Firm Profile > Flick Gocke Schaumburg > Bonn, Germany

Flick Gocke Schaumburg
Fritz-Schäffer-Straße 1
53113 BONN

Non-profit Tier 1

Solid and leading institutionFlick Gocke Schaumburgdoes a good job’ advising clients in the non-profit sector and ‘deserves its top-tier ranking’. The firm acts for non-profit organisations on tax and non-profit matters and while it predominantly handles domestic work, it also advises at an international level, within Europe and beyond, including recently assisting a large US association with the establishment of a branch in Germany. Clients include larger non-profit organisations and foundations, DAX-listed companies, federal ministries, sports associations, research assocations and higher education institutions. As a result of the non-profit team sitting within the private client practice, the firm also covers the entire spectrum of succession, assets and foundations and acts for numerous wealthy individuals and family offices. Recent highlights include advising on the establishment of charitable foundations for an automotive manufacturer and a well-known athlete; the consolidation of charitable foundations and the assessment of the not-for-profit activities of non-profit organisations in Germany and abroad; succession concepts for non-profit institutions; and the separation of a hospital from an ecclesiastical foundation. Stephan Schauhoff is a board member of the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen, the Association of German Foundations. Clients also single out Andreas Erdbrügger. Christian Kirchhain was promoted to partner at the start of 2018.

Tax Tier 1

Flick Gocke Schaumburg’s sizeable team is broadly positioned in group, inheritance and corporate tax law, as well as in national and international tax advice. Recent highlights include the tax advice provided by the renowned Thomas Rödder on transactions and restructuring in the energy sector and pharmaceutical industry, as well as Matthias Rogall assistance with the sale of the Wirtgen Group, which operates in the construction machinery industry, to mechanical engineering company John Deere with a total value of €4.4bn. The group, which is led by Karsten Randt and Jörg Schauf, has excellent criminal tax law expertise with regards to accusations of tax evasion pertaining to workers’ council payments, executive board defence and in the preventative area of tax compliance. In addition to eight equity partner appointments, the firm welcomed Michael Puls from Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH; he has headed the newly opened Düsseldorf office since January 2018. Eight associated partners also joined. Jens Schönfeld is also particularly well regarded.

Corporate Tier 5

Flick Gocke Schaumburg frequently acts for long-term clients - often family businesses. Burgbad, EWE, Fränkische Rohrwerke Gebr. Kirchner and Vattenfall, for example, are long-standing clients. A significant part of the work is handling restructurings, where it has handled recent work for Gelsenwasser and VNG - Verbundnetz Gas. Michael Erkens and Stephan Göckeler jointly head the team. Finn Lubberich made partner at the beginning of 2018 and Christoph Schulte is another name to note.

Energy Tier 5

Flick Gocke Schaumburg significantly expanded its energy regulatory practice – notably adding expertise in the electricity and gas space – with the arrival of Christoph Sieberg, Thilo Richter and Margret Schellberg from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The team advised E.ON’s network operators on the revenue ceilings for the gas and electricity network in the third regulatory period. In the contentious space, the group represented Uniper power plants in various actions in connection with the payment of redispatch services and the prohibition of the temporary decommissioning of transmission system operators, and defended E.DIS against transmission fee refund claims by a grid customer. Other prominent clients include Bayernwerk, TenneT TSO and Vattenfall.

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 6

Flick Gocke Schaumburg is a popular choice for medium-sized (family-run) companies. In recent work, it advised Schindler on the acquisition of Dralle Aufzüge, and assisted film production company Brainpool with the acquisition of MTS. Stephan Göckeler and Michael Erkens are recommended in the Bonn office, one of six German locations. In Frankfurt, Finn Lubberich joined the partnership in January 2018.

The firm

Flick Gocke Schaumburg is an independent interdisciplinary partnership that has established itself as one of Germany’s leading practices for integrated tax and legal advice, combining the experience of lawyers, tax advisers and certified public auditors to develop tailor-made and tax-efficient legal structures and solutions.

Based in Bonn, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Zurich the firm counts more than 320 professionals with multiple qualifications in the fields of law and economics. Flick Gocke Schaumburg maintains strong working relationships with premier legal and tax advisers in many jurisdictions and is the exclusive German member of Taxand, the world’s largest independent tax organisation, working together to deliver targeted tax advice in over 48 different countries.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg’s client base includes national and international groups, family-owned businesses and high-net-worth individuals. The firm regularly acts, inter alia, for banks, investment funds and insurance companies, as well as for corporations in the areas of telecommunications, automotive, energy, pharma, biotech and chemicals, real estate and construction, transport, media and IT.

Key areas of practice

Flick Gocke Schaumburg covers the whole range of German and international tax law. The firm provides opinions on tax matters, advice on tax planning, negotiations with the tax administration on advance rulings and mutual agreements, as well as assistance in tax audits, and also represents its clients in administrative appeals and before tax, administrative and constitutional courts. Flick Gocke Schaumburg’s international taxation activities include: international tax planning and application of double taxation treaties; negotiation of advance agreements with tax authorities; representation in tax audits and closing talks; tax, administrative and constitutional litigation; legal and financial analysis of investment funds; development and support of transfer pricing systems; legal representation before customs authorities and in foreign trade matters.

The corporate practice of Flick Gocke Schaumburg covers the whole range of corporate and business law related advice to listed companies and family-owned businesses, including corporate governance and compliance, reorganisations and litigation. Flick Gocke Schaumburg also handles all matters related to employment and competition and has special know-how in the real estate and energy sector.

The firm’s M&A practice stretches out to all aspects of private and public M&A, management and leveraged buy-outs, public tender offers and joint ventures and cross-border M&A. All matters of corporate finance are provided, be it within M&A transactions or corporate restructurings. The firm has constantly developed a reputation for private equity and venture capital advice.

As regards inbound and outbound investments the firm advises on the tax-efficient structuring of direct sales, permanent establishments and subsidiaries; the establishment, maintenance and winding up of operations in Germany and abroad, and the transfer of tangible and intangible property.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg assists its clients on succession and estate planning involving the transfer of family-owned businesses, lifetime gratuitous transfers to prospective heirs, international estate planning and the execution of wills. In the area of business valuations and audits, the firm’s experts advise on legal, tax and financial due diligence, statutory and voluntary audits, national and international group financial statements, the evaluation of business enterprises and the appraisal of controlling systems.

Number of lawyers : approximately 180