Haufe-Lexware is a German media group operating in business, law, and tax. The company was founded as Rudolf Haufe Verlag in 1934 in Berlin and now includes Haufe-Lexware, Haufe Akademie, Haufe-Lexware Real Estate, Verlag für Controlling Wissen (51% stake), Smartsteuer, and Schäffer-Poeschel. The group primarily provides software and online content, thus the majority of its revenue comes from digital sales.

Analysis & Key Developments


The Haufe-Lexware group closed fiscal 2014 on June 30 with revenues of 235 million EUR, a 3% increase from 228 million EUR in 2013.

Internal organization

In August 2014, Haufe-Lexware partnered with Wolters Kluwer’s imprint Akademische Arbeitsgemeinschaft for the latest edition of Haufe-Lexware‘s tax filing software.

Haufe acquired Schäffer-Poesche, a Stuttgart-based publishing house specialized in legal, economy and taxes, in 2013. Haufe annually invests 16 – 20 million EUR in new technologies and digital solutions.

In summer 2012, the group announced the acquisition of EDV-Software-Service (ESS), a leading real estate consulting company. Haufe-Lexware also continued to expand its B2B business by acquiring the e-procurement company Semigator, the largest German-speaking online marketplace for professional training. In January 2013, the managing director Birte Hackenjos was designated as COO. Hackenjos worked for Haufe for fifteen years and was tasked to restructure the company’s project management to create flexible project teams.


In early 2014, Haufe opened a new office in Silicon Valley to introduce the company’s products to the US.

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