For any legal matters involving German law, FORUM Rechtsanwälte, Steuerberater, Wirtschaftsprüfer, Dr. Altemann – von Seelstrang & Partner, a boutique law firm headquartered in Munich, Germany, offers professional specialist legal advice at the highest level. FORUM is a partnership based firm and our team consists of 30 employees providing efficient and timely advice.

Our core areas of practice include:

  • Conflict of Laws
  • Inheritance Law and Succession Planning for Entrepreneurs at the interface of private and corporate asset planning and structuring
  • Cross-Border Succession Planning
  • National and International Taxation
  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Employment Law

Our team of experienced lawyers, tax advisors and certified public accountants can look back on a wealth of experience in personal as well as in commercial legal matters. All lawyers have at least one specialist accreditiation in the fields of German Inheritance Law, German Corporate Law, German Tax Law or German Labour Law. This enables us to provide specialised solutions in relation to complex legal and taxation issues with a strong focus on our clients’ wishes and needs linking our clients’ personal and entrepreneurial level.

Our clients include small or medium sized family businesses, managing directors, board members, executive employees and high-net-worth individuals that entrust their personal and business matters to us. Our key areas of specialisation are asset protection, cross-border estate planning at the interface of corporate and individual level and administration of cross-border estates. One of our distinct advantages is that some of our lawyers have spent extended periods of time working in Australian law firms. We therefore maintain strong working and personal relationships with Australian law firms with which we cooperate consistently for the benefit of our international clients.

For further information, please contact Melanie Töpfer, MLLR, head of our firm’s Australian Desk: toepfer@forum-muc.de

During her time working as an attorney in a Sydney based law firm, Melanie Töpfer, MLLR was handling matters relating to German and Australian succession law, private international law and also dealt with cross-border estate planning and estate administration, corporate and labour law. She also achieved a Masters of Labour Law and Relations from the University of Sydney. Due to her extensive study and work experience, Melanie is more than familiar with the Australian marketplace as well as with how Australians do business and what is important to Australian companies and individuals.