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Dr. Franz Tepper, LL.M.

Attorney at Law (New York)
Certified Specialized Attorney in International Business Law

Location Gütersloh
T +49 5241 5358 - 26
F +49 5241 5358 - 40
Foreign language: English


About me

  • Born in 1960
  • Apprenticeship as banker 1981
  • Legal studies at the University of Münster
  • First Exam ("1. Staatsexamen") in 1986
  • Postgraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, 1986 - 1987
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) 1987
  • Doctor of Laws (Dr. jur.) 1989
  • Second (Bar) Exam ("2. Staatsexamen") in 1990
  • Bar admission in Germany in 1990, with the firm since then
  • Admission to the New York bar in 1991
  • Certified Specialized Attorney in International Business Law since 2014
  • Member of various supervisory and advisory boards of medium-sized companies


International law

International direct investments

  • Foundation of subsidiaries abroad
  • International tax law
  • Joint Ventures
  • International purchase and sale of companies
  • Management of participations abroad
  • Establishment of holding structures

International proceedings and arbitration

  • Litigation abroad
  • Enforcement of claims against foreign debtors
  • International arbitration proceedings (as party representative and arbitrator)
  • Strategies for the prevention of proceedings and reduction of risks

Mediation and arbitration


  • Activity as arbitrator in national and international arbitration
  • Representation in national and international arbitration
  • Preparation of arbitration agreements
  • Acknowledgment and enforcement of arbitration awards

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)
  • 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)


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

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
  • 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

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



  • Arens/Tepper (Hrsg.), Praxisformularbuch Gesellschaftsrecht, 4. Auflage, 2013
  • Arens/Tepper (Hrsg.), Praxishandbuch Gesellschaftsrecht, 2. Auflage, 2013

Contributions to books

  • Beiträge in Arens/Tepper, Praxishandbuch Gesellschaftsrecht, 2. Auflage 2013
    Kapitel 6 Das Mandat beim Unternehmenskauf- und verkauf
    § 37 Der internationale Unternehmenskauf
    Kapitel 10 Das gesellschaftsrechtliche Mandat bei grenzüberschreitenden Sachverhalten
    § 51 Deutsches Kollisionsrecht
    § 52 Deutsches und internationales Prozessrecht
    § 54 Ausländische Gesellschaften im deutschen Rechtsverkehr
    § 57 Internationales Steuerrecht
  • Die Anerkennung deutscher Zahlungsurteile in Kanada, in: Stiefel (Hrsg.), Festschrift für Sandrock, Heidelberg 1995


  • "Verteidigungsstrategien gegen US-amerikanische Zivilklagen in Deutschland"
    in: Recht der internationalen Wirtschaft, RIW 12/2016, S. 790-800 (mit Carsten Christophery, LL.M.)


  • Deutscher Anwaltverein(Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Internationalen Rechtsverkehr)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristenvereinigung
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Germany
  • Rotary Club Gütersloh