Joachim Buchau

Managing Director, Head of Advisory, Cologne

Joachim Buchau

Joachim is Managing Director and Head of Advisory at Vistra Germany and leads the German advisory department.

Joachim has over 30 years of professional experience. He started his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young in 1986. In 1992, he moved to BDO Deutsche Warentreuhand AG where he became an audit partner. From 2002, he took on the role of partner in his own auditing firm for five years. After selling his own firm in 2007, he decided to join optegra as a partner with a strong international focus. Joachim subsequently led the International Accounting & Taxes practice and, following the merger of opetgra into Vistra in 2017, continues to serve as Managing Director today. Over the years, he developed a strong focus on inbound business from start-ups and scale-ups based primarily on the US West Coast, in Israel and the UK.

Joachim studied economics at the University of Cologne and holds a diploma. He successfully passed the IT Auditor, Microcomputer and Mainframe exam at the Richard T. Baker Education Center, Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, Joachim is a state-certified tax advisor and certified public accountant.

His native language is German, but he is also fluent in English and speaks a little French.

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