Press Release from October 4, 2021

With effect from October 1, WTS Global welcomes Matthias Lichtblau, former Executive Director of the international arm of German law firm, CMS, as Chief Operational Officer (COO).

As a member of the Global Executive Team, he will support CEO, Wim Wuyts with the acceleration and implementation of the WTS Global strategy.

In this role, Matthias will primarily focus on Network Development in markets that are crucial for continued strong growth, facilitate Business Development and further manage operational cooperation amongst our international teams within our Global Service Lines.

At CMS, where Matthias started working in 2007, he oversaw all global operations. Prior to CMS, Matthias spent seven years at Clifford Chance where he was a member of the European Regional Management team and Head of Business Development for Germany. Matthias holds an MBA and PhD degree in Business Administration.

As Chairman of the board at WTS Global and CEO at WTS Germany, I am delighted to welcome Matthias in our rows. I am sure that, with him on board, many of our German originated business initiatives can be fully leveraged into the global community. Last, but not least, I am happy to see that Matthias brings along many years of experience to make digital transformation a relevant factor for business success.

Fritz Esterer, Chairman of the Board of WTS Global and CEO WTS Germany

I warmly welcome Matthias to our WTS Global community. I am convinced that with his business mindset and his many years of international experience, he will bring us closer to our aspiration of building the tax firm of the future.

Wim Wuyts, CEO WTS Global

After almost 14 years at CMS, I wanted to start something new in my career where I could bring in my experience of operating in a professional service firm. The dynamic growth of WTS Global as well as the clear strategic objective to become a truly global tax firm convinced me to be a part of the journey.

Matthias Lichtblau, COO WTS Global

About WTS Global

With representation in over 100 countries, WTS Global has already grown to a leadership position as a global tax practice offering the full range of tax services and aspires to become the preeminent non-audit tax practice worldwide. WTS Global deliberately refrains from conducting annual audits in order to avoid any conflicts of interest and to be the long-term trusted advisor for its international clients. Clients of WTS Global include multinational companies, international mid-size companies as well as private clients and family offices.

The member firms of WTS Global are carefully selected through stringent quality reviews. They are strong local players in their home market who are united by the ambition of building a truly global practice that develops the tax leaders of the future and anticipates the new digital tax world.

WTS Global effectively combines senior tax expertise from different cultures and backgrounds and offers world-class skills in advisory, in-house, regulatory and digital, coupled with the ability to think like experienced business people in a constantly changing world.

WTS press contact:

WTS Global
Marie Christin Shenouda
Tel.: +49 (0)8928646-1929
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WTS Group AG
Florian Kestler
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M: +49 (0) 162 2444-8333
E: Florian Kestler

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