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27 June 2017

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Stephanie Alzuhn

Deloitte Germany

Kurfuerstendamm 23
D-10719 Berlin
Germany

Tel: +49 (0)30 25468 122
Email: salzuhn@deloitte.de
Website: www.deloitte.com

Stephanie Alzuhn, Deloitte Germany, is a partner based in Berlin heading the indirect tax management consulting team. She has more than 20 years of experience in advising on indirect tax issues across a range of industry sectors, including retail, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, construction and financial services.

The key aspects of her advisory activities are projects regarding tax compliance management systems, i.e. the review and implementation of indirect tax governance structures to embed appropriate processes and controls in the underlying business. This includes the review, design and implementation of indirect tax-related processes in ERP systems as well as data analytics. She has considerable experience in leading global projects.

Additionally, Stephanie has extensive experience in M&A transactions and structuring as well as post-merger integration projects.

Before joining Deloitte Germany in 2017, Stephanie worked at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt for two years, before which she worked for Big 4 companies in the VAT area, forging a proven track record of delivering value creation projects.

Stephanie has a master's degree in business and administration and is a certified German tax adviser (steuerberaterin). She is a frequent speaker at national and international tax conferences and seminars. Since 2012 she has lectured at SRH Hochschule Berlin teaching international tax.


Johan De Spiegeleer

Deloitte Germany

Franklinstraße 50
60486 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

Tel: +49 69 75695 6204
Email: jdespiegeleer@deloitte.de
Website: www.deloitte.de

Johan De Spiegeleer, Deloitte Germany, has more than 20 years of experience in all areas of VAT. He is a partner based in Frankfurt am Main.

Having been with Deloitte since 2002, Johan is Deloitte Germany's category leader for indirect tax. He leads a group of 70 people located in eight offices across Germany. He is a member of Deloitte's EMEA and global indirect tax steering committee. In this role Johan is responsible for the cooperation of the German indirect tax group with Deloitte's international member firm network, serving multinational and global clients.

Before joining Deloitte, Johan worked for Arthur Andersen for seven years in Brussels and Frankfurt. Before that, he served for two and a half years as a tax inspector at the Belgian VAT authority in the Brussels region.

Johan advises international and global clients in a wide variety of industries. His focus is on the financial services industry, advising multinational investment banks on many occasions. He also advises clients doing business in the manufacturing and consumer business industries. Johan has vast expertise in planning and coordinating large multinational engagements, focusing on efficient compliance, VAT-aligned supply chain and identification of VAT opportunities and risks (indirect tax review projects). Johan has also assisted clients in complex tax audits and tax litigation.

Johan has a master's degree in administrative sciences and a bachelor's degree in fiscal sciences. He is a Belgian certified tax consultant (Belastingconsulent). Johan is a frequent speaker at national and international tax seminars. Since 2012, he has lectured at the University of Wuerzburg, teaching VAT for master's candidates. His mother tongue is Dutch (Flemish) and he is fluent in English, German and French.


Eduard Forster

Deloitte Germany

Rosenheimer Platz 4
81669 Munich
Germany

Tel: +49 89 29036 8514
Email: eforster@deloitte.de
Website: www.deloitte.de

Eduard Forster, Deloitte Germany, has more than 18 years of experience in domestic and international tax covering a wide range of international tax planning issues. He is focused on VAT matters in general and on supply chain management as well as real estate in particular.

Eduard advises small and medium-sized enterprises as well as corporations related to domestic and foreign groups. He has managed various VAT projects (eg improving cash position, avoiding registrations, increasing of the ratio of input VAT deduction, tax code automatisation, supply chain management, etc).

Eduard has a master's degree in economics and a doctorate with a VAT-focused thesis ("Public bodies and VAT harmonisation"). He is a certified German tax expert and is a regular speaker at external tax conferences (EUROFORUM, MangementCircle etc) as well as at various client seminars (eg Annual Year End Tax Seminar, VAT Roadshows). He is a permanent author with Der Umsatz-Steuer-Berater (The Sales Tax Consultant) and has authored articles in various tax journals.


Dr. Ulrich Grünwald

Deloitte Germany

Kurfürstendamm 23
10719 Berlin
Germany

Tel: +49 (0)30 25468 258
Fax: +49 (0)30 25468 213
Email: ugruenwald@deloitte.de
Website: www.deloitte.com

Ulrich Grünwald, Deloitte Germany, has been a partner in the indirect tax service team in the Berlin office in 2015. Ulrich has more than 23 years of professional experience in the field of taxes with a strong focus on indirect taxation. Ulrich started his professional career as the head of a VAT audit department with the German tax authorities. He continued his career as head of the VAT service team, as well as the international VAT centre of excellence of a global audit network for more than 10 years when he joined a well-known tax focused German law firm as a partner specialising in indirect taxes.

Ulrich has extensive practical experience in advising domestic and multinational clients. He focuses on German and European VAT law, as well as in insurance premium tax law. His professional experience includes VAT, insurance premium tax, other indirect taxes and procedural law. He developed a broad working experience and serves clients in a wide variety of industries including the service sector, the manufacturing and consumer industries.

He is a regular speaker at public tax events and a frequent publisher on VAT and other indirect tax issues.

Ulrich received his JD in European VAT law at Erlangen/Nürnberg University. He is a certified tax adviser and a lawyer.


Thomas Knauer

Deloitte Germany

Loeffelstrasse 42
Stuttgart, 70597
Germany

Tel: +49 711 16554 7201
Website: www.deloitte.de

Thomas Knauer, Deloitte Germany, has more than 15 years of experience in all areas of VAT advisory and VAT recovery in Germany and Europe. Thomas is a partner and serves as the head of the indirect tax service line in Stuttgart.

He is specialised on VAT advisory regarding tax efficient supply chains and has, in particular, special industry knowledge regarding the supply of hardware and software, the supply of pharmaceutical products and the automotive industry. His focus is on questions concerning the VAT finding in ERP systems (especially SAP) and VAT health checks and quick scans.

Before becoming a partner with Deloitte, Thomas was working in the VAT consulting groups of Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen.

Thomas has a degree in business administration from University of Saarbrücken (Dipl.-Kfm) and is a certified tax adviser (Steuerberater). He also acts as speaker on national and international VAT related events as well as on in-house trainings. In addition, he frequently holds readings at the University of Hohenheim regarding VAT.


Bettina Mertgen

Deloitte Germany

Franklinstraße 50
60486 Frankfurt
Germany

Tel: +49 69 75695 6321
Fax: +49 69 75695 6724
Email: bmertgen@deloitte.de
Website: www.deloitte.com

Bettina Mertgen, Deloitte Germany, is director in the indirect tax service line of customs and global trade (CGT), and partner at the associated international law firm Deloitte Legal. She specialises in customs, excise duty, and foreign trade law/export control with more than 10 years of professional experience as an attorney at law, tax lawyer, certified tax adviser, and certified adviser for customs and excise duty. Bettina is one of the leading specialists in indirect taxation in Germany. She leads the legal unit within the CGT team and is head of the CGT group in Deloitte's Frankfurt office. She has extensive experience in advising clients with regards to opposition and administrative fines proceedings, tax litigation, customs audits, and compliance reviews.

After her graduation in law from Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University Frankfurt am Main in 2002, Bettina completed her legal clerkship in Frankfurt and New York with focus on tax law. In 2006, she gained admission to the German Bar. Before joining Deloitte Germany in 2015, she worked more than eight years for an international law firm in Frankfurt and Washington, DC, and became a specialist in her area of law. High-level advisory with respect to complex and difficult matters in this area of law became her strengths. She successfully took part in legal proceedings in the Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof) concerning excise duty.

Bettina co-authored a book about compliance in customs and foreign trade law. It was tailored to fit the practical needs of companies and provide its decision-makers with guidance on export control and customs compliance. Moreover, she publishes articles in professional journals on a regular basis covering all relevant aspects of customs, excise duty, and foreign trade law. Most recently, she covered the possible consequences of Brexit on indirect taxation. Titles of her most recent writings are:

  • Compliance im außenwirtschaftsrecht – zoll, exportkontrolle, sanktionen (Compliance in foreign trade law – customs, export control, liability);
  • Zollwertrelevanz von markenlizenzzahlungen im hinblick auf die Neuregelungen des Unionszollkodex (UZK) ab dem 1.5.2016 (The relevance of trademark licensing for customs valuation in the light of the new regulations under the Union Customs Code (UCC) as of May 1 2016); and
  • Scheiden tut weh: Brexit – die steuerlichen und rechtlichen Folgen (Parting is such sweet sorrow: Brexit – the fiscal and legal consequences)

Besides her work and her publications, Bettina speaks at seminars on a regular basis.


Karen Möhlenkamp

WTS

Peter-Müller-Straße 18
40468 Düsseldorf
Germany

Tel: +49 (0) 211 200 50 – 817
Email: karen.moehlenkamp@wts.de
Website: www.wts.de

Karen Möhlenkamp is managing partner of WTS and one of the leading experts in issues of indirect and consumption tax in Germany. German newspaper Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers/USA have honoured her for being one of the best lawyers of Germany in the category "tax" yearly from 2013 on.

Karen graduated in law and worked at the department of international law headed by Nicola Ranieri to pass her PhD. After being sponsored as a scholar at the Max Planck Institute for European legal history, she took up employment with an international auditing and tax consultancy firm and with the Federation of German Industry (BDI). At BDI, she addressed the key interests of German industry regarding the German environmental tax reform, restructuring of the VAT Law Code and local business tax reform to the German House of Parliament (Deutsche Bundestag) and the Federal Tax Department and took part of legal proceedings to the Federal Constitutional Court.

At WTS, Karen's area of attention is still on VAT, energy tax and energy law. She is involved in delivering expert opinions on complex issues and developing optimisation models and reaches a wide audience through numerous publications. As a founding member of the Berlin VAT Conference (Berliner Umsatzsteuertag) and German Energy Tax Conference, and as member of the German Institute of Certified Tax Consultants, she also deals with tax topics outside WTS.

Karen also does charity work as managing director of the "Benedikt Niemeyer foundation – children make music", and is member of the International Lions Organisation, in 2012/2013 as president of the Lions Club Düsseldorf-Leaina.


Michael Schäfer

Deloitte Germany

Reichskanzler-Müller-Str. 25
68165 Mannheim
Germany

Tel: 0621 15901 869
Email: micschaefer@deloitte.de
Website: www.deloitte.com

Michael Schäfer, Deloitte Germany, is a partner and head of the customs and global trade service line in Germany since January 2015. He has more than 25 years of experience in customs and global trade matters. He started his career as an auditor for the German customs authorities. Consecutively he gathered experience in industrial enterprises as head of goods dispatch and customs. He implemented export control management and customs systems and added during his time at SAP a profound knowledge in SAP ERP. He was responsible for the go-to-market for SAP's global trade management solution (SAP GTS) in Europe.

Before joining Deloitte, Michael worked as a consultant and was leading several IT-related customs and trade projects. His personal focus topics are EU customs law, preferential trade agreements, customs processes and organisation, customs and trade systems, and audit and review projects. Due to his industrial experience he is familiar with all manufacturing and processing industries, logistic service providers, and retail & consumer industries. Michael holds a master's degree in financial administration and a master in business administration.


Jürgen Scholz

WTS

Peter-Müller-Straße 18
40468 Düsseldorf
Germany

Tel.: +49 211 20050-677
Fax: +49 211 20050-953
Email: juergen.scholz@wts.de
Website: www.wts.de

Jürgen Scholz, Certified Tax Advisor, Dipl.-Finw., M.B.L.-HSG (Univ. St. Gallen) heads the German VAT group of WTS with a team of about 65 dedicated VAT specialists as well as the WTS global service line indirect tax, which has a presence in more than 130 countries.

Just recently, WTS's global indirect tax practice was named as "European Indirect Tax Firm of the Year 2017" by International Tax Review at its European Tax Awards.

Jürgen advises clients in a wide variety of industries in particular with regard to the VAT aspects of tax control frameworks ("Steuer-IKS"), IT-driven VAT management and controversial VAT matters.

He started his professional career with the German tax authorities before he joined a Big 4 firm to specialise in VAT. As a result of his particular focus on the financial services industry he then became responsible for indirect taxes at Dresdner Bank, focusing on transaction work, holding structures, pro-rata optimisation and VAT-neutral outsourcing projects.

Upon returning from his in-house role to the advisory world Jürgen continued working for clients in the financial services industry, but he has also increasingly managed process-related projects for the high-tech industry, such as the implementation of tax-engines of the redesign of supply-chain structures. Beside his client work, he has been seconded to the firm's international headquarters to support the global head of indirect tax in the development of a global VAT strategy.

Jürgen is a regular speaker at VAT conferences, publishes in several journals, is member of the advisory council to Germany's leading VAT journal (Umsatzsteuer-Rundschau) and a board member of UmsatzsteuerForum e.V., the scientific organisation on VAT in Germany.


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PwC

Eveline Beer
Küffner Maunz Langer Zugmaier

Kristina Bexa
Clifford Chance

Michael Bohnhardt
Clifford Chance

Michael Connemann
WTS

Gregor Dzieyk
KPMG in Germany

Barbara Fleckenstein
Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Marco Fuss
ZfU Steuerberatungsgesellschaft

Claudia Hillek
KPMG in Germany

Eberhard Kalbfleisch
Luther

Thomas Küffner
Küffner Maunz Langer Zugmaier

Ronny Langer
Küffner Maunz Langer Zugmaier

Nicole Looks
Baker McKenzie

Stefan Maunz
Küffner Maunz Langer Zugmaier

Jochen Meyer-Burow
Baker McKenzie

Gotz Neuhahn
PwC

Martin Robisch
EY

Christian Salder
Küffner Maunz Langer Zugmaier

Guido Schäfer
PwC

Peter Schalk
KPMG in Germany

Peter Schilling
EY

Karsten Schuck
KPMG in Germany

Joachim Strehle
WTS

Georg von Wallis
Greenberg Traurig

Oliver Zugmaier
Küffner Maunz Langer Zugmaier






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