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Germany - Private Client 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Stephen Viskorf is a “very knowledgeable” lawyer who impresses respondents with his adept handling of tax structuring and asset management for private clients.


Dr Stephan Viskorf is a partner in the private client and tax department of P+P-Pöllath + Partners in Munich. He advises owners of family owned businesses as well as HNWI on issues of domestic and international estate and succession planning.

He has significant experience in different legal systems and the difficulties that can arise when they do not match. Stephan works with many foreign clients with either German assets or the intention to move (temporarily) to Germany to avoid pitfalls such as German tax residency and the multiple taxation of beneficiaries of foreign trusts due to German gift and income tax. He also advises settlors by setting up German foundations, tax-exempt organisations and private foundations.

He is well recognised by independent rankings as a leading adviser in his areas of expertise.

Stephan is the co-founder and managing director of the Munich Corporate Tax Forum. He is the author of numerous articles and publications, and has lectured on domestic and international tax law at the University of Muenster’s Institute of Tax Law since 2009.

He studied in Muenster and London (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies). He was admitted to the German bar in 2002, and as a tax adviser in 2005. He was an associate at a major tax consulting and audit company before he joined P+P in 2007.

P+P Pöllath + Partners is an internationally operating German law firm, whose more than 140 lawyers and tax advisers in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich provide high-end legal and tax advice.

The firm focuses on transactional advice and asset management. P+P partners regularly advise on corporate/M&A, private equity and real estate transactions of all sizes. P+P has achieved a leading market position in the structuring of private equity and real estate funds and tax advice and enjoys an excellent reputation in corporate matters as well as in asset and succession planning for family businesses and high-net-worth individuals.

P+P partners serve as members of supervisory and advisory boards of well known companies. They are regularly listed in domestic and international rankings as the leading experts in their respective areas of expertise.

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