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Dr Christian Pelz

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Litigation, Arbitration & ADR, Tax & Private Clients


Dr. Christian Pelz acts for German and international corporations, board members, senior management and private clients as defence counsel in all kinds of criminal and administrative offense investigations conducted by regulators, tax and customs investigators, prosecutors or courts. He defends and represents clients in national and international investigations, forfeiture and proceeds of crime proceedings, in trials and before parliamentary commissions. His practice covers, among others, bribery and corruption, fraud and misappropriation, accounting and security offenses, insolvency offenses, fiscal and customs offenses, health and safety violations, money laundering and proceeds of crime, export control, labor and environmental offenses. He has particular experience in steering corporate and individual defence work as well as in steering complex proceedings and litigations resulting from criminal or regulatory violations and encompassing criminal, civil, tax and/or regulatory proceedings. Dr. Christian Pelz also advises companies in all kinds of compliance issues. This includes the design and implementation of compliance programs, development of compliance directives and guidelines and the handling of compliance matters. He has plenty of experience in internal investigations, nationally and internationally, in particular in bribery, fraud and misappropriation matters as well as in other cases of alleged misconduct. Dr. Christian Pelz advises and represence corporations in investigation and enforcement of damage claims resulting from criminal offenses or other misconduct by business partners, board members and employees.


Joined Noerr in 1997.


Speaks German (native language) and English.


Work Group for Criminal Law in the German Bar Association; Association for European Criminal Law, Association for White-Collar Crime, Center for Criminal Compliance, University of Gießen


Educated at University of Munich



Within: Compliance

Providing a ‘first-class service’, Noerr regularly acts for listed companies, banks and manufacturing groups. With particular expertise in cross-border internal investigations, noteworthy instructions included advising a German listed company on an internal investigation with Lars Kutzner in the lead, and Christian Pelz’s assistance of a German mechanical engineering company with an internal investigation pertaining to suspected antitrust violations and the betrayal of company and trade secrets. In other work, the team represented a company in an administrative customs and energy tax audit. Team head Torsten Fett is singled out for his ‘ability to process complex and technical issues quickly’ and for his ‘in-depth knowledge and quick comprehension’, while clients appreciate the ‘pragmatic solutions’ provided by ‘client-oriented’ senior associate Laura Görtz. Sophia Habbe and Fabian Badtke were elevated to the partnership in early 2017.

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Within: Tax

Providing full-service advice, Noerr frequently handles transactions and tax structuring matters. Auditor and tax advisor Georg Edelmann co-heads the team with tax advisor Carsten Heinz; the former assisted the Dutch real estate investment group Geneba Properties with the sale of its 93% share in the leasing company MoTo Objekt Campeon to Infineon Technologies, while the latter advised Patron Capital Partners on tax law matters involved in the sale of Campus West in Munich and the sale of the office building Connect, also in Munich. As another area of expertise, the team is well versed in dealing with compliance and criminal tax issues: significant instructions included assisting a major German bank with the full audit of its tax compliance system and Christian Pelz’s assistance to a DAX company with a tax self-disclosure pertaining to the violation of deduction prohibitions at a subsidiary including the subsequent representation of the client in a criminal investigation. Martin Haisch joined the team from Dechert LLP in March 2017.

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Trade and distribution

Within: Trade and distribution

Noerr’s commercial and distribution law team is noted for its strong national client base and its ‘service-oriented’ approach. Recently, franchise expert Karsten Metzlaff represented Wax in the City against an Austrian franchisee in a dispute about the extraordinary termination of a franchise contract. In Frankfurt am Main, Albin Ströbl predominantly acts for automotive sector players in various commercial and distribution law matters, while compliance advice is becoming increasingly important in the foreign trade law space. Bärbel Sachs advised an international compressor manufacturer on compliance and customs law issues, and, together with Christian Pelz, she also advised SIG Sauer on issues pertaining to alleged illegal arms deliveries. Internal changes include Sylvia Kaufhold’s and Tilmann Walz’s departure to work independently and Tom Billing’s elevation to the partnership.

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations

Within: Internal investigations

The ‘focussed and well-functioning’ team at Noerr is well equipped to guide clients through cross-border internal investigations which was demonstrated by Lars Kutzner advising a listed German company on internal investigations, and by Christian Pelz assisting a German engineering company with an internal investigation following suspected antitrust violations, submission fraud and the betrayal of business and trade secrets. Equally noteworthy, the team led by the recommended Torsten Fett acted for a company in an administrative customs and energy tax investigation. In January 2017, the practice expanded its pool of partners by promoting Sophia Habbe and Fabian Badtke. Senior associate Laura Görtz is recommended.

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Germany: White-collar crime

Advice to companies

Within: Advice to companies

Noerr’s ‘strong and dedicated’ team has considerable clout in the white-collar crime and criminal tax law arena and ‘always strives to find practical solutions’. It acts for companies as injured parties and in defence against various allegations, while, on the non-contentious side, it also possesses strong compliance capabilities, leading to regular instructions at this interface including advice on criminal risk and the implementation of compliance programmes and assistance with internal investigations. The recommended Christian Pelz defended a listed company in a preliminary investigation into allegations of corruption in various Asian and African states, while the ‘very professional and efficient’ Lars Kutzner represented a manufacturer of connectors in criminal employment, tax and social security proceedings for the potential incorrect implementation of partial retirement schemes. In other recent work, recommended senior associate Steffi Kindler acted for an international automation technology company in criminal proceedings on suspected corruption offences committed by sales associates.

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