King & Spalding Recruits German Tax Partner

05 Mar, 2012

Dr. Axel Schilder, a prominent German tax lawyer and former official of the German tax authority, has joined King & Spalding in Frankfurt, becoming the second lateral partner recruit for the office in 2012.


Schilder will help build up the German arm of the firm’s tax practice with a focus on real estate and investment tax law, support the continued growth of the firm’s capital transactions and real estate practice in Frankfurt and strengthen the taxation expertise of the firm’s and office’s fund structuring and international transactional work. He joined King & Spalding today from the law firm of Beiten Burkhardt, where he was a partner. Prior to this he practised at Allen & Overy, GSK Stockmann & Kollegen and Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.


Schilder advises companies, funds and individuals in Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Luxembourg on matters pertaining to German tax, including inward and outbound investment, real estate investment, construction, sale and leaseback, financing and structuring. He also advises on VAT optimisation structures, tax audits and tax fraud and is admitted to the chamber of tax advisors and holds a diploma of tax and financial administration.


“With the establishment of a leading real estate capital markets and funds practice in Germany over the last four and half years, we are experiencing increased client demand for top-rate tax advice as a natural supplement to our high-end regulatory and structuring work,” said Mario Leissner, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Frankfurt office. “Axel is an outstanding tax advisor and lawyer whose skills and experience perfectly complement our continuing strategic growth plans both in Germany and internationally.”


Schilder is the second lateral partner to join King & Spalding’s Frankfurt office in the last two months. In January, Jan Schäfer joined from Allen & Overy to launch a dispute resolution practice. King & Spalding now has six partners in the Frankfurt office, which opened in 2007.

“I look forward to playing a role in the continued development of the tax and real estate tax practices and the firm’s Frankfurt office,” said Schilder. “The opportunity to help top-end firm King & Spalding expand its strong real estate and funds practice in Germany and internationally in the United States, the Middle East and the United Kingdom is an exciting one.” 

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