Tax structuring

At GKM Tax and Law, we understand that the tax system is much more than an obligation – it is an opportunity. Anyone who simply hands over their assets and values to the tax authorities effectively misses out on individually tailored solutions that are specifically adapted to their situation. Our goal is to leverage your rights and fully utilise the laws to your advantage. The diversity of tax laws offers opportunities that are unique to every situation.

We focus on designing and optimising your corporate structures and transactions, so that your tax benefits can be maximised. This includes not only establishing tax-optimised corporate structures, but also strategically planning corporate sales, avoiding exit taxation, protecting your assets, and supporting financing rounds as well as the creation of employee participation programmes. Whether it is establishing a holding structure or streamlining existing structures through mergers, our targeted measures will aim to achieve optimal tax positioning of your company.

"We see ourselves as a consultancy firm that develops creative and efficient tax planning strategies within the legal framework, tailored to the individual needs of our clients, while always maintaining ethical principles of transparency and integrity."

Guiding principle of our Firm

Succession planning is also one those things that forward-looking tax planning must consider. Ensuring the long-term security and transfer of your assets to the next generation requires forward-thinking and well-structured planning. Our expertise encompasses the tax-efficient structuring of corporate assets, utilising the inheritance tax opportunities provided by the legislators, as well as the structuring and allocation of private assets, including capital and real estate assets, to preserve your values across generations. We will guide you through holistic tax and legal succession planning, from drafting transfer agreements, wills and inheritance contracts, all the way to advising on inheritance and compulsory portion rights.

"Transform tax planning into a strategic advantage – through comprehensive consultancy built on integrity and expertise."

Quote by Prof Dr Jürgen Mertes

The successful implementation of a tailored concept is closely linked to meeting all tax compliance obligations. At GKM Tax and Law, our support does not end with the creation of a structuring concept. We will accompany you through the entire implementation process of our concept by handling tax compliance, i.e., the proper submission of applications, preparation of tax returns and financial statements, as well as provision of all required documentation to the tax authorities. By closely integrating our compliance services with strategic planning, we will ensure that your tax strategies not only exist on paper but are effectively implemented in practice. This allows you to fully focus on your core business, while we take care of fulfilling your tax obligations.

By prioritising the structuring of your tax and legal affairs, we enable you to not only comply with your tax obligations but also actively protect and grow your wealth. With GKM Tax and Law by your side, you can rely on your tax matters being structured and implemented with foresight, expertise and in line with your individual goals.

Your contact person

Prof Dr Jürgen Mertes, LL.M.
Auditor, Tax Advisor, Managing Director
Jonas Neef, LL.M.
Business Lawyer, Tax Advisor, Managing Director
  • Tax
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Tax consultancy

We understand tax consultancy as a holistic approach that encompasses comprehensive analysis, planning, and optimisation of tax matters for individuals, businesses, organisations and institutions. Ensuring compliance with tax obligations, from financial accounting to tax declarations, is also part of the tax consultancy services offered by GKM Tax and Law.

Tax structuring

As stated in a Federal Court of Justice ruling from as early as 1965: "Whoever has the duty to pay taxes also has the right to save on taxes." To achieve this, the lawyers and tax advisors here at GKM Tax and Law utilise their extensive knowledge to plan and structure your taxes with utmost care and in compliance with all legal regulations. Our goal? Minimise your tax burden transparently and efficiently.

Financial auditing

The area of financial auditing encompasses a huge variety of content. From the audit of the annual financial statements by our associated partners to financial advice matters or the support of M&A deals, GKM Tax and Law offers a whole range of consultancy services.

Private clients

Advising private clients is a specialised service of GKM Tax and Law that is tailored to the individual needs of high-net-worth individuals. It encompasses an extensive range of services aimed at protecting, managing, and optimising wealth.

Corporate law

Corporate law and tax law are inherently linked, as the legal structure of a company has direct implications for its taxes. Changes in the corporate structure can trigger tax consequences, and tax planning requires a thorough understanding of corporate legal frameworks. A holistic view of both legal areas is therefore crucial to reconcile legal and tax aspects and achieve optimal results.

Tax law

The combination of tax knowledge and legal expertise enables us to work out accurate solutions to complex matters. We consider the entirety of tax law and not just individual specialised regulations.

Legal representation

Successful representation in legal proceedings requires expertise, strategic planning, evidence-based argumentation, strong communication and negotiation skills, assertiveness, as well as effective teamwork and resource management. You will find all of this and more at GKM Tax and Law. Our team has an exceptionally high level of experience in the field of successful legal representation, whether in tax court proceedings or in civil and labour law cases.

Contract law and drafting of contracts

Contract law and drafting are essential components of structural tax planning. The goal here is to create clear and fair contracts that consider the interests of all parties and minimise legal risks. Our lawyers will help ensure that previously devised strategies are implemented in the most optimal way possible.

Civil law

Our lawyers will advise, represent, and support you in all civil law matters. This includes, for example, analysing legal matters, drafting legal documents such as complaint letters or contracts, representing clients in court and in out-of-court negotiations, and developing strategies to uphold our clients' interests.