Our areas of expertise are the challenges of our time: digital transformation, building up a young generation of family entrepreneurs, cybersecurity, sustainability and many other corporate issues. Our consulting approach is to adapt, not just maintain the status quo – in partnership with you. Contact us today.
Head of Office and your main contact
As a passionate hiker and mountaineer, Marcus Nickel loves sweeping vistas – and he keeps a similarly broad perspective as Head of Office at PwC in Stuttgart. For over 25 years, his area of expertise has been auditing, and his passion has been the automotive industry. But in a region that is shaped by medium-sized companies and family businesses, he is interested in much more than just gazing at the numbers.
“In my work for our clients, the big picture is important to me, especially in very dynamic times when there’s a lot of pressure to change. We step up every day to make companies in Baden-Württemberg even better. For me, ‘better’ means being future-proof and competitive in order to create and retain jobs.”
Your first point of contact for auditing issues
The hilly Stuttgart region is ideal for mountain bike fan Kai Mauden. At the weekend he likes nothing more than to launch himself into the valleys. His enthusiasm for dynamic action is also what distinguishes him as a consultant. Besides auditing, he focuses on digital transformation – and what it means for technology-driven family businesses and medium-sized companies.
“Family businesses shape our region and it’s a challenging time for them in particular. My job and motivation is to support them in recognising and realising the strategic potential of digital transformation.”
Your first point of contact for transactions and deals
Our transaction specialist considers his camper van strategically well positioned – both among the vineyards and by the many lakes here in Baden-Württemberg. With more than 22 years’ experience, Patrick Bardens is responsible for an area at PwC in Stuttgart that is becoming increasingly important, even for family businesses and medium-sized companies in the region: buying and selling companies or individual business areas.
“Restructuring your own company through acquisitions or sales is one of the most complex decisions that an entrepreneur can make. My goal is to support you to ensure that your transactions are successfully planned and executed as an effective means of strategic positioning, ready for the future.”
Your first point of contact for tax issues
Manuela Guth loves to delve into a good book in quiet moments, and she’s equally at home delving into the depths of her clients’ tax systems. She’s been a tax specialist for over 25 years and a partner at PwC since 2000, and there’s hardly been a single tax question that she hasn’t known how to answer. She’s a specialist in tax structuring and optimisation, advises on tax audits and is the first point of contact for tax compliance in both national and international corporate groups.
“In Baden-Württemberg in particular, which is a state characterised by strong exports, increasing internationalisation is making tax issues more and more complex. It’s not just the legislation and case law – economic, political and social changes are having a wide range of effects on taxation and the relevant processes too. I challenge myself to keep an eye on the big picture, and to apply knowledge, understanding and foresight to develop solutions for my clients.”
“After 15 years, I know that there’s no limit to how complex the legal aspects of corporate transactions can be – especially in international transactions. This makes every project a fascinating new challenge, whether I’m dealing with a family business or a large corporation.”
“Everything’s changing – and the rate of change is increasing all the time. I am very much convinced that the question of whether you as a company end up swept away by change or benefitting from it primarily depends on having the right strategic direction.”
“Whether it’s the roadmap to superfast internet or to an app – tech is one of many areas undergoing a revolution in the public sector. What motivates me every day is helping to move things forward in the right way.”
“Baden-Württemberg, and especially Stuttgart, is often underestimated as a financial services location. I quickly learned that digital transformation is being very actively promoted here, the startup scene is dynamic and the topic of sustainability is gaining traction.”
“Whether it’s cloud computing, blockchain or just general IT, taking regulatory aspects into account is essential for companies, as is appropriate IT risk management. Showing my clients how to implement IT compliance and risk management efficiently and with added value is the best part of the job for me.”
“Some see a jungle of constantly changing regulations and requirements; I see the most dynamic and interesting field of work that anyone could wish for.”
“Digitalisation – it sounds like a primarily technical process at first. I want to support companies in taking that decisive step forwards – towards digital transformation.”
“Trust in data and services is the bedrock of digital transformation in business processes. With our cybersecurity services, we support our clients from strategy to implementation and lay the foundations for trust and sustainable innovation.”
“As a long-suffering fan of VfB Stuttgart, I’ve learned that you’re lost without a flexible game strategy. In principle, the same thing applies to accounting and reporting: the rules are constantly changing, especially international rules – coaching my clients properly in this area is what motivates me.”