Monique van HerksenPartner at SIMMONS & SIMMONS
Monique is a highly experienced transfer pricing specialist who also focuses on dispute resolution, related international tax issues and tax reputation management. She advises multinational enterprises on issues including global audit compliance, audit management and risk assessment related to transfer pricing, permanent establishment exposure and business restructurings in the jurisdictions where they do business. Part of her practice involves handling audit settlements, advance pricing agreement and competent authority requests. As a result, she is able to provide hands-on assistance and strategic advice relating to tax and transfer pricing audits. Monique has some interesting previous experience, including being member of the global controversy team at a Big 4 accountancy firm, and working for the US Internal Revenue Service APA team. She is therefore comfortable taking part in discussions with both tax authorities and local tax counsel in other jurisdictions. Being highly engaged in the industry, Monique advises the United Nations and has done since 2010. She assists the United Nations’ Financing for Development Office with training materials for tax authorities in developing countries. She also trains tax inspectors for organisations such as the Inter-American Center of Tax administrations (CIAT) and the African Tax Authorities Forum (ATAF). Clients consistently return to Monique due to her longstanding experience working closely with tax authorities in APA and MAP cases to settle and resolve tax disputes and related double taxation. Consistently working in a transparent way and being unequivocal about the interests at stake, she has built strong relationships with clients and tax authorities and has a good understanding of the processes at play. Monique uses her expertise to educate the next generation of lawyers. She has been teaching transfer pricing at leading universities for the vast majority of her career. She also authors thought leadership materials and was recently the lead author for UN TP Manual Methods and Controversy chapters.