Germany: Private Client 2019

This chapter highlights 14 excellent practitioners who focus on providing individuals, families and companies with top-tier advice on a range of matters including succession and tax planning.

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

P+P Pöllath + Partners is a prominent firm in the German market that sees three practitioners listed here.
Andreas Richter is a leading expert in private client matters who draws praise for his strong expertise in the field. He is highlighted by sources who note that he is "the man for private client issues".
Stephan Viskorf is highly regarded for his vast experience in the private client space, where he delivers first-rate counsel to clients on taxation, asset management and business succession matters.
Matthias Bruse boasts extensive experience in private client issues and is recognised for his excellent work on matters relating to wealth and asset management.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg sees two lawyers listed in this chapter.
Christian von Oertzen is a tax specialist who is recognised for his work providing clients that include individuals, families, corporations and charities with top-tier tax and estate planning advice.
Stephan Schauhoff draws praise for his work in the private client space where he focuses on domestic and international tax planning, with sources noting that he is particularly “excellent when it comes to foundations”.

Taylor Wessing has two excellent practitioners who stand out in the area.
Axel Godron leads the firm’s private client group and is recognised by peers as “a highly qualified practitioner in the field”. He is praised for his impressive work on succession planning.
Wolfgang Galonska is well regarded by sources who state that he is “well known for his litigation work”. He possesses his extensive experience in dispute resolution for high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs.

CMS Hasche Sigle also achieves two nominations here.
Christian Blum focuses his practice on advising and representing individuals on asset management, family governance and succession planning with sources affirming that he is “outstanding for litigation”.
Björn Demuth is a seasoned and highly talented lawyer in the area who is known for his succession planning and tax advisory work for clients. Respondents highlight him as “excellent, especially in tax planning”.

Rainer Lorz at Hennerkes, Kirch & Lorz is a prominent lawyer who peers note is “really smart with high expertise” in the private client field.

At Noerr, Wolfram Theiss provides individuals and their companies with standout expertise in contentious and non-contentious proceedings, advising clients on estate planning and inheritance disputes.  

Stephan Scherer at SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft is commended by sources as a “very strong player” in the market who is well versed in handling estate and tax planning for clients.

Jochen Lüdicke at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advises a wide range of clients in domestic and cross-border matters. Sources recognise him as “excellent, particularly when it comes to international tax planning”.

Daniel Lehmann of Baker Tilly is commended by interviewees as “very knowledgeable with strong international experience”. He advises clients on a global scale in matters relating to succession, tax and estate planning as well as the creation and management of charities.

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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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