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GERMAN COMMERCIAL LAW FIRMS Tax 2019

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Rating: The law firm has been one of the most important players in Munich for years. This is mainly thanks to the reputation of the partner Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, who withdrew from the partnership at the turn of the year but will initially continue to act as of counsel. However, it is not only because of him that the firm enjoys an outstanding reputation when it comes to advising wealthy private clients. A team of younger partners has established itself, mainly in group tax law, some of whom advise very large and well-known companies on complex restructuring measures, transactions and proceedings before tax courts. With the recruitment of Dr. Rainer Spatscheck, who is highly respected in the market and came from Streck Mack Schwedhelm almost a year ago, the firm is now not only one of the most sought-after law firms for criminal tax law, but has also significantly increased its nationwide prominence.

Focus: Restructuring, corporate tax lawsuits, transaction taxes, criminal tax law, income tax, VAT, private clients

What others say: “Spatscheck seems to have settled in well.”

Key clients: medium-sized firms/family businesses, large German corporations, wealthy private clients

Often recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, Dr. Rainer Spatscheck, Dr. Gerhard Widmayer


Criminal tax law

Rating: Only a year ago, the Munich-based multidisciplinary law firm, which is meanwhile a major player in criminal tax law, hardly played a role in this field. With the arrival of the well-known Dr. Rainer Spatscheck in the spring of 2018, this changed in one swoop, as he is one of the leading authorities in criminal tax law in Germany. As defence counsel in the Goldfinger suit and in the Wiesbaden cum-ex proceedings, which are currently garnering the greatest interest, Spatscheck remains represented in what are currently among the most prominent criminal tax law mandates, even after switching law firms. Moreover, the criminal tax lawyers have succeeded in networking themselves within the firm. Thus they are brought on board by their colleagues in an increasingly preventive capacity for some mandates - particularly those involving complex voluntary disclosures.

What others say: “Since joining Kantenwein, Spatscheck remains one of the most prominent criminal tax lawyers on the market.”

Focus: Individual defence, corporate defence, advice on preventing tax crime, internal investigation

Key clients: Major German corporations, medium-sized firms/family businesses, banks, private clients, executives

Often recommended: Dr. Rainer Spatscheck ("very good advisor", "the institution in criminal tax law", both competitors)


Wealthy Private Clients

Rating: The Munich-based law firm is a recognised authority when it comes to advising wealthy private individuals, especially in southern Germany. This is not least due to the reputation of the partner Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, who withdrew from the partnership at the turn of the year but will initially continue to act as of counsel. The firm has long had a number of younger partners in its ranks who continuously advise various HNIs on tax and inheritance law. In addition, a young salary partner now also supports the practice in company law, meaning that the traditionally tax-centred firm can advise its clients more comprehensively than before. Trust/Foundation law remains another pillar in the firm’s work. Annett Kuhli, who is becoming increasingly prominent in the market, stands out in particular. First points of contact also become apparent with the fairly young criminal tax law practice centred around the renowned Dr. Rainer Spatscheck, for example in collaborations on complex voluntary disclosures.

Focus: Inheritance tax planning, corporate succession, FO structuring, taxation of art assets, trust/foundation law, non-profit status, tax reporting

Key clients: Medium-Sized firms/family companies, HNI, foundation

Often recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, Dr. Annett Kuhli


GERMAN COMMERCIAL LAW FIRMS 2019

Dispute Resolution

It is remarkable what large-scale cases the comparatively small team is able to handle. The law firm essentially owes these mandates, which are usually complex for a regional firm, to its specialised tax and accounting expertise. It is this distinguishing feature which sets it apart from its competitors, that causes its clients to seek its advice, for instance providing cross-border advice for an insurance group in various civil and tax disputes or advice on large energy law arbitration cases in the gas industry. The law firm recently even extended its competence by a criminal law specialist, criminal tax lawyer Dr. Rainer Spatscheck, who represents one of the defendants in the Munich cum-ex criminal proceedings among others. The multidisciplinary law firm is also often seen in professional liability cases and also acts as counsel for individuals in shareholder disputes. A particularly large mandate currently involves representing a wealthy private individual in a dispute over a telecommunications company. Kröck and Kuhli are also often sought after as arbitrators in DIS proceedings.


Often recommended: Dr. Alexander Kröck (“extensive litigation experience, structured and thorough”, competitor), Dr. Thomas Kantenwein (“especially effective in business-oriented proceedings”, competitor), Dr. Annett Kuhli, Marcus van Bevern


Succession/Assets/Trusts

Providing advice on succession and advising foundations has always been one of the mainstays of the Munich-based multidisciplinary law firm, which is predominantly active in southern Germany. The focus is now increasingly on younger partners such as Kuhli, who are developing the business and attracting new large assets that so far remained inaccessible to the law firm. Given the increasing internationalisation of families (and their assets), the experience that many partners have previously gained in major law firms is also beneficial. Although the recruitment of the renowned Streck Mack Schwedhelm partner Rainer Spatscheck does not have a bearing on its core private client consulting activities, it does strengthen the important interface to criminal tax law.

Often recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, Dr. Annett Kuhli


Criminal Tax Law

The recruitment of Spatscheck, who joined Kantenwein with other tax experts in the spring, immediately made the Munich-based multidisciplinary law firm, which had previously not engaged in criminal tax law activities worth mentioning, a major player in this field. This is because the new partner, one of the most renowned authorities in this country, brought prominent mandates with him. He is one of the most sought-after consultants in both cum-ex and cum-cum cases, and he and his team are also involved in the Goldfinger suit. So, it’s not so much a question of whether the team will continue to play an important role in the market, but above all whether it will manage to gain mandates at the interfaces to other tax and corporate law work of the law firm, such as advice on preventing tax crime.


South - Munich Region

The multidisciplinary law firm enjoys an excellent reputation in the Munich market, especially as a litigation specialist. The partners, who are praised by competitors as “outstanding”, are regularly involved in large-scale proceedings that would also suit major law firms. In line with this development, the team was recently joined by a recognised criminal lawyer: The new partner Spatscheck is one of the best-known authorities in the field of criminal tax law and, for example, represents a defendant in the cum-ex proceedings. The new team member will expand the range of advisory services of the law firm, which combines corporate law know-how with tax and accounting law expertise. The partners also regularly apply their interface skills in complex arbitration proceedings, the energy sector being just one of the focuses. The fact that Kuhli is increasingly being appointed as an arbitrator underscores the pioneering role of the law firm in this sector. She also specialises in advising on wealth and succession issues, where her clients mainly include entrepreneurial families and foundations.

Often recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, Dr. Alexander Kröck (“reliable and highly qualified”, “considerable litigation experience, structured and thorough”, “excellent analyst, deep understanding of the facts”, competitor), Dr. Annett Kuhli (“smart, dynamic, analytical, flexible and assertive”, “outstanding”, competitor), Dr. Gerhard Widmayer, Dr. Rainer Spatscheck

GERMAN COMMERCIAL LAW FIRMS 2018

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Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation and Liability

This recommended litigation and arbitration practice at the Munich-based firm stands out from the competition primarily due to its tax and accounting know-how. Kantenwein and van Bevern scored points recently with their expertise at the interface to auditing and legal advice when they represented a company founder in post-M&A arbitration proceedings following the sale of the company. The focus on energy disputes has grown considerably: the work for a German energy corporation on the efficacy of long-term power purchase agreements, which kept a team headed up by Kröck on its toes, shows once again that the firm’s clients also entrust it with extremely high-volume disputes. The fact that Kantenwein acts on a level with much larger outfits is also reflected in the associates it has once again managed to draw away from renowned major firms.

Recommended: Dr. Alexander Kröck (“highly experienced in litigation; structured and thorough”, competitor), Dr. Thomas Kantenwein (“esp. strong in business-heavy proceedings”, competitor), Marcus van Bevern (“experienced litigator”, competitor), Dr. Annett Kuhli (“clever, energetic, analytical, flexible”, competitor).


Tax

This Munich MDP respected in tax boasts a loyal base of Mittelstand clients (incl. many family businesses) which it advises on an ongoing basis and in projects. When it comes to providing structuring advice to company groups, KZFK&P holds its own against much larger outfits. The team also made a name for itself in complex tax disputes, thanks to close ties to the company succession and trusts practice. This often plays a central role in new deal work and creates space for further specialties, e.g. advice on land transfer tax.

Recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, Franz Willibald, Dr. Gerhard Widmayer (“very well connected”, competitor), Dr. Annett Kuhli.


Region South: Munich

This recommended Munich-based MDP firm is known in the market first and foremost for its litigation expertise. Here it combines corporate know-how with tax and accounting law skills, making it stand out from the competition in the litigation and arbitration scene. The firm was able to strengthen its focus on energy disputes, as reflected in advice to a German energy corporation concerning a lawsuit to determine the validity of two long-term power purchase agreements brought against power plant customers. This example also proves that clients entrust the firm with extremely high-volume disputes. Meanwhile, young partner Kuhli is being appointed as arbitrator more and more often. In the field of tax law, numerous clients once again relied on the team’s expertise in structuring matters, while the firm is also involved in the ever more significant topic of M&A insurance. It is also traditionally active in succession plans, esp. concerning trusts.

Recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein (“particularly strong in business-heavy proceedings”, competitor), Dr. Alexander Kröck, Dr. Annett Kuhli, Dr. Gerhard Widmayer, Franz Willibald.

GERMAN COMMERCIAL LAW FIRMS 2017

Dispute Resolution

Commercial Litigation and Liability: Litigation

Thanks to its tax and business expertise, this respected firm for litigation and arbitration proceedings counts among the most renowned advisors in disputes with an accounting law background. For instance Kuhli, who is seen in the market as an aspiring arbitrator, also won her first instructions in this capacity due in part to her know-how in tax-driven restructuring. Following several departures, the firm recently managed to bolster its substructure through the addition of experienced associates from large firms. Moreover, a salary partner was appointed who is specialized in corporate litigation. The firm was active for the first time in the extensive legal enforcement of a significant title in Germany on behalf of a foreign client. Kröck, who also expanded his work in gas price arbitration proceedings, is primarily responsible for this instruction. Overall, the practice’s focus shifted towards arbitration proceedings, despite the firm having a respected banking litigation specialist among its ranks in van Bevern.

Recommended: Dr. Alexander Kröck (“experienced, confident and extremely diligent as arbitrator”, “good analyst, immerses himself in the facts”, competitors), Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, Marcus van Bevern, Dr. Annett Kuhli (“dedicated litigator”, competitor).


Arbitration/Mediation

Thanks to its tax and business expertise, this respected firm for litigation and arbitration proceedings counts among the most renowned advisors in disputes with an accounting law background. For instance Kuhli, who is seen in the market as an aspiring arbitrator, also won her first instructions in this capacity due in part to her know-how in tax-driven restructuring. Following several departures, the firm recently managed to bolster its substructure through the addition of experienced associates from large firms. Moreover, a salary partner was appointed who is specialized in corporate litigation. The firm was active for the first time in the extensive legal enforcement of a significant title in Germany on behalf of a foreign client. Kröck, who also expanded his work in gas price arbitration proceedings, is primarily responsible for this instruction. Overall, the practice’s focus shifted towards arbitration proceedings, despite the firm having a respected banking litigation specialist among its ranks in van Bevern.

Recommended: Dr. Alexander Kröck (“experienced, confident and extremely diligent as arbitrator”, “good analyst, immerses himself in the facts”, competitors), Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, Marcus van Bevern, Dr. Annett Kuhli (“dedicated litigator”, competitor).


Tax Structuring and Litigation

This respected tax practice is growing at a similarly steady pace to the closely related company succession and trusts practice, a field that features heavily in tax structuring advice. Work for a well-known, high-net-worth family on the divestiture of assets following legal action shows the high regard in which the practice is held by notable clients. KZFK is branching into tax litigation.

Recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, Franz Willibald, Dr. Gerhard Widmayer, Dr. Annett Kuhli (“excellent tax lawyer”, competitor).


Munich

This recommended Munich firm enjoys an outstanding reputation, esp. in the areas of tax and dispute resolution. Competitors praise the firmly established city outfit for its “magnificent expertise”, an appraisal which was recently reflected in some remarkable instructions. Kröck and Kuhli are praised time and again by clients for their good connections in the arbitration scene. They attracted an international gas corporation as a new client, which they are representing in arbitration proceedings, while another partner assisted Deutsche Pfandbriefbank in acquiring a portfolio of credits and derivatives from the Aareal Bank. Meanwhile the transaction tax expert that moved from Weil Gotshal the previous year has integrated into the firm well, as evidenced by his close collaboration with Widmayer – an extremely knowledgeable specialist when it comes to tax advice concerning company restructuring. With Kantenwein, the firm also boasts a well-known advisor on succession matters and shareholder disputes. KZFKP is now looking to broaden its currently rather focused range of advice: newly appointed salary partner Stefan Hackel is set to expand corporate advice.

Recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, Dr. Alexander Kröck (“great deal of litigation experience”, “structured and meticulous”, competitors), Dr. Annett Kuhli (“excellent collaboration and appreciation for the client”, client on both), Dr. Gerhard Widmayer, Franz Willibald.

GERMAN COMMERCIAL LAW FIRMS 2016

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Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation and Liability

This firm is respected for litigation and arbitration and gained ground in Munich. The MDP specializes in cases with a tax or accounting background and landed a notable number of new clients via the lawyers' excellent network of executives. Kröck advised a DAX executive board on potential external and internal liability and resolved the dispute out of court. His arbitration work is shifting towards price adjustments in gas storage contracts, though the arbitration practice often displays antitrust expertise as well. A salary partner became a Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) lawyer last year, and two young partners have now left. Kuhli, who enjoys a growing amount of client praise, was appointed equity partner.

Recommended: Dr. Alexander Kröck ("outstanding, vast experience", "well-structured way of working and diligent", competitors), Dr. Thomas Kantenwein ("excellent in proceedings with a strong business management element", competitor), Marcus van Bevern, Dr. Annett Kuhli ("good network in the arbitration scene", client).


Tax

This respected MDP in tax traditionally boasts expertise on the interface with company succession and trusts. The promotion of Dr. Annett Kuhli, who specializes in the latter, to the equity partnership bears witness to the firm's success. Corporate and transaction tax gained ground: Widmayer landed some major structuring and appraisal instructions, incl. the restructuring of a well-known commercial enterprise. KZFK also brought in its first distinguished transaction tax specialist, long-time Weil Gotshal lawyer Sven Ceranowski, while the experienced Willibald moved into counsel status. The practice made headway in the field of tax advisor liability.

Recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, Franz Willibald, Dr. Gerhard Widmayer ("extremely reliable and precise", competitor).


Region South: Munich

This firm comes recommended in Munich especially for its expertise in the fields of litigation and arbitration proceedings as well as tax. It recently managed to strengthen these specialties: an established transaction tax specialist moved from Weil Gotshal in the form of Sven Ceranowski, who also advises on refinancing and thus gives the MDP a broader portfolio at the interface to the growing finance advice. In litigation, on the other hand, Kuhli was appointed equity partner. An arbitration expert, she also specializes in advice on trusts, an area in which she was recently able to gain impressive new instructions. There is also a strong emphasis on company succession tied in with KZFK's tax expertise, where the firm recently increased its advice on the transfer of major industrial assets. In addition, Widmayer managed once more to gain complex structuring and appraisal instructions. This positive development, however, was not without its obstacles: two salary partners left the firm's dispute resolution practice for Oppenhoff & Rädler and Munich public utilities. KZFK responded by noticeably boosting its associate level.

Recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein ("incredibly strong in litigation", competitor), Dr. Alexander Kröck ("outstanding litigator with great amount of experience despite his young years", competitor), Dr. Annett Kuhli ("well connected in the arbitration scene", client on both), Dr. Gerhard Widmayer ("extremely reliable and precise", competitor), Franz Willibald.

GERMAN COMMERCIAL LAW FIRMS 2015

Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation and Liability

This small firm respected for litigation and arbitration receives a very positive response from competitors. The firm was hired for an increasing number of advisor liability claims and put its renowned tax practice to good use when it came to tax issues. The arbitration practice also flourished compared to last year: Kantenwein is active as a specialist for cases relating to tax and accounting law and Kröck acted as a litigator in high-stakes international proceedings. Young partners are gaining visibility, e.g. van Bevern, who brought his good contacts to FMSW into play. Dr. Gottfried Hammer is now a Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) lawyer, which is a loss for the-firm.

Recommended: Dr. Alexander Kröck ("sharp-witted", competitor), Dr. Thomas Kantenwein ("very deliberate, solution-oriented", competitor), Marcus van Bevern ("excellent expertise", competitor).


Tax

This firm respected in tax has an excellent reputation for structuring work featuring complex tax elements for midsized/large Mittelstand companies, often family businesses. Here, the firm has an asset in its integrated advice on company succession — a booming field in view of the upcoming tightening in inheritance tax. Clients also include listed companies. Alongside the ex¬perienced Willibald, Widmayer is drawing attention. The firm is landing more and more work involving tax advisor liability, together with the litigators from the commercial litigation and liability practice.

Recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, Franz Willibald, Dr. Gerhard Widmayer.


Region South: Munich

This respected firm in Munich is extremely present in the areas of tax, commercial litigation and liability and company succession and trusts with a number of different advisors. Its knowledge in these areas is drawn upon far beyond the Munich region. KZFK&P was recently able to combine its expertise in tax and litigation to good effect, meaning the firm receives instructions more and more often in disputes concerning potentially negligent tax advice. The litigation and arbitration practices increased their market presence and are also extremely agile among banking and capital markets disputes. The appointment of Dr. Gottfried Hammer to a lawyer acting before the Federal Court of Justice shows the high level of expertise within the firm, yet it also meant the loss of an excellent member of the legal team.

Recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, Dr. Alexander Kröck ("highly competent", competitor on both), Dr. Gerhard Widmayer, Franz Willibald.

GERMAN COMMERCIAL LAW FIRMS 2013

Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation and Liability

For its size, this respected firm for litigation and arbitration has astonishing clout. Kröck is increasingly registered in the market and represents the progress made in banking and capital markets disputes; the firm is positioning itself as the place to go for foreign banks with business in Germany. The firm also improved its track record in major arbitration proceedings with international elements; sums in the high tens of millions of euros are no exception. There was strong demand in disputes concerning D&O and professional liability.

Recommended: Dr. Alexander Kröck ("outstanding litigator", "vast experience", competitors), Dr. Thomas Kantenwein ("conscientious", competitor), Marcus van Bevern.


Tax

In the respected tax practice of this MDP, advice traditionally focusing on family businesses is increasingly complemented by a more transaction-based, international approach - the domain of Widmayer. This combination provides for a wider client spectrum, incl. young companies (e.g. from the IT sector) and international law firms seeking specialist tax support.

Recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein, Franz Willibald, Dr. Gerhard Widmayer.


Region South: Munich

This Munich MDP is respected for its expe¬rience in tax and in- and out-of-court disputes. The firm teamed up with its first finance lawyer, the former Linklaters and Depfa lawyer Marcus van Bevern. He adds securities litigation to &tick's already strong litigation practice and could develop a standalone banking advisory practice in the long term.

Recommended: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein ("outstanding", competitor; lawyer, accountant, tax advisor), Dr. Alexander Kröck, Dr. Gerhard Widmayer, Franz Willibald.

Legal 500

Germany 2019

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Arbitration (including international arbitration)

The law firm Kantenwein Zimmermann Spatscheck & Partner, 'absolutely recommended' by its clients, has a well-positioned arbitration team which is especially experienced in the fields of energy, banking and finance. For example, Alexander Kröck and 'dedicated' partner Annett Kuhli have represented an international energy company in DIS arbitration proceedings against a suit for the modification of the long-term fee for a gas storage contract; both lawyers are regularly also appointed as arbitrators. In addition, on the banking and capital markets side, the team benefits from Marcus van Bevern's previous in-house experience at a German bank; clients appreciate 'his expertise.' Most recently, he acted as a party-appointed arbitrator in DIS proceedings between parties from the financial sector.


Commercial litigation

Kantenwein • Zimmermann • Spatscheck & Partners dispute resolution team is well-positioned when it comes to conflicts in the energy and banking sectors. The most recent highlights include representing a company founder from the telecommunications sector in a shareholder' dispute with an amount in dispute of €500 million. Furthermore, the team undertook the defence of an international group in asserting liability for inaccurate tax counselling. Accomplished partner Alexander Kröck also works in areas interfacing with cartel law. Annett Kuhli and Marcus van Bevern are likewise to be mentioned; clients also benefit from several lawyers in the firm who are also qualified tax consultants and auditors.


Disputes in the financial services sector

Apart from the law firm's proven sector expertise in the financial services sector, clients of Kantenwein • Zimmermann • Spatscheck & Partner also benefit from the additional qualification of several team members as auditors and tax consultants. The entire spectrum of litigation is covered, from representing banks, initiators and prospectus editors in liability questions to enforcing and defending against claims. Marcus van Bevern plays the central role here: apart from his knowledge of litigation, he also has in-house experience at two German banks. Most recently, he acted for an investor, involving consultations and the restructuring of several special purpose vehicles. In addition, he represented a bank in suits against various insurance companies. Stefan Hackel's role should also be highlighted.


Non-profit sector

Kantenwein • Zimmermann • Spatscheck & Partner have been advising foundations and charitable associations on the establishment of foundations and on their daily operations for over 25 years. The client base includes local Munich foundations as well as major foundations in all kinds of areas. Above all, the team has tax expertise with several lawyers who have additional qualifications as tax consultants or auditors. The most recent highlights include establishing a foundation for a hidden champion, establishing the literary foundation of a renowned author and a football fan support club as well as the provision of tax advice to an artistic foundation. The work of Thomas Kantenwein is also worthy of mention on the board of directors for the foundation for threatened animals and the Eleonore Beck Foundation, which receives comprehensive advice, above all on asset restructuring and fund-raising contracts. Annett Kuhli is very active, too.


Tax law

Kantenwein • Zimmermann • Spatscheck & Partner was renamed in April 2018 when the renowned tax criminal law specialist Rainer Spatscheck joined the firm from Streck Mack Schwedhelm. In addition to the expanded expertise in criminal law, the seven-strong partnership headed by Gerhard Widmayer carries out tax driven restructurings of company groups in coordination with the domestic tax authorities and provides advice in relation to transactions and the tax-optimised foundation and dissolution of joint ventures. The portfolio also includes retainers involving real estate tax. The client base ranges from private individuals, commercial companies, industrial groups and real estate players to airports. Among other things, the firm's criminal law mandates involve the subjects of cum-ex and cum-cum transactions, tax evasion and illegal exports.


Munich metropolitan region

Kantenwein • Zimmermann • Spatscheck & Partner is characterised by an approach balanced between the provision of advice and legal representation in courts, which was intensified by the addition in April 2018 of the tax- and commercial criminal law defence counsel Rainer Spatscheck, along with his team of six lawyers from Streck Mack Schwedhelm. Priority sectors that deserve mention are energy and finance, where instructions were recently obtained in the form of price adjustment procedures and liability and contract law disputes; Alexander Kröck, Annett Kuhli and banking and capital market expert Marcus van Bevern played central roles here. One highlight in 2017 was representing an international energy company in DIS arbitration proceedings against a suit to modify the fee for a long-term gas storage contract. At the advisory level, Thomas Kantenwein handles company and real estate law matters while Gerhard Widmayer is known for his tax expertise.


Germany 2018

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Arbitration (including international arbitration)

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner's expertise in company and tax law come particularly into play in arbitration, for instance for post-M&A and joint venture disputes. Clients also value the team's 'outstanding commitment' and 'trustworthy and personal' approach, which 'holds a strong position, especially in the national arbitration market'. Alexander Kröck does 'impressive work' and is 'one of the few arbitrators to deal with complex technical issues'; 'He acts prudently and seeks pragmatic and sensible solutions' and has particular expertise in company and contractual law mandates. Annett Kuhli, who has been appointed a member of the board of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS), is 'very committed, communicative and always well prepared'. Thomas Kantenwein is also recommended.


Commercial Disputes

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner 'works diligently, demonstrating a high level of commitment'. The 'tactically savvy and assertive' team' is 'a real alternative to big law firms' and, thanks to its multidisciplinary approach, is particularly well positioned to take care of financial, accounting and tax disputes. The 'objective and legally highly competent' Alexander Kröck is 'a recognised figure and a first-class lawyer with outstanding economic expertise'. Clients also value his 'analytical approach and his confident negotiating skills'. The 'very well-balanced and results-oriented' Marcus van Bevern is 'particularly good at financial and banking disputes', while the 'extremely friendly, charismatic and dedicated' Annett Kuhli 'always achieves sound results' and is recognised for her 'broad' tax expertise.

Disputes in the Financial Services Sector

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner represents shareholders, funds, and national and international banks in, among other things, the enforcement of claims and damage claims in connection with breaches of contract. Marcus van Bevern, Annett Kuhli and Alexander Kröck are the central figures.


Securities and Funds Litigation

The team represented numerous financial institutions and fund companies in nation-wide claims for reimbursement and damages. Highly recommended are Annett Kuhli, Marcus van Bevern and Alexander Kröck.


TAX

At Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner 'the entire package is perfect'. The 'pleasant and competent' tax law team pursues a multidisciplinary approach and is particularly active for high-end SMEs (Mittelstand) in southern Germany. Among other things, they advise on tax planning, whether in the context of restructuring, transactions or questions of international tax law, including due diligence. In addition, the succession consulting is a significant cornerstone of the practice: Here Thomas Kantenwein boasts 'considerable experience' and supports his clients 'with vision and assertiveness'. Annett Kuhli is characterised by 'a persistent, creative and smart advisory style' and also assists companies with voluntary declarations. Tax adviser Gerhard Widmayer is also recommended.


Non-Profit Sector Advice

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner's clients include foundations in particular, as well as private individuals and sponsoring associations. In addition to practice group leader Thomas Kantenwein, Annett Kuhli also supports the non-profit sector, with special expertise in charitable and tax law as well as real estate and finance law issues. The client base includes the permanent clients Eleonore Beck Foundation, the foundation for the endangered animal world, and the non-profit organisation culture4change-gGmbH.


At Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner 'the entire package is perfect'. The 'pleasant and competent' tax law team pursues a multidisciplinary approach and is particularly active for high-end SMEs (Mittelstand) in southern Germany. Among other things, they advise on tax planning, whether in the context of restructuring, transactions or questions of international tax law, including due diligence. In addition, the succession consulting is a significant cornerstone of the practice: Here Thomas Kantenwein boasts 'considerable experience' and supports his clients 'with vision and assertiveness'. Annett Kuhli is characterised by 'a persistent, creative and smart advisory style' and also assists companies with voluntary declarations. Tax adviser Gerhard Widmayer is also recommended.


Business law: Munich

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner is characterised by 'high accessibility, sound business acumen and profound legal expertise' and is valued above all for its expertise in dispute resolution and tax law. It represented a German energy company in a declaratory action in respect of two long-term electricity supply contracts against power plant customers and advised an insurance company in civil and tax conflicts in various jurisdictions and during restructuring. In addition, the law firm is regularly engaged in arbitration; the recommended Alexander Kröck and Annett Kuhli have on a number of occasions been appointed as arbitrators and party representatives in price adjustment proceedings in the natural gas storage market. It also performed on the tax due diligence for the acquisition of a multinational group of companies, as well as the tax optimisation of the structure of a trading company. It is also an experienced advisor for real estate issues; here, several investors were advised on financing issues.


Germany 2017

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Arbitration (including international arbitration)

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partners is a 'prominent and esteemed independent address' and a 'real alternative to major international law firms.' Among other things, the team acted as party representative in a large-volume price adjustment process in the natural gas storage market. Alexander Kröck is an 'astute lawyer who takes every facet into consideration'; Annett Kuhli offers the 'almost unique combination of arbitration and tax-law expertise'; Thomas Kantenwein combines 'very sharp analysis with great interpersonal skills and experience' and Marcus van Bevern is 'highly assertive.'


Commercial conflicts

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partners is a 'fixture in the marketplace' and has particular expertise in tax litigation issues, an area in which it has recently been mandated across multiple jurisdictions. It has also dealt with international disputes in the automotive and technology industries. Alexander Kröck and Marcus van Bevern are 'technically brilliant, with an eye for detail and grit.' Thomas Kantenwein and Annett Kuhli are likewise recommended.


Disputes in the financial services sector

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partners is characterized by 'fast reaction times' and 'very good litigation', with Marcus van Bevern being particularly distinguished in this area. He supervised several lawsuits involving amounts in dispute worth hundreds of millions.


TAX LAW

The 'pragmatic, medium-sized' and multidisciplinary law firm Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partners offers 'reliable and expert' advice on corporate structuring and restructuring and business transactions, as well as inheritance tax issues and successor issues. Its range of services has been strengthened, particularly in tax transaction monitoring, with the 'expert on international tax law' Sven Ceranowski from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Clients are large commercial and family-owned companies, investment companies, foreign investors and publishing groups. Practice group leader and tax consultant Gerhard Widmayer is 'highly structured and client-oriented.'


NON-PROFIT SECTOR CONSULTING

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partners works 'very professionally' and at a 'highly specialised niveau' with 'the service level and the flexible consulting hours in particular earning the highest praise.' The team advises individuals on wealth succession and tax law, and boasts several well-known foundations among its clients, including the Endangered Animal World Foundation and the Eleonore Beck Foundation. Thomas Kantenwein is 'particularly worthy of mention' and clients appreciate Annett Kuhli’s 'expertise and communicative skills.'


Business law Munich

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partners is a renowned multi-disciplinary law firm known for its dispute resolution and tax law capabilities. The team led by Alexander Kröck, reinforced by the appointment of Stefan Hackel as salary partner, demonstrates considerable expertise in arbitration as well as in commercial and corporate law disputes. Annett Kuhli represents clients in warranty disputes, damages claims and price adjustment cases. Thomas Kantenwein is often mandated in post-M & A disputes. The tax law team has been further strengthened with Sven Ceranowski of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Clients include commercial and industrial companies, DAX corporations, investment companies, real estate funds, publishers and entrepreneurial families, which receive particular support in tax restructuring and transactions. Other advisory areas include the non-profit sector and banking and finance law. Marcus von Bevern is well-versed in financing advice for real estate banks.


Germany 2016

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Arbitration (including international arbitration)

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner has been busy with a number of proceedings relating to post-M&A, corporate and energy matters and its members increasingly acted as arbitrators, as well as representing clients in arbitration. Marcus van Bevern and Alexander Kröck ‘combine outstanding legal knowledge with fantastic tactical intuition’, while the ‘brilliant’ Annett Kuhli recently made partner. Marc Hildebrand joined O&R group and Sebastian Senn moved in-house.


Commercial Litigation

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner covers a wide range of matters, including D&O disputes and claims for damages proceedings, and has longstanding experience in the automotive and biotechnology sectors. The firm lost Marc Hildebrand to O&R group and Sebastian Senn joined Munich’s municipal utilities company, but the practice fields the ‘determined’ Marcus van Bevern, the ‘brilliant and tough’ Annett Kuhli and ‘doyen’ Alexander Kröck.


Securities and Funds Litigation

The team represented numerous financial institutions and fund companies in nation-wide claims for reimbursement and damages. Highly recommended are Annett Kuhli, Marcus van Bevern and Alexander Kröck.


TAX

The ‘experienced tax lawyers’ of Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner know how to impress as ‘excellent negotiators’ and are ‘very goal-oriented’. The team is particularly specialized in corporate tax law for medium-sized companies and larger corporate groups. The audit of a group of companies with a taxable turnover of EUR 1.0 billion was one of the recent highlights. The practice head Thomas Kantenwein is rated as ‘pragmatic’ and is highly appreciated for his ‘vast experience’ and his ‘sound judgment’. Annett Kuhli is ‚reputable and competent‘, whereas Gerhard Widmayer is attributed with ‚technical brilliance‘.


Non-Profit Sector Advice

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner has a long track record of advising foundations, with noteworthy recent work including the restructuring of a €30m foundation. The team represents Eleonore-Beck-Stiftung on an ongoing basis and also assists wealthy individuals with tax and succession matters. Recently promoted partner Annett Kuhli is recommended along with the expert Thomas Kantenwein.


Germany 2015

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Arbitration (including international arbitration)

Dispute resolution is a traditional focus of Munich firm Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner, which has substantial industry experience in the energy sector, such as recently handling a post-M&A dispute regarding the purchase of a wind farm. Alexander Kröck is recommended. Gottfried Hammer joined the Federal Court of Justice.


Commercial Litigation

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner fields a partner-heavy dispute resolution team focusing on employment, inheritance, energy and real estate litigation, including tort law. Marc Hildebrand and Alexander Kröck are recommended. Gottfried Hammer joined the Federal Supreme Court.


Securities and Funds Litigation

Dispute resolution is one of the cornerstones of the Munich-based law firm Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner. The main focus in this area is the assistance in banking and financial disputes. With the departure of Gottfried Hammer, who became a Federal Court of Justice counsel (Bundesgerichtshof), the highly partner-oriented practice group had to face a loss on partner level. However, with a total of six partners, the practice group is still well-positioned. The client portfolio of the team compromises of inter alia foreign banks, German financial institutions as well as fund companies and prospectus publishers. For these clients, the firm litigates liability claims, security loan claims, as well as numerous claims against investors for alleged inaccurate advice. Additionally, the firm supports its clients in cases regarding the reimbursement and recovery of profit participation certificates (Genussscheine). Alexander Kröck and Marcus van Bevern are particularly well regarded.


TAX

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner mainly advises medium-sized companies in all areas of corporate tax law, yet also, large corporations on real estate transfer tax. The firm accompanied the complex reorganisation of a listed media enterprise and audited the corporate structure of a major trading company. The advisors have a special expertise in the real estate sector. Martin Raßhofer was promoted to salary partner; renowned Thomas Kantenwein is highly recommended.


Germany 2013

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner's compact team has again been remarkably visible, representing a major US bank in arbitration and acting for a group of companies in high-value disputes relating to delivery contracts. Annett Kuhli is 'straightforward' and 'presents clearly; and Alexander Kröck is also recommended.


TAX

Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner is still much in demand for consultations of sophisticated medium-sized companies. The highlights were the consultation of two DAX-listed companies in regard to questions concerning the real estate transfer tax as well as the consultation of a German-Austrian business family in regard to a corporate reorganization. Thomas Kantenwein is highly recommended.

Chambers and Partners

Global 2018

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: MOST IN DEMAND ARBITRATORS - GERMANY - BAND 2

Alexander Kroeck of Kantenwein Zimmerman Fox Kroeck & Partner has a solid reputation for his capabilities as an arbitrator. He often handles disputes arising from energy supply and storage contracts, including price adjustment cases, and is also present in the financial services and automotive sectors. Clients note that he “has a very convincing personality and always talks about the substance of the argument.” Kroeck also acts as counsel for various clients in arbitration and litigation proceedings.

Europe 2017

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: MOST IN DEMAND ARBITRATORS - GERMANY - BAND 2

Alexander Kroeck heads the dispute resolution practice of Kantenwein Zimmerman Fox Kroeck & Partner and is well respected by sources. He is acknowledged for his representation of clients from the energy, automotive and finance sectors in litigation.

Europe 2016

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: MOST IN DEMAND ARBITRATORS - GERMANY

Alexander Kroeck of Kantenwein Zimmerman Fox Kroeck & Partner acts as arbitrator on both domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Clients praise his network and high level of service.

Europe 2014

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: MOST IN DEMAND ARBITRATORS - GERMANY

Alexander Kroeck of Kantenwein Zimmerman Fox Kroeck & Partner enters the rankings on the strength of excellent feedback for his arbitration practice. A well-known figure in the Munich arbitration community, he is frequently seen sitting in domestic and international arbitration proceedings.

Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers 2017

Dr. Alexander Kröck was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Bayern, Germany.

Dr. Annett Kuhli was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Arbitration and Mediation "Lawyer of the Year" in Bayern, Germany.

Who's Who Legal

Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Future Leaders - Partners

WWL says: Annett Kuhli scored highly in our research for her ability to "combine legal and tax expertise". She has "interesting ideas and knows how to put her case".

Expert Guides

Expert Guides 2016

Dr. Alexander Kröck was listed in the 2016 edition of Expert Guides as expert in the practice areas of Commercial Arbitration and Litigation.

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