Sonja G. Klein
Partner, Baker & McKenzie (Frankfurt)
Sonja G. Klein studied at the University of Gießen, graduating both in law as well as obtaining a Master of Business Administration (Diplom-Kauffrau). She was admitted to the Frankfurt bar in 1994. Sonja joined Baker & McKenzie's Frankfurt Office in 1996 and qualified as Certified Tax Advisor admitted to the German Tax Bar in 1999. Sonja was made Partner in 2000. She is an active member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), Corporate Law Association, Inheritance Law Association and Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Sonja has more than 10 years of experience in advising multinational corporate clients in particular on tax issues in connection with M&A transactions, tax-efficient restructuring, e.g. in order to reduce the overall group tax rate of companies, optimization of thin capitalization planning and business reengineering such as implementing commissionaire and low-risk distributor structures. Another focus of her practice lies in estate planning for high net worth individuals and providing advice to private banks and insurance companies engaged in the wealth management sector with respect to their specific products and services. In this context she advises also on tax efficient investment strategies and tax-optimized international succession planning schemes as well as on pre-immigration and expatriation issues.