Our commercial tax lawyers specialise in all areas of commercial taxation, in particular restructuring, and advice on transactions spanning a wide range of industries and jurisdictions. The tax team’s clients include banks, insurance and property companies.
Our lawyers have the necessary additional qualifications needed as a qualified tax advisor, and are therefore able to provide professional advice on all relevant tax law issues.
The team prides itself on its targeted and cost efficient advice and always takes into account the commercial background of the transaction.
International tax advice
Our tax team draws on expertise throughout our international offices to provide advice on all aspects of national and international tax law. We also provide advice on the application of double tax treaties.
Corporate, M&A, joint ventures and private equity
Effective tax planning is essential for every business. Our tax team deals with all aspects of corporation tax and advises clients on the most beneficial tax structure. It is our priority to harmonise tax aspects with all legal and business management issues that arise when establishing corporations, in transformations, acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures or investments by private equity funds. We aim to solve all tax related problems and to find balanced tax-optimised solutions for our clients.
Company succession and inheritance tax
The temporary abolition of inheritance tax does not necessarily mean that there will be no tax implications when property is passed down from one generation to the other. Complicated inheritance and gift tax issues may also arise in cross border transactions. We help our clients to find the best possible solution for all parties involved.
Outsourcing and restructuring
Getting the tax structure right is essential for the success when planning outsourcing or restructuring measures. Our tax team has extensive experience in advising clients on such tax structures and on the various employee participation schemes.
Investment and real estate funds
Investment and real estate funds equally benefit from our tax experts’ experience. Together with our banking team, we advise on funds structuring and the establishment of depositary banks. These are only two examples for the close cooperation between our various teams that helps our clients – banks and investment companies alike – to be successful.
Structured financing and bank-supported products
We assist our Corporate and Banking teams by providing efficient tax planning advice for financings and bank-supported products, such as financial derivatives.
New investment products
When it comes to tax structuring of new investment products, such as German Real Estate Investment Trusts (G-REITs), we cooperate closely with our clients’ legal and tax departments.
Criminal law issues also arise in the area of tax law. We advise our clients not only on general tax law (e.g. Filing of amended tax returns or the Tax Honesty Improvement Act (Steuerbefreiungserklärungsgesetz) but also in relation to preliminary investigations of tax investigators and prosecution authorities.
Fiscal court proceedings and audits
We aim to avoid legal disputes from the outset by resolving as many legal issues as possible outside court. We also represent our clients in opposition proceedings and legal disputes against tax authorities, before fiscal courts and the Federal Finance Court.