International firm Baker McKenzie has a strong tax and transfer pricing team in Germany. The firm's multijurisdictional network allows it to provide comprehensive tax advice.
Partner Stephan Schnorberger contributed to supporting the relocation and redesign of the global sales and marketing structure of a global biotech company last year. He also worked in conjunction with other global Baker McKenzie offices to support the post-BEPS tax and transfer price planning for a leader in the automotive industry.
Deloitte's tax and transfer pricing team is one of the largest in Germany. Henrik Handte is director of transfer pricing at the practice and has been advising multinational companies in a range of industries for more than nine years.
Last year the firm was involved in several contentious transfer pricing issues involving international companies. The team also advised on the development and implementation of a transfer pricing restructuring for a multinational company in the energy sector.
The firm has made seven new partner hires in the last year. Former executive director of transfer pricing at EY Henning Scheibe has joined the firm as a transfer pricing partner. Former tax principal at DLA Piper, Claus Jochimsen, joined as partner in December 2017. Tax partner Markus Kircher has moved to the firm from KPMG. Ines Leffers has joined as an M&A and tax partner, having formerly been a partner at EY. Clemens Petersen has joined as an M&A and tax partner. Partner Jesper Povlsen moved from Deloitte Denmark to join the team in Germany, focusing on finance and CFO consulting. Partner Christian Schoppe moved to the firm from KPMG.
Dentons has three German offices in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich with 20 tax professionals. Michael Graf co-heads the tax team. He specialises in tax law and works on transfer pricing cases.
Graf and partner Thomas Voss are currently advising a German software development company on tax structuring and this involved transfer pricing planning, analysis and structuring. The team is also advising a US-based company on the so-called transfer of function rules in the German transfer pricing provisions involved in a tax audit.
The firm promoted Felix Schill to associate in 2017 and hired former KNP lawyer Holger Hölkemeier who was a senior associate at Dentons. Of counsel Detlef Olufs retired in July 2017 and senior associate Sebastian Krieg left the firm in September of the same year.
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 is a German firm with an expert tax and transfer pricing team. The transfer pricing team has eight partners and 20 associates advising German and international corporations on transfer pricing related matters.
Partners Xaver Ditz, Vassil Tcherveniachki and Hubertus Baumhoff advise on tax audits and transfer pricing for a range of companies, including those in the automotive and mechanical engineering sectors.
In February the firm hired Michael Puls as partner. Puls is a lawyer and tax consultant who was previously at Deloitte.
Oppenhoff & Partner is a German law firm with offices in Cologne, Frankfurt and Hamburg. It provides advice on design implementation and documentation, and defence in audits and litigation.
Partner Axel Bödefeld and junior partner Matthias Bassüner are tax and transfer pricing experts. The team often works with pharmaceutical companies and provides transfer pricing advice to some of the top global pharmaceutical companies.
PwC is a market leader in transfer pricing. The team is made up of over 160 transfer pricing specialists based in Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Osnabrück, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart.
The firm works with many high-profile companies including those in the automotive sector. Currently, it is providing transfer pricing consulting services, including documentation and tax audits, for a large distribution group.
The transfer pricing team at WTS Germany is led by Maik Heggmair. The firm has offices in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Munich and the team now benefits from having three partners in transfer pricing.
The firm advises clients in a range of sectors including the global supplier of wires and optical fibres, Leoni Group, and the leading postal and logistics group, Deutsche Post DHL Group. The team supports worldwide implementation of the tax tool WTS transfer pricing manager for their clients.
Over the last year the firm has made four partner hires. Partners Christian Behlert, Philipp Besson and Florian Schnabel all joined the firm in 2017 and were formerly with Allianz. Former White and Case local partner Sabine Schulte-Beckhausen also joined the firm in 2017 as a partner.
“Strong international network.”