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Bodo Bender advises domestic and multinational clients with a strong focus on cross-border tax planning and the structuring and negotiation of complex M&A transactions, joint ventures and restructurings as well as the planning and implementation of post-merger integration measures.
Clients value Bodo's ability to devise clear, user-friendly and robust solutions to complex tax issues by effectively coordinating detailed technical advice from multiple jurisdictions.
Bodo has a long year experience in the structuring and implementation of acquisition financings as well as in successfully representing clients on internal and external investigations, audits and tax controversies. He has also structured and implemented various share offerings and other incentive schemes for executives and employees.
He has authored numerous articles on European tax law and is an active member of the International Fiscal Association.
Advising Equens SE, one of the largest payment service providers in Europe, on a strategic business combination with the European market leader in payment and transactional services, Worldline SA.
Advising an international syndicate consisting of Allianz Capital Partners, Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc., Infinity Investments SA and MEAG, the asset management arm of Münchener Rück, on its acquisition of Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH, the German autobahn services company.
Advising US-listed The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (Greenbrier) on a joint venture with Astra Rail Management GmbH (Astra Rail).
Advising the private equity investor Battery Ventures, the private equity and venture capital investor, on its sale of Trust Group to NASDAQ-listed Sabre Corporation.
Advising the private equity investor IK Investment Partners on the acquisition of ZytoService Group (ZytoService) from its founders and capiton AG.
Advising the private equity investor Ardian on the acquisition of a majority stake in SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions GmbH & Co. KG.
Advising Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) on its acquisition of shares in Volkswagen and Porsche and the sale of seven million shares, its entire ten percent stake, in HOCHTIEF Aktiengesellschaft, to institutional investors through an accelerated book-building.
Advising GDF SUEZ subsidiary and leading engineering company Tractebel Engineering on the acquisition of Germany-based Lahmeyer, specializing in energy and water infrastructure.
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).
Advising creditors on the financial restructuring of German based Scholz Holding.
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)