Dr. Matthias Geurts is a partner in the Banking & Finance and Tax practice groups. He is specialized in all investment products, in particular financial instruments and investment funds, and in this respect he advises providers and investors on regulatory as well as tax issues. This includes, in particular, tax-related acquisition structuring, financing, due diligence and restructuring measures. Furthermore, he is specialised in the taxation of the financial industry.
Dr. Matthias Geurts studied law at the Universities of Bonn and Munich and completed his J.D. on a comparative law thesis.
After his Second State Examination in 1996 in Munich, Dr Matthias Geurts first worked as a consultant at the Association of German Banks in Cologne, later in Berlin. In 2001, he joined Deutsche Bank AG Group Tax, as a director where he was in charge of the New Product Approval Process. After a secondment in London, he was involved in the development of a number of innovative financial products for the bank. In this context, he was involved in the tax framework for a German securitization market as well as the German REIT and supervised the establishment of the first microfinance fund in Germany. Furthermore, he was responsible for special issues of the bank' s taxation, especially in the area of VAT. Before joining Schalast, he worked for more than 8 years as an Associated Partner in Frankfurt am Main in a leading international law firm, where he built up the area of consulting institutional clients with their investments as well as the initiators of corresponding products.
Dr. Matthias Geurts advises domestic and foreign banks, fund initiators and managers as well as institutional investors (insurance companies, pension funds) with regard to all investment and financial products. His focus is on one-stop structuring advice (investment, tax, commercial law as well as Solvency II and AnlV)). In this respect, he advises on the asset classes real estate, private equity, private debt, renewable energies and infrastructure as well as the related financing.
A further focus is tax advice on acquisition and financing structures on the one hand and tax advice to the financial industry on special issues, including the Investment Tax Act, VAT and withholding tax, on the other.
Dr. Matthias Geurts made numerous publications, as editor of an income tax commentary (Frotscher/Geurts), or as author in several commentaries on the German Investment Code (KAGB), German Income Tax Act (EStG), German Corporate Income Tax Act (KStG), German Investment Tax Act (InvStG) and German Foreign Tax Act (AStG), as well as in the Handbook of Tax-Optimal Corporate Finance.
He is a lecturer at the University of Hamburg for the Master of International Taxation.