Foundations and Associations

Another focus of our law firm is the law of associations and foundations.

Foundations can be a suitable means of private and corporate succession. Together with our cooperation partner HLB Dr. Dienst & Partner, we advise on conceptual, tax, and legal issues, in particular with regard to the optimal use of all tax advantages of setting up a foundation as well as non-profit issues.

Our clients include large and small, well-known and less well-known federations, associations and foundations at national and international level.

An overview of our expertise in this field:

Advice and Devising in connection with the Foundation

  • Legal, Tax and Conceptual advice on the Establishment of Entrepreneurial Foundations, Family Foundations, Non-Profit Foundations, Associations and Non-Profit Organizations of other Legal Forms
  • Advice in the Selection of Location and Bodies
  • Advice and Drafting of Articles of Association and other Founding Documents
  • Coordination with the respective competent Authorities and, if necessary, the Church Supervisory Authority
  • Consideration of the Financing Structure including Tax Aspects

Ongoing Advice and Representation

  • Legal and Tax Advice of Foundations, Associations, Federations and Non-Profit Organizations including their Bodies as well as their Representation vis-à-vis the competent Foundation, Tax and other Authorities
  • Legal and Tax Planning, Organization and Support of Non-Profit Projects including Cooperation and Grant Agreements
  • Value Added Tax Law for Non-Profit Organizations
  • Representation of Foundations and acting Bodies vis-à-vis Foundation Supervisory and Fiscal Authorities in Disputes and Liability Cases
  • Representation of Associations and acting Bodies towards Supervisory Bodies, Courts, Tax Authorities in Disputes and Liability Cases
  • Advice in Employment and Contract Law as well as Representation of Foundations and Associations
  • In Cooperation with HLB Dr. Dienst & Partner comprehensive Tax Support and Annual Audit

Structural Changes in Foundations, Associations and Non-Profit Organizations

  • Legal Advice in the preliminary Stages of Restructuring Measures
  • Planning and Devising of Restructuring Measures
  • Structural Consulting for Associations, Federations and Public Private Partnerships, including Mergers
  • Support in Projects to amend Articles of Association


Tim Schwarzburg

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for labor law
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law
Lecturer at the HS Koblenz – Faculty for Economic Sciences

Sarah Emmes

Salary Partner
Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Lecturer Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Cathrin Stern

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law

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