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Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills today announced that Dr Steffen Hoerner will join its Frankfurt office as a Tax partner on 1 July 2019. He is the firm's first Tax partner in Germany.

Steffen joins the firm from Hengeler Mueller where he was a counsel. He brings to Herbert Smith Freehills substantial experience in all areas of German and international tax law. He advises clients on tax aspects of acquisitions, sales and mergers, and on capital market and financing transactions. He also advises on tax aspects in connection with internal investigations and compliance matters, and represents clients in disputes and arbitration proceedings. His sector focus covers Manufacturing & Industrials, TMT, Consumer Products, Real Estate, Private Equity and Financial Services.

Dr Nico Abel, Managing Partner of the firm's German offices, commented:

"We are pleased to welcome Steffen to the firm. His appointment is the foundation stone for a German tax practice. We have seen significant growth in the past years since our establishment in Germany, and as a result are able to offer comprehensive advice to our clients. Tax law aspects play an important role in many projects and matters, from corporate and real estate transactions to compliance issues and many disputes cases."

Isaac Zailer, Global Head of Herbert Smith Freehills' Tax Group, added:

"I am delighted to welcome Steffen to the Tax team. His broad experience will enable us to expand our tax offering to our clients in Germany and the wider network. His expertise and knowledge will be of great value to our clients and the firm, especially in today's rapidly changing business world."

Steffen Hoerner concluded:

"Building a tax practice for Herbert Smith Freehills in Germany together with my new colleagues is a very attractive task and one which I am very much looking forward to."

Herbert Smith Freehills recently strengthened its Competition, Regulation and Trade practice in Germany with the promotion of Dr Marcel Nuys and Dr Marius Boewe to partners, and the addition of Dr Florian Huerkamp as a counsel in May.

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