Dr Claus Niemann new Chairman of HLB in Germany

10 February 2022

The HLB network of auditors and tax consultants, which is one of the top 3 in its field in Germany, has elected Dr Claus Niemann as Chairman and Spokesman.

Claus Niemann (58), who holds a doctorate in auditing and tax consultancy, succeeds Magnus von Buchwaldt, who did not stand for re-election for personal reasons. The new HLB Chairman thanked his predecessor, who had headed the network in Germany since 2019. "Mr von Buchwaldt has further developed the HLB network professionally with many impulses." Mr Niemann has been a member of HLB's five-member management board in Germany since 2013. He is a partner at the law firm HLB Klein Mönstermann with 170 employees in Osnabrück and two other locations. Niemann's professional focus is on tax structuring advice and the auditing of larger corporate groups and group companies.

In his role at the head of the network of 23 HLB law firms in Germany, Niemann sees his task as making even better use of the expertise potential of the individual offices in specialised areas for the group and thus its clients. With the help of digitalisation, he wants to advance the quality and efficiency of the HLB Group's individual services in auditing, tax, law and business consulting and clearly highlight HLB's competitive advantages. Niemann: "As part of a professional international network, we offer individualised advice at a high level and from a single source. This means we can also support large medium-sized companies with their activities abroad."

At HLB's annual international meetings, more than 300 tax and audit partners regularly come together and engage in intensive professional dialogue. "Thanks to the personal contacts, professional cooperation at a high technical level is ensured internationally," says Niemann.

Born in Osnabrück, he is married and the father of two girls. As a lecturer, he also teaches accounting tax law and taxation of partnerships at the University of Osnabrück and as a lecturer at the IFU Institute on tax topics. With these many commitments, it is certainly not a stretch to predict that Niemann will not have much time for his beloved hobbies of reading, travelling and playing sport with friends in the near future.