Dr. Dirk Pohl - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Dirk Pohl advises clients on international tax law, tax litigation in tax courts and the German Supreme Tax Court (Bundesfinanzhof), integrated legal, tax and organization counseling of business enterprises.

He counsels and represents major family businesses and their owners (realignment of corporate structure, domestic and foreign as well as non-profit foundation solutions, corporate disputes, and succession planning).

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Dirk Pohl advised:

  • Clients in the information technology (IT), pharmaceuticals and automotive sectors on business restructuring/transfer pricing matters
  • Clients in global reorganization of construction equipment manufacturer
  • Various US multinationals in tax structuring of inbound investment via Luxembourg and Switzerland
  • Bertelsmann/CLT UFA S.A. media group in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (C-253/03)
  • Shell Oil in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (C-293/06)


  • Who’s Who Legal 2022: “Dirk Pohl is a clear leader in the German market, particularly when it comes to cases involving international tax law.” “Dirk Pohl impresses market commentators with his knowledge of international tax law, representing clients in both German and European courts.”
  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ Germany 2023: “Lawyer of the Year” in Tax Law; Leading Lawyer for Tax Law and Litigation
  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ Germany 2009-2022: Leading Lawyer for Tax Law
  • JUVE Handbook Tax 2021: Leading Name for Tax Litigation, often recommended for Corporate Taxation

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  • German Tax Law Society, appointed as a member of the Scientific Council
  • Munich Bar for Attorneys at Law (Rechtsanwälte)
  • Munich Bar for Tax Advisors (Steuerberater)


Certified Tax Advisor, 1999
University of Bonn, Dr. jur., Second State Exam, 1997
University of Bonn, Research Associate of Prof. Dr. Josef Isensee, 1994
University of Bonn, First State Exam, 1993
University for Tax Law in Nordkirchen, Master of Fiscal Affairs, 1987


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