Tanja Schienke

+4969-717030

Tanja Schienke

Associated Partner  |  Flick Gocke Schaumburg
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Germany

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

(International) Succession planning particularly inheritance and gift tax
Taxation foreign trusts in Germany
Advising non-profit organizations

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Transaction of Canadian real estate into a German GmbH Holding for a German family

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Take the time to understand what your client wants and needs.
Never stop learning.

What is your favourite quote?

You have to try the impossible to achieve the possible. Hermann Hesse


Christian von Oertzen

+49 69 717 03 0

Christian von Oertzen

Partner  |  Flick Gocke Schaumburg
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Germany

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Tax

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

A lot of international transactional estate planning projects and international probate matters, particularly for Germans in Canada.

How did you get into private client?

The senior partner I worked with came to me whilst I was in international and corporate tax and said “I think this the right type of work for you.” Private client business is more interesting with the personal relationships and the mixture of tax, succession laws and psychology.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Develop your academic skills, write a lot, speak at conferences, but at the same time be an empathic person trying to listen to the client. Try to communicate clearly and not technically, be on time and be always totally reliable.

What is your favourite quote?

"Who thinks who achieved something, has stopped developing himself." Philipp Rosental.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Running, hiking, art, art history and history. And my wife and children!

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

An Italian restaurant – Miro’s.


Andreas Richter

+49 (30) 25353-132

Andreas Richter

Partner  |  P+P Pöllath & Partners
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Germany

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Family business governance
Succession planning
Family office

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Mediation between TEP shareholder groups.

How did you get into private client?

I did academic work in the field of trusts and foundations. I wanted to practice in this area.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Focus.

What is your favourite quote?

“Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly,” Gilbert Keith Chesterton.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Tennis and mediation.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

Cafe Am Neuen See beer garden in the middle of Berlin – Tiergarten – good food, nice environment. It is so central that people who stay in the great central hotels could walk there.


Dominique Jakob

+41 44 634 15 76

Dominique Jakob

Full Professor/Owner  |  University of Zurich/Independent adviser
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Switzerland
Germany
Liechtenstein

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Philanthropy and charitable giving
Foundation law

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Relocation of a major, multi-billion trust into a Swiss charitable foundation – this (ongoing) project will have a huge impact in the future.

How did you get into private client?

It was rather a coincidence. Being a young academic and striving for an academic career, I came over the topic of foundation law - a niche topic at the time. By writing a major book on foundation law for Germany and surrounding countries, I fast made my name as the foundation guru. From a Professor position at Zurich University, it took only a matter of days to consult privately. My consultancy then expanded to an international scope into private client work. The private client world found me – and it has been a great symbiosis so far.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Be authentic, even if you work for and with important people.

What is your favourite quote?

"Na also, geht doch." (something like: “Ah, there you go”), The Kangaroo from The Kangaroo Chronicles, Marc-Uwe Kling.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Wine, gardening and surfing. I spent a month in Bali during my sabbatical revisiting surfing and the glory of a surfing day.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

The “Badi” in Zollikon, at the lake just outside of Zurich. It is a traditional public bath, with a very cool and stylish lounge – we’re waiting for it to open!


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Katharina Hemmen

+49 (69) 247047-83

Dr. Katharina Hemmen

Attorney-at-law, Tax Advisor  |  P+P Pöllath & Partners
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Germany

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Tax law
Estate structuring
Inheritance and marriage contracts

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Transfer of shares in holding company to next generation for an UHNWI requiring close cooperation with German tax authorities (private letter ruling) and involving several other jurisdictions.

What is your favourite quote?

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit,” Aristotle.