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Germany: Corporate Tax 2017

A total of 49 experts are highlighted by our research this year, who have proven expertise relating to the legal aspects of corporate taxation, including both advisory and controversy work. Below we identify some of the most highly regarded practitioners.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Stephan Eilers Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Cologne
Gottfried Breuninger Allen & Overy, Munich
Martin Klein Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt
Stefan Behrens Clifford Chance, Frankfurt
Thomas Rödder Flick Gocke Schaumburg, Bonn

Flick Gocke Schaumburg leads the way with an impressive eight practitioners listed. Thomas Rödder is “one of the strongest tax lawyers in Germany” for business structuring and taxation advice, with a reputation as an “expert for group taxation”. Xaver Ditz stands out in our research for his “technical excellence”. His practice includes regularly providing expertise in relation to large-scale domestic and cross-border transactions. Klaus Sieker has almost 30 years of experience as a tax adviser and particularly specialises in international transfer pricing. Marcus Oliver Mick is “very well known and well respected” in the market, with an emphasis in his practice on matters relating to financial transaction tax. Alongside them, Harald Schaumburg has “a very good reputation” among clients for his “excellent advice” pertaining to international tax and transfer pricing.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer follows closely behind in our research with seven lawyers identified. The “very good” Stephan Eilers is “one of the best tax-structuring lawyers in Germany.” He advises clients predominately from the private equity sector, and handles tax matters relating to capital market and M&A transactions. Christian Ruoff has a “cutting-edge tax practice”, providing clients with “ingenious and original structures” to minimise their tax risk. He has experience handling complex tax issues involved in large, multinational transactions. Martin Schießl works mainly with investors across Europe, North America and Asia, employing his “considerable expertise of the different tax jurisdictions” to minimise tax leakage in cross-border transactions. Norbert Schneider has extensive experience from his 20 years of practising cross-border tax law. He focuses his practice on the financing and structuring of M&A transactions, and also specialises in the tax implications of corporate restructuring. Sources particularly praise his “inherent awareness of clients’ needs”.

Linklaters performs well with six outstanding lawyers listed. Florian Lechner is described as “a top practitioner” who focuses his practice on national and international M&A transactions as well as transfer pricing and tax audits, among other matters. Clients are impressed by his “personable and receptive manner”. Andreas Schaflitzl is “exceptionally good for corporate restructuring and reorganisations”. Clients praise him for “really knowing his stuff”. They are joined by Jens Blumenberg who is very experienced in handling M&A transactions, transfer pricing and European Community tax law, having practised tax law for almost 30 years. His client base comprises some of the most notable national and international clients, who describe him as “a dynamic and creative tax expert”. 

From Allen & Overy Gottfried Breuninger is “a very creative tax lawyer”. He focuses his tax practice on matters relating to restructurings and also post-acquisition tax structures for companies. Alongside him Heike Weber and Asmus Mihm both receive recognition for their outstanding contribution to this area of law.

At Hengeler Mueller the “superb” Stefanie Beinert features prominently in our research. She acts for national and international companies, implementing enhanced tax structures for their acquisitions and restructurings as well as advising on tax issues relating to structured finance. She is joined at the firm by Martin Klein, who specialises in handling complex transactions for clients whch often with an international tax element. Clients praise his “diligent and focused manner”.

Gleiss Lutz is home to Michael Marquardt who is consistently recommended as a leading individual.  He advises clients in relation to the structuring of their corporate, real estate and financing transactions. He also provides high-quality counsel to clients regarding tax litigation.

From Clifford Chance, Stefan Behrens is highly thought of in the market. His expertise pertains to the taxation of investments in Germany, particularly acting for issues relating to the real estate sector.

Two practitioners from P+P Pollath & partners are included in the listings. Pia Dorfmueller is an "excellent tax practitioner” who offers extensive advice to clients on international tax structures. Reinhard Pollath is "one of the best" for tax advisory work, with peers and clients alike commending him for his "highly creative" tax planning practice.

Corporate Tax Expert Witnesses

This section includes expert witnesses active in the field of tax litigation support. Individuals are usually from accountancy firms or from an academic background and are instructed to give evidence on acceptable tax practices, as well as valuation judgements on transfer-pricing matters.

Anke Nestler from Valnes Corporate Finance “provides excellent expertise on a range of complex advisory matters”. She has broad experience as an expert witness in both litigation and national and international arbitration proceedings, with sources praising her “strong insight”.

Michael Schaden at Ernst & Young is a “consummate professional” who impresses with his “thorough attention to detail and ability to get straight to the heart of the matter”.

From Universität Würzburg Ralf Schenke is a renowned expert in the field. Sources particularly commend his “calm demeanour” and “invaluable sector knowledge” when providing testimony. 

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