Comment: Activity at this respected firm for company succession and trusts is dominated by all-round advice to HNWIs, family offices and family-managed companies by a large number of partners, without the formal HKLW private clients practice necessarily being involved. This gives the field a huge breadth within the partnership, but occasionally makes specialist advice more difficult, although the team itself is steadily raising its level of specialization, as shown by the arrival of tax criminal lawyer Dr. Hanno Kiesel (from Ernst & Young) in Stuttgart. The firm is thus growing in the southwest in an area already well covered by Düsseldorf and Zurich.
Recommended: Dirk Kolvenbach, Gerd Kostrzewa.
Practice: Partner-centric ?tax and succession planning for family businesses and HNWIs: corporate advice related to company succession (incl. ?M&A), wills, family constitutions, inheritance contracts, trusts, also prenups and divorce settlements/right to a compulsory portion. Retrospective declarations and voluntary declarations/ ?tax criminal law in connection with Switzerland. (16 equity partners, 5 salary partners, 5 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Dereco (multi-family office) on JV setup and acquisition of 2 construction fields; Mittelstand hotel group and shareholders on sale of hotel and restaurant businesses.
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