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Germany: Corporate Tax 2018

This year, our research identifies 42 of the foremost practitioners in the contentious and advisory corporate tax spaces, acting for clients in both domestic and international tax matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Gottfried Breuninger Allen & Overy LLP, Munich
2. Dirk Pohl McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater, Munich
3. Martin Klein Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt
4. Michael Schaden Ernst & Young LLP, Stuttgart
5. Stephan Eilers Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Cologne

FLICK GOCKE SCHAUMBURG stands out as Germany’s premier tax practice, leading our research this year with seven individuals listed.
The “very well-known” Thomas Rödder is one of the most prominent names in corporate tax advisory and is renowned for his first-rate practice which encompasses handling the tax arrangements of large family businesses and advising a stable of listed companies on transactions and reorganisations.
Xaver Ditz is noted for his thorough knowledge of international tax law, and is highlighted for his particular expertise in MAPs and transfer pricing.
Andreas Schumacher enjoys a great reputation in the market as a highly intelligent and creative adviser, most notably when it comes to restructuring matters.
Jochen Bahns is widely recognised for his proficiency in structuring cross-border transactions, including Benteler’s recent sale of its engineering arm to French firm Altran.
Jörg Lüttge also gains recognition this year and is regarded as a key name in both domestic and international tax planning.

International powerhouse LINKLATERS follows closely behind with six listings across three offices in this edition.
Head of the German tax practice Sebastian Benz comes highly recommended by peers and clients alike, and gains particular recognition for his strategic counsel on large M&A transactions.
Florian Lechner is an expert when it comes to the banking and finance sector, particularly in relation to the taxation of financial transactions and the tax-optimal use of private investment vehicles. 
Oliver Rosenberg is extremely well regarded in the market for his cross-border planning and structuring work. Recent engagements include advising US agricultural giant Deere & Company on its €4.4 billion acquisition of the Windhagen-based Wirtgen Group.
Jens Blumenberg is a well-respected name in the market, and is singled out for his fantastic work advising financial institutions on tax compliance matters.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER sees four individuals nominated in this chapter.
Stephan Eilers is an exceptional practitioner, renowned for his counsel to private equity houses on M&A and capital markets transactions.
Jochen Lüdicke is highly sought after by clients for his formidable expertise across the advisory and contentious spaces.
The esteemed Martin Schießl is cited as an authority on capital markets and the structuring of cross-border investment, boasting an international client roster.
Christian Ruoff “definitely deserves to be included” according to sources, who praise him for his tax advice on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Thomas Kleinheisterkamp is one of three nominees from MILBANK TWEED HADLEY & MCCLOY’s well-regarded tax group. His top-tier practice covers the whole spectrum of contentious and non-contentious tax matters, and he is widely recognised for his strong transactional expertise.
Munich managing partner Rolf Füger elicits praise for his profound understanding of cross-border M&A structuring, particularly involving private equity funds.
Norbert Rieger is a trusted adviser for clients who commend his sophisticated knowledge of corporate reorganisations.

ALLEN & OVERY also achieves three listings this year.
Gottfried Breuninger heads up the firm’s global tax practice and is the most highly regarded practitioner in our research this year. Consistently identified as one of Germany’s elite tax advisers, with a comprehensive knowledge of domestic and international tax law, he is an authority on both large-scale corporate transactions and key corporate tax disputes.
Heike Weber is a well-respected practitioner with an excellent practice catering to the tax requirements of banks and the financial services sector, including structuring securitisations and finance transactions.
Asmus Mihm is a well-known name in the market and is considered a specialist when it comes to the taxation of financial products and capital markets transactions.

Martin Klein at HENGELER MUELLER stands out in our research as a top-tier tax adviser on transactional matters and is often called upon to find tax solutions in multifaceted acquisitions and divestments.
Stefanie Beinert is also highlighted this year for her impressive expertise in the tax space.  

Head of MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY’s German tax practice, Dirk Pohl is a highly regarded litigator, commended for his outstanding advocacy work as well as the high quality of his advice to large multinationals.

Michael Schaden of ERNST & YOUNG is an "extremely good" practitioner whose expertise covers a wide range of matters including transactional tax issues and succession planning.

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