Dr. Bodo Bender | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Bodo Bender
 Bodo Bender

Dr. Bodo Bender

Partner, Frankfurt

T +49 69 29994 0

E bodo.bender@whitecase.com


Bodo Bender's practice focuses on domestic and international tax law.

Working from the Frankfurt office on often complex negotiations, he has experience of advising global clients on their transaction-related tax.

Bodo's track record includes domestic and multinational mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings, and cross-border tax planning. He also advises clients on tax audits and tax controversies, as well as the structuring and implementation of employee offerings and incentive schemes for executives.

He has authored numerous articles on European tax law and is an active member of the International Fiscal Association.

Bars and Courts

  • Rechtsanwalt


  • Dr jur, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg
  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Bamberg
  • First State Exam, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg


  • German
  • English


Clariant's sale of its leather services business, 2013

Bodo advised Clariant, the Swiss world leader in specialty chemicals, on the sale of its Leather Services business to Stahl, a chemicals group based in the Netherlands. This pan-European project, led by White & Case's Frankfurt team, involved due-diligence investigation from lawyers from the Firm's offices in China, France, Mexico, Singapore, Spain and the United States. As a result of the deal, Clariant, a company listed on the Zurich stock exchange, received 23 percent of the shares in Stahl and a cash payment of approximately CHF 85 million (€69 million).

Bonatrans Group's acquisition of GHH Radsatz, 2013

Bodo advised Bonatrans Group a.s. on its acquisition of Gutehoffnungshütte Radsatz GmbH (GHH) in tandem with a team of lawyers from White & Case offices in the Czech Republic, Germany, France and Belgium. Bonatrans is a well-established company based in the Czech Republic that generated revenue of €220 million during 2012. The transaction enabled Bonatrans to consolidate its position as a leading supplier of technologically advanced rail wheelsets.


  • Transformation Tax Act § 21 (UmwStG § 21), Umwandlungsrecht – Gesellschaftsrecht | Steuerrecht | Verfahrensrecht. Ed. Lars Böttcher, Oliver Habighorst und Christian Schulte. Baden-Baden, 2015
  • "Germany", Planning and Administration of Offshore and Onshore Trust, Ed. Simon Jennings, Joseph Field, Anthony Travers. London, Loose Leaf System, 02/2014, (co-author with Markus Althoff)
  • Justification of disproportionate profit distributions through by-laws overriding shareholder resolutions, DStR, Issue 4, pp. 121–126, 2014, (Satzungsdurchbrechende Beschlüsse als Grundlage der steuerlichen Anerkennung inkongruenter Gewinnausschüttungen) (co-author with Tim Bracksiek)
  • Tax authorities face large refund claims – ECJ: Germany's taxation of foreign shareholders' dividends violates the principle of free movement of capital, Börsen-Zeitung, Issue 206, p. 2 et seqq., 2011, (Steuerbehörden drohen hohe Rückforderungen – EuGH: Deutsche Dividendenbesteuerung ausländischer Anteilseigner verstößt gegen die Kapitalverkehrsfreiheit)
  • Opportunities under the new German employee offering laws – first practical experience under the new employee capital participation law, BB, pp. 1948–1955, 2009, (Steuerliche Rahmenbedingungen für Mitarbeiterbeteiligungen in Deutschland – erste praktische Erfahrungen mit dem neuen Mitarbeiterkapitalbeteiligungsgesetz) (co-author with Reinhard Stockum)
  • The arm's length principle in connection with the gratuitous transfer of interests in partnerships between affiliated shareholders, Wuerzburg, 2008, (Grundlagen und Kriterien des steuerlichen Fremdvergleichs bei schenkweise eingeräumten Beteiligungen an Familienpersonengesellschaften)

Awards & Recognition

Highly Recommended Lawyer: Tax Law, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt, 2015

Leading Individual, Chambers Europe 2015 – Germany