Building a Sustainable future: Exploring the intersection of tax and real estate

Frankfurt, Germany

25 April 2024 - 27 April 2024

Building a Sustainable future: Exploring the intersection of tax and real estate

Thursday 25 April 2024

18:15 Registration desk opens at the Flemings Selection Hotel Frankfurt-City
18:30 Welcome reception at the Flemings Selection Hotel Frankfurt-City
address: Eschenheimer Tor 2, 60318 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
20:00 Optional guided tour and dinner 

Friday 26 April 2024

08:00 Registration desk opens at Sofitel Opera
Address: Opernplatz 16, 60313 Frankfurt Am Main
09:00 » 09:30 Welcome address by the AIJA Bureau representative and the Organising Committee
09:30 » 10:45 Powering tomorrow: Tax & real estate strategies for sustainable projects

This panel will address tax and real estate law considerations for planning and implementing sustainable projects, such as renewable energy projects. It will discuss the impact of tax and real estate law on these projects and how tax and real estate law can promote the growth of these projects.

  • Michael Engel, GvW Graf von Westphalen, Germany
  • Christoph Allmendinger, Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz, Germany
  • Anna Piaget, ECHO SA, Switzerland
  • Dafni Sachinoglou, K&M Law Firm, Greece
  • Natalia Łabęda, Sołtysiński, Kawecki & Szlęzak (SKS), Poland
  • Tilda Hall, Vinge, Sweden
10:45 » 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 » 12:45 Maximising efficiency - The classic question: Share deals vs. asset deals in sustainable real estate transactions

This panel will focus on unraveling the intricate tax considerations in real estate transactions. We will explore the choices between share deals and asset deals, and discover which approaches maximize tax and other efficiencies while advancing ESG initiatives.

  • Inga Rau, KLEINER, Germany
  • Peter von Burg, burckhardt AG, Switzerland
  • Bernd Tiebout, Sansen International Tax Lawyers, Belgium
  • Lucia Patrizzi, avocado Rechtsanwälte, Germany
  • Katarzyna Sulimierska, Schoenherr Poland, Poland
  • Peter Moldt Mortensen, Accura, Denmark
  • Andreu Bové Boyd, Bové Montero y Asociados, Spain
12:45 » 14:00 Lunch
14:00 » 15:00 Sustainable Real Estate Investing via Funds: Navigating the real estate fund landscape

This panel will discuss practical challenges and different approaches for efficent and sustainable real estate investments via funds, with a focus on specific structures and investments through Art. 8, 9 Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) funds.

  • Yves Philippart de Foy, Arendt & Medernach, Luxembourg
  • Isabella Kartila, Hannes Snellman, Finland
  • Wouter Strypsteen, Cazimir, Belgium
  • Marco Masi, Foglia & Parnters, Italy
  • Jorge Lopez Lopez, Sánchez Devanny, Mexico
15:00 » 16:15 Re-Defining property: Exploring alternative forms of real estate ownership and transfers

This panel will discuss new models of real estate ownership, especially the use of Blockchain and NFTs, and their practial implications from a legal and tax perspective, including their effects from an ESG perspective.

  • Devora Kacheva, TIGGES Rechtsanwälte, Germany
  • James Bromley, Farrer & Co, United Kingdom
  • Maryll Callari, Tiberghien, Belgium
  • Luis Castilho, Belim Castilho, Portugal
  • Domenik Vogt, Gasser Partner Rechtsanwälte, Liechtenstein
  • Marc Gossmann, GxG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Germany
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16:15 » 16:45 Coffee break
16:45 » 17:45 Building added value: Real estate projects from a VAT perspective

This panel will focus on VAT considerations in real estate projects and transactions and will discuss optimization strategies and their impact on their structuring and implementation including from an ESG perspective.

  • Inga Zillmer, Kanzlei für Steuerrecht, Japan
  • Sara Soares, Abreu Advogados, Portugal
  • Janneke Speetjens, PSP München, Germany
  • Diego Gonzalez Manso, Van Campen Liem, Luxembourg 
  • Peter van Velthoven, Dentons Netherlands, Netherlands
19:00 » 23:00 Dinner during the Primus boat cruise
address: Mainkai 36, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Important note: the boat will leave at 19:30 with no possibility to join later

Saturday 27 April 2024

09:00 Registration desk opens at Sofitel Opera
Address: Opernplatz 16, 60313 Frankfurt Am Main
09:30 » 11:00 Tax-savvy property evaluation: A real estate and tax lawyer's role play workshop

Get ready to dive into the world of strategic property acquisitions with our immersive workshop. In this engaging and interactive role play experience, you'll step into the shoes of real estate and tax professionals tasked with evaluating property acquisitions from a tax perspective.

Learn to navigate the intricate web of tax laws and regulations that can make or break a deal. Work collaboratively with fellow participants to analyse real-life case scenarios, negotiate tax-efficient structures, and make informed decisions that maximize ESG targets as well as ROI while minimizing tax liabilities.

  • Alessia Giaccari, Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams, Italy
  • David K. Jandrasits, Schwärzle Rechtsanwälte | Rechtsanwälte, Liechtenstein
  • Diego Vindel Barrera, Cuatrecasas, Spain
  • Annina Fey, Niederer Kraft Frey Ltd, Switzerland
  • Andreas Herrmann, KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Austria
  • Charles S. Duro, Duro & Partners, Luxembourg
11:00 » 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 » 13:00 Unlocking energy efficiency potential: Tax incentives for sustainable buildings

In this panel we will:
- explore the various tax incentives and credits available to property owners, developers, and investors who prioritize sustainable building practices;
- discuss how these incentives can drive the transformation of the real estate industry towards a greener and more environmentally responsible future;
- gain insights into the legal nuances and strategies for leveraging tax benefits to enhance energy efficiency, reduce operational costs, and meet sustainability goals.

  • Matthias Fucik, PHH Rechtsanwält:innen GmbH, Austria
  • Michelle Bruni, Walder Wyss Ltd., Switzerland
  • Giorgos Tsakonas, PPT Legal, Greece
  • Barry McGettrick, Matheson LLP, Ireland
  • Nelson Da Riba, Aramis law, France
  • Melanie Dimitrov, Wolf Theiss, Austria
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Departure from Flemmings hotel to Klosterküche Eberbach 
15:45 Optional wine tasting and dinner at Klosterküche Eberbach
23:00 Departure from Klosterküche Eberbach to Flemmings hotel