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Flick Gocke Schaumburg provides ‘extensive’ advice ‘with outstanding quality’ on a very broad spectrum, ranging from corporate and international tax law to transfer pricing and profit deferrals and includes segments which are not usually covered by major law firms such as inheritance tax and other succession planning matters. Handling withholding tax work is also becoming a significant element of the practice. This broad offering is based on a ‘very experienced’ team, which recently expanded its league of partners by elevating Barbara Fleckenstein-Weiland, Manfred Reich and Christoph Oenings to the partnership, among others, and adding Christian Schatz from King & Wood Mallesons. Recent highlights include advising Metro on separating the Metro Group into two independent, listed companies, and assisting a Germany-based investment manager with foreign withholding tax reimbursement issues pertaining to approximately 400 German mutual and special funds. Frequently recommended individuals include Carsten Schlotter, who is praised for his ‘broad and in-depth knowledge’, Karsten Randt, who ‘is very good at handling sensitive criminal tax law matters in company audits’, Thomas Rödder and Jens Schönfeld. In early 2018, the firm opened a new office in Düsseldorf including transfer pricing expert Michael Puls who returned to the firm from Deloitte in February 2018.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is noted for its ‘excellent service level, high-quality advice and remarkable response times’. Much of its work pertains to transaction and structuring-related tax matters, most notably in a cross-border context, while tax compliance, succession planning and contentious matters constitute other key elements. With an impressive client roster, the team regularly acts for national and international companies, credit institutions and other financial companies. As a highlight, the team advised the London Stock Exchange on its planned merger with the German Stock Exchange (Deutsche Börse) including reorganisation tax law matters. Team head Norbert Schneider and David Beutel, who was made partner in May 2016, jointly advised Airbus Defence and Space, a corporate affiliate of the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, on various tax aspects of the carve-out and sale of its defence electronics division to the US financial investor KKR. The ‘unbelievably experienced, pragmatic and solution-oriented’ Christian Ruoff assisted Boehringer Ingelheim with the tax issues involved in its asset swap transactions with Sanofi amounting to a total of over €18bn, while Alexander Schwahn acted for Germany’s largest container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd in its takeover of United Arab Shipping Company, which was founded by several gulf states. Stephan Eilers is a recognised player in the market.

Linklaters has carved out a strong practice handling banking compliance work. This expertise leads to a steady flow of internal investigation instructions and Cum-Ex-related advisory mandates from well-known clients such as Maple Bank. Handling transaction-related tax law, group tax law, structuring issues and finance taxation constitute other key elements of the team. Sebastian Benz advised Deutsche Börse on the tax aspects related to the merger with the London Stock Exchange, and Oliver Rosenberg advised Allianz Global Investors on the acquisition of 80% of an onshore wind farm portfolio from PNE Wind for a total purchase price of €330m. Rainer Stadler, who is frequently recommended for investment tax matters, and managing associate Elmar Bindl assisted Bayerische Versorgungskammer with master fund structuring and investment tax reform matters. Andreas Schaflitzl heads the team, which includes the renowned Jens Blumenberg.

Clients praise Allen & Overy LLP for its ‘excellent customer focus and outstanding knowledge’ in handling cross-border corporate tax planning and transactional work, which forms the cornerstones of the practice and receives regular assistance from other departments. Heike Weber advised Colfax Corporation on the tax issues arising from the acquisition of all shares in Siemens Turbomachinery Equipment (STE), while the team also acted for TH Real Estate in the acquisition of the project development Cube Berlin from the Austrian real estate company CA Immo. With tax investigation work becoming increasingly important, team head Gottfried Breuninger has been advising the National Bank of Canada on tax-related matters pertaining to its role as an indirect shareholder of the German Maple Bank, which has been under investigation for alleged tax evasion by the tax authorities. Other areas of expertise, which are in the midst of expansion, include tax compliance and risk management issues. Magnus Müller was made counsel in May 2017, after Marcus Helios and of counsel Joachim Moritz moved to Ernst & Young in December 2016 and February 2017 respectively and counsel Klaus Hahne joined Dechert LLP in March 2017.

Clifford Chance predominately acts for international clients and provides advice on the full spectrum of national and international tax law with a focus on M&A, private equity and finance transactions alongside capital markets products and fund structuring. In the contentious space, the team is well versed in representing clients in tax litigation and in proceedings before fiscal courts. Felix Mühlhäuser, Uwe Schimmelschmidt and Stefan Behrens advised various clients on stock trading matters around the divided record date, including the representation in tax and tax liability proceedings and internal investigations. In transactional work, Thorsten Sauerhering assisted Commerzbank with the tax aspects of two real estate transactions: firstly the sale of the former Commerzbank tower in Frankfurt to a GEG German Estate Group affiliate and secondly, the sale of the new Commerzbank tower, also in Frankfurt, to Samsung SRA Asset Management, a subsidiary of the Samsung Group’s life insurance division. Olaf Mertgen was elevated to the partnership in May 2017.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP’s ‘high service level’ is ‘worth every penny’, particularly as the ‘specialist and experienced’ tax law team ‘has a good feel for the interrelation between complex matters and economic requirements’. With a focus on corporate transactions and general corporate tax matters, the team frequently handles tax structuring mandates, most notably in the reorganisation tax law context, alongside tax audits and litigation. Highlights included Norbert Rieger’s advice to Bilfinger on the sale of its building and facility business segment to EQT, which included the tax-efficient structuring of the transaction and the negotiation of tax-relevant aspects of the transaction and financing documentation, and assisting the H.C. Starck Group with tax matters pertaining to a reorganisation and refinancing, with the ‘excellent’ Rolf Füger and Matthias Schell in the lead. Schell is noted for his ‘thorough, professional and easy-going style’, which enables him ‘to gain the trust of in-house tax experts quickly’. Thomas Kleinheisterkamp is ‘very intelligent, service-oriented and technically brilliant’.

Clients appreciate Baker McKenzie’s ‘direct approach based on advice provided by the relevant specialist without any need for multiple internal feedback rounds’, and its ‘very good’ advice on specific matters such as VAT, customs law and transfer pricing, which are among Nicole Looks’ and Stephan Schnorberger’s key areas of expertise. Tax structuring and transactional mandates constitute another key portion of the team’s workload along with tax audits and tax litigation. Norbert Mückl assisted various affiliates of an international retail chain with tax matters following an expansion and a joint venture with an Italian fashion and lifestyle company, and advised Deutsche Beteiligungs AG on the acquisition of R&M International including tax structuring. A technology and manufacturing company instructed the practice to advise on land transfer tax issues as part of a global reorganisation and an intended spin-off of a subgroup, while the team also assisted a foreign bank with investment tax law matters. Stephan Behnes and Christoph Becker are recommended. Juliane Sassmann moved to Ernst & Young in September 2016.

Hengeler Mueller’s strength lies in dealing with matters at the intersection of tax, corporate and finance law. Utilising this expertise, the team advised State Street Bank International on the takeover of the fund accounting and fund administration operations alongside its technological infrastructure from Dealis Fund Operations. In co-operation with the corporate team, Matthias Scheifele assisted DO Deutsche Office with changing its legal form from AG to GmbH & Co. KG with alstria office Prime Portfolio as a personally liable partner. Martin Klein took the lead in assisting Groupe PSA with tax law mattes pertaining to its acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors. In compliance, the team advised a large international commercial vehicle manufacturer on issues concerning alleged fictitious payments to offshore companies. Stefanie Beinert is the main contact for contentious matters.

Providing full-service advice, Noerr frequently handles transactions and tax structuring matters. Auditor and tax advisor Georg Edelmann co-heads the team with tax advisor Carsten Heinz; the former assisted the Dutch real estate investment group Geneba Properties with the sale of its 93% share in the leasing company MoTo Objekt Campeon to Infineon Technologies, while the latter advised Patron Capital Partners on tax law matters involved in the sale of Campus West in Munich and the sale of the office building Connect, also in Munich. As another area of expertise, the team is well versed in dealing with compliance and criminal tax issues: significant instructions included assisting a major German bank with the full audit of its tax compliance system and Christian Pelz’s assistance to a DAX company with a tax self-disclosure pertaining to the violation of deduction prohibitions at a subsidiary including the subsequent representation of the client in a criminal investigation. Martin Haisch joined the team from Dechert LLP in March 2017.

P+P Pöllath + Partners provides ‘formidable services when handling multidisciplinary transactions and related tax law’, which makes ‘clients feel that they are in the best of hands’. As well as its transactional tax law expertise, the ‘dedicated and accurate’ team has carved out a strong practice related to private equity and real estate law alongside fund structuring and succession planning. Tax advisor Michael Best advised several DPE Deutsche Private Equity funds on the acquisition of Fischer Surface Technologies, which included tax structuring, the subsequent implementation of the cross-border transaction structure and tax due diligence. The family-owned Merz Group instructed the team with tax law matters pertaining to the inclusion of an intermediate holding company for asset diversification, while the practice provided VolkswagenStiftung with advice on US withholding tax reimbursements for securities in German funds. At the interface with real estate law, the ‘excellent’ Hardy Fischer advised Deutsche Wohnen on the structured bidding process for the acquisition of a nationwide nursing home portfolio from Berlinovo Immobilien Gesellschaft. Nico Fischer and Jens Steinmüller were elevated to the partnership in early 2017.

Frequently working in conjunction with colleagues across various departments, CMS’ strength lies in handling matters at the intersection of tax, corporate and transactional law and in dealing with succession planning and inheritance tax issues. Thomas Link advised PWREF III Holding on tax law matters arising from the acquisition of a cinema portfolio, and assisted PWREF II Holding Sarl with the tax structuring of the acquisition and project development of a high-rise building in Frankfurt. On the private client and compliance side, the team frequently handles contentious work such as financial court proceedings, disputes between shareholder groups and criminal tax law allegations. Heino Büsching heads the team, which lost Gerd Seeliger to SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte in July 2016.

At Gleiss Lutzyou feel well looked after as a client’. The ‘recommendable and solution-oriented’ tax law team is praised for its ‘very good internal organisation and co-ordination of cross-border issues’ as well as its ‘very fast and flexible response times’. Key elements of the practice include transactional advisory work and related corporate issues such as restructurings, for which Johann Wagner and Stefan Mayer are frequently called upon. The former assisted the shareholders of the energy utility LichtBlick with the sale and tax structuring of Lichtblick Holding to Eneco, while the latter advised a Dutch listed company on tax structuring and contractual matters in order to strengthen the partnership with Carl Zeiss SMT, Carl Zeiss Group’s semiconductor technology division. Expertise in succession planning and compliance matters complements the team’s offering. ‘Very experienced’ and ‘analytical’ team head Achim Dannecker puts emphasis on ‘the feasibility of solutions and articulates them precisely’. Clients also single out the ‘assertive’ Alexander Werder, who ‘is particularly strong at handling restructuring work’ and ‘finds pragmatic solutions for complicated cases’.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtekdelivers excellent work results in a timely manner’ and strengthened its partner league in early 2017 when Stephan Degen and Fabian Gaffron were elevated to the partnership and Hanno Kiesel joined from Ernst & Young; with the arrival of the latter, the Stuttgart office further developed its white-collar crime and criminal tax law capabilities. The team’s focus on corporate tax law leads to a steady flow of M&A and restructuring mandates. Recent work includes advising Dereco Fund Services on the establishment of a joint venture with the project developer S W Invest Finance Trade and the acquisition of two construction sites in Bad Honnef, and assisting House of HR with the acquisition of the German TimePartner Group, including tax structuring, tax due diligence and contract negotiations. Marion Sangen-Emden heads the team, which includes Dieter Bohnert and Marc Scheunemann.

Clients single out Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘quick and high-quality work’ with special expertise in dealing with matters at the intersection of tax and corporate law, which includes tax-related transactional work. This is also a key area of expertise for Ingmar Dörr, who assisted FlixMobility (FlixBus) with the acquisition of Postbus, the long-distance coach network of Deutsche Post DHL Group. New practice head Heiko Gemmel, who took over from investment tax expert Michael Dettmeier in February 2017, advised Macquarie Capital on the acquisition of an aircraft financing portfolio amounting to €800m from HSH Nordbank. Clients praise Gemmel as being ‘technically excellent and always available’ and appreciate his ‘humorous manner’ and his ‘special expertise in matters related to so-called bad banks and other complex financial structures alongside his close co-operation with colleagues acting at the interface with banking and finance law’.

küffner maunz langer zugmaier is ‘highly recommended for VAT matters’. The boutique exclusively advises on VAT and customs law, including compliance and litigation, and ‘is absolutely top-notch’ in this field. Stefan Maunz and Thomas Küffner are the main contacts.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice has transaction-related tax law at its core, which includes other related matters such as restructurings, fund structurings and financings, and which leads to regular instructions from private equity firms alongside financial and credit institutions. In co-operation with the corporate team, practice head Stefan Süß advised Triton on the sale of Compo Consumer to the listed company Kingenta Ecological, a leading Chinese fertiliser manufacturer, and on financing the acquisition of 80% of Voith Industrial Services from the technology company Voith. Other highlights included assisting CVC Capital Partners with the acquisition of a majority stake in Tipico Group and advising the Tengelmann Group on the sale of its supermarket subsidiary Kaiser’s Tengelmann alongside Tengelmann e-stores to EDEKA. Thomas Fox is recommended.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP is considered to be a good partner in business and tax investigations but also handles a wide range of advisory instructions. These instructions frequently stem from national and international family-owned businesses and include foundation structure, group taxation and international tax law matters, while large corporations and internationally operating SMEs routinely receive advice on transactions and various tax structurings including restructuring. Key figures include Dirk Pohl and Gero Burwitz.

Streck Mack Schwedhelm has a strong profile for tax forensics work, tax audits and for representing clients before tax courts and the Federal Fiscal Court. This key area of expertise also leads to a regular flow of preventative advisory work, including assistance with self-disclosures and compliance matters, while succession planning mandates constitute an increasingly significant portion of the practice’s workload. This is reflected in Jens Stenert’s elevation to the partnership; he is well versed in advising on succession planning issues and routinely acts for business partnerships. Founding partner Michael Streck retired in 2016 and Rainer Spatscheck will be joining Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner in April 2018, which will then operate under the new name Kantenwein Zimmermann Spatscheck & Partner.

Beiten Burkhardt’s core strength lies in dealing with interdisciplinary instructions, located at the intersection of tax, corporate and real estate law as well as M&A and succession planning. Regular mandates include tax structuring and reorganisation law matters alongside transfer pricing and tax-optimised transactional and corporate structures. Helmut König’s team assisted Swisscom with transfer pricing issues and acted for a European media company in a tax reimbursement procedure.

Dentonskeeps the client’s interests in mind and knows the financial industry and the regional conditions very well’. Assisting insurance companies, among others, with transactional matters constitutes a key portion of the workload along with corporate tax structuring, international tax law and contentious tax issues. The ‘solution-oriented’ Stephan Busch, who co-heads the practice with Michael Graf and ‘is open for an informed discourse and at the same time is very pleasant to work with’, acted for the insolvency administrator of GEG Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft Wasserstadt Berlin Oberhavel in a revision procedure on the constitutionality of minimum taxation before the Federal Constitutional Court. On the transactional side, the team assisted various subsidiaries of regional savings banks on the sale of their majority stakes in S Broker to DekaBank, while Igsaan Varachia advised private equity investor Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on the tax law aspects involved in the acquisition of the platform Travelopia from the TUI Group. Counsel Thomas Voss is recommended and counsel Marcus Seiboth joined the team in September 2016 from the auditing and tax consulting firm Roever Broenner Susat Mazars.

With a focus on corporate tax law, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH assists clients with restructuring, reorganisation and VAT issues alongside transactions. As highlights in the latter, the team assisted Ec4u expert Consulting with the acquisition of Insight Dimensions and Eneco with the acquisition of LichtBlick. Other key areas of expertise include representing clients before the Federal Fiscal Court and advising them on succession planning. Elisabeth Lepique heads the team.

Oppenhoff & Partner’s ‘practical and uncomplicated’ team provides ‘good and fast’ tax law advice on restructurings, reorganisations and transactions alongside transfer pricing and succession planning, while also acting for clients in company audits and tax litigation. Gunnar Knorr advised Sky Trade on customs and tax law issues involved in the purchase of aircrafts, and assisted a family office with asset preservation and other succession planning issues, while an international automotive supplier instructed the team to advise on restructuring-related tax law aspects. Team head Axel Bödefeld is ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘very pleasant to deal with’.

Noted for its ‘very good service level’, Rödl & Partner is a multidisciplinary unit with its legal arm focusing on tax-related transactional and restructuring work alongside tax structuring matters, which frequently feature international elements. Alexander Kutsch advised an internationally operating company from the water technology and treatment sector on the restructuring of its company structure, and assisted Bilfinger with international tax law matters pertaining to the group’s international expansion. In other noteworthy work, Oliver Schmitt assisted Bio Company with the sale of a minority stake as part of a capital increase to Bio Development. The team’s expertise in succession planning was demonstrated in advising a medium-sized company in the electronic distribution sector on company succession matters under usufruct reservation and the gift tax benefits. Tax advisor Hans Weggenmann heads the team.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has tax-related transactional work at its core but is also experienced in handling tax-related restructuring and contentious tax matters. In November 2016, the team boosted its bench strength by adding Mayer Brown LLP’s former tax head Ingo Kleutgens, who is best known for his tax law expertise related to corporate, banking and finance law. Tobias Geerling heads the team.

Frequently working in conjunction with the firm’s finance team, White & Case LLP is dedicated to transactional and private equity matters, which routinely include cross-border elements. Recent highlights include advising DZ Bank on its merger with WGZ Bank, and assisting the listed US Greenbrier Companies with their joint venture with Astra Rail Management, including follow-up mergers of the companies’ operational units in Germany, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Team head Andreas Knebel assisted a pension fund with the tax law aspects of a capital gains tax deduction on dividends for pension funds. Equally noteworthy, the team advised the private equity investor IK Investment Partners on the acquisition of ZytoService, and assisted the private equity investor Ardian with the acquisition of a majority stake in the Franconian company SCHWIND eye-tech solutions. Bodo Bender is another key member of the team.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP puts significant emphasis on financial and capital markets-related tax structuring and tax-related M&A work. Team head Daniel Weyde advised Deutsche Bank on the tax law aspects of its capital increase, and assisted Dow Chemical with the sale of SAFECHEM Europe to the British private equity firm CBPE Capital. Deutsche Telekom instructed the practice to advise on issuing a bond to an institutional investor and on tax issues pertaining to the Global Commercial Paper Programme.

Clients recommend DLA Piper’s tax law team for its ‘swift and professional work and pragmatic approach’. Instructions are traditionally international in nature and frequently involve tax law assistance with transactions and restructurings but the team is also well versed in handling compliance matters. As a highlight for the former segment, Konrad Rohde, who resigned from his position as team head to take on the role as country managing partner, advised the private equity company Lone Star on the tax aspects involved in the acquisition of a majority stake in ISARIA Wohnbau. New team head Claus Jochimsen-von Gfug joined the practice from the accounting firm PwC in April 2016 and Björn Enders was made partner in May 2017.

K&L Gates LLP routinely acts for companies, investment and private equity funds, institutional investors, family offices and high-net-worth individuals in M&A transactions, frequently in a cross-border setting, and deals with the tax structuring of investments and financings. Other key elements include matters related to corporate law such as restructurings and reorganisations. In co-operation with the corporate team, the tax practice advised OpenSynergy on the sale of shares to Panasonic Europe. Rainer Schmitt and Karsten Seidel are the main contacts of the team, which was augmented by the arrival of counsel Michael Kreft from King & Wood Mallesons in February 2017.

Providing the full package’, Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner’s ‘pleasant and competent’ tax law team takes a multidisciplinary approach and is particularly active for upper midsize market players based in southern Germany. Regular instructions include restructuring and transaction-related tax matters including due diligence and international tax law. Handling succession planning work forms another central pillar of the practice; an area in which Thomas Kantenwein is ‘extremely experienced’ and supports his clients ‘with foresight and assertiveness’. Annett Kuhli is noted for her ‘consistent, creative and smart advisory style’ and assists clients with self-disclosures. Tax advisor Gerhard Widmayer is also recommended. In April 2018, criminal tax law specialist Rainer Spatscheck will be joining the team from Streck Mack Schwedhelm and thus renaming the firm to Kantenwein Zimmermann Spatscheck & Partner.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘efficient’ tax law team is ‘good all around’ and clients also praise its ‘quick and comprehensible answers, which take any possible risks into account’. The practice is particularly experienced in handling real estate, energy, technology and insurance sector work with regular instructions including tax structuring matters and tax-related assistance with national and cross-border transactions. In conjunction with the corporate team, the ‘very experiencedUwe Eppler advised Coriolis on the equity investment in the offshore wind farm Merkur, and assisted Redefine International with the sale of a German commercial real estate portfolio, including the pre-structuring of the sale. On an ongoing basis, the team provides a bank with regular advice on tax matters pertaining to company start-ups and cross-border mergers. Tino Duttine provides ‘excellent support’ and is singled out for his ‘expertise and deep industry knowledge’. Auditor and tax advisor Alexander Hemmelrath left the firm in September 2016 to work independently at Hemmelrath Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH.

Simmons & Simmons LLP focuses on the asset management, investment fund and financial sectors and advises on the structuring and establishment of various funds alongside investment tax matters and financial transactions. The team advised private equity firm Deutsche Beteiligungs AG and the majority shareholder Klaus Grohmann on the sale of their shares in Grohmann Engineering to the electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors. Heiko Stoll heads the team, which also acts for Macquarie Bank.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has cross-border M&A, joint venture and tax structuring work at its core. ‘Very dedicated’ team head Johannes Frey continues to advise Coca-Cola on the tax law elements involved in the merger of the three largest European Coca-Cola bottlers, namely Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke and Coca-Cola Iberian Partners, to become Coca-Cola European Partners, a new UK-based company. Providing reorganisation and restructuring advice constitutes another key area of expertise as demonstrated in advising alstria office REIT, a listed real estate company with the legal form of a real estate investment trust (REIT), on several tax law matters pertaining to the Real Estate Investment Trust Act and related reorganisation. Other clients include Airbnb and HETA Asset Resolution.

Good firm for general tax mattersWTS provides ‘practical advice’ and is particularly active in corporate tax law, tax structuring and compliance, while tax advisor Peter Jung is frequently recommended for international tax law matters. In July 2016, Frank Dissen and Michael Althof were elevated to the partnership.

BRL Boege Rohde Luebbehuesen is well versed in advising public sector clients on a range of issues but most notably on matters related to state aid law. Marc Tepfer advised the city of Fulda on maintaining the tax structure within the RhönEnergie Fulda Group with regards to the procurement of transport services in the metropolitan area and district of Fulda in compliance with EU state aid. With corporate tax law as another key area of expertise, the team frequently acts on corporate restructurings alongside M&A and real estate transactions. HGV Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement instructed the practice to assist with tax structuring matters involved in the acquisition of electricity grids, and Föhr Tourismus received tax restructuring advice. Other work deals with matters related to insolvency law, which leads to various tax structuring instructions from insolvency administrators.

GSK Stockmannhas substantial expertise in providing tax law assistance with real estate transactions’, while handling M&A and corporate restructuring mandates alongside tax litigation constitute other core strengths of the practice. Petra Eckl advised Union Investment on the tax law aspects involved in the acquisition of a residential complex in Düsseldorf consisting of 84 units. The ‘pragmatic and confident’ Dirk Koch assisted LVS-Capital with the structuring of its investment in South African companies.

Built upon the strength of its corporate team, Graf von Westphalen has carved out a strong practice providing transaction-related advice including real estate transactions and general M&A matters. Frank Tschesche advised the Barnes Group on the acquisition of FOBOHA shares from Adval Tech and the acquisition of Gammaflux Europe. Nordax Bank instructed the team to assist with tax law matters pertaining to its German business expansion. Other work includes restructuring and succession planning matters.

Honert + Partner’s client roster includes SMEs, private equity firms and individuals who predominantly retain the team with transaction-related tax matters alongside asset structuring, succession planning and compliance issues. Jürgen Honert is well versed in dealing with matters at the intersection of tax and capital markets law, while Jochen Neumayer frequently handles international tax law work. Sven Fritsche is another key figure of the team.

Morrison & Foerster LLP focuses on tax structuring alongside national and cross-border transactional and restructuring work and demonstrates particular expertise in the technology, media, telecommunications and real estate sectors. Jens-Uwe Hinder heads the team.

Peters, Schönberger & Partner’s multidisciplinary approach leads to regular instructions from medium-sized and family-run businesses on succession planning, asset management and foundation law matters while the team also provides assistance with tax-optimised structures, cross-border transactions as well as VAT and criminal tax law issues. Roland Graf, who is experienced in handling transfer pricing work for international companies, was appointed president of the DFK International Tax Committees in July 2017.

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