Germany: Private Client 2018

In this chapter we identify 11 leading practitioners highlighted for their expertise in advising high-net-worth individuals and families on estate planning, trusts, transactions and wills. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Andreas Richter P+P Pöllath + Partners, Berlin
2. Stephan Scherer SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwalts, Mannheim

P+P PÖLLATH + PARTNERS sees two impressive practitioners highlighted for their strong expertise in the space.
Andreas Richter stands out as the foremost private client practitioner in Germany. He draws widespread praise from international sources for his exceptional work representing some of the country’s most prominent family offices and businesses.
Founding partner Matthias Bruse is a well-established name in the German market, and is highlighted for his vast experience dealing with family businesses and private equity matters.

Stephan Scherer at SZA SCHILLING ZUTT & ANSCHÜTZ RECHTSANWALTS is described by respondents as “an inheritance and civil law specialist” who is regarded as one of the leading lights in the field.

FLICK GOCKE SCHAUMBURG’s Christian von Oertzen is highly sought after by clients who consider him “one of the top lawyers specialising in international planning matters”.

At NOERR, Wolfram Theiss is internationally recognised as a prominent figure in the private client space. He focuses his practice on a wide array of related matters including succession planning and inheritance disputes.

HENGELER MUELLER’s Michael Hoffmann-Becking is noted as “a senior figure in the corporate law sphere”. Sources commend his extensive experience advising family-owned businesses in corporate-related matters.

Jochen Lüdicke at FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER is “a big name in this field” who is recognised for his work advising family businesses, offices and wealthy individuals, most notably in relation to tax planning.

TAYLOR WESSING’s Axel Godron leads the firm’s private client practice and is well versed in the whole gamut of related matters, from tax planning to succession and inheritance matters.

At HENNERKES, KIRCH & LORZ, Rainer Lorz is a firm favourite among private clients seeking top-notch counsel on tax and estate planning matters.

Christian Blum at CMS HASCHE SIGLE gains recognition from international sources for his impressive expertise in the field. He is frequently engaged in handling matters involving asset structuring, succession planning and related contracts.

At BAKER TILLY ROELFS, Daniel Lehmann is recognised as a standout name in the market. He is particularly well known for his expert handling of inheritance law matters. 

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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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