Shareholders included, our team consists of around 30 members, active in various areas. Among these are four additional tax advisors, one American CPA and one counsellor-at-law.
Willi Mecklenburg has a long, proven track record as a specialist in auditing and tax consultancy with an international focus. This highly qualified businessman has an especially convincing wealth of experience in international tax law.
Active for many years as a general (unlimited) partner in the FMP Group (auditors/tax consultants); until 1996 he was the leading tax partner of the Pricewaterhouse office in Düsseldorf. Since then the resultant expertise as a consultant and auditor has been placed at the disposal of our company’s clients.
Although Mr Mecklenburg has meanwhile withdrawn from the daily consultancy business, he is still a highly appreciated discussion partner for the entire team.
Stefan Buß holds a diploma in business administration and adds true internationalism as a chartered accountant and tax advisor to our company since 2007.
At PwC he was responsible for statutory audits of annual financial statements and of consolidated financial statements according to German HGB, IFRS/IAS and US-GAAP. At that time his client portfolio comprised a wide range of companies of different sizes and industries. Later on, between 2003 and 2006, he was able to expand his knowledge in international accounting and financial reporting practices in Canada.
Claus Hoffmann has strengthened our team since 2000 with his dynamism and know-how as a chartered accountant and tax advisor. He studied Economics at the University of Lausanne where he earned his degree "Licencié et diplômé en économie politique". Therefore, he brings an international background to the service of our company’s clients.
Clients benefit not only from his knowledge gained as Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Düsseldorf but also as Director of Finance, Accountancy and Controlling at a large German plant-construction company.
He has a profound knowledge and comprehensive experience in international tax law. In 2008 Claus Hoffmann successfully took the exam as a specialised consultant in international tax law and was certified by the Chamber of Tax Advisors in 2009.
Beate Wagner graduated in economy at Bochum University and joined Mecklenburg + Hoffmann in 2006. She consults our clients in national and international tax law. As a tax advisor and former senior tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers she is familiar with international clients and brings her experience and high qualification into our team of experts. She especially benefits from her long expericence with Japanese clients and their specific questions. Her main topics include, among others, VAT, transfer price documentation and the deployment of foreign employees (expatriates) to Germany.
Hubertus Schücking holds a degree as an economist. After several years of working for Deutsche Bank and subsequent studies in economics at the University of Münster, he has been with PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1996 to 2010. There, he acted as senior manager in audit, specialised in German subsidiaries of international groups.
He is a certified tax advisor as well as a chartered accountant and complements our team since 2010, bringing in a wide range of knowledge in financing, audit and compilation of reporting packages and international accounting regulations (IFRS, US-GAAP).
Clients in the leasing and the automotive industry and also the preparation of valuation appraisals are his main fields of activity. Besides his commitment to our company, Hubertus Schücking also is a lecturer for accounting at the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (dual academy) in Mannheim.
Since 1988 Jürgen Gemeinhardt was employed as a tax advisor at a partnership that we have acquired. He is closely familiar with that partnership's clients.
During those years the graduate in business administration of the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf gained comprehensive expertise, particularly in income tax related consulting of wealthy private clients which he fully brings into Mecklenburg + Hoffmann’s business.
Justin Harrell belongs to our network of freelancers. The American-born Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) supports us particularly in the sphere of international accounting in accordance with US-GAAP and IFRS, and in the auditing or compilation of consolidated financial statements.
Additionally, Justin Harrell supports our team in projects related to internal controls (IKS), especially regarding Sarbanes Oxley Act 404. He, too, has had many years of experience as a manager with Pricewaterhouse.
Lars Köhn, employed at Mecklenburg + Hoffmann GmbH as a tax consultant since 2009, is a trained tax assistant and certified tax specialist (Chamber of Tax Accountants) with comprehensive practical experience in almost every tax-related area.
Besides income tax related consulting, especially of self-employed professionals ("Freiberufler"), he covers the areas of bookkeeping and compilation of annual financial statements (especially mergers). In all questions of digitised bookkeeping he is your qualified contact person as well.
Following his professional training as a clerk, Tobias Neuen has already been active as a student trainee in our company during his studies of Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences Dusseldorf. After successfully completing his studies, he became at first assistant in our society in the fields of tax consulting and auditing in October of 2011.
Since early 2015 he is a tax consultant and besides focusing on demanding income tax mandates, he also gives comprehensive tax advice to medium-sized enterprises.
After finishing her studies of law at Düsseldorf University and completing her time as a trainee lawyer at the Regional Court Düsseldorf, Saeko Kawazoe is now familiar with all fields of law as a counsellor-at-law. At Mecklenburg + Hoffmann, she focuses mainly on tax issues and since having passed her oral examination in the beginning of 2016, she also carries the title of a tax consultant.
Training and Education
We offer our employees the opportunity to further their education. Judith Fliegen is an example of this. She attended a course that lasted for several months and became a certified wage accountant (IHK, Chamber of Industry and Commerce).
Through this training she has enhanced her knowledge in this field significantly and, thus, is able to help our clients even more effectively.
An important part of our commitment regarding education and training is to be a company that also trains young employees.
One of our very successful trainees was Florian Karmann, who passed his examination in January 2016 with full marks and the German grade ‘very good’.
Since September 2016 also Romy Peilecke has been receiving her training as a tax assistant in our society. Parallel to her training with us, she successfully passed the test as certified payroll accountant as well.
Since Ms Peilecke has already worked as an intern in our company, her integration was not difficult at all. Meanwhile she has already become an integral part of our team.
In the person of Marlene Mansfield our next trainee has already started her training with us. Since August 2017 she has been working herself deep into our company's processes and into German tax and commercial laws. Ms Mansfield holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion design.
She is a good example of us offering access to the field of tax advisory and audit services also to professional “late bloomers”.
On top of this and in regular intervals we are giving students the chance to take a look at the everyday work of tax advisors and chartered accountants in real life. Our experience with interns is that actually both sides do benefit from this experience in many cases.
So interns will continue to belong to the everyday life of our company.
Ms Schachta currently works as an intern with us. She has finished her bachelor degree program of studies in summer 2016 and now aspires to complete a master’s degree.
As far as her timetable admits, she supports us flexibly during her semesters and the term breaks, when required.
To support our team we are currently looking for new colleagues as:
Employee for our Reception / Administration area
Assistant for taxes and auditing
If interested, please contact Mrs Schreiber-Karmann (Tel.: 0211 610 790-30).