Thomas Vanhee

Founding partner
+971 58 263 3018


In Thomas’s tax career spanning more than a decade, he has worked at tier 1 tax law firms in Brussels and Paris. Thomas moved to the Gulf in the beginning of 2017. He provides high quality and innovative tax advice to clients.

He has been involved in several high profile deals and has worked for blue chip and quoted companies and institutions in various sectors (financial sector, real estate sector, retail, manufacturing and the public sector).

In recent years he was heavily involved in European tax policy projects, as well as in projects with several European governments and governments in the Gulf region due to the pending introduction of VAT.

Thomas joined his former university, the renowned Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, in teaching an introductory course on tax law to master students. He also teaches VAT in the first Tax LL.M in the Gulf at Paris Sorbonne Abu Dhabi. He publishes regularly in international books and tax technical magazines and is a regular speaker at international events.

Thomas holds a law degree of the Catholic University of Leuven (cum laude) and a tax masters degree of Solvay Business School (magna cum laude). He is hands-on, proactive and combines an extensive technical skill set with a sound understanding of what makes businesses tick.

Thomas loves standup comedy and cartoons.

Nils Vanhassel


+971 50 303 6779

Nils Vanhassel is a tax lawyer who specializes in international taxation and indirect tax (VAT, customs and excise duties) in the GCC territory.

Since coming to the Gulf region, Nils has gained extensive experience with both direct and indirect taxation in the Middle East. In addition to his extensive background in indirect tax, Nils has a broad knowledge of international tax, direct tax and tax-related matters such as Economic Substance, UBO filing and FATCA/CRS reporting. He is also familiar with basic concepts of Transfer Pricing and related compliance obligations (local file, master file, disclosure forms, CbCR).

Nils combines strong technical capabilities with a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach. During his career, Nils has worked for clients in a variety of sectors, which contributed to his excellent business acumen. He is commercially driven and has an entrepreneurial mindset.

Nils regularly gives presentations on various tax topics and he is a frequent author of articles on taxation in the GCC and EU. Nils also co-authored several reference works on Belgian VAT, such as the Tiberghien Tax Law Manual and the VAT Manual published by Larcier.

Nils holds an LL.M. (Master of laws) from the University of Ghent and has also obtained a postgraduate in Tax Law from the Brussels Tax College. He is the recipient of the Advanced Professional Certificate in International Taxation (APCIT) from the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD).

Outside of work, Nils is passionate about sports and fitness, gaming and cooking.

Nirav Rajput


+971 54 430 1949

Nirav is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than nine years of experience in indirect taxes such as GST, Service tax, VAT, Excise tax and Customs. He has assisted several MNC clients in GST and VAT implementation in India, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain since 2017. He has been instrumental in leading end-to-end VAT implementation projects for clients operating in the business of insurance, real estate and construction, manufacturing and trading of consumer and industrial goods, hospitality and travel and logistics.

He has been instrumental in providing advisory support to clients for assessing the GST/VAT impact on their business including transaction restructuring to mitigate tax risk and cost. He has conducted several workshops and training programs on GST/VAT for clients in the Financial Services industry, FMCG, Industrial Goods sector, Power sector, Non-Banking Financial Corporations and few others. He has conducted training for the key stakeholders of businesses to discuss the impact of GST/VAT. He has managed various Service tax compliance and litigation assignments in the Banking and Financial Sector, Comprehensive Tax Reviews involving analysis of Free Trade Agreements with SAARC Nations along with the detailed review of Rules of Origin.

Katrina Hardeland


Tax Compliance Manager
+971 50 484 7902

Katrina is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and has more than 10 years solid experience in Tax Compliance in various industries mostly in the oil field services, construction and trading companies, and real estate sector.

Before joining Aurifer, Katrina worked in the one of the Big 4 in the region and joined the industry sector heavily focused in the tax compliance. She was the former VAT Manager of the Emaar Group where she led the VAT implementation which covers different sectors such as real estate, hospitality, trading and entertainment and manage the tax compliance for the Group.

Her tax background also extends to European tax compliance as she also managed the tax compliance for European company previously and responsible for tax filings in UK, Norway as well as Australia, Singapore and New Zealand.

Katrina loves to play badminton, golf and love to dance Salsa.

Our team

The only way to achieve great things is with great people who truly enjoy their job. Our team is built of lawyers, accountants, and economists who are enthusiastic and take pride in our work. 

Our team is composed of approximately 10 consultants with different educational and cultural backgrounds. All of them graduated from prestigious universities and colleges. Ambition is what they have in common as well as striving for customer centricity providing high quality services. All consultants have prior tax experience and have teaching experience.

Our consultancy team has long experience in EU VAT, direct and indirect taxation, and government policy. Teaching is one of our passions and our team members have experience in teaching both in academic and business environment. 

Since 2017, we have been helping large companies established in the Gulf, with the implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT) in the region, with the company's founder having participated actively in the policy processes.

The key to our success is a multicultural team, highly specialized and client focused. 

We stand for top-level advice which brings the desired sustainable benefits for our clients.