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Dr Christian Pelz

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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

With ‘a good feel for the essentials and economic concerns’, Noerr advises a range of clients on the development and implementation of compliance management systems, and routinely carries out relevant reviews and adjustments. Recently, a team led by practice head Torsten Fett advised the supervisory board of Deutsche Börse on suspicions of insider trading. In other work the group assisted with the creation and design of a money laundering compliance system for Deutsche Bahn. The ‘very good’ Lars Kutzner was instructed by several airlines, and, in a separate matter, advised an energy company on an internal investigation centred on misconduct by a subsidiary’s management board. Martin Schorn, who is highly regarded by clients, carried out a money laundering risk analysis for a private equity company. Fabian Badtke, Christian Pelz and Bärbel Sachs are also recommended.

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations

Within: Internal investigations

Noerr’s ‘very good’ team is experienced in the planning and structuring of internal investigations, working closely with the firm’s corporate, employment and criminal law practice and delivering ‘pragmatic and legally sound results’. The group was instructed by a listed company to conduct a comprehensive internal investigation, including consultation with foreign advisors. In another highlight, it advised the supervisory board of Deutsche Börse on insider dealing allegations against the former CEO. Lars Kutzner recently assisted an airline with allegations made by a whistleblower during an internal investigation concerning violations of internal guidelines. Led by Torsten Fett, the group consists of a number of experienced lawyers, including Bärbel Sachs and Christian Pelz.

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Germany: White-collar crime

Advice to companies

Within: Advice to companies

The ‘professional’ team at Noerr stands out for its ‘very high service level’ and frequently acts for national and international companies from various sectors in criminal investigations and administrative offence proceedings. Christian Pelz focuses on providing advice on matters pertaining to allegations of corruption, fraud and embezzlement and, together with co-head Lars Kutzner, he also assists clients with compliance matters and internal investigations; according to clients, both are ‘very good’ lawyers. Pelz represented a developer in a preliminary investigation into bribery and the granting of advantages and Kutzner advised a publishing company on fraudulent actions committed by a former managing former.

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