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Legal and Tax Advice for your Business and Estate

Dr. Witzel & Partner is a Law firm located in Frankfurt, Germany. We advise on corporate and tax law matters with a particular focus on family businesses and estate planning for high net-worth individuals.

Our lawyers and tax experts have acquired extensive track records in the fields of tax, trust, corporate and banking law while working with renown large international law firms and Big-4-audit firms.

In those areas we are a genuine alternative to large law firms. We address your needs with enthusiasm and develop and implement holistic solutions to your problems. In a cross-border context we work closely together with experts from our international network – at reasonable costs.

Real Estate Law

We will assist you with all matters regarding the sale and purchase of real property. We offer one-stop solutions, including, but not limited to the restructuring and financing of your real estate portfolio and the corresponding legal and tax aspects. You intend to gift your real property to a family member? We will be happy to take care of it and to reconcile with your overall estate planning.

Tax and Corporate Planning

Owner-operated businesses require particular attention and adaption to the constant amendments and challenges posed by legal and tax aspects. Changing market conditions, a succession planning or an intented disposal of the business can trigger the necessity for a reorganization. We will make those as tax-efficient and hassle-free as possible for you.

Succession Planning, Gifts, Inheritances

Asset Protection and the perpetuation of your family’s estate is of utmost importance and requires thorough consideration of tax and legal aspects in advance. We will provide you with tailored and well-balanced solutions as to the preservation of your family’s estate that will avoid detrimental fragmentations and family disputes and will minimize the estate and gift tax burden to the extent possible.

Domestic and overseas trusts, foundations and associations

We provide advice to trusts, foundations and corporate associations regarding all ongoing tax and legal as well as administrative matters. Domestic and overseas trusts offer various options to structure your estate and family business in accordance to your preferences, including when setting up a succession plan or when moving abroad.

Shareholder Disputes

Disputes among shareholders and family members can be burdensome but sometimes cannot be avoided. We will render the best litigation and mediation advice possible to you by drawing from our long-standing negotiation experience and thorough assessment of your counterparty’s specific interests and weaknesses.

Contract Arrangements and Negotiations

A solid contract not only serves the purpose intended by the parties but also does so in a tax-efficient and forward-looking fashion. By that a well-drafted contract will save you tax and future litigation costs and prove functional even in case of future legal and factual changes. We will make the efforts so that you don’t have to.

Corporate Restructuring Law and Tax Law

Tax and legal changes, an intended sale of the business and many other circumstances may require a (prior) restructuring of the business. We will enable you to achieve a legally compliant and tax-efficient structure and to ensure a smooth execution of the transaction. The same holds true for the preparation of business expansion plans and of succession plannings. We make it our business to facilitate your business.

Securities and Banking Law

Securities and Banking Law is very strict: Seemingly straight-forward sales activities can result in severe secondary liability claims, if no appropriate license form the supervisory authorities had been obtained. Faulty notifications with the authorities can trigger severe consequences and even lead to the forfeiture of dividend rights. On the other hands investors can make use of mistakes made by banks and asset mangers in order to pursue their rights. Rely on our experts when you encounter securities and supervisory issues.

Voluntary Disclosures, Criminal Tax Law

A long-term and broad experience in dealing with fiscal authorities, tax investigators and law-enforcement agencies is essential when it comes to a valid and succesful voluntary disclosure of tax-fraud. We have that experience. Even in cases where a voluntary disclosure is not available, we will work hard for you together with our associated trial lawyer to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Real Estate Law

We will assist you with all matters regarding the sale and purchase of real property. We offer one-stop solutions, including, but not limited to the restructuring and financing of your real estate portfolio and the corresponding legal and tax aspects. You intend to gift your real property to a family member? We will be happy to take care of it and to reconcile with your overall estate planning.

Notary

Our team includes a service oriented notary public. Our notary public can notarise and legalise all required documents in connection with real estate and corporate transactions as well as in all succession planning matters (donations, will, trusts etc.). As a consequence we are able to implement out of one hand – for instance – newly developed family strategies effectively and in a tax optimised way. Notarizations can be effectuated in German and English language.

Dr. Witzel & Partner
Rechtsanwälte • Steuerberater
Witzel & Wiffler
Partnerschaft von Steuerberatern

Arndtstr. 31
60325 Frankfurt

T. +49 -69- 34 87 42 310
F. +49 -69- 34 87 42 319
info@witzel-law.com