Legal Areas


BEITEN BURKHARDT is recommended in the field of Foundations.

(The Legal 500 EMEA 2021)

We provide comprehensive legal, tax and organisational advice to foundations of all forms. We take into account all related areas of law, such as inheritance, tax and corporate law, and are committed to developing and implementing an integrated approach and providing long-term support.

"It is actively and on the basis of the discussion clarified whether it makes sense to call in another specialist department. In case of doubt, the direct contact to the colleague is sought and established."
(The Legal 500 Germany 2020)

BEITEN BURKHARDT "perfectly understands the needs of foundations".
(Legal 500 Germany 2019)

Thanks to its "very fast and highly professional advice in and beyond foundation and tax law, the "extremely cooperative law firm" BEITEN BURKHARDT is an "ideal partner" for many. Without "having its head in the clouds as is the case with so many other law firms, but a rather straightforward kind of communication and pragmatic approaches" the team has a "good network and industry expertise" and perfectly understands the needs of foundations".
(Legal 500 Germany 2019)

Structuring of foundations

  • Advising on establishment
    • Autonomous foundations
    • Dependent foundations, trust foundations
    • Double foundations
    • Family foundations, private-benefit foundations
  • Drafting and amending articles of incorporation
  • Legal and tax advice
    • Fulfilment of purpose
    • Special-purpose entities
    • Economic activities
    • Management of assets
    • Oversight and supervisory procedures
  • Restructuring
    • Dissolution
    • Merger
    • Transformation
  • Sale and spin off of special-purpose entities and economic business operations


We provide support to boards and their full-time or honorary members, especially in the following areas:

  • Foundation management
  • Use of funds
  • Cooperations
  • Avoidance of liability issues
  • Tax and non-profit law
  • Accumulation of reserves
  • Funding, fundraising and sponsoring

Administrative and legal proceedings

  • Coordination with foundation supervisory authorities
  • Coordination with tax authorities
  • External audits
  • Representation in litigation
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Inheritance proceedings and execution of last wills and testaments