"Gleiss Lutz has 'exceptional know-how and experience', and its broad practice encompasses transactional assistance as well as standalone tax advice, estate planning and compliance."
Legal 500, 2012
Gleiss Lutz advises on the entire spectrum of German and international tax law. Our tax team is committed to delivering innovative, tailored solutions for complex structures and transactions and is regularly sought after for advice on sophisticated tax matters. International conglomerates, financial institutions, private equity companies, medium-sized enterprises, and public authorities all appreciate the first-class service provided by our lawyers, as well as their personal dedication and targeted advice.
Our tax practice has an excellent reputation when it comes to counselling clients on the tax implications of major transactions. We work closely with our corporate and M&A teams to provide support on mergers, acquisitions, and divestments, as well as on large-scale real estate deals for foreign and domestic investors. This includes creating tax-optimised target structures (mergers), structuring acquisitions and disposals, advising on acquisition financing, and developing employee stock option plans. When it comes to restructuring financially distressed companies, we advise clients on all tax aspects of debt consolidation and debt relief
A major part of our work involves advising on the planning and implementation of corporate and group restructurings, such as spin-offs, split-ups, hive-downs, and mergers. Tax issues usually play a dominant role in this regard, as new structures must be tax-efficient and changes to existing ones should avoid triggering new tax obligations. We also have specialist expertise in advising on complex public restructurings.
Our tax lawyers have extensive experience in succession planning. We advise on the transfer of businesses and assets to next-generation family members or foundations and trusts, as well as on relocation issues and multiple domiciles. We take a structured approach to creating the most economic, legally sound, and tax-efficient business succession solutions and strategies for the transfer of assets. In doing so, we team up with colleagues from other areas, in particular from our corporate practice.
In difficult cases, such as complex tax audits, we represent clients in remedy proceedings before the tax authorities and courts, all the way up to the German Supreme Tax Court. Clients also increasingly seek our guidance on the tax implications in connection with allegations of corruption and other compliance-related issues. This requires discreet and reliable advice on the relevant tax liabilities and criminal consequences.
We pride ourselves on our strong international focus and have established a trusted and flexible network of tax experts across all key jurisdictions. In the US we have a broad base of premiere law firms – in New York in particular – with whom we frequently collaborate on transactional and succession-related issues.
Dr. Achim Dannecker
T +49 711 8997-184
"European Tax Team of the Year" together with Alliance partner Herbert Smith and Stibbe at the International Tax Review Awards 2010