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Baker McKenzie

Christoph Becker is head of tax at Baker McKenzie. He has had 10 years of experience in advising clients in the field of international and domestic German tax law. 

In 2017 the firm advised the Grünenthal Gruppe on its acquisition of Adhesys Medical and its US subsidiary. The team also advised a global manufacturer of carbon products and systems on the sale of its rotary business to a US-headquartered designer and manufacturer of motion and fluid controls and control systems.

Bödecker Ernst & Partner

Bödecker Ernst & Partner is an independent firm of tax advisers and lawyers. It has offices in Düsseldorf and Luxembourg and clients in Germany, Luxembourg, the US, the UK, Singapore and other financial hubs worldwide. Carsten Bödecker, Claudia Bödecker and Carsten Ernst are lead partners at the firm.

Earlier this year it provided tax advice and regulatory due diligence regarding the investment of a German occupational pension scheme into a Danish infrastructure fund. The team also provided tax structuring advice in relation to the reorganisation of a Danish investment fund for German high-net-worth individuals.

Deloitte

Deloitte is part of the global network of Deloitte member firms, which includes approximately 30,000 member firm tax partners and professionals worldwide. Christoph Röper is head of tax and legal services in the German offices. He specialises in large-scale M&A transactions for multinationals and private equity firms, IPOs and due diligence.

In January of this year the firm completed a project supporting a client implementing a tax compliance system with defined tax processes and tax controls focusing on VAT, income tax, withholding tax and wage tax. The team also supported clients on indirect tax controversies.

In 2017 partners Markus Kircher, Ines Leffers, Clemens Petersen, Henning Scheibe and Christian Schoppe joined the firm. Jesper Povlsen joined as partner in February 2018.

Dentons

The Dentons tax practice consists of about 20 professionals in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich, providing a range of tax and transfer pricing advice. Stephan Busch is managing partner of tax at the firm. He is a tax law specialist and focuses on M&A, restructuring, credit institutes and state-owned companies.

Last year the team advised Jochen Schweizer Group on the sale of its digital division to ProSiebenSat 1. It also advised Fidelio Healthcare on the takeover of Mundipharma’s production site in Limburg.

Felix Schill was promoted to associate in 2017 and senior associate Holger Hölkemeier joined the firm in the same year. Of counsel Detlef Olufs retired in July 2017 and senior associate Sebastian Krieg left to join Haver & Mailänder in the same year.

DLA Piper

The DLA Piper German tax practice offers tax support on all stages of M&A and transaction restructuring, due diligence and post deal target integrations. The team is led by managing partners Benjamin Parameswaran and Konrad Rohde.

In 2017 DLA Piper advised the BASF on the planned acquisition of the integrated global polyamides business of Solvay. The team also assisted in reviewing and optimising the tax aspects of a client's existing pan-European investment fund platform for real estate investments within the EU.

Marie-Theres Rämer was hired from Clifford Chance in 2018 and counsel Sebastian Kost joined the firm in the same year. Partner Claus Jochimsen-von Gfug left the firm in December 2017.

EY

The EMEIA Tax Center at EY is organised as a supranational entity covering the entire Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region, with its Intercompany Effectiveness and operational transfer pricing practice serving clients’ needs across all jurisdictions.

Led by Oslo-based partner Sveinung Baumann-Larsen, it brings together multi-disciplinary experience and resources focused on IT, accounting, and tax from the entire region in its work. This work covers some of the leading global companies in their respective fields and includes those involved in retail and consumer products, energy and pharmaceuticals, to name but a few.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Head of tax Thomas Rödder leads the team at Flick Gocke Schaumburg in supporting the firm’s high-profile client base in tax matters. 

In 2017 the firm provided tax and legal advice to Doc Morris on the acquisition of Eurapon online pharmacy. The team is currently advising HSH Nordbank on international tax law, particularly with regards to complex income and wage tax issues. 

Partner Michael Puls joined the firm in February 2018. Before joining the firm Puls worked with the tax team at Deloitte.

Gleiss Lutz

The Gleiss Lutz tax team offers tax services to a range of industry sectors including financial services, the automotive industry, energy, IT and healthcare. Achim Dannecker is head of the tax team.

The firm collaborates with a network of top law firms spanning Europe, particularly in the UK, France, Italy, Luxembourg and Ireland.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has offices in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Volker Junge is head of the tax team in Germany. Junge specialises in structuring, financing and the implementation of tax-efficient national and international M&A, private equity and real estate transactions.

The team represented the Spearhead Integrated Marketing Communication Group on a large acquisition in May 2017. It also advised Berenberg real estate on a transaction over the last year.

Oppenhoff & Partner

Oppenhoff & Partner has offices in Frankfurt and Cologne. Axel Bödefeld is founding partner and head of tax at the firm. 

The team is currently providing customs and tax law advice for a client’s aircraft acquisition. The firm has also been providing advice on an ongoing tax audit and on potential deductions for mandatory payments to an umbrella entity for failed investment funds.

P+P Pöllath + Partners

P+P Pöllath + Partners offers a full range of tax services. Reinhard Pöllath is founding partner of the firm and focuses on corporate law, tax law, litigation and arbitration for M&A transactions and private equity.

The team is currently acting as lead tax counsel for Schwanhäußer Industrie Holding. The firm has also been providing tax advice to Berlin-based company TLG Immobilien.

Martin Liebernickel became associated partner at the firm in 2017. Before joining, Liebernickel worked with the tax team at PwC. P+P Pöllath + Partners also made three senior associate partner hires, Mareike Krämer, Marco Ottenwälder and Jana Holznagel.

Client feedback

“Excellent, highly-qualified team without exception. The team understand their client's needs and requirements.”

PwC

Marius Möller is a key partner and head of the corporate tax team at PwC. The firm offers a full-range of tax services in the financial, consumer goods and technology sectors. 

The team offers international tax, restructuring, planning, risk management and litigation support to blue-chip German companies and multinational corporations.

WTS

Managing partners Peter Jung, Lothar Härteis, Ulrike Schellert and Franz Angermann lead the tax group at WTS Germany. It consists of 57 partners and 475 other fee earners spread across offices in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich. 

Among the best-known companies that WTS has supported are Siemens, MAN, Osram and the Deutsche Bank subsidiary Sal Oppenheim. In addition, one of the world's largest insurance companies transferred a large part of its tax function to WTS in 2017. The firm has also advised several DAX-listed multinationals on the international restructuring of their company pension-schemes.

The firm made four partner promotions in 2017, Kristina Jahnke, Martin Loibl, Bernd Keller and Stefan Ettmayr. Christian Behlert, Philipp Besson and Florian Schnabel joined the firm from Allianz in the same year. Former local partner at White & Case, Sabine Schulte-Beckhausen, joined the firm as partner in the same year. 

Client feedback

“They have a very strong VAT practice lead by managing partner Jürgen Scholz and a strong international network, in particular in Europe.”