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Welcome to Baker & McKenzie in Germany


Keeping it simple is not easy.

Simple is simply better: a truism that is easier said than done. We know that this principle places the highest of demands on the provision of legal advice. And that is exactly why we set it as our standard. It is a uniform standard of our global organization. We take complex problems and develop clearly formulated strategies and transparent courses of action, all resulting in the clarity and solutions that you need.

Because clarity is a prerequisite for making the right decisions. We always try to be a bit more efficient than others, because for us it comes down to faster and the most profitable results for our clients. We do not just want to stand out professionally, but rather, to also think and act in an entrepreneurial manner. That is the basis for our success — and not least the reason why you benefit from our solutions and smooth processes.

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This newsletter (available in German version only) discusses how the European Commission and competition authorities are addressing various measures against the entry of lower-cost generic drugs.
Quite frequently, real estate transfer tax (RETT) considerably adds to the complexity of corporate transactions and reorganizations involving the direct or indirect acquisition of a certain quorum of shares in companies with German real property or the merger of such companies. The RETT assessment basis for these transactions is derived from the so-called substitute assessment basis pursuant to Section 8 II RETT-Act. By decision dated 23 June 2015, the Federal Constitutional Court adjudicated that the substitute assessment basis violates the constitutional principle of equal taxation (Art. 3 I of the German Constitution). The German legislator is now required to remedy the discrimination by passing new rules for the substitute assessment basis no later than on 30 June 2016, with retrospective effect as of 1 January 2009.
On 22 July 2015, the German Federal Ministry of Finance (MoF) presented a new draft legislation aimed at reforming the taxation of collective invest-ment schemes (the Discussion Draft). The Discussion Draft also includes a proposal to cancel the German participation exemption effective 1 January 2018 in relation to capital gains derived by corporate shareholders from the disposal of shares in subsidiary corporate entities where the corporate shareholder holds a participation of less than 10%. Certain tax reductions shall apply in relation to capital gains realized by venture capital investors (Business Angels), if specific requirements are met.
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