Dr. Steffen Kurth, LL.M.

  • Lawyer

 

Office: Bielefeld
T +49 521 96535 - 876
F +49 521 96535 - 114
E steffen.kurth(at)brandi.net
Languages: German, English

About me

  • Born in 1984
  • Studied law at the University of Bielefeld 2004 - 2009
  • First state bar exam in 2009
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, USA 2009 - 2010
  • International Master in Management, Audencia Nantes School of Management,
    Nantes, France 2010 - 2011
  • Legal clerkship in the Hamm district Higher Regional Court 2012 - 2014
  • Second state bar exam in 2014
  • Judge (Regional Court of Arnsberg) 2014 - 2015
  • Admission as an attorney in 2015
  • Joined the firm in 2015
  • Visiting lecturer at the University Bielefeld's Law Faculty since the winter semester 2016/2017
  • Doctor of Laws (Dr. jur.) 2017

Expertise

Corporate law

Incorporation

  • Selection of the legal form (corporate law and tax law)
  • Drafting of the partnership agreement, further agreements between the partners
  • German stock corporation and private company law (e.g. OHG, KG, GmbH & Co. KG, GmbH, AG, KGaA, eG)
  • Societas Europaea (SE)
  • Foreign legal forms (e.g. Ltd, Plc, Inc., LLC)
  • Trust
  • Voting trust, pool and consortium agreements

Life and growth of the company

  • Conduction of general meetings and partners' meetings
  • Growth financing, corporate finance (borrowed and own capital, cash pool, bank loans, leasing, leasing, factoring, forfaiting, asset-backed securities, mezzanine financing, bonds, bonded loans)
  • Participation rights, silent partnerships (typical, atypical)
  • Employee participation schemes
  • Private equity companies
  • Subsidiaries (foundation and acquisition, foreign subsidiaries)
  • Partnership agreements, affiliation agreements (in particular control and profit and loss transfer agreements)
  • Co-determination
  • Corporate compliance, corporate governance
  • Cooperation agreements, joint ventures, join ventures in Germany and abroad
  • Takeover of other companies (M&A)

Restructuring

  • Transformation law, transformation tax law
  • Consolidation, split, restructuring, contribution, merger
  • International mergers and control agreements
  • National and international holding structures
  • Squeeze-out
  • Support during company reorganization

Disputes within the company

  • Disputes between the partners, with members of bodies and with the company
  • Representation of interests out of court (in particular in partners' meetings, general meetings, supervisory board, advisory board)
  • Representation of interests in court
  • Mediation (as party representative and mediator)
  • Arbitration (as party representative and arbitrator)

Company succession

  • Structuring of family assets
  • Entrepreneur's last wills
  • Gifts, usufruct
  • Inheritance tax law
  • Foundation (charitable foundation, family foundation)
  • International models
  • Supervisory board, advisory board
  • Execution of wills, administration of estates
  • Sale of companies
  • Estate settlements

Purchase and sale of companies (M&A)

  • Preparation of the purchase of a company (tax optimization, bundling of the assets to be sold, separation of assets, sales brochure)
  • Determination of the type of sales process (e.g. auction, sale to competitors)
  • Selection of the business broker or the investment bank
  • Transaction structure (in particular asset or share deal, tax aspects)
  • Transaction management
  • Agreements prior to due diligence (e.g. non-disclosure agreement, letter of intent)
  • Preparation and execution of and support during due diligence (including installation of a(n) (electronic) data room)
  • Negotiations
  • Drafting of the company purchase agreement
  • Distressed M&A, acquisition from the insolvency administrator
  • Consulting in the case of public take-over bids
  • Purchase of a foreign company
  • Purchase by a foreign purchaser

Corporate tax law

  • Company related corporate and income tax law
  • Inheritance and gift tax law
  • Conversion tax law
  • International taxation law

Insolvency law and reorganization

  • Preparation and supervision of company reorganization concepts including the creation of rescue companies
  • Support of companies and entrepreneurs in case of insolvency both on the side of the creditor and on the side of the debtor
  • Representation in disputes regarding insolvency law
  • Rights of parties furnishing security and of parties to which a security is furnished in case of insolvency
  • Insolvency rescission
  • Liability of the insolvency administrator
Asset planning, succession, succession law

Succession law

  • Design of last wills
  • Revocation of a last will
  • Contracts of inheritance (notarial)
  • Withdrawal from a contract of inheritance
  • Directions pertaining to legacies and conditions
  • Prior and subsequent succession, also excepted prior succession
  • Order of the execution of a will
  • Will to the benefit of persons with disabilities, in need or overly indebted
  • Provisions for the offsetting and balancing of gifts
  • Renunciation of inheritance
  • Renunciation to the compulsory portion
  • Inheritance tax
  • Agricultural succession law (farm regulations)
  • Determination of the legal succession including spousal inheritance rights
  • Acceptance and renunciation of the inheritance
  • Contesting of the acceptance of an inheritance
  • Securing the estate through curatorship of the estate
  • Liabilities of the heirs, obligations of the estate
  • Administration of estates
  • Insolvency of estates
  • Community of heirs
  • Contesting a will
  • Interpretation of a will
  • Accepting or rejecting the office of the executor
  • Remuneration of the executor
  • Dismission of the executor from office
  • Compulsory portion regulations
  • Obligation of the heir to furnish information
  • Offsetting of gifts against the compulsory portion
  • Request for the issuance of a certificate of inheritance
  • Revocation of a certificate of inheritance
  • Purchase of an inheritance, transfer of shares of an inheritance

Asset succession and company succession

  • Succession planning
  • Legal and tax succession model
  • Prevention of claims for compulsory portions
  • Anticipated succession
  • Transfer of company assets
  • Foundation of family-owned businesses/family pools
  • Establishment of foundations
  • Sale of companies
  • Enduring power of attorney
  • Entrepreneur's last wills, testamentary and prenuptial of the entrepreneur
  • Execution of wills (e.g. in case of underage heirs)
  • Transfer agreements
  • Agreements on the renunciation of the compulsory portion
  • Lump sum provisions

Asset planning

  • Legal consulting with regard to asset management
  • Legal structuring of (family-owned) companies
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Legal models for invested capital, in particular for investment funds

Publications

Monographs

  • Der gewöhnliche Aufenthalt in Art. 4, 21 Abs. 1 EuErb-VO, Bielefeld 2017. Rezensionen: Anthimos, Harmenopoulos 2018, S. 557; Horn, ErbR 2018, S. 115; Mankowski, FamRZ 2018, S. 672; Steinmetz, ZEV 2018, S. XII; Süß, ZErb 2018, S. 108

Articles

  • Rezension zu Adomeit/Hähnchen, Rechtstheorie mit Juristischer Methodenlehre,
    JURA 2019, S. IV-V
  • Inhalt und Form des Auskunftsanspruchs des Pflichtteilsberechtigten, insbesondere Anforderungen an ein notarielles Nachlassverzeichnis nach § 2314 Abs. 1 Satz 3 BGB (Teil 3), ZErb 2018 S. 293
  • Inhalt und Form des Auskunftsanspruchs des Pflichtteilsberechtigten, insbesondere Anforderungen an ein notarielles Nachlassverzeichnis nach § 2314 Abs. 1 Satz 3 BGB (Teil 2), ZErb 2018, S. 257
  • Inhalt und Form des Auskunftsanspruchs des Pflichtteilsberechtigten, insbesondere Anforderungen an ein notarielles Nachlassverzeichnis nach § 2314 Abs. 1 Satz 3 BGB (Teil 1), ZErb 2018, S. 225
  • Die Notwendigkeit einer erbrechtsspezifischen ausschließlich objektiven Auslegung des „gewöhnlichen Aufenthalts“ in Art. 4, 21 Abs. 1 EuErbVO, ErbR 2018, S. 249
  • Methodenlehre zwischen Wissenschaft und Handwerk, JZ 2018, S. 141-143
  • Die Studentische Rechtsberatung Bielefeld aus der Perspektive eines unterstützenden Rechtsanwalts, German Journal of Legal Education Vol. 4 (2017/2018), S. 6-14
  • Haftung des störenden Zuschauers für Verbandsstrafen, SpuRt 2017, S. 15-19 (mit Dr. Markus Seip)

Case discussions

  • Wechselleben zwischen der spanischen Costa Brava und der ostwestfälischen Provinz – Ermittlung des gewöhnlichen Aufenthalts eines Erblassers, der sich in zwei Staaten abwechselnd aufhält (zu OLG Hamm, 2.1.2018 – 10 W 35/17), IPRax 2019, S. 123-127
  • EuGH, Urt. v. 4.10.2018 – C-105/17: Vorabentscheidung zur Frage der Abgrenzung zwischen Unternehmer und Verbraucher, jurisPR-IWR 6/2018, Anm. 2 (mit Dr. Siegfried Friesen)
  • EuGH, Urt. v. 12.10.2017 - C-218/16: Vorabentscheidung zur Frage der Anerkennung eines Vindikationslegats, ErbR 2018, S. 89-90
  • KG Berlin, Urt. v. 31.05.2017, 21 U 9/16: Kein Zugriff der Eltern auf Facebook-Account ihres verstorbenen Kindes, EWiR 2017, S. 543-544 (mit Dr. Paul Czaplinski)

Memberships

  • Deutscher Anwaltverein
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Erbrecht im DAV
  • Juristische Gesellschaft Ostwestfalen-Lippe e.V.
  • Deutsche Vereinigung für Erbrecht und Vermögensnachfolge (DVEV)