SMP

Tax

Whether you're a young, growth-driven company, a hidden champion or a global corporation, we help national and international companies at all stages of their journey – with tax structuring, reorganizations and transactions.

We are renowned for our ability to solve even highly complex tax issues quickly, with our tax consultants and fund/transaction experts joining forces and breaking new ground to do so. As a result, our clients can go from strength to strength in their business. 

Track Record Tax

Members of our tax practice group have recently advised in key roles on the following matters:

  • Metro AG on their demerger
  • Numerous international law firms on mergers, structures and ongoing tax matters, i.e.
    • Freshfields
    • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
    • CMS
  • Management of PlusServer on the acquisition of PlusServer by BC Partners (with respect to the co-investment of the management)
  • Operando Partners on several acquisitions
  • DMB Deutsche Mittelstand Beteiligungen on several acquisitions
  • Union Investment on theacquisition of the Melody Portfolio from Credit Suisse
  • Whitehall Funds (managed by Goldman Sachs): Comprehensive tax advice incl. handling tax disputes, tax audits and litigation with respect to
    • all the Whitehall Funds’ German and certain European real estate investments (worth up to EUR 17bn overall) including subsequent debt restructurings related hereto
    • the exit from such investments, both via IPO and the sale of companies as well as single assets and large asset portfolios to strategic and private equity investors, i.e.
  • GSW GmbH/AG owning 60,000 residential apartments; now merged into Deutsche Wohnen (exit via IPO)
  • LEG NRW, a large group of property owning companies all together owning 93,000 residential apartments (exit via IPO);
  • acquisition of all the Karstadt warehouses from Karstadt and the subsequent sale of these assets
  • Equistone on the acquisition of POLO motorcycle and sportswear group from Paragon Partners and Tempus Capital
  • Netrada Holding on the sale of its subsidiary dtms Deutsche Telefon und Marketing Services to Paragon Partners
  • Several large family-owned businesses (net sales up to several bn EUR) on reorganizations and corporate tax matters
  • Reorganization and succession planningof a real estate company
  • Multi-billion euro family office on international tax matters and tax structuring
  • Buyer-side tax due diligence, tax structuring and transaction support in relation to acquisitions of production, logistic and service enterprises
  • Vendor-side tax due diligence and sell-side tax structuring
  • Real-estate-transaction: tax due diligence, structuring and transaction support
  • Post-transaction support
  • Large family offices and private clients on several ongoing tax matters and investment transactions
  • Selected fast growing startup