At RLT, we pursue a clearly defined goal: We want you to be successful, and to concentrate on what is truly important to you. We achieve this goal through a clear and reliable focus – a focus that makes us stand out, and makes us a partner you can trust. We developed our mission statement on this basis. Think of it as our value proposition to you, founded on six basic principles, which shapes everything we think and do.
Company owners, especially if they are involved in operational management, need both a sense of responsibility and the ability to make good decisions. They want advising from an equal partner – based on personal, service, backed up by relevant expertise and experience, an independent perspective, and the courage to address even the most difficult topics.
Success founded in tradition: The family-owned, mid-sized business segment in Germany is a model for how to build lasting values. Because of this, we focus on the long-term goals of our clients, and take a multi-generational approach to our work. At our firm, continuity in thought and action are underscored by consistency in client advising. We ensure the same firm partners are available to build long-term advising relationships.
We are entrepreneurs, working for the needs of entrepreneurs. This means that We take on responsibility, acting as a sparring partner and helping our clients implement corporate decisions successfully, for the long-term. We understand the perspective of our clients, which is why we follow the RLT partner principle: Each client always has one firm partner to serve as their direct, ongoing contact person.
Complex issues require a holistic approach – especially for the family-owned, mid-sized business segment. From corporate succession to changes to the company or ownership structure, or managing large assets and holdings: We deliver an entire spectrum of custom-tailored solutions, both nationally and internationally.
What we know is not important – but rather, what our clients need to resolve their problems with our support. We focus on good, pragmatic results based on the perspective of the current challenge – regardless of whether it affects the business owner, the enterprise, or both.
Great advising is built on relationships – not only a deep understanding of the challenges facing corporate leadership, but also an intimate knowledge of the regional and intellectual backdrop where our clients are situated. As a leading auditing and tax advising firm in the Rhine-Ruhr region, we live out this principle, which forms the foundation of our corporate success. Our home is NRW, North-Rhine Westphalia. However, we feel most at home wherever our clients’ goals lie.
The majority of our clients are entrepreneurs. They are the ones making critical decisions, and they need an advising partner that not only understands those decisions, but can explain what they would decide in the same situation.
That is why RLT follows the partner principle. This means that each client receives personal advising from at least one partner. This close relationship with our customers clearly differentiates us from our biggest competitors. Your contact person is intimately familiar with your individual situation, and can rely on the expertise of our entire competence network if complex questions come up. This results in efficient and custom-tailored solutions – from entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs.
We are here for you, together. All of the companies in the RLT Group offer our clients a wide range of services. In addition, our current staff of around 150 boast excellent networks, and can benefit from specialized expertise whenever necessary. In addition, we work with experts in other professional areas as needed, such as specialist attorneys or international colleagues, allowing us to offer interdisciplinary, international consulting services from a single source.
In a market environment where the only constant is change, sound experience and flexibility are both essential to the future viability and success of a company.
We grow from the tasks and challenges of our clients – as we have been for over 60 years. Family-owned, mid-sized enterprises in particular value this continuity, and the experience we have been using to resolve specific challenges for decades, and in some cases generations.
The history of RLT began in 1958, when the company was founded as Ruhr Lippe Treuhand GmbH, known as RLT for short today. The vision when the enterprise was founded was to offer individual advising and support to decision-makers in family-owned, mid-sized businesses. We are still carrying out that vision today.
As RLT grew, its responsibilities were distributed across an ever-growing group of stakeholders as it continuously expanded its range of advising and auditing services. Today, RLT is led by three Managing Directors and eleven partners.
The following is an overview of key milestones. Join with us, and create new ones.
Founding of Ruhr Lippe Treuhand GmbH.
Ralf Ruhrmann becomes a partner.
Michael Wüller becomes a partner.
Merger with the firm Meißner & Dr. Schacht.
Founding of Mercatorprüfung GmbH and the Duisburg location.
RLT joins the international MGI recommendation network.
Stefan Tieben becomes a partner.
Armin Wilting becomes a partner and development of the RLT IT and system auditing business area begins.
Michael Westhoff, A. Bernhard Winkler and Gregor Stienen become partners.
The Düsseldorf location is founded.
Thomas Althoff – our face at MGI – becomes a partner at the Duisburg location, and has served since that time as the M.I. Tax contact person for all questions related to international tax law.
Thorsten Ziegemeier and Oliver Graß become partners at the Duisburg and Düsseldorf locations. RLT IT- und Systemprüfung GmbH is founded. Armin Wilting expand the growing RLT business area of IT and system auditing.
Britta Gieser becomes the Managing Director of RLT Treuhand GmbH and further expands the Family Office business area.
Thomas Hagelschur and Claas-Tido Risse become partners at the Essen location.
Markus Bauten becomes a partner, founds the Berlin location and establishes the RLT Corporate Finance Solutions business area in collaboration with Jan Seeger in RLT corporate finance solutions GmbH, which was specifically founded for this purpose.
Jan Seeger is appointed as Managing Director of RLT corporate finance solutions GmbH. Markus Sellmann becomes a partner and founds the Cologne location.
Kirsten Feldmann becomes a partner.
Michael Nolte becomes a partner at the Cologne location.
Sebastian Rütten becomes the Managing Director of RLT IT- und Systemprüfung GmbH auditing firm.
Mark Neumann becomes the Managing Director of RLT Family Office GmbH.
Philipp Penkatzki becomes a partner at the Essen location.
Michael Noilte moves to the Düsseldorf location.
Mark Neumann becomes the Managing Director of RLT corporate finance solutions GmbH, Georg Schachner becomes the Managing Director of RLT Family Office GmbH and Thorsten Hintze becomes a partner at the Düsseldorf location.
Bernd Frye becomes a partner at the Düsseldorf location.