Law Firm News
Effective from 26 October 2017, Stefan Winheller was elected to the board of trustees of the Frankfurt Karg Foundation for five years. The founder and managing partner of the law firm WINHELLER replaces Prof. Dr. med. Manfred Orth, former Deputy Chairman of the Foundation Council. The Karg Foundation is the largest German foundation active in the promotion of gifted children and manages equity capital of 118 million euros (funding volume approx. 2.66 million euros).
WINHELLER advised the IOTA Foundation on the establishment as hybrid foundation. With the official recognition of the IOTA Foundation as a legally independent foundation under civil law, Germany's first foundation based on a cryptocurrency has been established. Advisors to the IOTA Foundation at WINHELLER were the two German crypto experts Attorney Anka Hakert (Certified Specialist for Tax Law) and Attorney Lutz Auffenberg (Certified Specialist for Banking and Capital Markets Law). Learn more
WINHELLER has again been included in the JUVE Handbook Commercial Law Firms of this year.
The editors summarize: "In the boutique specializing in foundations and nonprofit organizations, especially the close interconnection with tax law has led to a disproportionate development. The law firm is well known for its comprehensive foundation advisory services [...]. In this core area it is growing steadily."
For the second time in a row, WINHELLER was added to the list of top law firms in Germany for the area of tax law in this year's famous special edition of the German magazine Focus. Once a year, the Hamburg-based market research institute Statista GmbH examines the most renowned German law firms in 26 categories on behalf of the news magazine.
The DSA (German Foundations Academy) alumni meeting took place in our office at Tower 185 on 12 September 2017. During the professional exchange, Attorney Nikola Werry informed about the upcoming changes in German data protection law. Felix Oldenburg, general secretary of the Association of German Foundations, was among the guests.
On July 21, 2017, we welcomed 16 students from the Faculty of Law of the Philipps-Universität Marburg. The seminar "Money and Currency Law" that was conducted by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Omlor gave rise to an intensive discussion on negative interest rates, initial coin offerings and the abolition of money. Lutz Auffenberg and Philipp Meier gave examples from their practical experience.
At the beginning of July 2017, we were able to officially open our new office space. After Stefan Winheller cut the obligatory band, all employees were able to explore the new rooms for the first time. We now have a total of 1,400 m² available in Frankfurt's Tower 185. Thanks to all hardworking helpers of the last weeks!
On 10 May 2017, the 2nd ScaleUP Summit took place in Berlin under the heading "Listening, Learning, Growing". ScaleUP supports companies in growing even during changing and dynamic times. For this purpose, experienced entrepreneurs presented helpful tools and techniques. WINHELLER sponsored the event this year.
Ayal Ram, CEO of Ram Group Holdings PTE, visited WINHELLER last week. The biotech company produces highly sensitive sensors that will revolutionize medical diagnostics. In addition to his future-oriented ideas, Ayal Ram presented teamwork experiences with partners from different nations. Nearly 30 members of the EO - Entrepreneurs Organization, a worldwide network of successful entrepreneurs, also participated in the event. On the occasion of their annual meetup in Frankfurt, they eagerly listened to the statements of Ayal Ram.
Recently, WINHELLER became a member of the European Forum for Foreign Trade, Excise Duty and Customs. The forum serves as a platform for the exchange of practical experience in the fields of foreign trade, excise and customs law. Together with the association, we will work on promoting the cooperation of foreign trade and customs agencies at national and international level.
Visitors from China: On October 12th, WINHELLER welcomed a delegation from China with representatives of the Interior Ministry in Beijing among them. The group was especially interested in the basics of the German Nonprofit Law that Attorney Anka Hakert informed about.
The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) is currently considering to make use of the recently introduced Retail Investors Protection Act and to prohibit the marketing, distribution or sale of certain financial products. The authority especially focuses on credit linked notes. Those are considered inappropriate for retail investors.
On July 14th and 15th, 2016, Dr. Astrid Plantiko attended the EMEA Conference of our international law firm network Primerus in Hamburg. Together with colleagues from law firms of all over the world, she discussed topics like 'UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts'. The meeting was followed by a number of side activities, for example a tour around the harbor of Hamburg and a cooking class.
On June 30th, 2016, the team of ZDF business magazine WISO came to our Frankfurt office for an expert interview with Dirk Pohl. The customs law expert answered numerous questions about customs offences and controls upon returning to Germany after vacation trips. In the course of the interview, he gave advice on avoiding fines and on how to behave correctly when facing trouble at German customs.
Visitors from Kosovo: On June 7th, 2016, WINHELLER welcomed a group of representatives of the Kosovan parliament in Frankfurt/Main. Among the delegation was Nait Hasani, chairman of the parliamentary committee for education, science, technology, culture, youth and sports. In the course of our Pro Bono activities, Dr. Astrid Plantiko informed the visitors about the German nonprofit law as well as donations and sponsoring. Here you can find some impressions.
Since April 2016, WINHELLER is a member of the Bundesforum Mittelstand. The association represents the interests of medium-sized businesses all over Germany. We are looking forward to a great collaboration.
In the beginning of May, Attorney Lutz Auffenberg visited the "Haus der Commerzbank" in Berlin. Next to EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, he took part in the discussion about data protection and data security. As expert, Lutz Auffenberg informed about blockchain, FinTech and the EU data protection ordinance.
Since 2016, DEHOGA Hesse and WINHELLER are partners. Due to the cooperation, the association of hotels and restaurants providing legal advice for its members will gain support by experienced lawyers. Our law firm will cover the growing demand for consultations on tax law, criminal tax law, international commercial and business law, customs law, inheritance law as well as loan and financing rights. Furthermore, DEHOGA members can make use of a free initial consultation via telephone.
In January 2016, WINHELLER Attorneys at Law & Tax Advisors has celebrated its tenth anniversary. In order to commemorate this success story, we will support all nonprofit organizations (NPOs) by offering a ten percent discount on the initial consultation fee over the next ten weeks (1st February to 8 April 2016). "We would like to thank a particularly important client group, since nonprofit law has always been a cornerstone of our advising and supporting services," Managing Partner Stefan Winheller explained.
On 3rd November 2015, German blockchain Attorney Lutz Auffenberg was guest speaker at the BL0CKCHA1N conference in Paris. Around 150 blockchain experts were listening. Unter the headline "Regulatory obstacles for Bitcoin-related businesses in Europe", he explained how Bitcoin transactions are regulated differently in Europe. Germany is considered a pioneer of Bitcoin-regulation in Europe. It is likely that the other EU countries will follow soon. More on thesubject.
Since November 2015, WINHELLER is a member of Pro Bono Deutschland e.V. The association promotes social responsibility and Pro Bono ideas. Read here in which way we support Pro Bono and social projects.
We're moving! In November 2015, we will move into new office space atTower 185 in Frankfurt/Main. The move provides us with plenty of room to grow. Special credit belongs to our loyal clients that make this move possible in the first place. Attorney Stefan Winheller explains the decision for moving: "The young and nowadays pulsing European Quarter (Europaviertel) perfectly fits to our firm. We decided to settle at this central location two years ago. Since we were able to expand strongly during the last months, we need more space. By moving into Tower 185, we can remain at the European Quarter and continue our sustained growth."
Tower 185, which was designed under strict sustainability criteria, has an altitude of 200 meters and is the fourth highest office building in Germany. In 2012, the Tower was awarded the prestigious seal of sustainability LEED Gold of the US Green Building Council.
- Where we move: Tower 185, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 35-37, D-60327 Frankfurt/Main
- When we move: November 2015
- Until then, our Frankfurt office can as usual be reached at Europa-Allee 22, D-60327 Frankfurt/Main.
From 30 September to 4 October 2015, the annual global conference of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. As members, Attorney Dirk Pohl, Irina Winheller and Attorney Stefan Winheller participated in numerous panels and discussion forums. By now, around 200 firms from 40 countries are member of the international network of law firms. The network provides great benefits, especially for clients of WINHELLER. With Primerus, clients with international legal matters have worldwide access to reliable partners.
At the invitation of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain, Attorney Stefan Winheller took part at the workshop "Contemporary Issues in the Criminal Justice System: Comparative Perspective". The focus of the event, which was held from May 21 to May 22, laid on topical issues of criminal law, the fight against terrorism and corruption in international business transactions (important compliance issue). The photo shows the workshop participants in front of the Renaissance University building in the city of Oñati.
Whether working conditions, communication, or working tasks, the employees of WINHELLER value their employer with an excellent testimony. As a result, the Austrian employer evaluation portal Kununu awarded the law firm WINHELLER the status of a "Top Company". Reviews posted about WINHELLER were consistently positive.
Read more about this honor in our awards section.
Since January 01, 2015, WINHELLER is a proud member of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Association for German Science). The association makes a valuable contribution to improving the quality and efficiency of education, science and research in Germany. The Stifterverband covers 3,000 businesses, trade associations, foundations and private individuals. Together, they are forming one of Germany’s biggest private academic contributors.
The international children's fund nph (nuestros pequeños hermanos) is running children villages in more than nine Latin American countries. The organization was founded in Mexico in 1954 by Padre William Wasson. Most of the work is financed by private donations. Therefore, WINHELLER is supporting the Christmas Fund again in 2014. Children in need get the chance to receive accommodation, nutrition, clothing and mediacal care.
On October 29th, 2014, we launched the global network ofDigital Finance Lawyers, jointly with our Primerus partner law firm MME Partners from Zurich. Network members are law firms and accounting firms from all over the world specialized in cryptocurrency law. As Germany's leading law firm in the field of cryptographic currencies, it is our wish to bundle the knowledge of international experts on cryptocurrency law, so that clients can profit.
Like last year, we decided to support charitable organizations rather than sending Christmas cards:
Wings of Help / Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen e.V.
The organization is based at Frankfurt's airport. It supports other humanitarian organizations worldwide through the logistic coordination of air transport of rescue workers, supplies and patients in currently troubled areas, such as the Philippines and Syria.www.luftfahrtohnegrenzen.de
Friends of the Orphans / nph Deutschland e.V.
For more than 40 years, Friends of the Orphans has worked to end the vicious cycle of poverty by giving safe and loving homes, as well as brighter futures to children in Latin America and the Caribbean. The organization helps transform the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children by creating families for life through values of unconditional love, shared responsibility and education. WINHELLER supports the Christmas project Electricity Net for Children's Home in Nicaragua.
07/26/2013: WINHELLER represents Bitcoin Deutschland GmbH (now Bitcoin Deutschland AG) in negotiations with Fidor Bank AG
Now, virtual currencies are leaving behind their marginal existence in Germany. Worldwide, there are about 500.000 transactions a day. For German citizens, low transaction fees are a substantial reason for using virtual currencies. This is why Bitcoin Deutschland GmbH recently announced the company's cooperation with the Munich based Fidor Bank AG. The provider of the leading trading platform for Bitcoins in Germany (www.bitcoin.de) received legal advice from the specialized law firm WINHELLER: especially on questions related to bank supervision, during the negotiations regarding the cooporation agreement with Fidor Bank AG and in connection with the legally compliant structuring of client relations.
Experts have been aware of Bitcoins for years. Hardly noticed as "digital currency" a few years ago, the distribution and acceptance of Bitcoins has meanwhile increased immensely.
Thanks to the cooporation with Fidor Bank AG (www.fidor.de), Bitcoin Deutschland GmbH is going to convey Bitcoins on its platform www.bitcoin.de as an intermediary bound by contract through a bank authorized in Germany. So www.bitcoin.de is the first Bitcoin trading platform in Europe with a direct cooporation with a bank regulated by the Financial Supervisory Authority. The cooporation partners thereby set the standard for the up to now unregulated market of Bitcoins.
Like in the past year, we decided to support a charitable organization rather than sending Christmas cards or gifts.
We chose to contribute to the wonderful help that Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen e.V. / Wings of Help provides internationally. The organization is based at the airport of Frankfurt, Germany. It supports other humanitarian organizations worldwide through the logistic coordination of air transport of rescue workers, supplies and patients in currently troubled areas. To name just a few examples: Haiti, Fukushima/Japan, Syria. Please visit the organization's website to learn more about Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen e.V. / Wings of Help.