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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 compliance team has extensive expertise in advising international companies on the implementation of compliance programmes and on the subsequent training of employees. It is also increasingly involved in reviewing existing data protection systems in connection with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and has also noted an increasing number of instructions concerning reputation management. Christian Schoop is well versed in the development of compliance management systems and has a considerable client portfolio; he recently assisted an insurance group with alleged tax evasion and lack of notification in numerous jurisdictions, a process that required smooth coordination. In addition, he recently advised a company on the introduction of a tax compliance system. Jürgen Taschke also enjoys a very good market reputation, and is experienced in handling white-collar criminal defence issues. Senior associate Daniel Zapf led advice on several matters; for example, he was instructed by a German company to advise on the update and extension of anti-money laundering compliance.

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations

Within: Internal investigations

DLA Piper’s internal investigations group consists of experienced criminal and compliance lawyers. It is a popular choice for cross-border work and is experienced in working with prosecutors as well as regulatory and investigative authorities. While dealing with all types of investigations – including audit issues, bribery and corruption, as well as fraud, money laundering, sanctions and anti-competitive conduct – the team also conducts internal investigations related to asset recovery and the preparation and response to cyber attacks. Christian Schoop is leading an internal investigation for an automotive company into a number of allegations and advises the client on government proceedings. Jürgen Taschke is assisting the supervisory board of a manufacturing company with corruption allegations and is conducting the criminal evaluation of the internal investigation.

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Germany: White-collar crime

Advice to companies

Within: Next Generation Partners

Christian Schoop - DLA Piper

Within: Advice to companies

Benefiting from its international network, the team at DLA Piper is well equipped to guide companies through various white-collar crime and criminal tax law proceedings including cross-border instructions and has notable expertise in US criminal law. Advising on compliance matters and internal investigations are other key elements of the practice. Its client portfolio includes several automotive sector companies, which instructed the team, among other issues, to act in matters concerning tax evasion and corruption allegations. Jürgen Taschke and Christian Schoop are the main contacts.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • 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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