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Dr Heike Weber

Partner

Heike is a transaction tax specialist. 

She focuses on advising on the tax aspects of structuring and executing mergers and acquisitions (with a special focus on the finance and insurance sectors), private equity investments, real estate transactions, restructurings and reorganisations. Heike also has significant experience advising on tax aspects of securitisations, financial instruments, derivatives as well as asset finance, real estate finance and leveraged finance transactions. Moreover, she regularly advises multinational corporations on their tax affairs and structuring issues. 

Heike has practised in transaction tax law for over 20 years and is a leading practitioner in this field. She is a regular speaker and author on national and international tax topics affecting her clients. 

 

Experience

Representative matters

A global financial services provider, AIP Management and Norges Bank Investment Management, on the acquisition of 49.9 percent of the shares in the planned 960 MW offshore wind farm "He Dreiht" from EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) (investment costs around EUR 2.4 billion).

Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement mbH (HGV) advised the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on entering into a long-term strategic partnership with Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC).

SAP SE on the acquisition of LeanIX, a provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for the management of enterprise architectures and multi-cloud environments. This is one of the largest transactions in the venture capital sector in Germany and the largest acquisition for SAP in more than 5 years.

DigitalBridge Group, Inc and Brookfield Infrastructure entering into an agreement to acquire a 51% interest in GD Towers.

Athora Deutschland GmbH (Athora Deutschland) on the acquisition of a closed book portfolio of deferred annuities and foundations of the former DBV-Winterthur Life (DWL) from AXA Germany with assets under management of EUR 19 billion (AuA).
 

 

 

 

Published Work

  • Heike Weber, 2023, “Tax Considerations in Joint Ventures (Germany), Thomson Reuters Practical Law
  • Regular contributions to tax section in Handelsblatt (leading business daily newspaper in Germany).

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, New Reorganisation Tax Law Decree, Hamburger Forum für Unternehmensteuerrecht, February 2024
  • Lecturer, Taxation of Corporates, LL.M: Program University of Cologne, January 2024
  • Panel lead, Taxation of Financing Relationships, Tax & Finance, November 2023
  • Panelist, Taxation of Joint Ventures, Forum Transaktionen im Steuerrecht, June 2023

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, German Bar Association
  • Member, German Tax Adviser Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Tax Lawyers
Recognition
Heike Weber is extremely competent, super pleasant and very proactive in my dealings. She also keeps to deadlines.
Chambers Europe 2023
She is a brilliant tax lawyer.
Chambers Europe 2023

Awards

  • Tax Team of the Year, Legal 500 Germany Awards, 2024
  • Leading Name Tax, Legal 500, Germany, 2024
  • Notable Practitioner, Chambers Europe, 2023
  • Frequently recommended, Juve 2023/2024
  • Consistently ranked by Best Lawyers in Germany, Tax

Qualifications

Admissions

Germany, Certified German Tax Adviser, 2007

Germany, Admitted as German Rechtsanwältin, 2003

Academic

Second German Law Degree, 2003

Dr iur, University of Mannheim, Germany, 2001

First German Law Degree, University of Mannheim, 2000

LL.M., University of Adelaide, Australia, 1998

Languages

English, German
Disclaimer
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.