The once third largest crypto exchange in the world has filed for bankruptcy. The FTX investor could become an ordinary, unsecured insolvency creditor and would thus lose access to his crypto deposits - the nightmare of every investor. Crypto tax expert attorney Stefan Winheller gives tips in WELT on how investors should act now. Read the pay article (in German)
Property owners in Germany still have until October 31, 2022 to submit their property tax return to the tax office. Handelsblatt spoke with WINHELLER tax advisor and managing director Sascha Matussek about what property owners could then expect from 2025 onwards. Click here for the article (in German).
Tax advisor and managing director Sascha Matussek hits the headlines in the current issue of the German newspaper BILD. In an interview, he reveals legal tax tricks, how to deduct insurance correctly and thus save money. Read the complete article here (in German).
At the turn of the year, attorney Dr. Constantin Goette joins WINHELLER's compliance team. He specializes in Corporate Governance, directors' and officers' liability and the development and implementation of complex compliance management systems. The renowned German legal publisher JUVE informs about the new arrival. Read the complete article here (in German).
When Stefan Winheller founded our firm in 2006, he wanted to do things differently right from the start. Today, we work in an "agile" way. The founder of the law firm tells us what that means in the interview. You can read the complete article here (in German).
There's good money to be made with anger. But who profits from the lateral thinking movement? In this context, attorney Johannes Fein was interviewed by the F.A.Z. on the topics of tax and disclosure requirements for donations, transparency in associations and nonprofit status. Read the complete article here (in German).
Donations in cryptocurrencies are becoming increasingly popular. However, it is not automatically possible for the charitable organization to trace where the donation comes from. This can lead to problems when issuing donation receipts. In an interview with WDR 5, attorney Philipp Hornung reveals how donations can still be tax-deductible. Listen to the complete interview in German (from 3:44).
As a consequence of the corona crisis, the German Football League DFL is considering a salary cap in professional soccer. This could be implemented through collective agreements, for example. However, there may also be exceptions for special players, explains sports law attorney Dr. Thomas Dehesselles in SportBILD magazine.
It is irreplaceable, especially during the corona crisis: the internet connection. But what can be done in the event of internet disruptions? IT attorney Olga Stepanova explains in DER SPIEGEL what customers can demand from their provider in the event of constant outages and when legal action is worthwhile. Read the complete article here (in German).
WINHELLER advised the open source blockchain platform Waves in establishing a nonprofit organization called Waves Association in Frankfurt, Germany to provide effective governance for its own ecosystem, Web3, and to foster the development of DLTs, including public and private blockchain protocols. Read the full article.
The enactment of the 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive marks the first time that crypto service providers, such as virtual-fiat exchanges and custodian wallet providers, will fall under the regulatory purview. In the interview with online magazine Cointelegraph, Attorney Benjamin Kirschbaum answers questions about the impact of the directive on the cryptocurrency market. Read the full article
In the sixth edition of The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review, Attorney Olga Stepanova co-authored a whole chapter on data protection and cybersecurity in Germany.
The respective chapter summarizes German data protection regulations, explains current regulatory efforts in the area of international data exchange and provides an assessment of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Here you can read the complete chapter in English.
Spontaneous interview request from n-tv, last Friday: Attorney Bartosz Dzionsko was interviewed by the German news channel n-tv at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. He took a closer look on the "Panama Papers" fraud case and related investigations. The revelations surrounding the Panama Papers caused worldwide indignation. Watch the video here(in German)
Cointelegraph spoke with German Attorney and cryptocurrency expert Benjamin Kirschbaum about the Telegram token "TON": “It is quite common to try to prevent regulation by the SEC and similar authorities by only targeting qualified investors." Read the full interview in English.
Anyone wishing to establish a company in Germany can freely choose its legal form. Attorney Uwe Müller and Attorney Thomas Schwab introduce the most common German legal forms in the Primerus Paradigm magazine and explain what to consider when choosing the right legal form for your company.
In July 2018, the parents of a deceased teenager won the fight with the social media giant Facebook. They had requested access to their deceased daughter's Facebook account. In the magazine of our international network of law firm Primerus, attorney Dr. H. Elizabeth Kroeger reports on the Facebook decision of the Federal Court of Justice and related problems in cross-border contract law.
Last week, Employment Attorney Dr. Eric Uftring was interviewed by the Hessischer Rundfunk in our offices at Tower 185. His expertise in the field of staff leasing in the low and high-wage sector was in demand for the magazine MEX.
In the fifth edition of The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review, Attorney Olga Stepanova co-authored a whole chapter on data protection and cybersecurity in Germany.
The respective chapter summarizes German data protection regulations, explains current regulatory efforts in the area of international data exchange and provides an assessment of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
After the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the German anti-treaty shopping rules violate European Union (EU) law in December 2017, the Federal Ministry of Finance reacted and implemented the court’s decision. The decision has an impact on profit distributions of German corporations to foreign parent companies located in another EU country or lying within the scope of this directive. In a two-page article, attorney Susanne H. Articus informs about cross-border profit distribution of German corporations.
In 2017, rates of almost all cryptocurrencies increased rapidly. Many have built up a considerable fortune in the wake of this boom. But how can crypto assets be made accessible to heirs? This question has been pursued by the attorneys Dr. H. Elizabeth Kroeger and Susanne H. Articus in the article "Cryptic Heritage" in the German national newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.).
In Germany, the legal relations between employees and employers are extensively regulated. Apart from European law, the rulings of German courts are of particular relevance to the German labor law. In a two-page article, Attorney at Law Benjamin Paffenberger informs about the seven most important aspects of German labor law.
In the fourth edition of The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review, attorney Benjamin Kirschbaum co-authored a chapter on data protection and cybersecurity in Germany.
Germany is one of the world's most important economic nations and therefore particularly attractive to foreign investors. These gain access to the coveted German market through company acquisitions. In a two-page article, Philipp von Raven reports on M&A transactions in Germany.
In the financial magazine Payments & FinTech Lawyer, Attorney Lutz Auffenberg answers questions about the Consumer Financial Services Action Plan, that aims to increase access and choice for EU consumers in the area of financial services. The full article can be read here.
In the third edition of The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review, attorney Jens-Marwin Koch again co-authored a chapter on data protection and cybersecurity in Germany. He is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of copyright law, trademark law, media law and Internet law.
The German magazine "Focus-Spezial" lists Germany's top lawyers and is published once a year. In this year's edition, WINHELLER was first included in Germany's most famous law firm ranking. The magazine only awards business law firms that are highly recommended by customers and colleagues in surveys conducted by the market research institute Statista GmbH. Further information is available in our awards section.
Since early May, WINHELLER is being supported by the labor and tax law expert Dr. Eric Uftring. The transition of Dr. Uftring from the Frankfurt law firm of Grundstein & Thieme to WINHELLER found broad attention within legal circles. The online edition of Legal Tribune reported extensively on the renowned newcomer. "The internationality of the clients and the high specialization in the nonprofit sector have moved me to work for WINHELLER", the newcomer said about his move.
For the TV show Inside Sport, a team of West German Broadcasting led an extensive interview with attorney Stefan Winheller and the former president of the German Football Association (DFB), Dr. Theo Zwanziger. Main topic under discussion was the legal aspect of the pension payments to the reigning DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach. The whole program, including the interview with Stefan Winheller, can be viewed here.
In recent days, WINHELLER was repeatedly consulted by various media and broadcasting companies. The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) was conducting an interview about the German and international press law and labor law for its program TODAY. The current discussion about freedom of the press goes back to the media coverage of the tragic crash of flight 4U9525. The heavy real-time criticism of the media coverage brought some legal issues of public relations on the agenda. Among others also the German news portals N24 and welt.de consulted WINHELLER on legal issues concerning media and public relations.
Attorney Lutz Auffenberg was interviewed by the Bitcoin platform Digital Currency Council on February 21, 2015 . As a sought Bitcoin lawyer and expert on virtual currencies, he answered questions relating to the regulation of Bitcoin transactions. Furthermore, Lutz Auffenberg explained typical stumbling blocks for Bitcoin startups. Click here for the complete interview.
Attorney Jens-Marwin Koch co-authored the book The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review. Writing a chapter about data and cybersecurity in Germany, Jens Koch contributed to this international research paper next to other well renowned experts. In his chapter, he summarizes the regulatory framework in Germany, gives an overview on current privacy law issues and prepares the reader for the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation.
Winheller contributed an article about the German Forex market "Germany, France & Canada: Underdeveloped Forex Markets in Highly Developed Economies" for a larger article by industry magazine Forex Magnates.
The magazine e-finance & payments - law & policy reports on the development of the digital currency Bitcoin in Germany. Attorney Lutz Auffenberg helped to assess the statements on Bitcoin recently made by the German Federal Ministry of Finance. Download article German Ministry risks rendering Bitcoin "unfeasible" for business