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Baker McKenzie strengthens its tax practice with a lateral hire: Thomas Gierath joins the Munich office as a partner effective January 1, 2020. Thomas Gierath joins as partner from Reed Smith in Munich where he was for seven years and headed its German tax practice. Prior to that, he was National Partner at Dechert. He will be joined by Associate Viktoria Ritter, who has worked at Reed Smith for 2 ½ years.

"With Thomas Gierath, we are gaining a renowned tax expert for our team, in particular for private equity, venture capital, M&A and real estate transactions. Especially in the Munich market and for the planned further expansion of the Munich tax team, this access is of strategic importance for us. We warmly welcome Thomas Gierath", said Dr. Thomas Schänzle, Head of the German/Austrian Tax Practice of Baker McKenzie.

Thomas Gierath has extensive and long-standing experience in national and international transaction tax law. His practice focuses on advising companies and investors on private equity, M&A and real estate transactions. In addition, he advises founders and investors on venture capital financing and management participations. Finally, he advises initiators and investors on the establishment and structuring of private equity and real estate funds. 

Most recently, he managed the acquisition of two confectionery producers for the United Chocolate Group, a portfolio company of DPK Deutsche Privatkapital, and from a tax point of view accompanied the sale of Neue Halberg Guss, a subsidiary of Prevent Group, to One Square Advisers, as well as the sale of Minimax Viking Group to Intermediate Capital Group (ICG). He also provided tax advice on the restructuring of the Schenck Prozess Group following the entry of investor Blackstone and the seller consortium around the venture capital investor MIG Fonds on the sale of Siltectra GmbH to Infineon Technologies AG. He also advised Deutsche Bank on the tax aspects of the sale of a ship loan portfolio worth US $ 1 billion.

Thomas Gierath is a lawyer, tax consultant and specialist in tax law.

"Baker McKenzie which has an excellent reputation in tax law and transaction business offers my practice a unique global platform. In addition to high class legal tax advice the firm has highly competent transaction teams in M&A, private equity and real estate, both nationally and internationally, which have shown that they can handle demanding deals. I am looking forward to our future teamwork", comments Thomas Gierath on his move.

Most recently, Dr. Thomas Schänzle joined Baker McKenzie Frankfurt as a partner in April 2018 from PwC.

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