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Corporate Succession

For most entrepreneurs, economic requirements are in the forefront when it comes to structuring and expanding their company. As soon as entrepreneurs start thinking about corporate succession regulation, it often becomes clear that the existing corporate structure cannot ensure the best possible corporate succession regulation in terms of tax. In this case we can help you to adjust your company to the desired corporate succession regulation. This includes, for example, optimum structuring of company agreements, creation of control bodies, change of legal form, company mergers, and other transformation processes. Our corporate consulting is linked synergistically with inheritance, family-law, and tax consulting by experienced experts.

Together with you we will draft testamentary dispositions that are tailored to your needs and requirements. We will also analyze the effects of your current marital and family situation and develop pre-nuptials and post-nuptials, divorce and separation agreements, and concepts to avert statutory share claims.

Inheritance tax and gift tax aspects normally represent the core areas of every corporate succession planning. Usually, successful companies are active across borders. This factor as well as the increasing mobility of those affected by a succession regulation call for internationally oriented inheritance tax and possibly income tax planning. Our experts are as familiar with the cross-border aspects of company taxation as they are with international income tax, inheritance tax, and gift tax law.

Even if corporate succession is very carefully planned by a testator, clashes of interest may arise between his successors. In these cases we advise the successors during corporate disputes, division of corporate assets, separation of shareholder groups, and similar regulations. In the event of court proceedings in this context, our experienced trial lawyers will advise and support you.

Even if there is no suitable corporate successor within your family, we will support you in developing appropriate solutions. In such cases, the best options often are management buy-outs, management buy-ins, or foundations.

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