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Friedemann Thomma


Friedemann Thomma is Chair of Venable's International Tax Practice. Friedemann focuses on corporate international tax planning and U.S. taxation of foreign operations. He has managed large-scale global structuring projects, including the design, implementation, and post-implementation phases, for companies in various industries and jurisdictions. Friedemann has also served as the primary contact for multinational corporate clients, working closely with in-house tax, legal, treasury, and accounting departments to implement international legal and tax restructuring projects and post-M&A-integration projects. His clients include publicly traded multinational corporations in the high-tech sector, start-up companies, mid-market companies, high-end consumer manufacturing corporations, and high net worth individuals.

Friedemann began his legal career at an international law firm, advising domestic and foreign investment funds and investors on matters related to inbound and outbound tax, partnership tax, real estate tax, and executive compensation. His clients included private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, distressed debt funds, U.S. taxable and tax-exempt investors, and foreign investors.

Significant Matters

  • Represented Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC, a UK-based buyer, in all stages of its $200 million acquisition of Putney Inc., a U.S. veterinary pharmaceutical company, including pre-acquisition tax planning, tax due diligence, merger agreement negotiation and post-acquisition integration.
  • Advised Dechra Veterinary Products on international tax issues in an exclusive licensing deal with Kane Biotech Inc.
  • Represented publicly-traded entertainment company in China in various commercial M&A transactions as well as international tax strategies to effectively manage tax rates globally.
  • Represented a Hong Kong based pet products company, R2P Pet, in a multi-jurisdictional management buyout transaction involving Hong Kong, the United States, Canada and the Cayman Islands.
  • Advised on the tax structuring aspects of a financing to fund the international expansion of FreedomPop.
  • Represented Guthy-Renker in the pre-disposition reorganization and sale of a majority interest of its worldwide Proactiv business, the world’s leading non-prescription acne brand to Nestlé Skin Health.
  • Represented a global automobile manufacturer in a Series A investment in a Silicon Valley based technology company that is developing proprietary software that enables automobiles to detect objects and their distance away from a car by interpreting inputs from various sensors.
  • Represented Reichle & De-Massari Holding (R&M), a Swiss provider of communication cabling systems in acquiring their first US company, REALM Communications Group, a bay area fiber optic specialist.
  • Assisted TF Bank in pursuing a distribution in re Arcapita Bank B.S.C. et al in Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and with providing court mandated information in order for the distribution to be processed.


Prior to beginning his legal career, Friedemann spent four years in Germany as part of a piano making and design apprenticeship. He also spent time in Italy and Switzerland building and assembling grand pianos, teaching manufacturing skills, implementing design techniques, and running an independent piano business. Friedemann also served in the Swiss military.