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Prof. Dr. Georg Crezelius

Of Counsel, Tax, Munich

"I have 40 years’ experience of corporate tax, accounting and succession law, both as a leading academic and in private practice. I offer clients unrivalled knowledge, a commercial approach and practical answers to their complex questions."


Professional experience

Education and qualifications


Georg has extensive experience of tax and corporate law. He specialises in M&A and joint venture-related tax law and international group taxation, including transfer pricing, fund structuring and reorganisations, as well as advising international corporates and financial institutions on global tax planning.

Georg represents clients in proceedings before the German tax authorities and in arbitrations.

Work highlights

Georg advises on tax aspects of major transactions. Those that can be disclosed include advising:

  • Hanover Re on the financing of group subsidiaries
  • Unilever on the separation of its margarine and spreads business to form Unilever Baking, Cooking & Spreading as a standalone unit, a reorganisation that involved 22 jurisdictions and comprised a combination of business and asset transfers and statutory demergers

Professional experience

Georg is a law professor, renowned for his expertise in both tax and corporate law. He held the chair for tax law for 28 years at the University of Erlangen, Bamberg. He is also chairman of the Advisory Council of the German Institute of Tax Consultants.

Georg is a board member of three companies: Ritzenhoff, as chairman of the supervisory board; Emons Logistik; and the Reinhard Kapp Stiftung (Foundation) in Hannover.

Georg has written more than 400 publications on corporate succession law, limited liability companies’ law and tax law. His most recent publication is:

Erbschaftsteuerreform, on new rules for corporate succession taxation, C.H. Beck, February 2017, with Sebastian Benz and Jens Blumenberg.

Education and qualifications

Georg studied law at the University of Münster.

He speaks German and English.