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Allen & Overy attracts renowned tax expert

25 March 2015

As of 1 April 2015, Joachim Moritz, a long-standing judge at the German Federal Tax Court (Bundesfinanzhof, BFH), will join the Munich office of Allen & Overy as Of Counsel.
Joachim will focus on the fields of corporation tax, taxation of income from savings and investments, and specialised tax law issues.

In 1976, Joachim Moritz began his professional career as judge of a civil court, only interrupted by his traineeship in the banking sector. In 1984, he switched to fiscal jurisdiction and held the position of judge at the Finance Court of Lower Saxony in Hanover, until he was appointed judge at the BFH. There, Joachim was a member of the Eighth Senate which, until late 2006, was mainly responsible for the taxation of income from savings and investments, as well as from partnerships engaging in commercial enterprise. At the turn of 2007, Joachim Moritz delegated the competence for the latter field of law and has since been dealing with, in addition to the taxation of income from savings and investments, the taxation of income generated by natural persons from self-employment and income generated by partnerships. As a judge deciding over appeals, Joachim Moritz exerted a material influence on elementary landmark decisions from these fields of law. In tax law expert circles, he made a name for himself with publications and comments relating to the taxation of income from savings and investments. In February 2015, Joachim Moritz reached the statutory retirement age and retired.

Partner Dr Gottfried E Breuninger explained: "With Joachim Moritz joining our practice, we continue to strengthen our advisory capacities in tax law, in particular with regard to complex specific issues. His excellent experience and knowledge in this field will help us to further sharpen our profile in this strategically important field; the addition of Joachim Moritz to our team also comes as a response to the great demand our clients have for advice on individual tax law issues."

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