FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER

Comment: A highly recommended company succession and trusts practice which is playing the international card, e.g. landing a multitude of clients who are relocating to Germany following the Brexit decision. FBD is also advising a growing number of HNWIs as investors in PE funds as well as other complex cases of asset shifting, largely because of the low interest rates. As the team is excellently connected within FBD overall, lucrative referrals often come from other practices, e.g. on the interface with bank lending and international investments.
Strengths: Excellent international practices in ?corporate, ?M&A, ?private equity, ?investment funds and ?tax.
Recommended: Dr. Marius Berenbrok (corporate), Prof. Dr. Jochen Lüdicke (tax), Prof. Dr. Christoph Seibt (corporate/tax).
Practice: Advice to international companies and listed companies under family ownership as well as various large family offices (incl. ?bank regulatory) and international HNWIs. Focus on corporate (restructuring, corporate governance, shareholder retirement and transfer of management, wills, inheritance planning, trusts) and tax (reorganization, inheritance tax, tax-optimized financial products/funds, relocation, tax disputes), also investments. (Core team: 20 partners, plus partners and associates from other practices)
Clients: ?? Ongoing advice to Mast family (Jägermeister), Flick family (both public knowledge). Ongoing advice to Porsche family, Markus, Lukas and Jakobus Trust (Aldi Nord) on individual matters; family business from retail sector on trust concept (public knowledge).
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