Family-owned Businesses & Private Clients

Family-owned businesses, entrepreneurial families, wealthy private individuals and foundations have been trusting us for over 70 years. Advising them is a tradition at Noerr.

Two businessmen on a bridge family offices and private clients
For over 70 years we have advised well-known family-owned businesses of various sizes and from different industries, entrepreneurial families and wealthy private individuals.
Law Firm of the Year: Company Succession & Trusts – The JUVE Awards 2022
Solutions tailored to your needs: economical, efficient, timely, innovative and customised as well as target-oriented and impartial advice characterised by personal integrity and discretion

We support you in all legal, tax and personal matters. We develop solutions tailored to your needs, customised for your company, your family and your assets – both nationally and internationally.

We understand you and the unique challenges of family-owned businesses, family offices and their owners. We ourselves think and act entrepreneurially and in the long term. We combine this with the highest level of legal expertise.

You will benefit from our holistic, integrated advice across all relevant areas of law. Our experts in company law, tax, dispute resolution as well as assets, succession and foundations work seamlessly together.

Our services

  • Structuring family-owned companies
  • Ownership structures, shareholder groups
  • Corporate governance
  • Advisory board and supervisory board, management, shareholder rights
  • Pooling agreements, shareholder agreements
  • Family governance
  • Purchase and sale of family-owned businesses and investments
  • Transparency register and other reporting obligations

For more information, see also Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets.

  • Optimising tax structures in family-owned businesses, private clients and foundations
  • Inheritance tax structuring
  • Supporting company audits
  • Tax objection and appeal proceedings
  • Valuation of partnerships, commercial partnerships and corporations
  • International residences, relocation, incoming and exit taxation
  • International tax law and double taxation treaties
  • Tax compliance
  • Fund structuring and fund investments
  • Trust structures 

For more information, see Tax

  • Structuring
  • Tax
  • Family offices
  • Asset protection
  • Prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, international marriages
  • Living wills 
  • Tax-optimised asset and corporate succession
  • Succession during lifetime and in the case of death
  • Gifts, anticipated succession
  • Usufruct arrangements
  • Wills and inheritance contracts
  • Execution of wills
  • Law on compulsory portions of estates
  • Inheritance disputes, probate proceedings, international inheritance cases
  • Foundation and trust arrangements
  • International estate planning
  • Adoption 
  • Advising donors, foundations and foundation committees
  • Setting up foundations, donations and sponsorship
  • Providing ongoing advice, disputes in foundation bodies, structural changes
  • Foundation governance
  • Foundation tax law, charity law
  • Private-benefit foundations, family foundations, charitable foundations
  • Non-profit companies (gGmbHs etc.)
  • Dual foundations and other arrangements
  • Foreign foundations and trusts 
  • Single and multi-family offices
  • Setup and structure
  • Comprehensive legal and tax advice
  • Purchase and sale of companies and participations (mergers & acquisitions, private equity, venture capital)
  • Fund structuring and fund investments
  • Regulatory law
  • Structuring real estate assets and real estate transactions
  • Asset protection
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Assisting at contentious general meetings
  • Disputes in corporate bodies, liability
  • Inheritance law disputes between heirs, legatees and beneficiaries of compulsory portions
  • Litigation before state and arbitration courts, mediation 

For more information, see also Corporate & Financial Litigation and Arbitration.  

Our clients benefit from our full-service approach with advice in almost all areas of law and industry sectors in tackling the major challenges of our time and beyond this. 

For more information on our full-service approach, go to Expertise

This major law firm has long been among those advising various family business owners and private individuals with hundreds of millions or billions in euro assets on succession planning.

JUVE Tax Handbook, 2022

The succession and foundations practice at this major firm, which focuses on large family businesses, enjoys a great reputation in the market and among its clients. In addition to tax and contentious civil law, corporate law stands out in the advice to high net worth individuals and entrepreneurial families.

JUVE Legal Market, 2022


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