Fields of Law
Tax law is becoming increasingly complex and influences large parts of economic life. Despite the special importance of tax law, we have deliberately decided not to employ our own tax advisors in our firm. Instead, we pursue a cooperative approach and develop joint solutions in close cooperation with our clients’ tax advisors and auditors that are optimised from a tax and civil law perspective.
In addition to drafting contracts, we accompany our clients during contentious tax audits, liability claims and take over appeal proceedings before the fiscal courts up to the Federal Fiscal Court. We also represent our clients’ interests in an increasing number of criminal tax proceedings; in complex proceedings we often work together with external criminal defence lawyers.
From our ongoing representation of companies active in international trade, we have particular expertise in the field of excise duties. We are the point of contact for foreign trade companies in VAT matters. We handle these matters both in the context of preventive advice and in formal proceedings, including representation before the European Court of Justice.
In cross-border matters, we continuously cooperate with highly qualified colleagues from other jurisdictions. Ahlers & Vogel has built up contacts with foreign law firms over decades and is a member of the msi Global Alliance. This allows us to draw on the global know-how and resources of more than 250 tax advisor and law firms in 100 countries. The close personal contacts and experience with foreign colleagues make it possible to find the appropriate contact abroad for every mandate.