Germany: Corporate Tax 2019

This year’s research identifies 42 practitioners, recognised for their expertise in both domestic and international corporate tax matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Michael Schaden Ernst & Young LLP, Stuttgart
2. Jens Schönfeld Flick Gocke Schaumburg, Bonn
3. Stefan Köhler Ernst & Young LLP, Frankfurt

Flick Gocke Schaumburg, achieving four listings this year, stands out as a leading German firm in the corporate tax market.
Jens Schönfeld enjoys an excellent reputation in corporate tax, and is cited by peers as “a top lawyer” in Germany. His client base includes family-owned businesses, as well as domestic and international stock listed companies.
Karsten Randt receives praise for his work, and is noted by sources as “very strong in tax law”. He is a leading expert in tax matters, and advises on a number of issues within the practice area.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer does very well this year with four practitioners identified.
Stephan Eilers is “a big name” in the corporate tax space. He has particular expertise in capital market, double taxation treaty, and M&A tax issues.  
Christian Sistermann is cited by peers as an “extremely smart tax lawyer”.  He is an expert on tax issues relating to M&A transactions.
Norbert Schneider is an excellent corporate tax lawyer praised by sources in his field. He has had more than 20 years’ experience, and advises a broad client base.
“Highly talented lawyer” Tobias Teufel has been praised by sources. He advises financial services companies and credit institutions on a number of tax matters.

Allen & Overy achieves three listings this year.
Exceptional tax lawyer Michael Ehret is praised by peers for his work. He has expert knowledge in matters relating to real estate, private equity and capital markets transactions.
Asmus Mihm is cited as a “great technician” in the field of corporate tax. He advises on a number of tax-related issues, and has clients in various industries such as banking, pharmaceutical, and automotive.

Two lawyers from Ernst & Young are recognised here.
“Very high-profile lawyer” Michael Schaden is cited by peers as “bright and creative”. He is a leading expert in corporate tax law, and advises his clients on various aspects of the practice area.
Stefan Köhler is an “extremely good” corporate tax lawyer. He has a wealth of experience in a wide range of tax-related matters.

Gleiss Lutz achieves three nominations in this chapter.
Stefan Mayer has been praised by sources as “a rising star,” particularly in transactional tax matters. He advises both national and international clients.

Linklaters also performs well this year with three practitioners identified.
“Brilliant tax lawyer” Florian Lechner is an expert in the corporate tax space. He has significant experience in tax audits and tax-related restructuring issues.

Oppenhoff & Partner’s Axel Bödefeld receives high praise from sources and is an expert in the area of corporate tax. He specialises in the structuring and restructuring of corporations, as well as M&A.

Johannes Frey of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has been described by sources as an excellent lawyer, with a “bright tax brain”. He has extensive experience in advising real estate investment trusts on questions of tax.

Thomas Kleinheisterkamp of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy is cited by a peer as “one of the best I know in corporate tax”. He is an experienced tax litigator, and regularly advises clients on transactional, and tax audit matters.

Dentons’ Michael Graf has been described as a “rising star” in the corporate tax space. He advises on many tax-related issues, with a focus on multinational corporations and questions relating to their national and international tax issues.

Thomas Fox of Latham & Watkins is an “extremely experienced and smart tax lawyer”. His practice focuses on tax problems relating to regulations, private equity transactions, and M&As.

Hengeler Mueller’s Martin Klein is cited by peers as “very creative and experienced” in the field of corporate tax. His particular expertise is in transaction matters, and international tax law.

Wolf-Georg Freiherr von Rechenberg of CMS is a “senior statesman” in the field of corporate tax. He has a wealth of experience, and advises companies on a broad range of issues.

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