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Werner Geißelmeier

Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht, Partner, Head of German Tax

About Werner

Werner is a Partner specialising in Tax law. He has over thirty years' experience providing German and international tax advice on corporate and financial transactions, as well as supporting clients regarding ongoing tax matters and tax litigation. His main practice areas are the income, corporation, trade, sales and property transfer tax aspects of corporate transactions of all kinds, for example concerning corporate and financial restructuring (including conversion operations) or classic and structured financing, as well as self-disclosure and tax litigation matters. He is an expert lawyer for tax law (Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht). Werner has published various articles on tax matters. He is the author of Euroforum management training materials focusing on securitisation transactions.


Partner at Pinsent Masons, since 2013

Partner at an international law firm, Frankfurt, 2007

Associate and Counsel at a major international law firm, Frankfurt and Munich, 2000

Chief Financial Officer of an internationally active family business, Fürth and Ottobrunn (Munich), 1990

Expert lawyer for tax law (Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht), 1988

Freelance work for a medium-sized auditing/accountancy business, Fürth, 1985

Admission as Rechtsanwalt, 1985

Studied Business Administration at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Studied law at Free University of Berlin and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich


  • Advising strategic investors regarding the formation of a bidding consortium (including in respect of a RETT-Blocking structure) for the acquisition of a housing corporation and on the tax aspects of the public takeover of a listed German solar energy business
  • Advising private equity investors on the acquisition of a German food company and on the tax aspects of the acquisition of a large German housing company and refinancing of the purchase by means of a structured finance transaction
  • Advising on the tax aspects of numerous M&A transactions incl. reorganizations
  • Advising lenders on the tax aspects of various corporate and financial restructuring transactions
  • Advising a major German bank on the tax aspects of numerous structured finance transactions
  • Advising upon and managing various self-disclosures and other tax compliance issues
  • Advising W&I Insurers on the tax aspects of the numerous W&I policies 

Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • "Permanently loss suffering municipal subsidiaries in the tension between corporate and tax law", DStR 2009, pp. 1333-1339. (Co-author)
  • "Open issues of the application of Interest Deduction Barrier on partnerships", NWB Fach 4, 2008, pp. 5329-5338 .  (Co-author)
  • Tax Section of the written Management Course on Securitisations (Management Circle), 2008.
  • "Subordination Agreements – Survey and Outline of consequences of the MoMiG Act in commercial and tax law", NZI 2007, pp. 214-220.  (Co-author)
  • "Obligation to disclose Tax Due Diligence Reports to a Tax Field Auditor", NWB Fach 17, 2006, pp. 2081-2088. (Co-author)
  • "Disproportional profit distributions and abusive structuring", NWB Fach 4, 2006, pp. 5133-5138. (Co-author)
  • The interest deduction barrier (co-author of a booklet)