Comment: This firm, one of the best-known names for advice on company succession and trusts, still comes highly recommended in this field. This is chiefly due to the well-regarded expertise of Mannheim partner Scherer. As well as long-known clients like a branch of the Wella family, new clients are seeking SZA’s advice, e.g. in a complex shareholder dispute in a large Nordrhein-Westfalen corporate. The practice’s renown is also documented by the fact that it is often called on for new legal issues, e.g. the law of descent.
Strengths: Extensive experience in succession planning and relocation issues, trusts, advice to large high-net-worth families and family branches.
Recommended: Dr. Stephan Scherer (“highly skilled”, “very competent”, competitors), Dr. Martin Feick.
Practice: All-round advice on company succession (inheritance law and inheritance tax law, prenups, incl. international aspects) and wealth planning (wealth management contracts, family asset management, investments, exit taxation) for family businesses and HNWIs and extensive trust expertise (families, double trusts), mainly for businesses and in cooperation with the strong ?corporate and ?tax practices. Advice also on ?M&A transactions, art law, will execution, litigation and voluntary declarations. (2 partners, 5 associates, plus various lawyers in corporate and tax)
Clients: ?? Freudenberg shareholder living in Germany and abroad on succession planning; Voith shareholder on structuring family businesses (trusts, succession advice). Ongoing advice to Wella heirs, Renolit shareholder, dm.
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