Ulrich Gerken is a business lawyer, certified specialist lawyer in tax and certified specialist lawyer in inheritance laws, acting for both commercial and private clients. He established the law firm GERKEN Rechtsanwälte in Hamburg in 1994. Prior to this, he worked for the company Arthur Andersen, in Frankfurt.
Born 1963, he studied business economics at University of Hamburg, his specialist area being tax law. During his legal clerkship and prior to his second exam in law, he completed stations in accounting auditing, specialised in auditing corporate accounts and corporate books, worked for certified public accountants, and also completed stations in field tax auditing working for the tax office. He passed his examinations with distinction and was admitted to the German Bar in 1991.
Mr Gerken is noted for his depth of knowledge and has extensive experience in consultancy and litigation in tax, bank, inheritance and economic laws. He has given various conference speeches, particularly focused on tax and inheritance law for Allianz, UNICEF, Nord / LB, Jyske Bank, Sparda-Bank, Dresdner Bank, M.A.N., Axel Springer, graduates of European Business School, various estate agencies and financial service providers, as well as tax advisers. In addition, as an entrepreneurial expert he was interviewed by Süddeutsche Zeitung, DIE WELT, Manager Magazine, Capital, Hamburger Abendblatt and BELLEVUE, among others.Since 2010, Mr Gerken has been the elected auditor for financial compliance matters of the Law Society of Hanseatic City of Hamburg. He is also the appointed arbiter of the Hanseatic Bar Association for disputes between lawyers, and sits on the board of a number of foundations.
Further, Mr Gerken is a member of the Institute for Inheritance Law; the German Society for Inheritance Law and Succession; the working committee of the German Bar Association in Tax Law and Inheritance Law; the advisory board of the magazine ‘ZErb’ for Tax and Inheritance Law; the German Institution of Arbitration; the Union of Tax Payers, Hamburg; the Hanseatic Bar Association; and the Hanseatic Law Society.