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Speakers

As befits a leading conference, the European Tax & Legal Forum will feature speakers who, as outstanding economists, will show you future prospects, who, as top decision-makers at the forefront, will manage strategic decisions on a daily basis, and who, as top officials in the ministries, will play a key role in drafting legislation. You will gain valuable insights into the background of decisions and future strategic considerations. The discussion with the experts will give you a knowledge advantage and show you possible scope for action in the practical implementation of complex issues.

Markus Adick is a lawyer and founding partner of the law firm Adick Linke. Before founding his own law firm, he worked for large commercial law firms and as a partner in a leading nationwide criminal law boutique. Business media rank him among the most respected lawyers nationwide for criminal tax law and criminal law relating to business offences.

Attorney at law and partner at the law firm Adick Linke, Bonn

Heribert M. Anzinger has been a university professor for business and tax law at the Institute for Accounting and Auditing at the University of Ulm since 1 July 2012. His research focuses on German, European and international corporate, financial and tax law.

Institute for Accounting and Auditing, University of Ulm

Carmen Bachmann has held the chair for business taxation at the University of Leipzig since 2013. In her interdisciplinary research, she focuses on model theoretical analyses at the interface of corporate finance, tax valuation issues and information technology.

Corporate accounting, Financing and Taxation, University of Leipzig

Varinia Bernau heads the two departments of Innovation & Digital and Success at Wirtschaftswoche. She has long reported on the digital business world for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Most recently, she also worked as a business correspondent in NRW for the paper - and has observed how German industry is seeking its way into the digital age.

Varinia Bernau

Head of Innovation & Digital and Success, Wirtschaftswoche

Matthias Bock is a member of the Executive Board and General Counsel of Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE. He began his career at Goldman Sachs in 1999 in the legal department of Goldman Sachs International in London and has been a member of the management of the German banking subsidiary of Goldman Sachs since 2008.

Dr. Matthias Bock

Member of the Executive Board and General Counsel, Goldman Sachs Europe SE

Andreas Bohrer, Attorney at Law, has been General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Lonza Group since 2015 and is responsible for the areas of Legal, Compliance and IP worldwide. Prior to this, he worked for several years in various roles at Novartis and UBS AG.

Prof. Dr.Andreas Bohrer

General Counsel and Company Secretary, Lonza Group

Reinhard Bork has been managing director of the Seminar for Civil Procedure and General Procedural Law at the University of Hamburg since 1990. He is co-editor of numerous publications on civil law, commercial and business law as well as on civil procedural and insolvency law.

Director Civil Procedure and General Procedural Law, University of Hamburg

Stephan Breidenbach is Professor of Civil Law, Civil Procedure Law and International Business Law at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). His research focus is, among other things, the development of knowledge tools. His main focus is on Legal Tech. He is founder and head of the Legal Tech Center at the European University Viadrina.

Prof. Dr. Stephan Breidenbach

Civil Law at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

Markus U. Diethelm is a member of the Group Executive Board and Group General Counsel of UBS Group AG. He is also an attorney at law and admitted to the Zurich and Geneva Bar Associations as well as the New York State Bar Association.

Markus U. Diethelm

Board member and Group General Counsel, UBS Group

Stefan Denkhaus is a lawyer and founding partner of the law firm BRL BOEGE ROHDE LUEBBEHUESEN, based in Hamburg. As a lawyer and specialist solicitor for insolvency law, he is appointed as insolvency administrator and trustee for medium-sized and large companies across all sectors.

Stefan Denkhaus

Lawyer and partner at BRL, Hamburg

Hanno Durth is a founding partner of the law firm kipper+durth and, as a lawyer, specialises in criminal defence in the field of white-collar crime. He is a founding member of the Wirtschaftsstrafrechtliche Vereinigung e.V. (Economic Criminal Law Association) and was spokesman of the board of directors for six years. The business media count him among the most renowned white-collar criminal lawyers in Germany.

Lawyer and partner in the law firm kipper+durth, Darmstadt

Jan Eckert has been General Counsel of the ZF Friedrichshafen AG technology group since 2012 and Chief Compliance Officer since 2017. Prior to this, he was a lawyer at Hengeler Mueller, was responsible for M&A in the legal department of Bayer AG and was head of the legal department of KraussMaffei AG.

Dr.JanEckert

Group General Counsel, ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Reiner Eichenberger has been Professor of Theory of Financial and Economic Policy at the University of Fribourg since 1998 and is co-founder and research director of CREMA. He specializes in particular in the economic analysis of the political process and political institutions.

Prof. Dr. Reiner Eichenberger

Research Director of CREMA, University of Freiburg

(Dr.) Christoph Eisenring studied economics in Bern and Maastricht. After teaching and research at Boston University, he joined the editorial staff of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in 2001. From 2004, Eisenring reported as a business correspondent from Frankfurt, Washington and Berlin. Since August 2019 he has been back in the business editorial office in Zurich.

Dr. Christoph Eisenring

Economic editor of the NZZ, Zurich

Joachim Englisch holds a chair for public law and tax law and is director of the Institute for Tax Law at the WWU Münster. His research focuses on tax constitutional law, international and European tax law.

Director of the Institute for Tax law, WWU Münster

Detlef Fechtner is deputy chief editor of the Börsen-Zeitung. After studying politics, economics and history, he worked for news agencies and regional newspapers. For eleven years he reported as a correspondent from Brussels, mainly on the regulatory response to the financial crisis.

Dr. Detlef Fechtner

Deputy editor-in-chief, Börsenzeitung

Lars P. Feld holds the Chair of Economic Policy and Regulatory Economics at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and is Director of the Walter Eucken Institute. In addition, he has been Chairman of the German Council of Economic Experts since March 2020.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lars P. Feld

Director of the Walter-Eucken Institute, University of Freiburg i.Br.

Reinhard Felke is Director in the Economic and Financial Affairs DG of the European Commission. He is responsible for policy, strategy and communication. His responsibilities include the Commission's economic forecasts, economic surveillance of the euro area and, in the context of the European Semester, the implementation aspects of the new economic recovery and resilience facility.

Dr. Reinhard Felke

Director in DG ECFIN, European Commission, Brussels

Stefan Flückiger is Deputy State Secretary and Head of the Planning and Strategy Division at the State Secretariat for International Financial Matters SIF. Prior to this, he was head of the Foreign Economic Services Division in the Directorate of Foreign Economic Affairs and served as the Federal Council's delegate for trade agreements in the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.

Stefan Flückiger

Deputy State Secretary for International Affairs of the Swiss Confederation SIF, Bern

Marcel Fratzscher is President of DIW Berlin and Professor of Macroeconomics at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He is a member of the United Nations High-Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development Goals. His work focuses on macroeconomics, distribution and integration of Europe.

Prof. Marcel Fratzscher, Ph.D.

President of DIW Berlin

Stefan Fröhlich holds the professorship for International Relations and Political Economy at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and has been teaching for many years as a guest lecturer at the Collège d`Europe in Bruges and Natolin (Warsaw) as well as the Universities of Bonn, Oxford and Zurich.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Fröhlich

International Politics and Political Economy, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg

Uwe Fröhlich has been Co-Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of DZ Bank since 1 January 2019. He joined DZ BANK in November 2017 as a General Agent and previously headed the Federal Association of German Cooperative Banks (Bundesverband der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken) as its President since 2008.

Uwe Fröhlich

Co-Chairman of the Board the DZ Bank

Romana Giesen is Head of the Group Tax Department of Swisscom AG as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Swisscom Italia Sarl and Managing Director of Swisscom Telco GmbH. She has many years of practice in international tax law and M&A.

RomanaGies

Head Group Tax, Swisscom

Since April 2011 Mathias Habersack has held the chair for Civil Law and Corporate Law at the LMU Munich. His research focuses on corporate, stock corporation and capital market law. Since 2018 he has also been president of the German Jurists' Association.

Prof. Dr. Mathias Habersack

Chair of Civil Affairs Law and Corporate Law, LMU Munich

Felix Hierstetter has been head of the International Taxes division for various business units of the General Electric Group since 2015. He is also Chairman of the Tax Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

Felix Hierstetter

International Tax Director, General Electric

Heribert Hirte is Professor of Law at the University of Hamburg and Managing Director of the Department of Commercial, Shipping and Economic Law there. He is also a member of the German Bundestag and deputy chairman of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Consumer Protection.

Prof. Dr. Heribert Hirte

MdB, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Consumer Protection

Oliver Holzinger is a lawyer, tax consultant and since 2016 managing director of Excellence Media and founder of Tax & Legal Excellence. He previously held various publishing management positions at Wolters Kluwer, dfv Mediengruppe and Handelsblatt Fachmedien.

Oliver Holzinger

Attorney & Tax Advisor, CEO / Founder, Tax & Legal Excellence

Joachim Jahn has been a member of the editorial board of the NJW at C.H. Beck Verlag since 2016. Prior to this, he worked for seventeen years as an editor at the FAZ, first in the business and later in the parliamentary editorial department. In addition, he is an honorary professor at the University of Mannheim and has also been a lecturer at the University of Münster since 2008.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Jahn

Member of the editorial board NJW, Verlag C.H. Beck oHG

Matthias Jahn has held the chair for criminal law, criminal procedural law, economic criminal law and legal theory at the Goethe University Frankfurt/M since April 2013 and is head of the Research Center for Law and Practice of Criminal Defense. He is also a judge in the second full-time office in the 1st Criminal Senate of the OLG Frankfurt/M.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Jahn

Criminal law, criminal procedure and commercial criminal law, Goethe University Frankfurt

Christian Keuschnigg is Professor of Economics at the University of St. Gallen, specialising in public economics. In the years 2012-2014 he was director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna. He is founder and director of the WPZ, based in St. Gallen and Vienna. His main research interests include tax reform, economic growth and corporate finance.

Prof. Dr. Christian Keuschnigg

Chair of Public Finance at the University of St. Gallen

Edith Kindermann works as a lawyer and notary in her own law firm in Bremen. In addition to family law, her focus is on liability, professional and remuneration law. She has been a member of the board of the DAV since 2009 and was elected president on 21.03.2019.

Edith Kindermann

Lawyer, notary and president of the DAV

Ferdinand Kirchhof was Vice-President of the Federal Constitutional Court from 2010 to 2018 and was Chairman of the First Senate during this time. In addition, he held the Chair of Public Law, Finance and Tax Law at the University of Tübingen from 1986 to 2018.

Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Kirchhof

Former Vice President of the Federal Constitutional Court

Moritz Koch has been with Handelsblatt since 2008 and initially worked for nine years as a correspondent in New York. Since 2017 he has been working there as a senior correspondent in the political department in Berlin. His focus is, among other things, on reporting on the EU and economic policy issues.

Moritz Koch

Senior correspondent in the political department of the Handelsblatt, Berlin

Georg Kofler teaches since 01.10.2020 at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Prior to this, he was a professor at the Institute for Financial Law, Tax Law and Tax Policy at JKU Linz from 2009. He regularly publishes on issues of international and European tax law.

Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, WU Vienna

Robert B. Koopman is Chief Economist and Director of the Department of Economic Research and Statistics at the World Trade Organization. Previously, he served as Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the United States International Trade Commission.

Robert B. Koopman

Chief Economist of the WTO, Geneva

Katja Langenbucher is Professor of Civil Law, Business Law and Banking Law in the House of Finance at the Goethe University Frankfurt/M. Since 2011 she holds an affiliated professorship SciencesPo in Paris. She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, Paris, since October 2017 and a member of the Board of Directors of BaFin since June 2019.

Prof. Dr. Katja Langenbucher

Business and Banking Law, Goethe University Frankfurt/M.

Gunter Mayr has been Head of the Section for Tax Policy and Tax Law at the Federal Ministry of Finance in Vienna since 2012 and teaches at the Institute for Financial Law at the University of Vienna. His research focuses on Austrian and European corporate tax law.

Prof. DDr. Gunter Mayr

Head of Taxation at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Vienna

Martin Mildner has been CFO at United Internet since October 1, 2020 and is responsible for the areas of finance and controlling, risk management/internal auditing, legal, taxes, M&A, investment and personnel management. Prior to this, he spent 13 years with the Otto Group in Hamburg as Group General Counsel and at the same time was Global Head of M&A with worldwide responsibility for company acquisitions and sales.

MartinMildner

Chief Financial Officer of United Internet AG

As State Secretary, Jörg Kukies is responsible for the Financial Market Policy Division (Division VII) and European Policy (Division E) at the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin.

Dr. Jörg Kukies

State Secretary in the BMF, Berlin

Rolf Möhlenbrock is the head of Department IV (Taxation - Direct Taxation) of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin.

Dr. Rolf Möhlenbrock

Head of Tax Department at the BMF, Berlin

Klaus-Peter Naumann is Spokesman of the Board of the Institute of Public Auditors in Germany (IDW) and Honorary Professor of Accounting and Auditing at the EMU in Münster/Westphalia. Among other things, he is a member of the Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code, the DRSC Board of Directors and the Advisory Board of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V.

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Naumann

Spokesman of the board IDW

Oliver Nussbaum has headed BASF's global tax function since June 2011. He represents BASF in various associations and is Chairman of the Tax Committee at the VCI and head of the International Tax Law working group at the BDI.

Olive Walnut

Global Head of Tax, BASF

Dietmar Penzlin is a lawyer, solicitor (England and Wales) and partner in the Schmidt-Jorzig Petersen Penzlin law firm. He is mainly active as an insolvency administrator and concentrates his consulting services on corporate restructuring. In the business media, the lawyer and the insolvency team he heads are recommended in the field of "Insolvency and Restructuring".

Dr. Dietmar Penzlin

Lawyer, Solicitor and Partner at SJPP, Hamburg

Alessandra Perego has headed the Sonova Group's Tax Team since 2004. She is responsible for all tax matters of the Group with a focus on tax planning, international transfer pricing, corporate taxation, structuring of M&A transactions, VAT and tax accounting.

Alessandra Perego

Head Group Tax, Sonova

Key Pousttchi holds the SAP Endowed Chair for Information Systems and Digitization, especially IT Strategy and IT Business Value, at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam. His central research topic is the fusion of the virtual and real world through the smartphone and other digital media.

Prof. Dr. Key Pousttchi

Director Institute for Information Systems and Digital Society, Potsdam

Achim Pross is Head of the Division for International Cooperation and Tax Administration at the OECD's Centre for Tax Policy and Tax Administration. His department is responsible, among other things, for a wide range of BEPS actions as well as aspects of the work on taxation of the digital economy.

Dr. Achim Pross

Head of Department International Cooperation, OECD

Christina Reichart works in the tax department for OMV AG. She has been head of the OMV Group Tax Department since 2015. As a member of numerous tax committees of domestic and foreign interest groups, she is regularly involved in tax legislation projects.

Mag. Christina Reichart

Vice President Tax Group, OMV

Robert Risse has been teaching at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration since May 2020 and is honorary professor for tax compliance at the Chair for Business Taxation at the University of Leipzig. Prior to this, he headed the tax and customs department of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA for twenty years.

Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, WU Vienna

Bettina Rodenberg has headed the Tax and Customs Department at Henkel since May 2020 and bears global responsibility for all tax and customs issues and projects. Prior to this, she worked for Beiersdorf AG from 2013 to 2020, where she was most recently responsible for the Tax and Customs Department.

BettinaRodenberg

corporate vice president Tax & Trade, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Gerald Schachner is a partner at the international law firm bpv Hügel. He is head of the tax law practice and specializes in national and international corporate tax law. In current rankings of various lawyers' directories he is frequently recommended in tax law and for restructuring.

GeraldSchachner

Lawyer, tax consultant and partner at bvp Hügel Rechtsanwälte

Christoph A. Schaltegger has been Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Lucerne since 2010 and also teaches public finance at the University of St. Gallen. His research focuses on financial, tax and economic policy as well as federalism.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schaltegger

Professor of Political Economy, University of Lucerne

As Global Head of Tax, Ulrike Schramm has been in charge of the worldwide tax functions of the corporate tax department of Continental AG since March 2017. She was previously responsible for the International Tax Law department at Volkswagen from 2009 to 2016.

Dr. Ulrike Schramm

Global Head of Tax, Continental

Johannes Schulte has been General Counsel of the Douglas Group since December 2014, where he is responsible for legal affairs, compliance, insurance and data protection. Prior to this, he was General Counsel of Unify, formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications, a joint venture of Siemens AG and The Gores Group.

Dr. Johannes Schulte

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Douglas Group

Tina Schumann has been head of the Group Tax Department of Deutsche Lufthansa AG as an authorised signatory since 2015. In addition to heading the department, she is a member of the Global Leadership Team, the Finance Committee and the Group Compliance Committee. She previously headed the Group Tax Department of Vaillant Group in the same function.

Tina Schumann

Head of Group Tax Department, Deutsche Lufthansa

Rainer Spatscheck has been a partner in the commercial law firm Kantenwein, Zimmermann, Spatscheck & Partner since April 2018. Prior to this, he was a partner at Streck Mack Schwedhelm for 24 years, where he headed the Munich office. He is one of the most prominent criminal defence lawyers in Germany and has extensive consulting experience in the field of criminal tax law.

Lawyer and partner at Zimmermann Spatscheck & Partner

Andreas Steck has been working as German Senior Partner in the Frankfurt office of the international law firm Linklaters since 2016. He specialises in banking supervisory law, investment law and insurance supervisory law and advises ministries, public authorities and financial service providers on restructuring projects.

St. Andrew's plug

Lawyer and Senior Partner Germany, Linklaters LLP, Frankfurt/M.

Philipp Steinberg is Head of the Economic Policy Department at the BMWi. Prior to that, he was Head of Political Planning from 2009 to 2013. His previous professional stations led him to a major law firm, the Federal Ministry of Finance and the party executive of the SPD, where he worked for Peer Steinbrück on the catalogue of measures for the regulation of the financial crisis 2008 onwards.

Head of Economic Policy Department, BMWi Berlin

Alexander Steinbrecher is Head of Group Corporate, M&A and Legal Affairs at Bombardier Transportation. In addition, he works as an attorney (of counsel) and mediator in a law firm specializing in dispute resolution. He is a co-founder of the Innovation & Legal Tech Roundtable and has been awarded several times as one of the most influential and innovative in-house lawyers in Germany.

Dr. Alexander Steinbrecher

Head of Group Corporate, M&A and Legal Affairs, Bombardier

Patrick Teubner is an attorney and partner at Krause & Kollegen, a law firm specializing in criminal law, in particular in commercial and fiscal criminal law. He has been a member of the board of the German Criminal Defense Association since 2015 and a member of the Ethics Committee of Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin since 2017.

Dr. Patrick Teubner

Lawyer and partner at Krause & Kollegen, Berlin

Since 2011 Ulrich Torggler has held the chair of corporate law, with special emphasis on the interrelation with general civil law, as well as being chairman of the Institute for Corporate and Commercial Law at the University of Vienna. His research focuses on corporate law, corporate and capital market law.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Torggler

Head of the Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law, University of Vienna

Sven-Holger Undritz heads the German restructuring and insolvency practice of the international law firm White & Case and is Office Executive Partner in Hamburg. He has extensive experience in advising German and international clients on corporate reorganizations and restructurings. Since 1998 he has also been regularly appointed as insolvency administrator.

Dr. Sven-Holger Undritz

Lawyer and Executive Partner White & Case LLP, Hamburg

Stefan Wintels has been co-head of Citigroup's global Financial Institutions business since February 2020. Prior to this, he was Chief Country Officer Germany and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG. Since 2008, he has also been responsible for Corporate & Investment Banking in Germany and Austria and headed the Financial Institutions division in the EMEA region until 2018.

Stefan Wintels

Global Co-Head Financial Institutions Group (FIG), Frankfurt/M.

Monika Wünnemann has headed the BDI's tax department since February 2019. Previously, she was responsible for the Taxes and Customs Department at the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) from the end of 2013 to January 2019. (VDA). Her professional focus is on wage tax, corporate taxes and tax procedural law.

Dr. Monika Wünnemann

Head of Tax Department
and Financial Policy, BDI Berlin

Richard J. Wuermli is Managing Partner of TAX EXPERT International AG with headquarters in Zurich, Rapperswil and Zug. Prior to that, he was Partner-in-Charge of the tax and legal department of Deloitte in Zurich for ten years. He advises companies in complex national and international M&A transactions, spin-offs & split-offs, financial structures and transfer pricing.

Richard J. Wuermli

Managing Partner, Tax Expert International AG, Zurich