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Prof. Dr. Norbert Schneider


Automotive | Industrials | Private capital | Tax |

Very high-quality advice

Chambers Europe 2022

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About Prof. Dr. Norbert Schneider

Norbert is one of Germany’s leading names in corporate and M/A tax

Norbert brings more than 20 years’ tax experience to complex, cross-border tax matters. He specialises in national and international tax law – in particular, the structuring of national and international mergers and acquisitions.

He also has an impressive track record in big tax-optimised corporate restructurings, where he combines his cutting-edge tax advice with corporate law and accounting implications into seamless advice for the client. He is a sought-after adviser for a wide range of clients, including German and foreign multinationals and private equity investors, both in planning and structuring matters as well as in tax audits and disputes.

Norbert has a broad network of close contacts within the German tax administration, which is often key for the resolution of complex problems.

He speaks German and English and some French.

Recent work

  • Advising Continental on i.a.the spin-off of Vitesco and various other restructurings
  • Advising Hellman & Friedman on the acquisition of Auto Scout from Scout24 and the sale of Finanzcheck to smava
  • Advising KKR on its public takeover of Springer SE and the following delisting and squeeze-out
  • Advising HOCHTIEF on its takeover of Spanish toll-road operator Abertis and the formation of a joint venture holding with Atlantia and ACS. Read more about the deal in our case study.
  • Advising Messer Group and CVC on the $3.3bn acquisition of parts of Linde's and Praxair's North and South American industrial gases business.
  • Advising METRO on the tax-optimised split of the group into cash-and-carry and consumer electronics businesses.
  • Advising Airbus on the tax-optimised carve-out of its defence electronics business and the subsequent sale to KKR.
  • Advising Deutsche Lufthansa on the tax-optimised carve-out of its Miles & More bonus mile programme.



  • University of Applied Sciences Nordkirchen, Germany (tax law)
  • University of Cologne, Germany (law)
  • University of Bochum, Germany (doctor of law)

Professional qualifications

  • Law doctorate (Dr iur), honorary professor at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf
  • Tax inspector (Diplom-Finanzwirt (FH))
  • Tax adviser (Steuerberater)

Additional responsibilities

  • Frequent speaker on tax-related issues at seminars, and lectures on tax since 2007 at the university in Düsseldorf.