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Philosophy

For us, responsibility means: Create value and preserve it

The philosophy of our partnership can be summed up in three words:

“Values People Strategies”

Because that’s what our daily work is all about: Using suitable strategies to create and preserve value in the interest of our clients. Responsible working practices are a pre-requisite for this. And what’s more: Responsibility is the priority for all our thoughts and actions.

In relation to our clients, this awareness of responsibility manifests itself in a holistic range of forward-looking advisory services that are characterized by their individual nature, high-level professional expertise and a maximum degree of legal security - and that are certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001.

We also treat our employees responsibly. With a comprehensive range of education and further training packages as well as an attractive benefit program, we have created an environment that supports the professional and personal development of every single individual.   

Our values:

  • We work with our hearts and our minds.
  • We take care of our clients and our employees.
  • We think outside the box.
  • We deal with our clients and employees openly and reliably.
  • We treat our clients and our employees fairly and respectfully.
  • We are loyal to our clients, colleagues and partners.
  • We act on the basis of shared values.

Time and time again, our clients and employees provide us with confirmation that we are on the right track with this conception of ourselves. We are especially proud of the respect we receive from other sources: e.g. tax authorities, courts, legal chambers or lending institutions, among whom we enjoy an excellent reputation.

Organization

For us, responsibility means: Teams of experts for every client

For every client, we put together a bespoke team that is composed of experienced public accountants, legal attorneys, tax advisers and company consultants. This team is led by a person responsible for the client, who is available as the client’s sole point of contact. In order to ensure that the consultation takes place on a level playing field, this person is one of the partners in our partnership.

PKF WMS has an outstandingly flat and efficient organizational structure. The consultants are assigned to individual independent teams that specialize on certain areas of expertise.

The history of PKF WMS Group

Only few auditing and business consulting firms in the region have such a long tradition as PKF WMS Group. We have been taking care of family-run enterprises, entrepreneurs and freelancers successfully for 90 years.

The original firm was founded by Hermann Wilker in 1931. Over the years, further partners joined and “WMS” (which originally stood for the owners Wilker, Müller, Schnüpke) was created. The years thereafter were marked by continuous growth. Today, PKF WMS Group has more than 300 employees, of which more than 50 are industry professionals. We are one of the most powerful partnerships in the Chamber of Commerce region of Osnabrück-Emsland.

Milestones in our history:

1997 Establishment of an in-house legal department

2001 Professionalization and expansion of our auditing unit with the new managing partners Lutz Strieder and Jürgen Bruns-Coppenrath

2001 Company name changed to WMS Treuhand Sozietät Wilker, Müller, Schnüpke und Partner GbR plus founding of WMS Treuhand Wilker, Müller, Schnüpke und Partner GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

2002 - 2005 Markus Lüttmann and Antje Ahlert joined as partners of Sozietät Treuhand

2005 Company name changed to WMS Treuhand GbR

2007 We became an independent member of PKF’s international network

2008 Founding of WMS Rechtsanwälte GbR

2011 Generational succession begins with the new partner Matthias Upmeier

2013 Takeover of a tax consultancy in Melle

2016 After a construction period of about one year, PKF WMS Group moved into its new premises in Osnabrück

2017 The partnership was expanded to include Thomas Twelkemeier, who henceforth assumed responsibility for the auditing unit

2018 Tobias Hochow and Heinz-Hermann Gerdes become partners of PKF WMS Group

2018 In order to move closer to our network partners, all of our firms are renamed and now all include PKF WMS in their names. The logo is made more colourful and is intended to illustrate a message of modernity and diversity

2018 The presence in the Emsland region is strengthened through the takeover of a renowned tax consultancy in Papenburg

2019 Takeover of the von Basum tax consultancy in Meppen

2019 Dr. Herbert Buschkühle becomes a partner at PKF WMS Bruns-Coppenrath mbB Wirtschaftprüfungsgesellschaft Steuerberater und Rechtsanwälte

2020 Prof. Heiko Hellwege becomes a partner at PKF WMS Dr. Buschkühle PartG mbB Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater

2022 Merger of PKF Vogt & Partner mbB in Herford and PKF WMS Bruns-Coppenrath & Partner mbB

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