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Flick Gocke Schaumburg no doubt forms part of the top league of firms advising the non-profit sector: The team advises non-profit organisations, sponsors, public bodies and associations, religious groups and welfare services on legal and tax matters with a clear focus on German foundation law. The firm also has expertise in structuring and restructuring as well as the establishment and merger of charitable and family foundations; practice head Stephan Schauhoff and Christian Kirchhain advised ADAC on its restructuring for the establishment of the ADAC foundation. With the partner promotions of Christoph Oenings and Manfred Reich and Jochen Kotzenberg’s promotion to associated partner, the firm continues its growth strategy in this area.

P+P Pöllath + Partners is ‘simply outstanding’; the ‘excellent’ team surrounding practice head Andreas Richter advises particularly non-profit foundations, including family foundations and corporate foundations, but also non-profit corporations and non-profit-making limited liability companies. Advice to clients in the social venture capital sector remains an important pillar of the practice and counsel Anna Katharina Gollan is especially experienced in this area. Another strength lies in advising clients with a foreign dimension.

Beiten Burkhardt’s ‘foundation law experts exactly understand the needs of foundations’, have ‘sound knowledge of the non-profit sector’ and offer an ‘excellent’ and ‘extremely quick’ service and ‘professional advice’. A big focus lies on company succession planning, but the team also handles compliance-related matters and inheritance, tax and corporate disputes. Long-term clients include numerous foundations, such as the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung, the Helga Ravenstein-Stiftung and the Anneliese Brost-Stiftung. The ‘proactive’ Gerrit Ponath, who leads the practice together with Lucas van Randenborgh, has ‘outstanding knowledge of the foundation sector’ and does his job with ‘noticeably great passion’.

Under the lead of Lutz Schmidt and Wolfram Theiss, Noerr’s practice continues its close integration of advice on foundation law, tax matters and asset succession. The team has particular experience with the use of non-profit-making limited liability companies in succession planning and the establishment of foundations.

Oppenhoff & Partner advises on the conception and establishment of foundations with an ‘outstanding level of service’. The team has ‘exceptional ways of implementing the economic interests of its clients in a legally pragmatic and accurate manner’ and maintains ‘a constantly high level of legal advice’. ‘Technically adept’ and ‘reliable’ practice head Axel Wenzel leads among other matters the longstanding advice to the Benckiser Stiftung Zukunft on social impact bonds within the framework of a pilot project for the Bavarian State Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs, Family and Integration. Matthias Bassüner was promoted to junior partner.

Rödl & Partner’s non-profit practice forms part of the firm’s corporate and tax law offering. With newly promoted partner and tax advisor Tanja Creed and newly promoted associate partner Mathias Lorenz, also a tax advisor, as well as associate partner Elke Volland, a clear focus of the practice lies on advising clients on tax matters. The team has particular expertise in healthcare and social economy and assisted a company in the food industry on tax and foundation law matters concerning a dual foundation model. Other clients include welfare organisations, hospitals and care facilities, health and nursing care insurance companies, but also foundations linked to businesses. Christof Wörle-Himmel quit the firm for a position at the State Academy for Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart.

Winheller Rechtsanwälte’s ‘very competent’ team advises ‘reliably’, ‘solution-oriented’ and at a ‘very high service level’ and has broad expertise of the non-profit sector: Advice ranges from German non-profit law, including the law on non-profit-making limited liability companies, to association law, tax law and the ever growing area of foundation law, including family and non-profit foundations. Practice head Stefan Winheller advised the Hubert Burda Stiftung and Felix Burda Stiftung on tax matters and newly promoted partner Astrid Plantiko assisted the Landesstiftung Miteinander in Hessen on cooperation agreements, employment contracts and debt enforcement.

dtb rechtsanwälte particularly advises clients in the art and cultural sectors on non-profit law with a strong focus on the corporate aspects of the foundation system, but also regarding tax matters. Under the lead of Pascal Decker and Bertold Schmidt-Thomé the team also distinguishes itself through its advice in the areas of restitution law and art law. It advised a museum on the donation of collections and artists’ estates and in another highlight assisted a Germany-wide foundation on questions regarding the article amendment and preparation of by-laws for the foundation’s bodies.

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner’s portfolio consists of a multitude of foundations, but also private clients and funding agencies. Besides practice head Thomas Kantenwein another key figure of the firm’s non-profit practice is Annett Kuhli, who has particular expertise in non-profit and tax law, real estate and finance matters. The client roster includes longstanding clients Eleonore-Beck-Stiftung, the wildlife conservation foundation Stiftung für die bedrohte Tierwelt and the charity culture4change.

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