Tax Law

Our anticipatory advice frequently enables us to turn a tax obstacle into a design tool.

We advise national and international companies, funds, management boards and managers as well as individuals on complex tax structures and general tax issues, including tax matters regarding a charitable status. Also public law bodies and their (economic) institutions are in the spotlight of tax law and are, more than ever, in need of high-quality and anticipatory advice. Our many years of experience have successfully given us a special understanding of the legal and economic interdependencies necessary to provide optimal advice on such issues.

Our ambition and our goal is always to provide tax optimised solutions for any kind of problem. In Germany we can rely on a potent team of tax consultants, auditors, lawyers and licensed specialists for tax law. Together with experts in other fields we are able to cover the entire legal and economic context of a matter, even beyond tax law. Our international network makes it possible for us to offer excellent legal and tax advice also on foreign matters.

"Strengths: Multidisciplinary positioning with many multi-qualified advisers." (JUVE Handbook Commercial Law 2014/2015)

* The Handbook is a reference instrument which provides information on and evaluations of the services of 820 law firms based in Germany.


Our tax advice at a glance:

  • Tax compliance;
  • Corporate and accounting tax law;
  • Transaction tax law / M&A tax;
  • International tax law;
  • Transfer pricing; benchmark studies
  • Transfer taxes and VAT (incl. customs procedure);
  • Taxation of national and international private equity and investment funds, REITs and SPACs;
  • Tax disputes in and out of court;
  • Succession planning and inheritance tax;
  • Tax crime (corrected tax returns, reports about false or incomplete tax return);
  • Structuring options in charity law;
  • Foundation law.

Russian tax law does not always make it easy for investors. Nor is it easy to find out how it is applied in practice. Non-compliance, however, may trigger serious sanctions. Our experienced tax consultants offer reliable and farseeing advice on all aspects of Russian tax law, reaching from general information on the taxation of individuals and bodies corporate to tax aspects of investment projects and transactions to assistance with tax audits.

In the area of customs law, our vast experience includes customs clearance, export and import agreements, and in particular the import of technological equipment.

At a glance:

  • Taxation of individuals and bodies corporate
  • Tax planning and structuring of investment projects
  • Tax aspects of the sale and purchase of companies
  • International taxation agreements, for instance double taxation agreements
  • Opinions in the context of tax audits and appeals against tax audit reports
  • Import customs clearance
  • Agreements with customs brokers and carriers
  • Export and import agreements, dealer contracts
  • Planning and structuring of investment projects, especially import of technological equipment (also as contribution to the registered capital of a company) and lease agreements
  • Pre-trial dispute settlement
  • In and out-of-court representation in disputes (in co-operation with our Litigation & Arbitration practice)

We advise on all aspects of the tax systems applicable in the PR of China and in Hong Kong, with a particular emphasis on the tax applicable to foreign investment.

We know how to apply the often still provisional tax regulations and assess business models, company structures and contracts. We draft tax-optimised solutions, integrating any advantages that tax treaties may offer, and manage cross-border tax planning.

At a glance:

  • Corporate income tax and regulations for its implementation
  • VAT regulations, excise duties and consumption taxes
  • Optimising individual and corporate taxation
  • Assessment of cross-border transactions, including issues relating to permanent establishments
  • Tax at source
  • Tax planning according to the treaties between the PR of China, Hong Kong and other countries on double-taxation
  • Tax due diligence