Dr. Thomas  Gemmeke

Dr. Thomas Gemmeke
Managing Partner Legal
Attorney-at-Law (Rechtsanwalt)

 Ralf  Gröning

Ralf Gröning
Managing Partner
German CPA, Certified Tax Advisor

One contact person in Germany. Global expertise in 148 countries.

Growing globalization, increasing cross-border activities and transactions require an expert consulting, which is not only familiar with German and European laws, but which also is globally active and familiar with the respective country-specific regulations and requirements.

For most companies, foreign markets are a central cornerstone of a sustainable and successful growth strategy. Our auditors, lawyers, tax consultants and management consultants advise you comprehensively in all areas of your current or future activities abroad - even if you already are, or planning to become a foreign company in Germany.

The fact, that our clients are always consulted by a single point of contact in Germany is something that turns our consultation into a very special, and very personal service. Together with our international colleagues in 148 countries, your personal consultant will turn your global challenges into ideal solutions.

In addition to that, our Baker Tilly Europe Alliance has put a special focus onto Southeast Europe by establishing German desks including German speaking contacts in the world´s most important economic centers.

Audit and advisory at the interface between Germany and China

Over the past decades and especially within the last couple of years, China has become a more important and more powerful economic powerhouse. Therefore, the Chinese market is becoming more important for German companies as well. Increasing economic, political and cultural relevance is inducing more and more companies to set up or expand their business in China. China, as a sales market as well as a production and / or development location, is of key importance for numerous German corporate groups. But it needs to be considered, that the very special local laws and regulations will be a big challenge for companies entering the Chinese market. On the other hand, Chinese investments in Germany have been rising rapidly, so that in turn, there are many questions for Chinese investors that need to be solved in order to create a successful entry into the German market. This includes, for example, all (tax) legal issues relating to the acquisition of German companies, the fulfillment of statutory accounting and tax declaration obligations, compliance with auditing requirements as well as advice on accounting issues or procedural developments.

Our China Solutions team is composed of both Chinese and German specialists with many years of China expertise - Baker Tilly can help you to minimize risks and increase the chances of a successful engagement in China or supports Chinese investors to successfully enter the German market. Based on many years of consulting and auditing experience we know the requirements and opportunities, which come with such an engagement. Thanks to our global network we are always in touch with the right contact person – only one aspect, which allows us to individually and successfully implement your project always focussing your target group.


 Carsten  Hüning

Carsten Hüning
Partner, Global Leader Transfer Pricing

Doing business in the USA

The US Tax Desk provides a one-stop point of contact for our US tax accountants and US accountants when it comes to cross-border activities and transactions in the US. In doing so, we not only support our clients with a connection to the USA but also as a central communications platform we are acting as an interface between German clients and US advisers and US authorities.

In addition, the US Tax Desk has a publicly appointed and sworn translator for the English language, which allows us to provide not only US-related consulting but also translation services from a single source.

Our consulting portfolio includes:

Support of German companies in all questions of US law and US tax law, such as

  • Business creation
  • Visa application
  • tax design
  • Due diligence

Support of Private Clients in all emigration-related issues, such as

  • Income and inheritance tax law
  • formal expatriation procedure
  • Submission of US income tax returns

Assistance to US companies and natural US persons in their structural outbound planning

  • Controlled Foreign Corporations (CFC)
  • Passive Foreign Investment Companies (PFIC)

Translation of English and German legal documents for submission to courts, evaluators and US and German tax authorities.


 Patrik  Heidrich

Patrik Heidrich
Certified Tax Advisor, German CPA

Baker Tilly Nordic Desk: Interface between Germany and Scandinavia

Each of the Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are modern industrialized economies with highly developed infrastructure and innovative companies. Foreign trade and international cooperation have great economic significance, especially in relation to Germany, their most important trading partner. Knowing the legal framework for trade and investments is crucial for companies in order to avoid various "pitfalls". The Baker Tilly Nordic Desk serves as a point of contact for our clients in order to ensure from the outset that all German-Nordic business decisions are made on a legally sound basis. 

More information on our Nordic Desk can be found here.


Dr. Ralf  Ek, LL.M.

Dr. Ralf Ek, LL.M.
Attorney-at-Law (Rechtsanwalt), Specialist Lawyer for Commercial and Corporate Law, Advokat (Sweden)

German Desk in Paris

For decades, the economic relationship between France and Germany have been of particular importance: Germany is France's most important trading partner worldwide. Following the USA, France is the second-largest customer of German products and globally the fourth-largest trading partner after China, the Netherlands and the USA. The French market offers attractive sales and development opportunities, especially for German companies, which are often well-known for their international competitiveness.

But despite the local proximity of the two states, there are a variety of different regulations and laws – touching both legal and tax aspects. Anyone doing business in France as a German entrepreneur should therefore be aware of individual regulations and elementary customs.

Our German Desk in Paris supports you and our local consultants by knowing the respective local requirements and thus ensures that our clients receive the best possible support on the French market. Based on many years of consulting and service activities, we know the special requirements and opportunities in France. Together with you, we develop solutions, which allow you to successfully continue and expand your business in Germany and France.

38 German desks in Central and Southeast Europe

Baker Tilly Europe Alliance is a joint venture between Baker Tilly in Germany and the TPA Group, which operate across borders as part of the Alliance.

Accountants, lawyers, tax consultants and management consultants are represented at 38 locations in twelve countries in Central and Southeastern Europe with their own German Desk.

More information about the Baker Tilly Europe Alliance can be found here.

Bridging Europe and Korea

Germany is the top location for Korean companies to set up their European headquarters from which to steer their business activities in the region. Germany’s good infrastructure, stable legal system and beneficial geographic location are key reasons to choose this country.

At the same time, many German companies are already active in Korea or are seeking to enter the dynamic Korean market.

Investing and operating in each others’ country holds a number of challenges due to the different legal systems, business cultures and language barriers. Here, we can be your link between Korea and Germany.

Further information you will find here >>


Dr. Raphael Won-Pil Suh (서원필)

Dr. Raphael Won-Pil Suh (서원필)
Partner, Head of Korea Desk
Attorney-at-Law (Rechtsanwalt), Specialist Lawyer for Commercial and Corporate Law

Further information about our global presence can be found here: www.bakertilly.global