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The firm: Kantenwein Zimmermann Spatscheck & Partner is a specialist firm of attorneys at law, tax consultants and certified auditors. The firm’s guiding principle is the personal and active commitment of the partners to content and results.

Its partners are regularly acknowledged for their expertise and service. Recently in The Legal 500 Deutschland’s 2017 edition, Dr Alexander Kroeck was described as ‘a smart lawyer, taking into account every detail of the case’; Dr Annett Kuhli offers ‘an almost unique combination of arbitration and tax expertise’; Dr Thomas Kantenwein combines ‘very sharp analysis with a high level of social skills and experience’ and Marcus van Bevern ‘will deliver results”.

Areas of practice: Kantenwein Zimmermann Spatscheck & Partner advises entrepreneurs and companies in all aspects of their businesses, whether in the national or international context. The firm’s core strengths are the resolution of business disputes both in and out of court, comprising state court litigation as well as national and international arbitration. Further, the firm mainly focuses on tax, corporate and non-profit organisations law, along with complex banking and finance. The firm has added a highly esteemed team of lawyers in the area of white collar crime and tax criminal law gathered around Dr Rainer Spatscheck. Given its multidisciplinary set-up, the firm particularly excels in situations where legal expertise needs to be matched with business and tax know-how.

The dispute resolution team comprises experts with different sector focuses, which allows the firm to offer a wide range of specialist expertise to its national and international clients. In recent years, the team has been particularly active in energy, automotive and post-M&A, as well as banking and financing disputes. The firm’s independence allows its partners to act as arbitrator or counsel, especially in cases where larger firms might be conflicted.

The firm’s tax team not only advises on the usual aspects of tax law, but is also particularly experienced in optimising corporate structures, considering not only national but specifically international tax options. The team is also highly versed in all aspects of M&A processes, from providing structural tax advice to conducting tax due diligences.

In corporate law, the firm offers the whole range of services, from the founding of a new enterprise, to its daily business and its restructuring or liquidation. The firm’s corporate team is specifically experienced in structuring successions in complex corporate and family situations. Corporate matters are a case in point, where the firm’s multidisciplinary and locally concentrated set-up generates added value for its clients, as the firm’s tax and audit experts are literally ‘only a step away’.

The white collar crime team is regularly acting in high profile national and international cases concerning criminal law in commercial settings. The firm advises individuals and companies on all aspects of white collar crime, tax law and compliance issues. It has an outstanding reputation in the German market.

Non-profit organisations are a unique area in the commercial environment. The firm has hands-on experience in every aspect of this field of law, and deals with the German non-profit authorities on a daily basis. The team is particularly versed in adapting existing structures to the challenges of the current investment situation.

The firm also advises on all aspects of banking and finance, specifically in large-scale real estate transactions and related business structures. As the team can draw on significant in-house experience at major banks, it is well placed to cater for the specific needs of in-house counsel, and can provide inside knowledge to other investors which may not easily be obtained elsewhere.

  • Number of tax advisors/auditors
  • 24
  • Number of lawyers: 14
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Swedish

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