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Dr. Michael Dettmeier


Dr. Michael Dettmeier
English, French, German
Practice Group

Michael Dettmeier focuses on the tax aspects of complex real estate and infrastructure transactions, real estate and infrastructure funds and M&A transactions with a strong real estate element, e.g. healthcare and retail. 

Recognised as a leading German tax practitioner in the real estate industry, Michael heads a team of lawyers who accept the challenge of creating cost efficient and manageable structures for our global real estate clients in a regulatory and tax environment that is constantly changing and increasingly complex. 

His strong German GAAP and IFRS accounting background and his creative mindset help Michael to achieve what our clients desire from us: helping them to "make the deal" by finding pragmatic solutions in negotiations; ensuring the targeted return on investment by getting around legal and tax issues that impede their targets. Michael works closely with our global tax, real estate and investment funds teams, especially with our funds and tax teams in London, Luxembourg and the U.S. Whether it is the impact that the BEPS Project might have for investment funds and how they structure their investments or anticipate jurisprudence by the ECJ, Michael always seeks to see what’s ahead. 

Michael brings insight to our clients as a member of a working group on the German investment fund tax reform and as vice-chair of a think tank devoted to German and international accounting matters.

"Outstanding breadth and depth of tax and real estate expertise" (Client)

JUVE handbook, 2013/2014

Representative experience

Advising Advent International and Marcol on the acquisition and sale of the largest privately owned operator of rehab clinics in Germany and its real estate portfolio.

Advising IVG Institutional Funds/TRIUVA on the structuring of a Luxembourg SIF for a German institutional investor.

Advising Foncière des Murs on the structuring of their investment into a large hotel portfolio from Motel One and the management agreement with Louvre Hotels.

Advising a joint venture managed by Pramerica Real Estate Investors on the acquisition of two large German retail portfolios by way of combined share deals.

Advising IFM on their joint venture with Elia for the acquisition of the high-voltage transmission grid from Vattenfall.

Advising Kirkbi (LEGO) on their investment into a large German offshore wind farm (joint venture with DONG Energy).

Advising IVG Institutional Funds/TRIUVA on the acquisition of the so-called Prime Portfolio by the SIF.

Education and admissions


  • Dr. iur., University of Cologne
  • Maîtrise en Droit, University of Paris I
  • First State Exam in Law, University of Cologne


"Energetic, courageous, reliable" (Competitor)

JUVE handbook


"Outstanding breadth and depth of tax and real estate expertise" (Client)

JUVE handbook

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