International law firm Reed Smith has appointed Thomas Gierath to its partnership. Thomas joined the firm on 1 May, from Dechert LLP, to launch Reed Smith’s tax practice in Germany.
Thomas advises on domestic and international tax matters across private equity, venture capital, corporate, real estate and financial products. He has structured cross border private equity and M&A transactions for European and international private equity funds and strategic investors as well as international mergers and joint ventures for multinational companies. In addition Thomas advises on the structuring of domestic and offshore private equity, real estate and other alternative funds, securitization vehicles, investment funds and other structured products, as well as in all matters regarding fund raising and the structuring of Shari'ah compliant financing.
Thomas’ appointment follows that of Dr. Justus Binder, who joined the firm’s Munich office earlier this year to head its private equity practice in Germany.
Stefan Kugler, Munich Office Managing Partner, commented:
“Thomas’ arrival marks the launch of our tax practice in Germany. Not only will his long-standing tax experience in the private equity sector fit neatly with the practice of Dr. Justus Binder, who joined us earlier this year, but also his expertise in Islamic finance and his network in the Middle East will create a number of opportunities both for our offices in Europe and the Middle East.
We’re delighted to welcome Thomas to the firm.”
“Reed Smith’s strategic plans to expand in the German market and the recent launch of the European private equity practice provides a number of opportunities for my practice. Moreover, I am delighted to contribute to the already existing relationship between Reed Smith’s long-standing presence in the UAE and its European offices.”
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