Dr. Ulrich Ränsch

Of Counsel
Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB


Dr. Ulrich Ränsch studied economics at Frankfurt University [(“Diplom-Kaufmann” (MBA-equivalent), 1977] and law at Frankfurt University and at Bremen University (“Assessor”, 1983), and worked as foreign associate in the German Trade Office in Auckland (New Zealand) in 1982/83. He received his doctorate in law from the University of Bremen in 1986. A practicing attorney since 1984, he qualified as Certified Tax Advisor (German Tax Bar) and tax attorney in 1989, joined Baker McKenzie in November 1989, and became partner in 1991.

He is a Steering Committee member of Baker McKenzie’s European Tax Dispute Resolution Practice Group.

Practice Focus

Dr. Ränsch specializes in taxation of multinational clients. His work comprises corporate restructuring, global tax planning, and tax controversies. He has extensive experience in representing clients in tax field audits and tax litigation as well as in negotiating with several German tax authorities rulings on taxation issues.

Professional Honors

  • Best Lawyer in Germany for Tax Law, Best Lawyers 2021


  • Germany (1984)


  • University of Bremen (Dr. jur.) (1986)
  • University of Bremen (Assessor Exam) (1983)
  • University of Frankfurt/M. (Dipl.-Kfm.) (1977)
  • Tax Advisor (Steuerberater)
  • Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht (Attorney specializing in Tax Law)


  • English
  • German


Rechtliche und steuerliche Fragen der Implementierung eines konzerninternen Cash-Pooling-Systems [Implementing an intra-group-cash-pooling-system: legal and tax issues], in: The International Lawyer: Freundesgabe für Wulf H. Döser, 1998, S. 557 ff.

Tax Audits in Germany: How to Minimize German Tax Exposure by Properly Preparing for and Managing Tax Controversies, in: Journal of Taxation of Global Transactions, Vol. 2, No. 4, Winter 2003, p. 55 et seq.

General Editor: Handling Tax Controversies in Europe, 4th edition, 2010