Before moving to Lower Saxony, you worked in Berlin for a long time.
Exactly. I'm originally from Berlin and also grew up there. In 2010, I also moved to Lower Saxony for family reasons. I now live in Northeim with my wife and three children and feel very, very comfortable there.
What do you like better about Lower Saxony than about Berlin?
Berlin is a big city with lofty dreams and plans. Lower Saxony is earthy, down-to-earth, agricultural and more relaxed than Berlin.
What makes the region interesting for you from a professional point of view?
In my eyes, Lower Saxony is much more interesting than Berlin from a professional point of view. Here we have DAX companies and a broad range of medium-sized businesses from different sectors, i.e. large corporations, which Berlin does not have to offer.
What professional topics do you stand for and how is that relevant for the companies in the region?
I spent several years abroad, for example in Luxembourg. That's why I'm at home in international tax consulting. And because of my training as a lawyer, I also really enjoy advising the public sector.
On what areas exactly?
On questions that link taxes and law, e.g. questions about non-profit status or tax unity. That's what I like to cover. As a board member of a small foundation, I am also personally familiar with many issues.
What appeals to you about advising the public sector or non-profit enterprises?
What appeals to me above all is the exciting range of topics in these companies. In addition, many topics are not covered as comprehensively as in large corporations, for example. That's why the need for advice is so great. It is a great task to help and support them.
What challenges do companies in Lower Saxony face and how can KPMG help here?
Legislators are always making new demands, which in turn poses challenges for companies. New laws have to be implemented accordingly. Two exciting topics are on everyone's lips right now - Tax-CMS, a tax management system, and inheritance tax. Before the 2012 reform, many entrepreneurs transferred their assets to still benefit from the old regulations. Now comes the next wave. Many now have to think about how to transfer their assets to the next generation.
What developments will shape the region in the coming years?
As elsewhere, digitalisation is becoming one of the most important topics in Lower Saxony. Most companies are extremely good at their technical subjects. But the administrative area is often still manual. The companies are usually a bit more conservative and down-to-earth. I see a great need for action here in the next five to ten years. We work together with many start-ups, among others, and can offer help.
Why is KPMG the clear choice for companies in your region?
Because we cover the entire spectrum with our consultants in Hanover. This ranges from SAP, IT, tax and legal advice to auditors. We have the entire KPMG product range on site - for banks, insurance companies as well as traditional industry.
Member of the Board of the Dr Fritz Senss Foundation