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Dr. Christian Behrendt

Lawyer and Notary in and for Detmold
Certified Specialized Attorney in Tax Law

Location Detmold
T +49 5231 9857 - 0
F +49 5231 9857 - 50
Foreign language: English


About me

  • Born in 1969
  • Legal studies at Bielefeld University
  • First Exam ("1. Staatsexamen") in 1995
  • Research associate under Prof. Dr. Gerhard Otte (Chair for Civil Law, Civil Procedure and Legal History) at Bielefeld University, 1995 - 1998
  • Legal clerkship ("Refrendariat") at the Bielefeld District Court
  • Second (Bar) Exam ("2. Staatsexamen") in 1997
  • Judge at the Güstrow Local Court, 1998 - 1999
  • Bar admission in 1999 and with the firm since then
  • Doctor of Laws (Dr. jur.) 2002
  • Appointment as notary in 2016


Commercial and distribution law

National distribution

  • Delivery agreements
  • Purchase agreements
  • General Terms of Purchase and Sale
  • Agency agreements

Proceedings and arbitration proceedings

  • Litigation in Germany and abroad
  • Strategies for the prevention of proceedings and reduction of risks
  • Proceedings for the preservation of evidence, in- and out-of-court

Tenancy law, real estate marketing and management

Commercial tenancy and lease law

  • General lease agreements
  • Real estate transactions (purchase and sale, leasing, due diligence, rent guarantee)
  • Collection of outstanding payments

Tax law

  • Consulting with regard to tax planing for all tax types
  • Conduction of objection proceedings with regard to all tax types
  • Preparation of voluntary reports of tax evasion including the review and assessment of bank receipts

Corporate law/M&A


  • 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)

Life and growth of the company

  • Takeover of other companies (M&A)


  • Transformation law, transformation tax law
  • Consolidation, split, restructuring, contribution, merger

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

Company succession

  • Entrepreneur's last wills
  • Gifts, usufruct
  • Inheritance tax law
  • Foundation (charitable foundation, family foundation)
  • Execution of wills, administration of estates
  • Sale of companies

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)
  • 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

Corporate tax law

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

Insolvency law and reorganization

  • Rights of parties furnishing security and of parties to which a security is furnished in case of insolvency
  • Insolvency rescission

Asset planning, succession, succession law

Asset succession and company succession

  • Succession planning
  • Entrepreneur's last wills, testamentary and prenuptial of the entrepreneur



  • Verfügungen im Wege der Zwangsvollstreckung, jur. Diss. 2006

Contributions to books

  • Beiträge in Arens/Tepper, Praxishandbuch Gesellschaftsrecht, 2. Auflage 2013
    Kapitel 5 Das Mandat im Rahmen des Gesellschafterwechsels, der Umstrukturierung und der Umwandlung
    § 24 Gesellschafterwechsel und Umstrukturierung außerhalb des UmwG (zusammen mit Wolfgang Arens)
  • Gesellschafterwechsel und Umstrukturierung außerhalb des Umwandlungsgesetzes
    in: Arens/Tepper, Das gesellschaftsrechtliche Mandat, 2007


  • Enteignung durch Einigungsvertrag und Vermögensgesetz? VIZ 1998, 361

Case discussions

  • Ausschlagung durch den Schlusserben vor dem zweiten Erbfall?
    BGH, Urteil vom 8.10.1997 - IV ZR 236/96 -, NJW 1998, 543, ZEV 1998, 67


  • Deutscher Anwaltverein
  • Westfälisch-Lippische Universitätsgesellschaft