Dr. Christian Bleschke advises clients in relation to both national and international taxation issues. This advice includes maximizing the tax efficiency of real estate transactions, handling tax-efficient structuring of M&A transactions, ensuring inbound investments of foreign investors are structured in the most tax-efficient manner and providing tax support to corporate reorganizations. Christian has a strong focus in the real estate sector.

    Christian also advises clients in connection with tax disputes, tax audits and binding rulings, including negotiating settlements with the respective tax authority, VAT, the taxation of funds and the establishment of employee share programs.

    Christian is a certified specialist in tax law (Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht) and a certified tax advisor (Steuerberater).

    He currently lectures at the Academy for Real Estate Management (BBA) in Berlin and presents regular taxation updates for clients in relation to property investment developments and corporation tax issues.

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    • Advising Deutsche Investment Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft on the acquisition of several German residential and commercial properties.
    • Advising the Austrian family office Immohold-Group on the sale of mixed-use properties (share deal and asset deal) located in Berlin.
    • Advising TPA Real Estate Brands with respect to a transaction with allmyhomes GmbH.
    • Advising TIMA Investment Group on the acquisition and financing of a shopping center (Holstein-Center and B&H Kaufhaus) with a rental space of approx. 28,700 sqm located in Itzehoe.
    • Advising Danish property investors on the sale of two retail centers (Nahversorgungszentren) in Berlin, acquired by Centerscape.
    • Advising a Swiss family office with respect to tax structuring issues and an acquisition due diligence of a commercial property in Hamburg for a purchase price of approximately €25 million. 
    • Advising Optimum Evolution Fund – SIF with regard to the acquisition of a mixed-use portfolio of 18 properties with a rental space of approx. 45,000 sqm located in Berlin.
    • Advising TIMA Wohnen Group on the acquisition of a residential property portfolio (share deal) with a value of approx. 16 million.
    • Advising and representing property development companies (Bauträger) on tax court proceedings before the finance courts with respect to VAT and the application of Section 13b UStG (VAT Act – Steuerschuldnerschaft des Leistungsempfängers).
    • Advising EB Group on the acquisition of an office building in Dresden (Postplatz) with a rentable area of approx. 23,000 sqm.
    • Advising an investor with regard to the tendering procedure on an acquisition of a minority stake valued at approx. €250 million in a listed residential property company.
    • Advising Optimum Evolution Fund – SIF (a Luxembourg real estate investment fund) with regard to the acquisition of the commercial and residential building “Stern – Plaza” in Potsdam with a rental space of approx. 25,000 sqm, sold by a fund of the Haschtmann-group.
    • Advising Optimum Evolution Fund – SIF (a Luxembourg real estate investment fund) on tax-efficient structures for the acquisition of German residential and commercial properties with a target size of approx. €500 million, as well legal advice with respect to all property acquisitions of the investment fund.
    • Advising an investor from the United Arab Emirates with respect to the tax structuring of an investment via a Luxembourg investment fund (SCS) and advice on the German Investment Tax Act (Investmentsteuergesetz).
    • Advising a US property investor with respect to the acquisition of a shopping center in Wesel (North Rhine – Westphalia/Germany).
    • Advising Optimum Evolution Fund – SIF (a Luxembourg real estate investment fund) on the sale of a residential and commercial property portfolio with a total volume of approx. €200 million.
    • Advising a non-German property investment fund with respect to tax aspects under the German Investment Tax Act (Investmentsteuergesetz).
    • Advising Patrizia Immobilien AG with regard to a tendering procedure and an acquisition due diligence of a property portfolio with a value of approx. €120 million.
    • Advising Patrizia Immobilien AG on the acquisition of a retail property portfolio (Deikon-Portfolio) with 86 retail properties for a purchase price of approx. €178 million.
    • Advising a Swiss Foundation with regard to the acquisition of a property portfolio for a purchase price of approx. €80 million.
    • Advising a property fund of Grupo Lar S.A. in connection with the restructuring of a property portfolio and the sale of commercial properties.
    • Advising an Italian investor group in connection with the acquisition of a property portfolio.
    • Advising APN Funds Management Limited regarding the acquisition of shopping centers for a purchase price of approx. €110 million.
    • Advising the Catalonia Hoteles Group with regard to the acquisition and development of a hotel in Berlin. 
    • Advising a Spanish Investor group with regard to the acquisition and development of hotel properties in Berlin.
    • Advising on various inbound investments of UK- and US-based clients in Germany, especially regarding appropriate tax structures, the thin capitalization rules, transfer pricing and permanent establishment considerations, as well as VAT issues.
    • Advising on various inbound property investments of UK, Spanish and US clients, especially with regard to appropriate investment structures, permanent establishments and German trade tax issues.
    • Advising Icelandic property investors in connection with the acquisition of a property portfolio.
    • Advising a German bank on a complex restructuring of a manufacture of ceramic tails.
    • Advising a German insurance company on a reorganization of various subsidiaries under the German Reorganization Tax Act.
    • Tax structuring of investments funds for Luxembourg and UK clients.
    • Advising Spanish investors regarding hotel and development projects.

    Education

    • Friedrich Schiller University, Ph.D., 2000
    • Brandenburgisches OLG, Second State Examination, 1999
    • Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, First State Examination, 1996

    Admissions

    • Germany, (Steuerberater), 2006
    • Germany, (Rechtsanwalt), 1999

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Membership in the International Fiscal Association (IFA)
    • Membership in the British Chamber of Commerce
    • Membership in the International Fiscal Association, Berlin-Brandenburg Association of Tax Advisors
    • Membership in the Association of Berlin Tax Lecturers

    Languages

    • German
    • English

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    • Einführung eines steuerlichen Sanierungsprivilegs beim Erwerb von Anteilen an Kapitalgesellschaften, VDI-Nachrichten, 18 September 2009, page 9.
    • Gewerbesteuer-Änderungen durch die Unternehmensteuerreform 2008 - Gestaltungsempfehlungen für Unternehmen, Unternehmer Edition 1/2009, pages 28, 29.
    • Zinsschranke verunsichert Immobilieninvestoren, Börsenzeitung, 17 July 2008, page 2.
    • Unternehmensteuerreform 2008 – Auswirkungen und Gestaltungsüberlegungen für Immobilienunternehmen, Immogramm, 1st quarter, pages 1, 2.
    • Die Zinsschranke umgehen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 18 January 2008, page 41.
    • Erbschaftsteuer soll bald nachgebessert werden, Berliner Wirtschaft, Magazin der Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Berlin, April 2007, page 64.
    • News on German Taxation: Business Tax Reform 2008 and Introduction of German Real Estate Investment Trusts, International Trade, April 2007.
    • Deutsche Wohnungswirtschaft, Aktuelles Steuerrecht rund um die Immobilie, Haus und Grund, Heft 6/2005, 180.
    • Various other publications on corporate tax issues, taxation aspects for property investors. 

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