Host and Visitor
December 17, 2018

On Wednesday, December 5th, 2018, bepartners invited to the round table discussion "befit: New developments in real estate transfer tax law" which was held at our firm's premises on Nordstraße 116 in Düsseldorf. Our partner, Alexander Skowronek, and our principal, Friederike ... (more)

November 9, 2018

This INREV one-day course provided delegates with a practical understanding of tax and legal aspects that need to be taken into consideration when structuring a new vehicle. Participants acquired a good understanding of the key tax and legal drivers of ... (more)

October 12, 2018

In 2018 the Expo Real opened its doors from the 8th to the 10th of October. Our partners, Dr. Carsten Bödecker and Carsten Ernst, took the chance to meet clients and discuss recent issues in person. (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:

September 10, 2018

The German Federal Tax Court held on April 26, 2018, that fund structuring costs, which are incurred in the investment period of closed-end funds, do not need to be capitalised but instead are tax deductible. This court decision is contrary to ... (more)

August 16, 2018

In early August, the German government passed draft legislation to prevent VAT losses on trade in goods on the internet and to amend other tax rules and regulations. The preliminary technical drafts for this legislative project carried the working title ... (more)

August 8, 2018

Friederike Schmidt, a principal at bepartners in Düsseldorf, presented on new structures and developments for inbound German real estate investments by foreign investors at an INREV Forum Call held on July 26, 2018. The presentation included tax consequences under the 2018 ... (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.


Chambers Europe renews its recommendation of our Partner, Carsten Bödecker, as 'Leader in his Field' for 'Investment Funds: Germany'.

"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‘.“

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.“