Jens Hafemann’s practice focuses on tax law and corporate transactions.

Jens leads the German tax practice. He regularly advises on all tax law aspects of international and national M&A and capital markets transactions as well as reorganizations. He regularly represents clients in tax controversy matters.

In his integrated tax and corporate law practice, Jens also regularly advises on the corporate law aspects of complex reorganizations. He has substantial experience with cross-border and national mergers, carve-out transactions, corporate reorganizations involving multiple jurisdictions, and European corporate law, including the Societas Europaea (SE).

Jens joined the firm in 2008, became a senior attorney in 2015, and became counsel in 2021. From 2008 to 2012, he was resident in the Frankfurt office, and from 2012 to 2013 he was resident in the New York office. He is also a certified tax advisor (Steuerberater).

Notable Experience

  • Merck KGaA in its divestment of Allergopharma to Dermapharm Holding SE.

  • Lavazza in its acquisition of Mars Drinks from Mars Incorporated.

  • Falabella in its $138 million acquisition of online marketplace operator Linio.

  • Hanon Systems in the $1.2 billion acquisition of the Global Fluid Pressure & Controls business of Magna International Inc. and the complex post-M&A integration of German Magna entities.

  • DCC in its acquisition of TEGA - Technische Gase und Gasetechnik GmbH from Linde.

  • Alstom in its terminated €15 billion merger with Siemens’ mobility business, including its rail traction drives business.

  • General Motors in the sale of its Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations to PSA Group.

  • German banks, insurance companies, and industry clients in tax audits and tax court proceedings, including before the German Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof).

  • Clients in tax-related arbitration proceedings, including post-M&A in connection with tax indemnification claims.

  • Furukawa Electric in its European joint venture with Essex Magnet Wire.

  • International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) in its acquisition of Fragrance Resources.

  • LVMH in its acquisition of RIMOWA, a leading manufacturer of luggage and leather goods.

  • Asahi Kasei in its acquisition of Polypore International and the back-to-back sale of the worldwide separations media business to 3M.

  • The underwriters in the re-IPO of Pfleiderer Grajewo, following a complex restructuring of the German Pfleiderer Group.

  • Lafarge in its merger with Holcim.

  • Henry Schein in its acquisition of scil animal care company.

  • Gazprom in a complex asset swap transaction with Wintershall, a subsidiary of BASF.

  • Germany’s Financial Market Stabilization Agency (FMSA) in connection with the reprivatization and IPO of Deutsche Pfandbriefbank.

  • Westlake Chemical Corporation in its acquisition of Vinnolit.

  • Edenred in the acquisition of a participation in the fuel-card issuer UTA.

  • Commerzbank AG in a rights offering.

  • Deutsche Bank in capital increases.

  • Helikos SE in its IPO and subsequent business combination with the Swiss exceet Group.

  • Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen on the acquisition of West LB.

  • American Express in its acquisition of Loyalty Partner.

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Publications

Taxes: The Rules Continue to Change and Tax Authorities Focus on Enforcement,” Selected Issues for Boards of Directors in 2021, January 11, 2021

Germany,” The Executive Remuneration Review, Law Business Research, ninth edition, 2020 (with Michael Brems and Falko Maurer)

Fiscal Measures of the German Government in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 18, 2020

Germany,” The Executive Remuneration Review, Law Business Research, eighth edition, 2019

Praxisrelevante gesellschaftsrechtliche und steuerrechtliche Aspekte bei grenzüberschreitenden Verschmelzungen, in: Andreas Herlinghaus / Heribert Hirte / Rainer Hüttemann / Thomas Heidel (Hrsg.), Festschrift für Wienand Meilicke, Nomos Verlag, p. 779-842 (co-author: Daniel Weyde)

Being a Board Member in Germany: A manual for English-speaking members of management boards and supervisory boards of German AG, GmbH and SE, 2011

Events