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July 12, 2019

On Tuesday, July 9th, 2019, bepartners invited to the round table discussion "befit: Annual Tax Act 2019 – Effects on fund sector" which was held at our firm's premises on Nordstraße 116 in Düsseldorf. Our partner, Alexander Skowronek, and our principal, Friederike ... (more)

May 23, 2019

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, bepartners presented the 7th German-Luxembourg Fund Forum at the Golf-Club Grand-Ducal in Luxembourg. The first session was about taxes regarding "Investment of Luxembourg Funds in German Real Estate". Our principal Friederike Schmidt opened with the technical tax ... (more)

March 28, 2019

On Tuesday, March 26th, 2019, bepartners invited to the round table discussion "befit: ATAD I Directive – Current Status of Implementation in Germany and Luxembourg" which was held at our firm's premises on Nordstraße 116 in Düsseldorf. Our partner Alexander Skowronek and Johannes ... (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:

October 23, 2023

The extensive draft (just under 280 pages) for a law to strengthen growth opportunities, investment and innovation as well as tax simplification and tax fairness (Growth Opportunities Act) contains a number of changes that are important for the real estate ... (more)

September 6, 2023

In January of this year, we had reported on the draft of the equitable/fairness and simplification regulation of the German Federal Ministry of Finance with regard to investment funds that segregate illiquid assets into so-called side pockets (our beinformed dated ... (more)

August 25, 2023

In April, the draft bill of the Act on the Financing of Investments for the Future (Future Financing Act) had been published. We had reported on the amendments to the German Investment Code envisaged therein, which, at least with regard ... (more)


Our expertise is recognized

We are rated in law firm rankings of internationally recognized directories.

Chambers and Partners

Chambers and Partners ranks Bödecker Ernst & Partner among the leading firms for "Investment Funds: Germany" and continiously recognises our Partner, Carsten Bödecker, as "Leader in his Field".

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.

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"The team can deliver high quality in good time."

"The practice regularly assists with real estate investments, portfolio transfers and the setting up of funds and pooling vehicles, while leading tax due diligence on AIFs with a green energy asset focus. The team also has experience in cross-border acquisition of funds."

"Carsten Bödecker specialises in fund structuring, pension scheme investments and asset acquisitions, with particular strength in regulatory and tax issues. He often acts for national and international investment funds as well as real estate clients. Carsten Bödecker has good knowledge of Luxembourg funds."

"Carsten has an excellent manner about him. When it gets to a difficult topic, he is always balanced and very calm."


"Carsten Bödecker is focused and specialised on funds work, very experienced, effective and hands-on, and very responsive."

"I really value being able to count on them regarding the delivery conditions, the deadlines they agree on and what they promise," adding that "the quality is very good and I appreciate the way they value their clients."

"The firm is really hands-on. There's never a question of waiting for days, you can call them and you will get a quick answer," adding that "the fit of the partners is perfect: they are practice-oriented and there are never any issues with onboarding."


"Reputable boutique enters the rankings on the basis of market recognition and a notable client base. Highly experienced in legal, regulatory and tax due diligence, often advising insurance groups and occupational pension schemes. Regularly assists with real estate investments and portfolio transfers and the setting-up of funds and pooling vehicles. Offers further expertise in liability risk assessments and operational topics."


"We believe Bödecker Ernst & Partner to be exceptionally well positioned regarding a fully fledged ongoing service provider during the whole life cycle of a given investment fund, may it be specialized or mutual funds."


“Clients praise Carsten Bödecker as an ‘absolute expert within the fields of German and Luxembourg investment tax law.‘“


“Carsten Bödecker is highly experienced in alternative investments and 'very calm, collected, technically very strong and very commercial in his approach' as well as 'pragmatic and practical'.“


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‘.“

International Tax Review's World Tax Guide

The World Tax Guide of the International Tax Review lists Bödecker Ernst & Partner as Top Tier Firm for Transactional Tax.

“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.“

„Positive, hands-on, pragmatic and client-focused.“

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‘.“