Josef Große Honebrink

Counsel, Frankfurt


“Josef is a recommended member of a team of tax experts that succeed in integrating within the White & Case network to obtain challenging new mandates regarding tax planning and structuring work”.
JUVE Handbook 2013/2014


Josef advises both domestic and international companies on the corporate tax issues and challenges of major corporate transactions, with a particular focus on the German market. He provides clear advice on complex matters so that clients can proceed confidently and achieve their objectives, ensuring compliance while also achieving tax efficient outcomes. He also counsels clients on the accounting and financing aspects of transactions, as well as on the formation of various legal entities and holding structures. Josef has experience of providing tax advice on a range of deals, including mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, privatizations and PPP projects. He has also advised on cross-border tax planning matters, and has helped clients with company takeovers, MBOs, company reorganization, mergers, demergers, share-for-share transactions and changes in legal form. Josef is in the Firm's Frankfurt office. He practices as a German certified tax advisor and certified public accountant, bringing the knowledge and perspectives of the accounting profession to White & Case clients. Prior to joining the Firm in 1999 he worked in the tax department of a leading international accounting firm for 15 years, working up to the level of Director. As well as his native German, Josef speaks fluent English.
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Certified Public Accountant
Certified Tax Advisor
University for Applied Science, Osnabrück


Norilsk Nickel, 2014
VAT advice in relation to the import and sale of nickel ore within the EU, in particular Germany, under consideration of a combined commissionaire and consignment stock arrangement.

Evonik SE, 2014
Provision of tax advice concerning the implementation of an employee share purchase plan in Germany, Belgium and the US, in particular assisting the client with respect to setting up the terms of the plan and the ruling request with the tax authorities involved.

IHI Corp, 2014
Advising IHI Corporation on tax issues in connection with the acquisition of Steinmüller Engineering GmbH from Siemens AG. Tokyo-based conglomerate IHI produces machinery and plants for a diverse range of industries. Steinmüller Engineering produces systems for power generation, environmental technology and chemical plants.

Deutsche Bank AG, 2013
Advising Deutsche Bank AG on tax issues in connection with the acquisition of the remaining 51 percent shareholding in Xchanging etb GmbH (Xetb) from Xchanging plc. Xchanging has been delivering securities processing services to Deutsche Bank through XTB, a strategic partnership established in 2004. The advice included the negotiation of the tax indemnity clause of the SPA and the identification of specific tax risks pertaining to the target.

Bonatrans Group, 2013
Tax advice to Czech Bonatrans Group a.s. in connection with the acquisition of Gutehoffnungshütte Radsatz GmbH (GHH). Both companies are leading suppliers of rail wheelsets in Europe.

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., 2013
Tax advice to Texas-based Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Blohm + Voss Oil Tools from London-based private equity firm STAR Capital Partners Limited. Forum Energy Technologies is a global provider of manufactured technologies and applied products to the energy industry.

Motion Equity Partners LLP, 2012
Tax advice to the European mid-market private equity firm Motion Equity Partners LLP, in connection with the €334 million sale of ixetic Verwaltungs GmbH to Magna International Inc. ixetic is a manufacturer of automotive vacuum, engine and transmission pumps.

Feintool Group, 2012
Tax planning advice rendered to Swiss Feintool Group in connection with the acquisition of Herzing+Schroth. H+S is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-precision, chipless-formed components for powertrains.

Clariant AG, 2011
Advising Clariant AG, the Swiss specialty chemical group, on tax issues in connection with the €2 billion acquisition of Munich-based Süd-Chemie AG from its majority stockholder, One Equity Partners and numerous family shareholders, in a bidding process. The tax advice comprised in particular the negotiation of the tax indemnity clause, tax planning with respect to real estate transfer tax and mitigation of tax risks.

Bayraktarlar Holding, 2011
Tax advice to Türkiye-based Bayraktarlar Holding in connection with the acquisition of the German odelo group headquartered in Schwaikheim. In addition to headlights for motor cars Bayraktarlar is, under its Farba brand, manufacturing tail and signal lights for the automotive industry like odelo.


Formular-Kommentar GmbH-Recht. 4th ed. Carl-Heymanns-Verlag, 2019 (co-authored with Oliver Habighorst, Julia Sitter, Alexander Kiefner)

Reorganization Law, §§ 1-10 Reorganization Tax Act, 2015, (co-author) (Umwandlungsrecht) (Ed. Lars Böttcher, Oliver Habighorst, and Christian Schulte, Baden Baden)

Standard form commentary on the law of limited liability companies, 2nd ed., Cologne, Chapter I Affiliation Agreements such as, profit- and loss pooling agreements, domination agreements and silent partnership agreements, 2013, (co-author) (Formular-Kommentar GmbH-Recht) (Ed. Andreas Meyer-Landrut)

Tax aspects of G-REITs–Taxation of an REIT stock corporation and its shareholders, Handbuch Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), 1st ed., Cologne, 2008, (co-author with Thomas Schmidt ) (Steuerliche Aspekte von G-REITs–Besteuerung einer REIT-Aktiengesellschaft und ihrer Aktionäre) (Ed. Stephan Bonewinkel, Wolfgang Schäfers and Karl-Werner Schulte)

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyer Germany in Tax Law, Handelsblatt 2023