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Germany: Private Client 2017

Nine lawyers are recommended this year for their expertise in advising high-net-worth individuals and families on estate planning, trusts, transactions and wills. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Andreas Richter P+P Pöllath + Partners, Frankfurt
Christian von Oertzen Flick Gocke Schaumburg, Frankfurt


P+P Pöllath + Partners is at the top of our research with two lawyers listed. “Excellent and very active practitioner” Andreas Richter is one of the highest-regarded lawyers in our research and has advised family offices, family businesses and foundations in estate planning, wealth succession and legal and tax matters. Matthias Bruse is recommended for his strong commercial background and has advised family businesses for decades. He is “very well regarded and a seasoned lawyer”.

At Flick Gocke Schaumburg, Christian von Oertzen is recommended for his skill advising high-net-worth individuals on taxation and family businesses on corporate tax and business succession.

Michael Hoffmann-Becking at Hengeler Mueller is one of the most experienced figures in the market. He advises family-owned companies on transformations, reorganisations and corporate governance.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Jochen Lüdicke is recommended as “a well-regarded name in the field”. He advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family businesses on tax matters. He also acts for clients in court and administrative tax proceedings.

Stephan Scherer of SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwalts is recognised by his peers as “very good in trusts and estate law”. He has also advised on international succession planning including the execution of wills, advice on relocation and divorce proceedings and family offices.

Noerr sees Wolfram Theiss listed for his advice to both individuals and family businesses on issues of succession, endowment and inheritance.

Hennerkes, Kirch & Lorz sees Rainer Lorz listed for his financial expertise in advising families and family businesses on wealth management and tax and estates issues. Sources call him a “very good choice” for private client work.

Taylor Wessing sees practice area head Axel Godron listed for his expertise in international succession planning with an emphasis on tax efficiency. He is “highly knowledgeable and very helpful”.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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