PKF FASSELT SCHLAGE

Country focus USA/Canada

Country focus USA/Canada – PKF TransAtlantic Services

Your partner for successful German-American business activities

Companies and investors from the USA and Canada have a long tradition of doing business in Europe. Germany is an important focal point and a bridgehead to Europe. For the North American companies and investors operating here, as well as their European and German business partners, cooperation always presents a variety of challenges. Therefore, a local partner in a strong European and American network of service providers, who also knows the challenges on the German market and in German-American business cooperations, is important for a successful cooperation.

PKF Fasselt Schlage helps foreign companies and investors to be successful in Germany. Our particular expertise lies in advising North American companies that want to invest in Germany or have already invested or are developing or managing their activities in Europe from here. On the other hand, we support German companies that cooperate with North American companies and investors - be it in Germany, the USA, Canada, Europe or anywhere else in the world. We can offer all parties a comprehensive range of services from a single source.

Our personnel managers, IT specialists, economic auditors, tax consultants, lawyers and management consultants are at your side at all times, from the initial contact with potential investment partners, through transaction processes to the successful development of business activities.

Recap of the Second Annual German-US Summit

The second annual US-German Summit, hosted by PKF Hamburg, was held from 18-20 August 2019. Approximately 40 PKF members and guests attended, representing firms from Germany, the United States, Poland and Switzerland. The primary focus of the Summit was to promote German-US collaboration and identify necessary action steps to strengthen the German-US PKF relationship. The event kicked off on Sunday with a welcome reception at the PKF Hamburg office. Sightseeing opportunities following the reception included a visit to the Elbphilharmonie Plaza, a walk through the Alter Elbtunnel and a cruise through the Harbor on the historic state barge, Schaarhörn.

On Monday morning, PKF members presented updates on various German-US collaboration initiatives. The focus of presentations during the afternoon session was to grow PKF’s Star Network. In the evening, PKF had the honor of hosting keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Andreas Dombret, former member of the Executive Board of the German Federal Bank and Member of the Board at Atlantik-Brücke e.V., who discussed his perspectives of US-German relations in light of the changes in the technological and social environment. Following the keynote was a panel discussion including Prof. Dr. Dombret, Lars Heymann (PKF Fasselt-Schlage), Thorsten Preisegger (PKF Fasselt Schlage) and Dave Nissen (PKF Mueller). In addition to the PKF members in attendance, several guests and invitees from Hamburg’s economy listened in on the keynote and participated in the Q&A sessions during the panel. The evening concluded with a flying dinner, which provided networking opportunities for all in attendance.

On Tuesday, PKF member presentations and breakout sessions continued and members came to a consensus on the actions steps. Before the event concluded, it was announced that PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP will host next year’s US-German Summit in New York.

PKF will shape your market entry

The US market is still one of the most interesting markets and offers companies various opportunities for growth and success. If you want to expand your business into the USA, we will be happy to assist you and enable a professional and efficient market entry into the USA.
 

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US-German Summit Chicago 2018

PKF partners and business partners held their annual US-German Summit in August 2018. The 2-day summit focused on the specific consulting needs of German companies entering the US market. PKF Partners support companies with their diverse services and networking opportunities in the business community at the chosen investment location. The highlight was the report by Faber-Castell Cosmetics, a German company with more than 250 years of history, on the successful establishment of a production site in Elgin, IL, USA.

US PKF Partner on Tour in Europe

Partners of our PKF network from Atlanta, New York and Chicago regularly give lectures in German and English on tax, economic and legal topics for European companies entering the US market. Mike Withacre of PKF Frazier Deeter from Atlanta organises an annual roadshow on this topic in cooperation with a large number of IHKs in Germany. Partners from Chicago (David Nissen/Amy Chamoun from PKF Mueller) and New York (Ralf Ruedenberg/Head of German Desk at PKF O'Connor Davies) regularly participate in such information events and also attach importance to regular personal visits by their German clients. 

German speaking German Desk at PKF O'Connor Davies in New York

PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP announced in November 2018 that Ralf Ruedenburg will act as Principal and Practice Leader of the new German Desk specializing in audit, tax and advisory services, merger and acquisition advice and tax structuring for U.S., German, Austrian and Swiss clients.

This growth is part of PKF O’Connor Davies’ ongoing strategic expansion initiative to solidify world-class services for international markets and answer the call from our clients to extend the Firm’s practice areas. The German desk will provide clients with international insights, technical expertise and a deep cultural understanding of German business needs and priorities.

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Wolfgang van Kerkom

Wolfgang van Kerkom

  Partner

Cologne

Wolfgang van Kerkom
Professional Qualification: public accountant, attorney-at-law, tax advisor
Professional focus:
  • Corporate tax law
  • Tax advisory, in particular international taxation law
  • Audit and advisory of family businesses
  • Valuation and inheritance tax law
Memberships:
  • Board member of the centre for corporate and wealth succession ZUV

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Gereonstraße 34 - 36
50670 Cologne
Tel.: +49 (0) 221 1643-0
Fax: +49 (0) 221 1643-112
Christian Müller-Kemler

Christian Müller-Kemler

  Partner

Duisburg

Christian Müller-Kemler
Qualification: public accountant, tax advisor
Professional focus:
  • Audit and tax advisory of companies of all legal forms and industries
  • Long-time experience as an auditor and consultant of Dax-listed companies and other capital-market-oriented groups
  • Advisory of Chinese and Russian investors in Germany
  • Support of family businesses and their corporations
Professional and board activities:
  • Vice spokesman of PKF Deutschland
  • PKF Deutschland: chairman of executive committee, working group marketing & PR
Foreign languages: English

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Contact :
Schifferstraße 210
47059 Duisburg
Tel.: +49 (0) 203 300 01-0
Fax: +49 (0) 203 300 01-50
Kai Schöneberger

Kai Schöneberger

  Partner

Duisburg

Kai Schöneberger
Qualification:
public accountant, attorney-at-law, tax advisor
Professional focus:
  • Legal and tax advice to public and private companies in a national and international context
  • Company restructuring
  • International tax law
  • Commercial and company law
  • M & A
  • Inheritance and succession planning
  • Fiscal court proceedings
  • Periodical lectures on topical issues re. tax and company law
  • Co-Author of 5th edition of Sagasser/Bula/Brünger, Umwandlungen [conversion (of companies)], C.H. Beck, Munich, 2017
Professional and board activities:
  • International Fiscal Association (IFA)
  • Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer in Deutschland e. V. (IDW) [institute of public auditors in Germany], member of working group‚ taxation of private companies
Foreign languages: English

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Contact :
Schifferstraße 210
47059 Duisburg
Tel.: +49 (0) 203 300 01-0
Fax: +49 (0) 203 300 01-50
Peter Pflugfelder

Peter Pflugfelder

  Partner

Duisburg

Peter Pflugfelder
Qualification:
public accountant, attorney-at-law, tax advisor
Professional focus:
  • Tax and legal advisory as well as annual audits of companies of all legal forms and numerous industries, in particular of those with foreign shareholders or foreign parent companies
  • International tax law
  • Business evaluation
  • Author of the PKF booklet “Doing business in Germany“ and of articles on tax law in manuals and trade magazines
Professional and board activities:
  • PKF International liaison partner for the Duisburg office
  • PKF Deutschland: competence working group ‚international tax law‘
Foreign languages: English, French

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Contact :
Schifferstraße 210
47059 Duisburg
Tel.: +49 (0) 203 300 01-0
Fax: +49 (0) 203 300 01-50
Sören Damerau

Sören Damerau

  Partner

Braunschweig

Sören Damerau
Professional Qualification:
attorney-at-law, tax advisor
Fachberater für internationales Steuerrecht
Professional focus:
  • International tax law
  • Law suits at finance courts
  • Corporate succession
  • Non-profit law
Professional and board activities:
  • Member of PKF-Round Table "International tax law"
Foreign languages: English, French

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Contact :
Güldenstraße 28
38100 Braunschweig
Tel.: +49 (0) 531 2403-0
Fax: +49 (0) 531 2403-111
Katja Kühne

Katja Kühne

  Partner

Berlin

Katja Kühne

Professional Qualification: Public Accountant, Tax Advisor

Professional focus:
  • Audit of individual and group financial statements according to national standards
  • Audit and advisory service for medium-sized companies and family-owned companies
  • Audit and advisory service for public-sector companies and non-profit institutions
  • Tax Compliance and international transfer pricing
     
Professional and board activities:
  • Member PKF working group non-profit

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Contact :
EUREF-Campus 10/11
10829 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 306 907-0
Fax: +49 (0) 30 306 907-99
Lars Heymann

Lars Heymann

  Partner

Hamburg

Lars Heymann
Professional Qualification: attorney-at-law, tax advisor
Professional focus:
  • Tax and law consultancy
  • Taxation of shipping companies
  • Inheritance tax law
  • Founding and restructuring of public law foundations, trusts and not-for-profit organizations

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Contact :
Jungfernstieg 7
20354 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 (0) 40 35552-0
Fax: +49 (0) 40 35552-222
Joachim Hirte

Joachim Hirte

  Associate Partner

Cologne

Joachim Hirte

Professional qualification: Public Accountant, Attorney-at-law, Tax Advisor
Professional Focus:

  • International tax law
  • Audit-related consulting
  • Audit of annual financial statements of companies with different legal forms and from various industries
  • Business, tax and legal consulting for small and medium-sized enterprises as well as groups of companies
  • Long-term management of audit and consulting projects
Professional and board activities:
  • Working group on international tax law

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Contact :
Gereonstraße 34 - 36
50670 Cologne
Tel.: +49 (0) 221 1643-0
Fax: +49 (0) 221 1643-112
Ulrich Creydt

Ulrich Creydt

Cologne

Ulrich Creydt
Professional Qualifications: Tax Advisor, CSL Diploma in Luxembourg Taxation
Professional focus:
  • Advising international clients, particularly in the area of structuring as well as tax compliance for inbound investments
  • Advice and structuring for real estate investments
  • Conducting tax due diligence audits
  • Preparation of annual financial statements for small and medium-sized enterprises as well as groups of companies
  • Providing support in business consulting for small and medium-sized enterprises as well as groups of companies
Professional and board activities:
  • Lecturer for the Chamber of Tax Consultants in Cologne, involved in the training of tax clerks
Foreign Language: French

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Contact :
Gereonstraße 34 - 36
50670 Cologne
Tel.: +49 (0) 221 1643-0
Fax: +49 (0) 221 1643-112
Thorsten Haake

Thorsten Haake

Duisburg

Thorsten Haake
Professional Qualifications: Tax Advisor, Fachberater für internationales Steuerrecht
Professional focus:
  • Tax consulting for companies of different legal status and industries
  • Consulting re. cross-border issues within income tax law (such as transfer pricing, staff posting, taxation of operating facilities and restructuring)
  • Consulting in national and international VAT issues
  • Consulting in national and international inheritance issues
  • Support in tax audits (incl. preparation and advancement of tax annual financial statements)
  • National income taxation of companies (incl. restructuring)
  • Current tax declaration for incorporated companies, private companies as well as natural entities
Professional and board activities:
  • PKF Deutschland: competence working group ‘VAT’
  • PKF Deutschland: working group ‘international tax law‘

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Contact :
Schifferstraße 210
47059 Duisburg
Tel.: +49 (0) 203 300 01-0
Fax: +49 (0) 203 300 01-50
Rebekka van Wickern

Rebekka van Wickern

Duisburg

Rebekka van Wickern
Professional focus:
  • Involvement in audits of annual and group financial statements of medium-sized companies and groups
  • Involvement in the preparation of annual financial statements
  • Preparation of company-related tax returns (VAT, trade tax, corporation tax)
  • Preparation of payrolls in different industries
  • Involvement in consulting with respect to social security issues
Foreign languages: Dutch

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Contact :
Schifferstraße 210
47059 Duisburg
Tel.: +49 (0) 203 300 01-0
Fax: +49 (0) 203 300 01-50

Understanding VAT in Europe

For people from other regions, the rationale behind the European Union VAT rules seems hard to grasp; a common EU VAT system that is fragmented into 28 national systems that is not as neutral as it claims to be due to its complexity, the embedded legal uncertainty, and the extra compliance costs.

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