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Dr. Henning Frase


With more than 17 years of experience and responsibilities in leading international and German law and tax firms, Dr Henning Frase assists and represents businesses, public and private organisations and selected private clients from Germany and other jurisdictions in complicated reorganisations, transactions, investments, disputes and other projects and challenges from a German tax and corporate law perspective.

Admitted to practise law and tax law all over Germany, Dr Henning Frase also advises and represents his clients in tax audits, proceedings with authorities and in courts, including the Higher Regional Courts (OLG) and the German Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof). He speaks at technical conferences and frequently publishes in leading German handbooks and periodicals on tax and corporate law.


  • Rechtsanwalt (Attorney-at-Law)
  • Steuerberater (Certified Tax Advisor)
  • Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht (Certified Tax Lawyer)
  • Fachberater für Internationales Steuerrecht (Certified Advisor for International Tax Law )
  • Dr. iur. (University of Augsburg, summa cum laude)
  • LL.M. oec.

Track Record

  • Strategic and selected PE investors from the EU and North America in acquisitions of German GmbH and other companies (shares or assets), corporate and tax law
  • Legal and tax optimization and negotiations of ESOP and VSOP equity incentive schemes
  • Swiss company with setting-up German subsidiary and ESOP schemes
  • Swiss Family Office with structuring and negotiation of real estate investments in Germany, tax and corporate law
  • Stock-quoted Polish company with ongoing acquisitions in Germany (companies and real estate)
  • Acquisition of German GmbH company from AVEVA group by French software company (with previous law firm)
  • Leading Asian multinational electronics group with German withholding tax compliance and license agreement negotiations, tax law
  • Various German Start-ups and scale-ups in Berlin, Cologne/Düsseldorf/Bonn, Munich, Hamburg/Bremen and Frankurt area (founding, financing, expansion, exit, other)
  • Ongoing legal and tax advice to German manufacturer and its French and Swiss owners, also in tax audits and restructurings
  • German clients and founders with cross-border activities, tax and corporate (withholding taxes, financing, transfer pricing)
  • Cross-border tax planning for private individuals (asset protection, avoiding of double taxation and German exit taxation)
  • German investors with tax and corporate law structuring of crypto asset investments (e.g. hybridly funded German foundations or other vehicles in Europe or the Americas)
  • Selected NPO’s and purpose-oriented entrepreneurs, start-ups and organisations (climate-related, cultural or social)


Dr Henning Frase studied law in Bonn, Ferrara/Italy, Geneva/Switzerland and Cologne. He has spent one year in the US (Atlanta) and was a legal trainee in Milan, Brussels as well as for a German DAX company. Henning became a scholarship holder of Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft and received a Dr. iur. degree with distinction (summa cum laude) from the University of Augsburg on a comparative work focussed on specific profit participation rules in German and Italian corporate and tax law.  

He started his carrer in 2007 at KPMG’s international tax and legal branch in Cologne. In 2010, he went on to work as lawyer and tax advisor for Bird & Bird in Frankfurt, before joining a German tax law boutique firm in Cologne in 2016. In parallel, Henning has taught International Tax Law at Fresenius University of Applied Science in Cologne and Procedural Tax Law at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms/Germany. Henning is a co-founder of 3T.LAW.

Dr Henning Frase frequently publishes in leading technical journals and books on tax law and corporate law and is sought for as speaker on tax law conferences.  

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