European association of independant tax consultants,
certified accountants and lawyers
EuropeFides focuses on Europe, with members from mid-sized firms in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. With increasing membership, EuropeFides is now also represented in China and Singapore. Important cooperations with accounting firms in the USA and other jurisdictions complete our association. EuropeFides takes the legal form of a French "SAS" ("Socitété par Actions simplifiée", small public limited company).
Regional Know-How and Comprehensive Services
Small and mid-sized companies require advisors with local experience and knowledge, offering a comprehensive range of services for their business activities in the European single market. EuropeFides has focused on the EU core member states of Germany, France and the United Kingdom and also on east and central Europe. EuropeFides provides expertise, professional personnel and all-round support for your company.
EuropeFides partners have knowledge and expertise within their local jurisdiction and can thus offer the best advice to clients who always have direct access to the local partner. EuropeFides offers you the advantage of getting advice on all issues, whether straightforward or complex, in your own language so that you fully understand the local issues.
Meet the EuropeFides Management Committee for 2017
MIQUEL MASRAMON – President
Miralbell Guerin SL, Spain
Miquel Masramon studied Law at Barcelona University. He has been a member of the Barcelona Bar Association since 1993.
He worked initially as an associate in Miralbell Guerin Law firm, and after several years he became partner in the same law firm where he has been mainly dealing with litigation in commercial and civil law. Miquel has extensive experience in international trade, transport, and commercial agency disputes. He speaks fluent Spanish, Catalan and English, and also has working knowledge of French and Italian.
JANBERT HEEMSTRA - First Vice-President
De Clercq Advocaten Notarissen, The Netherlands
Janbert Heemstra is civil-law notary and partner with De Clercq Advocaten Notarissen. He is called upon by his clients to advise on and assist with a wide range of corporate law matters. He is particularly active in mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations (both corporate and non profit) and joint ventures. Also he assists start-ups in structuring their businesses. Last but not least, he specialises in real estate law with a strong focus on property development and transactions.
Janbert is fluent in Dutch and English and has also working knowledge of German and Italian.
Cesare Zanotto - Second Vice-President
EpYon Consulting Srl, Italy
Before founding Epyon in 2011, Cesare was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young Transaction advisory service; Cesare joined Ernst & Young in 2001 after his graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from the Luigi Bocconi University. He is a CPA and certified auditor. Cesare has been seconded to the Ernst & Young office in Charlotte, NC, for a period of 2 years and when he returned to the Milan office he joined the Transaction Support department and spent one year in London in 1999, working for a leading rating agency (Fitch Ratings).
Cesare gained a significant experience in accounting of financial statements according to ITA GAAP, IFRS and US GAAP during his period in E&Y’s audit department and gained experience on a wide range of transactions including pre-acquisitions and sell-side due diligences on both domestic and cross-border deals and for clients in numerous sectors, including Manufacturing, Automotive and Retail.
Cesare has also performed several valuation and restructuring projects.
Aureal GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Germany
Günter Handl is partner of Aureal GmbH, a tax consultant and audit firm in Munich. Günter graduated in Business Administration at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich 1992, became certified tax consultant in 1996 and certified public accountant in 2000. His professional experience goes back to 1985, when he started business. Between 1985 and 1992 he gained experience in several tax firms with clients in various business lines.
From 1992 to 2001 he was manager and finally partner of a tax and audit firm which was positioned direct below big 4. He was focused on industrial, private equity and real estate firms in mid-sized and public traded companies.
In 2001 he set up Aureal, who has been a member of EuropeFides since 2008.
He is a specialist for holding structures for industrial companies and institutional and private funds structures in all kind of asset classes. His knowledge is based on doing business in 11 Central European countries, Canada and the US, as well as China, Australia and some other Asian Pacific countries. In 2015 he advised Real I.S. AG on a merger of an international real estate portfolio to a Blackstone fund.
Dr. Erwin Herresthal
HCSM Steuerberatung GmbH, Germany
Dr. Erwin Herresthal is Senior Partner at HCSM Group, a tax advisory and auditing group in Wiesbaden, Germany, which focuses on providing corporate solutions for small and medium-sized companies. With more than 25 years of professional experience, Erwin’s main areas of expertise are real estate and consulting for IT and software companies. Before founding his own firm in 1990, which has since expanded to become the HCSM Group, Erwin worked for several audit and tax advisory firms. As a medium-sized company, themselves, HCSM is familiar with the problems and concerns of small and medium-sized companies and focuses on providing corporate solutions for them.
Erwin holds a degree in Economics and later earned a PhD in Economics from the Research Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Mainz. He was certified as tax advisor in 1986 and as auditor in 1989.
Erwin has been actively involved in EuropeFides since 2009 and has been a Member of the Management Committee ever since the Board was first established.
SERF EuropeFides SAS, France
Originally from Aachen, Germany, Heinz Zillgens studied economic sciences in Aachen for 3 years and then specialized at the University and business School of Mannheim in business taxation, tax law and audit, completing his studies with a master’s degree.
For more than 25 years, Heinz has been living and working as a German Certified Tax Consultant in France.
After 10 years of practice in the environment of audit and tax advice, he decided to set up his own consulting firm SERF EuropeFides in 2000 in France, specializing in international tax advice and fiscal law. In 2008 he founded V&Z Audit et Conseil SAS, a French registered tax consultancy firm, offering accounting and consultancy services especially to foreign companies in France.
When not at the office, the passionate wine collector enjoys spending time with his family and would never say no to spend a nice moment at table with likeable people in a good restaurant.
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