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Legal 500 Germany 2019 – Top 2 law firm for nonprofit law

Legal 500 Germany 2019 – Top 2 law firm for nonprofit law


WINHELLER was again included in the internationally renowned handbook of law firms Legal 500 Germany and shares the second place with other top law firms in the nonprofit sector. Learn more

WINHELLER in Focus Top list of business law firms

WINHELLER in Focus Top list of business law firms


The FOCUS-SPEZIAL magazine names Germany's top business law firms according to selected specialist areas and publishes the 2018 list of law firms. For the third time in a row, WINHELLER is listed as one of the top German law firms in the field of tax law.

Archive 2018

Inhouse Event in Cooperation with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)

Inhouse event in cooperation with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)


"Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies: Opportunities for Your Business" was the motto of our meeting in cooperation with the Association of Corporate Counsel on 12 September 2018 at Tower 185. Attorney and blockchain expert Benjamin Kirschbaum and Jan Heinrich Meyer, CEO of the Dash Embassy D-A-CH UG, gave a forward-looking insight into blockchain technology

WINHELLER Office Trip 2018 to St. Petersburg

WINHELLER Office Trip 2018 to St. Petersburg


Our this year's office trip took us to Russia, home of our Russian Desk colleagues. Together we spent four days exploring St. Petersburg, the tsar's city on the river Neva. Conclusion: an unforgettable trip and an even better team spirit!

WINHELLER sponsors a doctoral seminar on the law of nonprofit organizations

WINHELLER sponsors a doctoral seminar on the law of nonprofit organizations


In the run-up to the 72nd German Lawyer's Day, the Chair of Civil Law, Corporate Law and Tax Law of the University of Leipzig organizes a doctoral seminar on the law of nonprofit organizations on 25 September, 2018, in which doctoral students from all over Germany will participate. By sponsoring this event, WINHELLER is pleased to make a contribution to the research focus Nonprofit Law. Read more

WINHELLER listed in the JUVE handbook taxes 2018

WINHELLER listed in the JUVE Handbook Taxes 2018


The JUVE handbook taxes 2018, which was published for the first time, recommends WINHELLER in the fields of succession/foundations, indirect taxes and transfer prices. Extensive research with consulting companies, corporate executives, authorities as well as legal and academic staff form the basis of the new handbook. 

10 years membership AmCham Germany

10 years membership AmCham Germany


Our law firm has been a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany for 10 years, now. AmCham Germany is committed to the common values of the transatlantic alliance and has become one of the most successful organizations for the German-American partnership. With its specialized attorneys, WINHELLER provides legal advice on the market entry of German companies into the U.S. and vice versa, including immigration/visa application.

Inclusion into the handbook Legal 500 EMEA 2018

Inclusion into the handbook Legal 500 EMEA 2018


WINHELLER was included in the special edition of the renowned handbook of law firms Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2018 again this year. Click here for more information.

WINHELLER is Top Employer for Lawyers 2018

WINHELLER is Top Employer for Lawyers 2018


In its annual ranking "azur100", the publishing company JUVE presents the 100 top employers for lawyers in Germany. WINHELLER is also one of the azur top employers 2018 with good career prospects for lawyers and one of the top employers in the area of succession/property/foundation. The independent azur editorial staff praises: "WINHELLER covers all essential training points and invests a lot of time in their employees - for a unit of this size this is not a matter of course."

WINHELLER sponsors Association Law Conference 2018

WINHELLER sponsors Association Law Day 2018


On February 23, 2018, the 3rd Association Law Conference took place in Frankfurt/Main. Again this year, the event was sponsored by WINHELLER. Around 170 guests from politics, research and industry gathered in the "IG-Farben-Haus" at the Goethe University. The initiator and organizer of the Association Law Conference is Prof. Dr. med Lars Leuschner from the University of Osnabruck. This year's speakers were i.A. Heinz Wöstmann, Judge at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe, and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Haas from the University of Zurich.

WINHELLER listed in AmCham Germany Yearbook 2018

WINHELLER listed in AmCham Germany Yearbook 2018


WINHELLER is again listed as a trustworthy partner in the Yearbook 2018 of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany). AmCham Germany is representing the interests of American and German companies in all sectors involved in the transatlantic economic exchange. Our attorneys for U.S. law offer a variety of legal services from U.S. visa law to business and tax consulting.

12 years WINHELLER

12 years WINHELLER


On January 12, 2006, the foundation for our law firm was laid. After twelve successful years, today we would like to thank all our clients for their trust and, of course, the entire law firm team for their great commitment!

Learn more about our law firm history.

Archive 2017

Stefan Winheller on the Foundation Board of the Karg Foundation

Stefan Winheller on the Foundation Board of the Karg Foundation


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).

Germany’s first crypto foundation established


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 listed in JUVE directory of top rated German Law Firms 2017|2018

WINHELLER listed in JUVE directory of top rated German Law Firms 2017|2018


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."

WINHELLER added to Focus Top List of Law Firms

WINHELLER added to Focus' top list of Law Firms


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.

Alumni of DSA visited WINHELLER

Alumni of DSA visited WINHELLER


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.

WINHELLER hosts seminar of the University of Marburg

WINHELLER hosts seminar of the University of Marburg


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.

Space for growth: New office space in Frankfurt am Main

WINHELLER opens new office space


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!

WINHELLER sponsors ScaleUp Summit 2017

WINHELLER sponsors ScaleUp Summit 2017


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.

Ram Group and EO entrepreneurs visited WINHELLER

Ram Group and EO entrepreneurs visited WINHELLER


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.

Inclusion into the handbook Legal 500 EMEA 2017


WINHELLER was included in the special edition of the renowned handbook of law firms Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2017. Click here for more information.

Archive 2016

Member of EFA

Member of EFA


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.

Chinese delegation visited WINHELLER

Delegation from China


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.

WINHELLER publicly speaks out to German authority BaFin

WINHELLER publicly speaks out to German authority BaFin


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.

Attorney Lutz Auffenberg critically discusses the proposals made by BaFin in a public comment. His statement can be read here (in German). We also take up this issue in our blog.

Primerus EMEA International Conference 2016


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.

Dirk Pohl interviewed by German TV station ZDF


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.

Kosovan delegation visited WINHELLER


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 sponsoringHere you can find some impressions.

Member of Bundesforum Mittelstand


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.

Lutz Auffenberg and EU Commissioner Oettinger at podium in Berlin


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.

Cooperation with DEHOGA Hessen

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 lawcustoms lawinheritance law as well as loan and financing rights. Furthermore, DEHOGA members can make use of a free initial consultation via telephone.

10 years of WINHELLER: special NPO-rates for 10 weeks

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.

Archive 2015

Lutz Auffenberg Referent auf Blockchain-Konferenz Paris

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.

Member of Pro Bono

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.

WINHELLER moving into Frankfurt's Tower 185

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.

Key facts:

  • 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.

Primerus Global Conference in Amsterdam

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 PohlIrina 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.

Stefan Winheller workshop guest at Spanish IISL-Institute

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.

Employer ranking: WINHELLER awarded Top Company

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.

Member of Academic Association

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.

Archive 2014

WINHELLER supports nph Christmas Fund

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.

Founding Session "Digital Finance Lawyers"

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.

See WINHELLER international

Archive 2013

Donation instead of Christmas Cards 2013

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

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 ( 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 (, Bitcoin Deutschland GmbH is going to convey Bitcoins on its platform as an intermediary bound by contract through a bank authorized in Germany. So 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.

Archive 2012

Donation in lieu of Presents 2012

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.


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The two-page article deals with cross-border profit distribution among German corporations.


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For the third time in a row WINHELLER receives the award for the field of tax law.