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February 21, 2018

On the 6th anniversary of the German-Luxembourg Fund Forum, we will once again take a close look at Luxembourg as a financial center from the perspective of German institutional investors. The focus of this year's German-Luxembourg Fund Forum will be ... (more)

February 15, 2018

bepartners cordially invites you! On Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, bepartners cordially invites you to the round table discussion "befit: With­holding Tax for Invest­ment­funds and Special Invest­ment Funds" to be held at our firm's premises on Nordstrasse 116 in Düsseldorf. Our partner, ... (more)

December 11, 2017

On Tuesday, 5 December 2017, bepartners issued a cordial invitation to the "befit: 5 to 12 – a last Update on the 2018 Investment Tax Reform" round table discussion that was held at our offices on Nordstraße 116 in Düsseldorf. ... (more)


Publications, Presentations and Lectures

Our colleagues are authors and lecturers. Dr. Carsten Bödecker is a visiting lecturer for International Taxation and Taxation of Financial Products at the University of Osnabrück since 2007 (LL.M. Taxation).

Publications, presentations and lectures by our colleagues:

February 19, 2018

About five years ago the European Court of Justice (ECJ) stated in an infringement proceeding against Germany (ECJ November 22, 2012 – C-600/10, OJ 2013 C 26/3) that the European Com­mis­sion could not prove a violation of EU law caused by the ... (more)

February 16, 2018

Shortly after the French anti-abuse rule for the Parent-Subsidiary-Directive was declared void because it was contrary to European law, the German rule is next. In the joined cases C-504/16 (Deister Holding) and C-613/16 (Juhler Holding), the European Court of Justice ... (more)

February 14, 2018

In light of the ECJ ruling in "Fiscale Eenheid X", Germany has amended the scope of the VAT exemption for management services of investment funds. As of January 1, 2018 the manage­ment of UCITS within the meaning of Sec. 1 ... (more)


Our expertise is recognized

Despite our firm's tender age, we have already been rated in law firm rankings of internationally recognized directories.

Chambers and Partners

Since 1999, Chambers and Partners have been researching the legal profession in Europe, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients.


For the sixth time in a row, Chambers Europe 2017 continues to recommend our partner Carsten Bödecker as 'Leader in his Field' for 'Investment Funds: Germany'.

"Clients appreciate that he is 'always very much on top of things: reachable, responsive and responsible'."


Chambers Europe has again recommended our partners Carsten Bödecker and Carsten Ernst as ‘Leaders in their Fields' for ‘Investment Funds: Germany' in its 2016 Edition.

“Interviewees note that Carsten Bödecker ‘gives understandable advice and is technically very able‘ in addition to having ‘commercial acumen‘.“

“Clients highlight that Carsten Ernst ‘understands what we need and is very proactive, always informing us of new legislation‘.“


Chambers Europe continues to recommend our partners, Dr. Carsten Bödecker and Carsten Ernst, as ‘Leaders in their Fields’ for ‘Investment Funds: Germany’.

„Carsten Ernst of Bödecker Ernst & Partner wurde von Mandanten herausgestellt als Berater mit ‚strong focus on tax law, especially concerning foreign investment funds‘.“


Once again, Chambers Europe recognizes both of our partners, Carsten Bödecker and Carsten Ernst, as ‘Leaders in their Fields’ for ‘Investment Funds: Germany’ in its 2014 edition.


We are delighted to announce that Chambers Europe 2013 recognizes both of our partners, Carsten Bödecker and Carsten Ernst, as ‘Leaders in their Fields’ for ‘Investment Funds: Germany’.

„Carsten Bödecker of Bödecker Ernst & Partner impresses clients with his expertise in investment funds, asset management, real estate and tax. As one source declared, ‚he is innovative and creative but without jeopardising what the client can do‘.“

„Carsten Ernst of Bödecker Ernst & Partner focuses on investment funds, international tax, private equity and venture capital. Clients value how ‚he is always up to date and very helpful in structuring investments in an efficient way‘.“


The legal directory Chambers and Partners rates Dr. Carsten Bödecker in the practice area ‘Investment Funds: Germany’ as a Leading Individual:

“Clients praise Carsten Bödecker of Bödecker Ernst & Partner as ‚an innovative lateral thinker who can provide cross-disciplinary investment advice‘.“

Legal 500

Legal 500 Germany recognizes Bödecker Ernst & Partner as a ‘Leading Firm’ for ‘Tax’:


„... excellent and professional firm“

„Carsten Bödecker's and Carsten Ernst's have very high expertise and understanding of the needs of the clients“


„The fund practice is ‘extremely powerful...’“


„The Tax Team is “exceptionally strong” in the field of investment products and the tax optimization thereof, and distinguishes itself by “delivering results within an extremely short time period“.“

„Carsten Ernst always has “up-to-date expert knowledge and is able to convey this knowledge in a comprehensible manner”.“

International Tax Review's World Tax Guide

The World Tax Guide of the International Tax Review lists Bödecker Ernst & Partner as an internationally recognized tax firm.

„I have always been impressed with Bödecker & Ernst's extensive knowledge of both German and US tax laws. They are able to present the issues we encounter in Germany succinctly and in a way that allows us to comprehend the issues and support us in making both good business and tax decisions on behalf of our partners.“

„We are very happy with the convenient and competent way they handle all kind of questions in a timely manner and they are always very reliable.“

„Carsten Ernst impressed us because of his comprehensive knowledge and expertise.“