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Esche Schümann Commichau expands Corporate and Audit practice with new partners

Esche Schümann Commichau, a multidisciplinary firm of lawyers, tax advisors and auditors, has grown its M&A and Corporate capability by welcoming Dr. Stephan Bauer (35) as a new partner on 1 April 2012. Later this year, Beatrix Arlitt (45) and Michael Kapitza (36) will be joining the firm’s Audit practice as partners.

Dr. Wolfgang Deuchler, partner of Esche Schümann Commichau, comments: “We are proud to have these three experienced specialists joining us. Dr. Bauer brings with him a wealth of experience in complex M&A transactions, corporate restructurings and renewable energies. Ms. Arlitt and Mr. Kapitza are an experienced team of auditors who will strengthen our auditing capacities and add financial expertise to our M&A practice.”

Dr. Stephan Bauer studied law in Konstanz, Berlin and Poitiers (France) and holds a master’s degree from Duke University in North Carolina. In 2009 he founded Lexpert Dr. Bauer & Partner with his father, Dr. Axel Bauer. Previously, Dr. Stephan Bauer was an attorney at Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz in Berlin and Düsseldorf, where he worked on several national and international M&A transactions. In addition, Dr. Stephan Bauer has developed considerable expertise in corporate restructurings and in the field of renewable energies.

Beatrix Arlitt (Auditor, Tax advisor) has been a director at Deloitte & Touche in Hamburg since 2008. She specializes in auditing annual reports and consolidated financial statements of capital-market oriented companies. In addition, she advises on corporate transactions. Prior to joining Deloitte & Touche, Beatrix Arlitt worked at Pricewater-houseCoopers from 1982 to 2008, where she served in various capacities, including most recently as Senior Manager responsible for auditing annual accounts and consolidated financial statements under IFRS and US GAAP.

Michael Kapitza (Auditor, Tax advisor) has been with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hamburg since 2000. He is currently working in the Audit Services department focusing mainly on auditing annual reports and consolidated financial statements under the German Commercial Code (HGB), IFRS and US GAAP. Previously, Michael Kapitza served in PwC‘s Accounting Services unit, among others, as project manager for transformation projects, corporate transactions and initial public offerings.

ESCHE SCHÜMANN COMMICHAU

Esche Schümann Commichau in Hamburg is one of the largest multi-disciplinary practices of lawyers, tax advisors and auditors in Germany. Its origins as a law firm date back to the year 1822. For more than 35 years, the firm has provided legal and tax advice and auditing services. The firm's integrated teams comprise about 90 lawyers, tax advisors and certified accountants and a support staff of almost 100. Esche Schümann Commichau clients are primarily mid-size to large companies and groups of companies, entrepeneurs, financial investors and publicly owned entities. The firm also offers legal and tax advice to private clients.

Contact:

Wolfgang Sälzer
– Partner –
T 040 36805-155
E w.saelzer@esche.de

Sara Andersch
– Marketing & Communications –
T 040 36805-120
E s.andersch@esche.de

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