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Hans-Michael Kraus

Hans-Michael Kraus

German Attorney at Law

HANS-MICHAEL KRAUS
German Attorney at Law

Hans-Michael Kraus is a Partner and the practice group leader of the International Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. He has been with the law firm since 1983. Mr. Kraus is admitted as an attorney in the United States (Georgia) as well as in Germany. He is representing a large number of German, Swiss and Austrian companies and their respective U.S. subsidiaries and works almost exclusively in the field of international business transactions. He has particular expertise in structuring cross-border investments, corporate acquisitions, and joint ventures in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Mr. Kraus regularly advises multinational companies on all legal issues involved in setting up facilities in the United States, including negotiation of state and local grants, tax abatements and related real estate, environmental and labor issues. The focus of industrial representations is in mechanical and plant engineering, pharmaceutical and medical products, food, automotive, and robot technology.

Mr. Kraus is a frequent speaker, both domestically and abroad, on legal and tax aspects of international transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and conducting business in the United States. He is the author of numerous articles in legal and other publications on the subject matter of international business transactions.

Arnold Servo

Arnold Servo

Partner | Dipl. -Kfm. | MBA | CPA

ARNOLD SERVO
Partner | Dipl. -Kfm. | MBA | CPA

Arnold Servo lives and works in Houston, Texas, and is one of the Managing Partners at Rödl & Partner in the USA. He has been with the company since 2004 and is an expert in the areas of U.S./German and U.S./Austrian Cross-Border Tax Compliance and Consulting, U.S. GAAP, IFRS, and HGB Attest-Services, U.S. Market entry advice.

His focus is primarily on the industrial fields of automotive, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, distribution, logistics, software, IT services, entertainment, and professional services.
Mr. Servo is originally from Augsburg, Germany. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Augsburg (Germany) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton (Ohio, USA). He is also an approved U.S. Tax advisor/auditor (Certified Public Accountant).

Mr. Servo is a frequent guest speaker at various industrial associations (e.g. VDMA) as well as at numerous chambers of commerce (e.g. IHK, GACC, WKÖ).

Maik Friebe

Maik Friebe

Partner | WP | StB | CPA

MAIK FRIEBE
Partner | WP | StB | CPA

Maik Friebe was born in Halle/Westfalen, Germany and moved to Atlanta, Georgia (USA) in 2011 where he is one of the Partner at Rödl & Partner in the U.S. After graduating from the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld he was appointed as certified German Tax Advisor in 2005 and certified German Public Accountant in 2010. Before settling down in the United States Mr. Friebe worked with a Big 4 firm for 11 years. Since 2013 Mr. Friebe is licensed as a U.S. Certified Public Accountant in Georgia.

Mr. Friebe is a frequent speaker on accounting, tax and general business aspects of establishing subsidiaries in the U.S. market. He provides assurance services, including audits of consolidated financial statements (US-GAAP, IFRS and HGB) for manufacturing and distribution companies in various industries including automotive, construction, engineering, media, and professional services. Furthermore, he aids with due diligence projects and market entry (site selections) projects.

Christophe Van Gool

Christophe Van Gool

Director Global Solutions

CHRISTOPHE VAN GOOL
Director Global Solutions

Christophe is originally from Belgium and has worked in the insurance industry for his entire career throughout several countries in Europe. Prior to moving to the U.S., he worked in the Lloyd’s of London insurance market handling global insurance programs. Christophe has 30 years of experience in placing and handling international business. Christophe is multilingual and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Antwerp, a Master’s Degree in International Management from the University of Brussels, and a post-graduate degree in Business Management from the University of Louvain.

He is invited to speak regularly on panels in Europe on U.S. product liability and insurance-related topics. Christophe is currently the Director of Global Solutions at EPIC and advises foreign-owned companies in the U.S. on risk management and insurance issues.

Kim-André Vives

Kim-André Vives

Head of International

KIM-ANDRE VIVES
Head of International

Kim-André Vives joined SÜDVERS in October 2003. Mr. Vives holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim, has more than 17 years experience in the insurance industry. In 2006 Kim-André Vives became an Account Executive and Producer at SÜDVERS.

Since 2012 Kim-André Vives is a Member of the Management Board at SÜDVERS. Mr. Vives became head of the Freiburg branch in 2017. In the international broker network WBN, Mr. Vives is a member of the European Steering Committee. Mr. Vives is also an active member of the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC).

He was born in Freiburg in 1979 and lives there today with his wife and two sons.

Max Kichniawy

Max Kichniawy

CEO

MAX KICHNIAWY
CEO

Max Kichniawy is originally from Germany and currently resides and works in Atlanta, GA as well as in Düsseldorf, Germany. He is the CEO of gatc L.P. which he joined in 2010 and which was originally founded as “German American Trade Center” in 1983. In this function, Max Kichniawy is responsible for the local operations and back-offices of currently more than 30 U.S. subsidiaries of international, primarily German-speaking, companies that expanded their business to the United States of America.

He studied International Management (B.A.) at the International School of Management (ISM) in Dortmund, Germany, and Malaga, Spain, and has a degree (M.A.) in Entrepreneurial Management from the Regent’s University London (European Business School).

Max Kichniawy is a frequent speaker at Transatlantic business events, for various local IHKs, Select USA, BVMW, Trade Fairs, and various other organizations.

 

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