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Dr Christian Schoop

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Christian advises corporations in all matters and financial institutions in all fields of criminal law of corporations and enterprises. A major area of his practice is giving advice to corporations under investigations by Public Prosecutors, tax authorities or cartel authorities, including the assistance in connection with searches and seizures. Subject of such investigations could be the suspicion of fraud, bribery and related tax offences, breach of trust or money laundering. Further, Christian also advises on compliance issues and in connection with the implementation and amendment of compliance policies and compliance trainings.



Within: Compliance

DLA Piper’s cross-practice approach is based on a close co-operation with the firm’s antitrust, IT, tax, employment and white-collar crime departments. With data protection work on the increase, the team handles various issues pertaining to the collection, processing and use of personal data, which includes the implementation of company-wide compliance programmes and data protection audits. It also focuses on product compliance with relevant expertise in environmental protection, health and export control, which is frequently called upon by companies from the pharmaceutical, insurance and automotive sectors, whereas financial industry players routinely instruct the team with white-collar crime and other criminal law matters. The team is led by Ludger Giesberts and was augmented with the addition of counsel Florian Gero Kirstein, who joined in June 2016 from the public prosecutor’s office of Hamburg. Jürgen Taschke and Christian Schoop are noted for their expertise in internal investigations.

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations

Within: Internal investigations

Following a multi-disciplinary approach, DLA Piper’s clients benefit from the team’s close co-operation with the firm’s antitrust, IT, tax, employment law and white-collar crime departments, leading to a steady flow of internal investigation mandates. As a result, the team led by Ludger Giesberts, which recently increased its bench strength by adding counsel Florian Gero Kirstein from the public prosecutor’s office of Hamburg, acts for various manufacturing industry clients in internal investigations pertaining to foreign trade and antitrust violations alongside subsidy fraud, corruption, bribery and tax evasion allegations. Jürgen Taschke and Christian Schoop are recommended.

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Germany: White-collar crime

Advice to companies

Within: Next generation lawyers

Christian Schoop - DLA Piper

Within: Advice to companies

DLA Piper stands out for its expertise in handling cross-border instructions, which frequently include compliance elements and are dealt with in co-operation with colleagues from its global network. Large manufacturing groups in particular benefit from the team’s capabilities in preventative advisory work and its expertise in criminal proceedings, and, as a result, regularly instruct the team to assist with internal investigations and with the defence against allegations of corruption, bribery and breach of trust, among others. In recent work, the team advised a company on matters pertaining to the suspicion of corrupt payments, and assisted a different client with the suspicion of a breach of trust against an executive body member. The team has also been devoting more of its time to product compliance matters and to investigation assistance in product liability proceedings. Jürgen Taschke and Christian Schoop are the main contacts.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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