Lawyers for Private Clients

Our Private Clients service Portfolio

Our Private Clients practice advises high net worth individuals and business owners on all legal and tax matters related to their private affairs. We act as a trustworthy partner, assisting you with all your asset and succession planning requirements.

Our Private Clients service is also targeted at banks, asset managers and family offices. We either advise them directly on wealth management issues or work with them to develop customised solutions on behalf of our longstanding clients.

Interdisciplinary and international – our Private Clients Team

Trust-based client relationships in the private clients market depend on outstanding expertise allied with the requisite tact and sensitivity when dealing with a clientele that expects the highest standards.

Accordingly, the Private Clients team at CMS Germany is made up of experienced experts covering corporate, tax, inheritance, family and real estate law. In addition to providing comprehensive advice, they also represent private clients in court proceedings and vis-à-vis government bodies.

Our Private Clients experts also apply their wide-ranging expertise in the international arena. The CMS Private Clients Specialty Group established by the international CMS organisation offers cross-border wealth management and succession planning for global companies, business-owning families and high net worth individuals.

Our skillset for private clients – as diverse as our client base

The high net worth individuals and businesses who instruct us have many different needs in relation to asset and succession planning. Examples of the advice provided by our Private Clients experts include:

For a detailed list of services, please see the

Our local Private Clients contacts will be delighted to arrange a personal meeting.

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Angelika Thies
Prof. Dr. Angelika Thies
Part­ner
Tax Adviser | Head of Tax Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Munich
Angelika Thies has long-standing experience advising on complex corporate, private equity and real estate transactions, including tax due diligence and tax structuring. Her German and international...
Heiko Wiechers
Dr. Heiko Wiechers
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Stuttgart
Heiko Wiechers is a corporate lawyer focussing on domestic and cross-border transactions and reorganisations. He advises his clients on foreign investments and on joint ventures, in particular with...
Alexander Reden
Alexander von Reden, LL.M. (Suffolk University, Boston)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Frankfurt
Alexander von Reden is a highly experienced transaction lawyer and has long-standing experience advising German and international companies and financial institutions on the full spectrum of corporate,...
Jochen N. Schlotter
Dr. Jochen N. Schlotter
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt, Notary Public
Germany, Frankfurt
Jochen Schlotter is a stock corporation and capital markets law specialist, advising listed companies on corporate governance issues and annual general meetings as well as on public takeovers and...
Björn Demuth
Dr. Björn Demuth
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt, Tax Adviser | Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht (Certified lawyer for tax law) | Head of Tax Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Stuttgart
Björn Demuth’s practice focuses on corporate compliance, succession planning and tax law. He is a tax advisor and certified tax lawyer with long-standing experience advising his clients on the...
Hans Christian Blum
Hans Christian Blum
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Erbrecht (Certified lawyer for inheritance law) | Global Co-Head of Private Clients Group, CMS | Head of Private Clients Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Stuttgart
Germany, Cologne
Hans Christian Blum advises entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. His clients primarily aim at protecting and preserving family businesses/family assets as well as keeping peace in the family....
Thomas Gerdel
Thomas Gerdel, LL.M.
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt, Tax Adviser | Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht (Certified lawyer for tax law)
Germany, Duesseldorf
Thomas Gerdel has long-standing experience advising his clients on all tax aspects of corporate and real estate transactions. He reviews entrepreneurial activities from a tax point of view, considering...
Ralph Drouven
Dr. Ralph Drouven
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Ralph's transactional experience ranges from public and private M&A, joint ventures and other business combination agreements to private equity and venture capital and corporate restructurings. He...
Daniel Otte
Dr. Daniel Otte, LL.M. (Boston Univ.)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht (Certified lawyer for commercial and corporate law)
Germany, Cologne
Daniel Otte advises entrepreneurs and family businesses on strategic management and equity interest issues. He is particularly experienced in corporate law disputes and represents clients in and...
Hendrik Schindler
Dr. Hendrik Schindler
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht (Certified lawyer for commercial and corporate law)
Germany, Cologne
Hendrik Schindler is a corporate law specialist, advising stock corporations, limited liability companies (German GmbH) and partnerships on corporate governance issues, the transformation of companies...