Lovells is continuing its aggressive tax expansion plans in Germany as it takes on a partner from KPMG.
Christoph Küppers, who joins the Düsseldorf office today (1 October), is the fourth tax partner appointed by Lovells in Germany in the past 18 months. Küppers is a qualified lawyer, tax adviser and chartered accountant, specialising in corporate tax and insurance-related tax. Head of the German tax practice Jörg Siegels said that the firm has a gravity concept in relation to tax. "This means that we do not want to spread our tax capability over the five German offices, but instead concentrate on the areas that most need it," he said. "In three of our offices - Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich - we have a huge amount of M&A tax work to do." Lovells' European tax practice focuses on the high end of the domestic and international market, particularly in relation to M&A deals and capital markets and financial services work. Boesebeck Droste had a strong focus on tax and since the merger in January 2000 with Lovells White Durrant, the firm has invested heavily in the area. Küppers' move follows the election of Stephan Geibel as a Munich partner in May 2000, the recruitment of Siegels to the Frankfurt office in June 2000 from Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch and the election of Ruth Zehetmeier-Müller as a partner in the Munich office in May this year.