SMP

Thomas advises domestic and foreign private investors, funds and companies on domestic and international tax issues, on corporate acquisitions, reorganizations and taxation of real property investments as well as debt restructuring and refinancing. He specializes in M&A transactions, pre-/post-closing (re-)structuring, and reorganizations of corporations/partnerships. Thomas also assists in tax audits and represents his clients in tax disputes before both local tax courts and the Federal Tax Court.

Education and Career

Thomas studied business administration in Marburg and Hamburg. He has been a Partner at major law firms since 1990 and also worked in New York  and Paris.

Thomas has been a lecturer in international tax law for many years at Hamburg University and Münster University. Thomas frequently writes comments and has authored around 200 articles on tax matters, both in German and English.

Experience

Thomas’ work highlights over the past 15 years include:

advising private equity funds: e.g. all of the Whitehall Funds’ German acquisitions of real-estate companies and real-estate portfolios, inter alia the Karstadt properties, including complex group and debt restructuring as well as exits via IPO (GSW, LEG)

  • Partnerships and international tax law - Permanent establishment and source state
    FR 2016, 543-554 - (in German)
  • Place of management
    in: Wassermeyer (Ed.), Beck's Tax Commentary - Double Taxation - Commemorative Publication for Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Franz Wassermeyer for his 75th birthday 2015, 179 -185 - (in German)
  • German foreign tax law: More than one place of management?
    IStR-Federal States Report 13/2015, 65-66 - (in German)
  • News on management permanent establishment
    MUPETmagazin 2015, 74-78 - (in German)
  • The double override
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 18.08.2014 - (in German)
  • Vacation abroad as deemed dividend distribution?
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 27.03.2014 - (in German)
  • Billions of tax revenues - just a hope
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 24.10.2013 - (in German)
  • Private equity funds: Foreign source dividends from German and foreign partnerships with non-German partners - part II
    IStR 2013, 350-357 - (in German)
  • Sec. 50i ITA - Precedents and accidents (The move of residence – Taxation according to new rules beyond the sec. 6 German external tax law)
    IStR 2013, 682–689 - (in German)
  • Management incentives and the European angle
    PEI Private Equity International, Tax-Efficient Private Fund Structuring 2013, 67-71
  • Private equity funds: Foreign source dividends from German and foreign partnerships with non-German partners - part I
    IStR 2013, 314-320 - (in German)
  • Domestic income - foreign income
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 20.06.2013
  • Legislature approves long-awaited tax reforms
    Tax Notes International, 70/12, 2013, 1167-1168 (together with Stephan Viskorf/Hardy Fischer)
  • Minimumtaxation
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 20.02.2013 - (in German)
  • All we need is cash
    Guide to the world's leading Tax Advisers 2012
  • Cross-border tax arbitrage
    IStR Special Edition IFA-Congress 2012, 685-693 - (in German)
  • Corporations with registered office abroad require a managing director or controlling shareholder in Germany to be subject to unlimited tax liability
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 05.09.2012 - (in German)
  • Unreturned liabilities during liquidation do not lead to taxable profit
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 30.07.2012 - (in German)
  • Tax treatment of private equity funds - Have the rules changed?
    Journal of International Taxation, dateline Germany, 2012, 53-55
  • Management as the centre somewhere in periphery
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 26.04.2012 - (in German)
  • Doubts about the "broadened concept of group" for purposes of the interest barrier rule pursuant to sec. 4h para. 3 clause 6 Income Tax Act - Control in accordance with accounting standards decisive
    FR 2012, 357-358 - (in German)
  • The interest barrier opens
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 29.02.2012 - (in German)
  • Valuation of shares in case of falling market prices at fiscal year end
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 11.01.2012 - (in German)
  • Domestic sub-entreprenueurs as a permanent establishment of a foreign principal?
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 01.12.2011 - (in German)
  • Private equity funds - Income from asset management or business income of permanent establishments
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 09.11.2011 - (in German)
  • Media funds on trial again?
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 29.09.2011 - (in German)
  • German Federal Fiscal Court restricts extended trade tax deduction!
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 21.07.2011 - (in German)
  • News Analysis: Germany's rising real estate transfer tax rates
    WTD online, 2011, WTD 117/6, ILO online, 7.8.2011 (together with Hardy Fischer)
  • Destiny of subordinate shareholder loan liabilities at liquidation
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 25.05.2011 - (in German)
  • Offsetting of losses and minimum-taxation
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 06.04.2011 - (in German)
  • Value added tax on private sales on eBay
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 16.02.2011 - (in German)
  • Further increased real estate transfer tax rate as of 2011/2012
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 05.01.2011 - (in German)
  • "Permanent impairment" because of actual losses?
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 17.11.2010 - (in German)
  • How tax law impedes restructurings
    JUVE Manual Business Law Firm 2010/2011, 252-253 - (in German)
  • Practical restructuring tax law - desire and reality
    StJB 2009/2010, 363-414 - (in German)
  • Acquisition of distressed receivables subject to value added tax?
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 13.10.2010 - (in German)
  • Loan waiver gains and loss in value in case of debt financed assets
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 01.09.2010 - (in German)
  • About abuse in case of real estate owning companies
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 11.08.2010 - (in German)
  • Sec. 25 real estate investments: Special forms of participation
    in: Jesch/Striegel/Boxberger (Eds.), Law Manual Private Equity 2010, 723-739 (together with Hardy Fischer) - (in German)
  • Where has all our money gone? - Losses of the losers and gains of the winners
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 07.07.2010 - (in German)
  • Defaulted shareholder loans
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 09.06.2010 - (in German)
  • Evaluation of the interest barrier rule
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 09.06.2010 - (in German)
  • Restructuring gains are not taxable: the order of the day - not a privilege!
    DB 18/2010, M I (Editorial) - (in German)
    Handelsblatt online, Steuerboard, 21.04.2010 - (in German)
  • A practicable crisis tax law more pressing than ever - an appeal to the legislature and administration
    FR 2010, 249-258 - (in German)
  • Debt restructuring measures to overcome the crisis
    P+P Pöllath + Partners 2009, Online-Version
  • Real estate investments inbound/outbound - current issues in relation to financing and losses, first practical hints and guidelines after the corporate tax reform in 2008
    in: Raupach/Pohl/Töben/Sieker (Eds.), International Tax Law in practice - (in German)
  • Debt restructuring measures to overcome the crisis
    NWB 2009, 1484-1499 (together with Allit Lohbeck/Gerhard Specker) - (in German)
  • Current tax issues with regard to inbound-investments in German real estate: rental income, sales profit, trade tax, interest barrier rule
    FR 2009, 151-162 (together with Allit Lohbeck/Hardy Fischer) - (in German)
  • Repercussions of the financial crisis: a tax (revenue) crisis?
    Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers 2008, 91-93
  • You must take the interest barrier rule into consideration at every investment
    Venture Capital Magazine, Special Edition "Munich Private Equity Training 2008", 14-15 - (in German)
  • New German interest deduction rules - Wish, will and reality
    JUVE Handbook 2008, 386-387
  • The interest barrier rule from the point of view of a foreign investor, in particular regarding real estate investments of private equity funds
    Ubg 2008, 149-160 (together with Hardy Fischer) - (in German)
  • Coporate income tax and trade tax with regard to domestic real estate investments of foreign corporations
    in: Transactions, Assets, Pro Bono - Commemorative Publication for the 10th Anniversary of P+P Pöllath + Partners 2008, 211-232 (together with Allit Lohbeck) - (in German)
  • Wish, will, reality
    DB Supplement 2007, 356-357 - (in German)
  • The interest barrier rule - findings and critique
    FR 2007, 739-746 - (in German)
  • Entanglement and disentanglement of private shares in corporations
    FR 2007, 159-171 (together with Sören Reckwardt) - (in German)
  • The interest barrier rule - regulation concept and open questions
    BB 2007, 974-978 - (in German)
  • The interest barrier rule for corporations
    GmbHR 2007, 532-535 (together with Hardy Fischer) - (in German)
  • Double deduction of losses in consolidated tax groups
    FR 2002, 425-437 (together with Björn Schulte-Rummel) - (in German)
  • No trade tax on dividends and gains from the share sales in case of interposed partnerships
    FR 2002, 361-373 - (in German)
  • German tax reform 2001 new taxation of domestic/foreign source dividends and share capital gains
    ITR 2001
  • Accidental consequences of the envisaged changes of sec. 26 para. 2 clause 1 Tax Reorganisation Act
    IWB 2001, 1773-1778 (together with Helder Schnittker) - (in German)
  • Tax reduction law – Tax exemption of share disposal gains pursuant to sec. 8b para. 2 Corporate Tax Act
    FR 2000, 905-917 - (in German)
  • German taxation of the cross-border repayment of equity contributions
    in: H.-J. Kleineidam (Ed.), Corporate policy and international taxation, Commermorative publication for Lutz Fischer for his 60st birthday 1999, 983 - 1005 - (in German)
  • Tax incentive measures in the New German Federal States
    StBKR 1998, 381-429 - (in German)
  • German trusts defy definition
    ITR 1997
  • Financial and tax-related consequences of the property restitution
    Germany/East special 12-13/1997, 1 - (in German)
  • Taxation of internationally operating law firms - system or chaos
    IWB 1997, 1253 et seqq. - (in German)
  • Requirements for a tax-privileged advance payment: contractual agreement , due date, contractual obligation
    Germany/East special 51-52/1996, 1 et seqq. - (in German)
  • The public authotity`s claims against privatized and not yet privatized companies
    Germany/East special 27/1996, 1 - (in German)
  • The German Tax Incentive Act: a practical guide
    RWS, 1996 - (in German)
  • Income tax implications of distributions from corporations entitled to restitution to privat shareholders with substantial and non-substantial participations
    DStR 1995, 828 et seqq. - (in German)
  • Special tax issues for companies in the New German Federal States
    Auditor manual for corporate taxation 1995, 427 et seqq. - (in German)
  • Tax incentives for business activity in the New German Federal States
    StBKR 1995, 269 et seqq. - (in German)
  • Overview of special write-downs pursuant to sec. 3 and 4 Tax Incentive Act (Fördergesetz)
    Germany/East special 46/1995, 1 et seqq. - (in German)
  • Tax-neutral retransfer of real estate to the partners/shareholders of corporations and partnerships entitled to restitution
    Germany/East special 15-16/1995, 1 - (in German)
  • Holding companies - Germany
    Bulletin for International Fiscal Documentation, 48/ 6-7,1994, 285
  • Case studies on civil, trade and tax law aspects of the different restitution alternatives
    WiB 1994, 621-624 (together with Andrea von Drygalski) - (in German)
    WiB 1994, 578-583 (together with Andrea von Drygalski) - (in German)
  • Return of company assets in the former East Germany, case studies on civil, trade and tax law aspects
    WiB 1994, 544-546 (together with Andrea von Drygalski) - (in German)
  • Tax law report the New German Federal States
    NWB, 1994 - (in German)
  • Tax case law regarding the New German Federal States
    Germany/East special 3/1994, 3 - (in German)
  • Overview of the tax authority's instructions (Former East Germany)
    Germany/East special 2/1994, 3 - 7 - (in German)
  • The uniformity of the German tax law - experiences during and after the privatisation of companies in the New German Federal States
    Tax law report - New German Federal States, part II 1994, 3 et seqq. - (in German)
    Tax law report - New German Federal States, part I 1992, 3 et seqq. - (in German)
  • Real estate transfer tax regarding the trade of restitution claims
    DStR 1993, 1085 - (in German)
  • Special write-downs of real estate / construction measures (sec 3 Fördergesetz)
    GDR Special 49/1993, 1 - (in German)
  • Again: Real estate transfer tax regarding the trade of restitution claims
    GDR Special 49/1993, 1 (together with Roland Fabian) - (in German)
  • Overview of tax case law and the tax authority's instructions (East Germany)
    GDR Special 39/1993, 5 - 8 (together with chamber) - (in German)
  • Production cooperative of craft (PGH) - tax implications of transformations and distributiona in 1990 and 1991
    GDR Special 38/1993, 5 - (in German)
  • Real estate transfer tax regarding the trade of restitution claims
    GDR Special 35/1993, 1 (together with Roland Fabian) - (in German)
    GDR Special 26/1993, 1 (together with Roland Fabian) - (in German)
  • Temporal scope of the Real Estate Transfer Tax Act from 1983
    GDR Special 32/1993, 5 - (in German)
  • The impact of the date of issue of the land transaction permit on the real estate transfer tax rate
    GDR Special 31/1993, 4 - (in German)
  • Real estate transfer tax depending on the land transaction permit
    GDR Special 31/1993, 4 - (in German)
  • Overview of the tax authority's instructions with regard to the New German Federal States
    GDR Special 52/53/1992, 1 - (in German)
  • Loss financing of former state owned companies through capital contributions of the Treuhandanstalt - Tax implications of exemption comittments
    GDR Special 35/1992, 1-3 - (in German)
  • Tax benefits for real estate through special write-downs in the New German Federal States
    GDR Special 23/1992, 2 - (in German)
  • Doubts about the capital formation of companies obligated to accounting in "DM"
    GDR Special 3/1992, 1 - (in German)
  • Overview of tax administrative orders with regard to the New German Federal States
    GDR Special 29/1992, 2 - (in German)
  • Real estate transfer taxation of contracts on the tranfer of assets and shares between fromer state owned companies (Treuhandgesellschaften)
    GDR Special 21/1992, 2 - (in German)
  • The "DM"-Accounting Act: Equity-approach and realisation of losses
    GDR Special 15/1992, 2 - (in German)
  • The uniformity of the German tax law - experiences during and after the privatisation of companies in the New German Federal States
    Tax law report - New German Federal States, part I 1992, 3 et seqq. - (in German)
  • Tax consequences of the liquidation and insolvency of the limited partnership
    Munich Manual of Corporate Law, Vol. 2, 1991, 954 - 979 - (in German)
  • The tax consequences of the shareholders‘ step out (Kommanditgesellschaft)
    Munich Manual of Corporate Law, Vol. 2, 1991, 723 - 742 - (in German)
  • Taxes when founding and contributing capital (Kommanditgesellschaft)
    Munich Manual of Corporate Law, Vol. 2, 1991, 1148 - 1154 - (in German)
  • Management buy-out
    GDR Special 49/1991, 4
  • Acquisition costs at an "asset deal/share deal" in consideration of investment commitments and employment garantees - tax implications
    GDR Special 39/1991, 6 - (in German)
  • Serious doubts about the legality of taxing sales of restitution claims
    GDR Special 38/1991, 6 - (in German)
  • Production cooperative of craft (PGH) - transformation/loss carry-forward
    GDR Special 38/1991, 4 - (in German)
  • Dept assumption by the Treuhandanstalt and compensation claims
    GDR Special 30/1991, 1 - (in German)
  • One or two currencies for Germany - the currency translation as a new chargeable event
    GDR Special 29/1991, 4 - (in German)
  • Restructuring measures for the purpose of offsetting the losses
    GDR Special 21/1991, 2-3 - (in German)
  • Treatment of profit distributions in the former East Germany
    GDR Special 19/1991, 8 - (in German)
  • Restructuring of companies
    GDR Special 16/1991, 7 - (in German)
  • Solidarity tax - short fiscal year - GDR-corporations
    GDR Special 16/1991, 6-7 - (in German)
  • Unsolved problems at the taxation of corporations in the former East Germany
    GDR Special 11/1991, 4-5 - (in German)
  • The income tax implications of contractual retroactive effects of share purchases
    GDR Special 10/1991, 6 - (in German)
  • Restructuring for the purpose of privatisation
    GDR Special 9/1991, 1 - (in German)
  • Explanations about the tax assessment in 1990 of the Federal Ministry of Finance
    GDR Special 6/1991, 5 - (in German)
  • Foreign investments in Eastern Europe
    Journal of International Taxation 1991
  • The income taxation of German employees in the former East Germany
    GDR Special 28/1990, 3 - (in German)
  • Problems with the taxation of permanent establishments
    GDR Special 24/1990, 1 - (in German)
  • Transfer of real estate to enterprises transformed into coporations
    GDR Special 23/1990, 4 - (in German)
  • Annotation to the directive on the taxation of former "volkseigene Kombinate" transformed into corporations
    GDR Special 20/1990, 4 - (in German)
  • Discrimination against GDR entrepeneurs because of the translation with the daily rates published
    GDR Special 11/1990, 2 - (in German)
  • Problems with the value added tax on deliveries beyond the Berlin Agreement
    GDR Special 7/8/1990, 4 - (in German)
  • Dividend distributions tax when distributing tax free GDR income
    GDR Special 6/1990, 3 - (in German)
  • Consumption tax on food import
    GDR Special 6/1990, 3 - (in German)
  • Sec. 3 no. 63 Income Tax Act and the German Federal Trade Tax
    GDR Special 5/1990, 2 - (in German)
  • Capitalization of originally intangible assets and special items – tax implications
    GDR Special 43/44/1990, 9 - (in German)
  • Unsolved problems concerning the production cooperative of craft
    GDR Special 42/1990, 1 - (in German)
  • Transition of the special loss account in connection with a company purchase
    GDR Special 41/1990, 5 - (in German)
  • Delivery gains due to currency conversion
    GDR Special 38/1990, 1 - (in German)
  • No tax exemption for reprivatized companies
    GDR Special 37/1990, 8 - (in German)
  • Taxation in 1990
    GDR Special 37/1990, 7 - (in German)
  • Problems of the real estate transfer tax
    GDR Special 37/1990 - (in German)
  • Mergers with retroactive tax effects
    GDR Special 34/1990, 7 - (in German)
  • Interpretation of the GDR directive about investment grants
    GDR Special 33/1990, 6 - (in German)
  • Discrimination against permanent establishments in the former East Germany
    GDR Special 31/1990, 3 - (in German)
  • Working instructions by the East Berlin Ministry of Finance
    GDR Special 30/1990, 6 - (in German)
  • East German corporations and capital transfer tax
    GDR Special 30/1990, 6 - (in German)
  • Registration of property claims by foreigners
    GDR Special 30/1990, 3 - (in German)
  • Reduction rights pursuant to sec. 26 para. 4 Value Added Tax Act for good deliveries from the GDR are still valid
    GDR Special 29/1990, 5 - (in German)
  • Tax-free distribution of the GDR-investment allowance
    GDR Special 29/1990, 1 - (in German)
  • Unification Treaty in the FRG - GDR / tax law
    GDR Special 28/990, 1 - (in German)
  • Tax law in the GDR
    GDR Special 28/1990, 1 - (in German)
  • GDR corporations have problems with the advance return for value added tax
    GDR Special 27/1990, 1 - (in German)
  • Transitional tax provisions as of January the 1st in 1991
    GDR Special 26/1990, 2 - (in German)
  • Intended simplification of the employee taxation
    GDR Special 25/1990, 4 - (in German)
  • Problems with the employee taxation
    GDR Special 25/1990, 2 - (in German)
  • Liability for GDR-wage taxes
    GDR Special 22/1990, 3 - (in German)
  • Taxation of licence and know how fees in the German-German commercial trade
    GDR Special 22/1990, 2 - (in German)
  • Thoughts on how to avoid double income taxation
    GDR Special 22/1990, 2 - (in German)
  • Further changes in the German tax law due to the Unification Treaty
    GDR Special 21/1990, 3 - (in German)
  • Value added tax in the German-German commercial relations as of July the 1st in 1990
    GDR Special 19/1990, 1 - (in German)
  • German assistance measure insufficient?
    GDR Special 18/1990, 1 - (in German)
  • Information about the tax law in the FRG and GDR
    GDR Special 17/1990, 5 - (in German)
  • State Treaty and changes of the Value Added Tax Act
    GDR Special 13/1990, 1 - (in German)
  • Taxation of the GDR-companies with income
    GDR Special 11/1990, 2 - (in German)
  • Value added tax free transport service
    GDR Special 11/1990, 2 - (in German)
  • Unsolved problems at the real estate transfer tax and the inheritance tax
    GDR Special 10/1991, 6-7 - (in German)
  • Value added tax and income tax of ambulant trade
    GDR Special 10/1990, 2 - (in German)
  • Draft of the Bonn State Treaty: Adoption of the Federal German tax law
    GDR Special 10/1990, 1 - (in German)
  • Current tax issues
    GDR Special 4/1990, 2 - (in German)
  • The opening of the GDR borders leads to great problems with the value added tax
    Handelsblatt vom 17.04.1990
  • Eastern Europe - Current investment strategies [lecture] special seminar on current international tax issues
    Texts of Seminar Papers 1990
  • Tax reform efforts in the GDR
    The Market Economy 1990 - (in German)
  • The taxation of the German-German commercial trade
    Nomos, 1985 - (in German)
  • The taxation of German real estate investments in the USA
    DStR 1982, 3 - (in German)