Mr. Erich Baier was born in 1956 in Vienna, Austria. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna. Already during his studies he worked full-time for a Viennese CPA and tax-law office from 1980 on. After finishing his studies
with a MBA (Mag. rer. soc. oec.), he prepared for his professional exams. Having successfully passed these exams 20 years ago, Mr. Baier started working as a Certified Public Tax Advisor in Vienna.
In 2001 Mr. Baier finished his post-graduate studies in International Tax Law. Mr. Baier is the owner and CEO of Bilanz-Data Wirtschaftstreuhand GmbH, established in 1986, a tax-law firm in Vienna, which concentrates on domestic as well as international tax-planning. Mr. Baier is a sustaining member of the American Tax Institute in Europe and Deputy President of the Commission on Inheritance and Estate Tax within the International Association of Lawyers. Furthermore Mr. Baier is a member of the International Bar Association and of the National Association of Tax Practitioners in the USA and the APOI. Mr. Baier has given lectures at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna on international taxation and contributed to a book, published 1995 in Austria, dealing with the fiscal aspects of M & A, seen from the domestic and international point of view.