harvard Law School. He was a member of the Moltmaker Committee engaged in the preparation of a report on the revision of the Dutch Inheritance Tax Act 1956. He is a part time judge at the Court of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.
Mr Sonneveldt was a panelist of a seminar on international estate planning during the 2002 International Fiscal Association (IFA) in Oslo and he has chaired a seminar on this subject for IFA in Vienna in September 2004.