I mainly advise clients on VAT and customs law. During my law degree, I specialised in tax law and then completed an LL.M. in business and tax law. I then worked for two “Big Four” companies and joined AWB in 2015. I was appointed authorised signatory of AWB Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft and AWB Steuerberatungsgesellschaft in 2018 before being made a managing director of AWB Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft in 2021.
There were many reasons why I decided to change to a "consulting boutique" specialising in VAT, customs and export control law. Whereas work at the Big Four is extremely specialised, my work at AWB is clearly focussed on providing "all in one" advice. For example, I may start a case by asking questions relating to a special VAT audit by the tax office and conclude it in proceedings before the Federal Fiscal Court. As a result, I am advising clients "up to the final bell", which ensures very exciting and varied work. This was not possible in my previous employment since the Legal Department usually took over my case during appeal proceedings.
The work at AWB is just as demanding and challenging as that at the Big Four. That said, you do have more freedom to shape your working conditions. Even before the Corona crisis, AWB was continually developing flexible home office and part time working policies, which have paid off very well.
What I really appreciate about AWB is that the work is so international: our clients operate globally and this is also reflected in our day-to-day consulting activities. In addition to large international conferences, which AWB plans and organises together with the AWA AUSSENWIRTSCHAFTS-AKADEMIE, our day-to-day business is also characterised by internationalism and the close cooperation with best-friend law firms in the EU and third countries. This professional exchange is immensely enriching.
AWB has also enabled me take a broader view of things. For example, as part of an interim assignment at a client's premises, I was able to gain insights into the tax department of a large industrial company. This change of perspective proved extremely instructive and helped me to develop both personally and professionally.