Apparently, Trafigura assert that the Dutch courts have no jurisdiction because Trafigura is not a Dutch company because her HQ is only based in the Netherlands as a PO box. Her real operational decisions are taken in the UK and Switzerland.
If true, Trafigura’s line is:
We have our headquarters in Holland as a PO box only and are not subject to Dutch laws.
We have our headquarters in Holland as a PO box only and are subject to Dutch tax laws.
An interesting concept!
Can we use this argument to get Trafigura to pay more UK tax?