Compliance in Germany

Includes advising companies on setting up and reviewing compliance structures and conducting internal investigations, which are considered here but given priority in a separate ranking.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‘s broad compliance expertise is reflected in numerous instructions by listed companies and corporations. The group also offers legal tech solutions when creating compliance management systems. Co-head Nicolai Behr focuses on M&A due diligence, while co-head Andreas Lohner frequently handles D&O liability issues. Recently, the team increasingly assisted with contentious civil law proceedings in the compliance context as well as data protection and sustainability matters. Regarding the latter, Anahita Thoms is a key contact, while she is also experienced in export control and white collar crime. Criminal lawyer Annika Schürmann made partner in summer 2021 and regularly advises on the interface with antitrust and commercial criminal law. Senior associate Robin Haas focuses on corporate compliance issues and Associate Sina Buhl covers the interface between internal investigations and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Lohner; Nicolai Behr

Testimonials

‘Working together (in terms of anti-corruption and trade control) with Baker & McKenzie’s German compliance team is very easy, with authentic legal expertise in Germany and internationally.’

‘The friendly team works hard, pragmatically and with a good sense of humour. They speak English at mother tongue level. They are very good at identifying the points that are important to the client as well as the greatest risks. I can definitely recommend both teams I have worked with and the individual lawyers from those teams.’

‘Andreas Lohner: Pragmatic, knowledgeable, quickly recognizes the main risks, good sense of humour.’

‘Robin Haas: Smart, understanding, personal, proactive.’

‘Anahita Thoms: An expert in her field, can explain complex issues very well to laypeople, writes excellent written advice, masters client expectations very well.’

‘Very good accessibility, fast and professionally competent feedback, have the ability to make the problem/topic clear even to non-lawyers in “simple” language.’

‘Anahita Thoms: We really enjoy working with her because, in addition to her extraordinary professional competence, she is also credible in terms of content for compliance and human rights issues. Especially in the area of compliance, it shouldn’t just be about meeting minimum standards, but also about pragmatic and company-specific guidelines that enable us to implement human and environmental rights issues in the best possible way. Anahita Thoms stands out from the group of consultants because of her personal credibility and professional excellence.’

Work highlights

  • Implementation of all KYC processes for a DAX30 company in the context of numerous transactions as well as conceptual design of the global M&A compliance due diligence process.
  • Conducting a global risk analysis for an Italian listed group and adapting the worldwide compliance management system to the legal requirements for 13 legal areas in 73 countries.
  • Support for a DAX30 company in designing global corporate compliance in the area of export controls and sanctions.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's 'straightforward and on-target' team focuses on compliance pertaining to money laundering, anti-corruption, financial sanctions, export control and data protection. The latter includes e-mail monitoring, data protection issues associated with internal investigations and data deliveries to authorities. Ines Keitel, who often advises at the interface between employment law and data protection, is a key contact here. Other prominent topics include product compliance and preventive corporate governance advice. The team frequently cooperates with other practices such as employment, banking, real estate and tax law as well as the litigation team. Stefan Menner offers tax compliance expertise, while David Pasewaldt combines his compliance expertise with commercial criminal law. Criminal lawyer Heiner Hugger jointly heads the team with managing partner and healthcare compliance specialist Peter Dieners. Marc Besen and Michael Dietrich cover all antitrust compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Heiner Hugger; Peter Dieners

Testimonials

‘Extremely competent and friendly colleagues, always approachable, uncomplicated and accurate.’

‘Dr. Peters Dieners is the contact person for healthcare compliance in Germany, which is also reflected in his compliance handbook.’

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP fields a large compliance team assisting with various topics, such as the implementation of compliance management systems and risk analyses. During the reporting period, advice on digitisation, cybercrime and data protection noticeably increased. Clients, primarily from the automotive, life sciences, healthcare as well as the TMT sector, also take up the team’s offering of legal tech and compliance training courses. In addition to compliance, Désirée Maier covers criminal law issues and focuses on the life sciences industry. Christian Ritz has expertise in antitrust investigations, while Olaf Schneider frequently advises on corporate governance. Counsel Dorina Bruns assists with cross-border investigations and practice head Sebastian Lach acts at the interface with criminal law. Angelina Leder (compliance and internal investigations) made partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Lach

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic, high level of economic understanding, very good communication skills and able to save emotionally difficult situations, high level of specialist knowledge and, in particular, experience.’

Key clients

BMW AG

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Alpine

Freudenberg

Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Medela

Motel One

ProSiebenSat.1 Media

United Nations (UNODC)

Volkswagen AG

Work highlights

  • Conducting an effectiveness check and updating the global compliance management system for ZF Friedrichshafen AG.
  • Advising Motel One on the group-wide compliance management system including policies and processes.
  • Advice to Hitachi ABB Power Grids on antitrust compliance in global joint venture projects.

Pohlmann & Company

Pohlmann & Company specialises in compliance and corporate governance and covers all subject matters. Among its client base are companies from Germany and abroad, with a particularly strong connection to the US due to repeated monitorships. Management boards, supervisory boards and corporate bodies are frequenlty advised by practice head Andreas Pohlmann on matters such as D&O liability. Christian Beer is a central contact for compliance and governance issues, while Nicole Willms also handles matters at the corporate law interface. Julia Kahlenberg and Thomas Lüthi assist with compliance management systems, while Horst Schlemminger, counsel Tim Uschkereit and Uwe Erling regularly advise on environmental law issues.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Pohlmann

Testimonials

‘P&C offers precise, realistic and pragmatic advice and understands the needs of large, industrial companies very well. Extensive experience and excellent quality, in particular P&C provides digital solutions for compliance requirements. P&C offers more than just legal assistance, they are a solutions provider.’

‘Very personal and professional support in all areas. Fast reaction time.’

‘Nicole Willms is an outstanding attorney and advisor.’

‘Great practical experience, not only lawyers (as in other law firms), but also colleagues who have already worked operationally in various companies in the field of compliance and thus know and master the challenges in “business”.’

‘Thomas Lüthi: Great wealth of experience (also operational) and expertise, large network.’

‘Christian Beer: hands-on mentality, versatility, commitment and broad knowledge.’

‘This firm has truly international experience in dealing with business ethics or compliance matters.’

‘Andreas Pohlmann and Nicole Willms are very experienced, very responsive and very effective.’

Key clients

Andersch AG

Celanese-Gruppe

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG

ESWE Versorgungs AG

GEA Group AG

Independent Monitor VW

International Chemical Investors Group S.E.

Krones AG

Paul Hartmann AG

Rentschler Biopharma SE

Ticona (jetzt Celanese Services Deutschland GmbH)

VTG

Zalando

Work highlights

  • Advising the US-DOJ/SEC monitorship of a telecommunications group.
  • Comprehensive advice as German Counsel to the Monitor: Independent Monitor VW with regard to compliance-related questions regarding monitorship, in particular under German law including German group and company law.
  • Advice to Rentschler Biopharma SE on the compliance risk analysis with subsequent support in risk mitigation.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises DAX30 companies and international corporations on compliance management systems, due diligence and corporate governance, among others. Clients also benefit from the merger with the Boston Consulting Group, as well as the white-collar crime expertise demonstrated by practice head and criminal lawyer Christian Schoop. Emanuel Ballo and senior counsel Jürgen Taschke also handle criminal law matters and assist with compliance issues and internal investigations. The group frequently acts at the interface with insurance supervisory law, banking supervisory law, corporate law, employment law as well as public law. The insurance lawyer Gunne Bähr, Ludger Giesberts, who covers regulatory matters and has expertise in environmental and product law, and Kerstin Schnabel (capital markets compliance and corporate governance) are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Christian Schoop

Testimonials

‘The team is internationally positioned and very well versed in the field, also when it comes to cross-border activities. The good internal networking with other practice groups at DLA (both national and international) should be emphasized, which successfully reduces the often high level of complexity, especially with international issues, and leads to quick and above-average results.’

‘Jürgen Taschke is technically well versed and experienced. A smart strategist and skillful negotiator.’

‘Very effective and competent team with quick responsiveness.’

Key clients

H&M

HNA Airport Group

Work highlights

  • Representation of H&M in regulatory proceedings and additional data protection compliance advice and communication advice.
  • Regulatory advice to a German automotive supplier in connection with the establishment of a sales network in South America, China and the USA.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s compliance advice is based on synergies with the litigation and antitrust practices. Clients include DAX30 companies, corporations and financial market players, who call upon the expertise in anti-money laundering and in the context of allegations of bribery. During the reporting period, issues pertaining to data protection, crypto and cyber problems as well as export control noteably increased. Among the key contacts are compliance specialist Benno Schwarz, criminal lawyer Finn Zeidler and corporate governance expert Markus Nauheim. Other key lawyers include corporate and capital markets expert Ferdinand Fromholzer, antitrust lawyer Michael Walther, Mark Zimmer, who is experienced in employment law, and Markus Rieder, who, in addition to compliance and criminal law, focuses on arbitration. Antitrust expert Georg Weidenbach joined the team in autumn 2020 from Latham & Watkins LLP.

Testimonials

‘Very competent, risk-oriented and professional.’

‘Benno Schwarz: Very experienced and competent colleague, practice-oriented and pleasant.’

‘Good feeling for the situation, very experienced, good negotiation skills.’

‘Very well integrated into a global practice team, including colleagues experienced in proactive improvement, investigation and remediation efforts.’

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz‘s client roster primarily includes companies from the consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, defence, media, automotive and finance sector. Management boards, supervisory boards and other governing bodies are regularly advised on issues pertaining to data protection, product compliance, due diligence and post-merger compliance. The team, headed by Eike Bicker, also offers support on the implementation and review of compliance management systems and handles interfacing matters under banking supervisory and antitrust law. Regarding the latter, Martin Raible, Christian Steinle and Matthias Karl are the key contacts, while Eric Wagner covers product compliance issues. Marcus Reischl made partner in January 2021 and represents clients in compliance and internal investigation-related disputes and court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Eike Bicker

Testimonials

‘The compliance team at Gleiss Lutz has exceptionally well-qualified lawyers who are distinguished not only by their professional qualifications, but also by their personal sovereignty and – Swabian – modesty. In the area of compliance, the team has shown the exceptional position of the law firm in some spectacular large mandates.’

‘Dr. Marcus Reischl has recently made partner. He’s a godsend for the law firm: technically brilliant, lightning-fast, witty and steadfast.’

‘Eike Bicker is an exceptional lawyer with very good specialist knowledge and communication skills.’

‘The team is well positioned and coordinated. You get a qualified and practical answer within a short time. Everyone in the team has their own specific knowledge and the team manages to combine this in the best possible way and transmit it to the legal department in one go. Questions are answered quickly and sufficient time is taken to answer them. The positive and collaborative approach to tackling problems distinguishes Gleiss Lutz from other large law firms. You feel more like an integrated team member and not like an external client.’

‘The individuals are all specialized in their respective fields. They are nevertheless broadly based and can also answer general questions about other areas of law. Every single person is also outside of the team, in one-on-one discussions, very competent and works in a very solution-oriented manner. Above all, I appreciate the friendliness and the positive approach with which problems are approached and the feeling of working on an equal footing. This is where Gleiss Lutz differs from other law firms that communicate less openly.’

‘Eike Bicker is an exceptional consultant. Having been approached in crisis situations by two different leading global companies, he has overall impressed with his calm, level headed and clear direction in the face of unforeseen challenges.’

‘Good expertise on the market and the industrial sectors, very good commitment.’

‘Marcus Reischl is pragmatic, competent.’

Work highlights

  • Lead Counsel for the global internal investigation and litigation (global to secure and enforce claims) for Wirecard’s insolvency administrator.  
  • Conducting internal investigations into Cum-Ex and comprehensive civil law advice to various financial institutions and banks.
  • Advising the supervisory boards of Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Dr. Ing. hc F. Porsche AG in dealing with the diesel issue and all related legal issues.

Noerr

Noerr‘s compliance practice offers a full-service approach with multidisciplinary advice on interfacing issues. Employment law issues are covered by Daniel Happ, while Bärbel Sachs assists with foreign trade law and trade compliance mandates. Digitisation, technology-related compliance and regulatory issues were also advised on during the reporting period. Both practice heads, Sophia Habbe and Torsten Fett, routinely assist with D&O liability matters. Other core team members are arbitration expert Anke Meier and criminal lawyer Volker Rosengarten, who joined from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in summer 2021 and adds capacities in litigation, compliance and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Torsten Fett; Sophia Habbe

Testimonials

‘Torsten Fett is an outstanding lawyer with strategic vision.’

Key clients

Adler Modemärkte AG

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsche Börse AG

Fresenius Kabi AG

Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH

Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA

Philipp Morris GmbH

Schaltbau Holding AG

Zimmer Biomet Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advising the board of directors of a DAX30 company regarding any claims for breaches of duty by employees in connection with years of global corruption practices in the group, which have already been the subject of settlements with US authorities.
  • Advising a DAX30 company in connection with allegations of misconduct in communication by a member of the board of directors as well as clarification of the facts, legal analysis and recommendations for action.
  • Support for an international development bank in processing violations of the Russia embargo.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP‘s compliance advice includes matters pertaining to money laundering, corruption and embezzlement, while assistance with issues such as insider trading, technology and sanctions was also on the increase. The group regularly cooperates with colleagues from the white collar crime and internal investigations practices as well as with other offices from the global network, making the firm a good choice for cross-border matters. Headed by Karl-Jörg Xylander, the team advises clients from the media, automotive, banking and finance sectors as well as the manufacturing industries. Nils Clemm is experienced in manager consulting and Tine Schauenburg stands out due to specialist expertise in criminal tax law and administrative offences. Thomas Helck increasingly handles mandates with regard to allegations of corruption and tax evasion.

Practice head(s):

Karl-Jörg Xylander

CMS

In addition to preventive advice, the CMS‘ compliance team also offers assistance with forensic compliance. The group has a strong industry focus on regulated areas such as banking & finance, insurance and energy, with particularly frequent coorporations at the corporate interface during the reporting period. The team is headed by Harald Potinecke, who specialises in product liability and product recalls. Florian Block has similar expertise, with additional know how in product safety, while Eckart Gottschalk and Joachim Kaetzler have longstanding experience in corporate governance issues. Daniel Kaiser covers the criminal tax law interface and employment lawyer Amelie Schäfer, who made partner in January 2021, often advises clients on external staff compliance.

Practice head(s):

Harald Potinecke

Testimonials

‘Profound and many years of experience, paired with a pragmatic, but comprehensive and precise approach and professional implementation. Very good availability of the partners, efficient use of time and resources.’

‘Practical.’

‘Success and solution-oriented. Practical advice.’

‘Very competent, fast-acting contacts.’

Key clients

ECE Group

Nord/LB

Work highlights

  • Implementation of a global compliance risk assessment for a DAX30 group to check the legal framework of the business model in over 60 countries.
  • Further development and restructuring of the compliance management system for a European strategy and IT consulting company with a focus on HR, including the internal structures and processes contained therein.
  • Global development of a whistleblower system for an automotive supplier against the background of Directive (EU) 2019/1937 and its implementation in national law.

Dentons

Dentons offers preventive compliance advice on business partner due diligence, money laundering issues as well as the growth areas data protection, ESG, corporate social responsibilities and whistleblower policies. This offering is complemented by expertise in the CMS context, such as training sessions and legal tech. After the departure of former practice leader Lars Kutzner to Osborne Clarke in January 2022, the practice is now jointly led by corporate lawyer Christian Schefold and Judith Aron, who focuses on anti-corruption. Peter Braun handles matters at the interface with public procurement law and frequently advises clients from the healthcare, IT and transport sectors, while Gabriele Haas focuses on energy and regulatory law support. Ann-Kristin Cahnbley is a criminal law expert, while Julia Pfeil and Maria Brakalova are experienced in export control. The latter made partner in March 2021.

Testimonials

‘Good understanding of the needs of our business; excellent communication and advice.’

Key clients

AKA Ausfuhrkredit-Gesellschaft mbH / European Export and Trade Bank

Fresenius Medical Care

Jacobs UK Ltd.; Jacobs GmbH

AMEPA Angewandte Meßtechnik und Prozeßautomatisierung GmbH

DPG Pfandsystem

Honeywell International Inc.

KSB SE & CO. KG aA

Volkswagen AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Volkswagen on the international introduction of a central whistleblower hotline in 91 jurisdictions and a central business partner due diligence procedure in 107 jurisdictions.
  • Advising an international provider of streaming services on compliance with regulatory requirements for market entry to the EU, especially in Germany.
  • Support for a hospital association in the implementation of a tax compliance management system and in the compliance-related processing of a liquidation in the association, including assessments under white collar crime.

Hengeler Mueller

In addition to risk-prone topics in the white-collar crime space, such as cartels and money laundering, Hengeler Mueller also covers compliance issues pertaining to data protection, environmental law, cyber security, sanctions and embargos. Due to the network of foreign best-friend firms, the group 'advises on complex international mandates at the highest level'. Vera Jungkind and Fabian Quast are experienced in public commercial law and Jungkind also in data protection. Wolfgang Spoerr and Constantin Lauterwein have expertise in criminal law and are among the key contacts alongside tax lawyer Markus Ernst and Daniel Weiß, who regularly handles banking and capital markets law issues.

Testimonials

‘Holistic approach, very communicative, legally excellent, sometimes combative.’

‘Fabian Quast: Always available, very communicative.’

Constantin Lauterwein: Legally very good, strategically thinking outside the box.’

‘Daniel Weiß: Fast, communicative and decisive, highly competent with the right instinct for what is feasible, international network, excellent and professional team player in a team with the client, but also in a team with other law firms.’

‘They were very well coordinated, professionally to the point and pushed the project forward with great intensity. If I ran into a crisis with my company, then Hengeler Müller would be my law firm of choice.’

‘Fabian Quast is a sharp-witted and reliable partner in complex risk situations.’

‘Daniel Weiss is a knowledgeable, accomplished and trustworthy partner in situations where the client’s stakes are high.’

‘Hengeler Mueller’s compliance team is characterized by outstanding competence and expertise in all compliance areas (anti-corruption, antitrust law, data protection, etc.) combined with a sense for practicable solutions. With the law firm’s best-friend concept, Hengeler Mueller is also able to advise on complex international mandates at the highest level.’

Linklaters

Linklaters offers preventive and forensic compliance advice via supporting legal tech tools. In addition to the firm’s traditional focus on the financial industry, the sectors automotive, healthcare and technology are further key industries. On cross-border and interface matters, clients rely on multidisciplinary advice from across the firm’s network. Hans-Ulrich Wilsing has experience in corporate governance and group law and is active in advising corporate bodies. He jointly heads the practice with criminal law and dispute resolution expert Kerstin Wilhelm. Other key members are employment lawyer Timon Grau, data protection specialist Daniel Pauly and tax lawyer Christian Hundeshagen, who made partner in May 2020. Klaus Saffenreuther retired in April 2020.

Testimonials

‘Global team with high expertise, efficient, practice-oriented.’

‘Kerstin Wilhelm reacts quickly, has strong communication skills, has an international network and is an excellent lawyer.’

‘Good commitment and exceptionally deep involvement of the practice partner.’

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

The compliance team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP cooperates closely with the dispute resolution practice and advises its clients on various risk-prone issues such as corruption and money laundering. For international mandates, especially US-related matters, the team is well positioned thanks to its network. Practice head Bernd Mayer has expertise in criminal law and corporate governance, whereas counsel Jens König also focuses on the latter.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Mayer

Other key lawyers:

Jens König; Sarah Johnen

Key clients

Daimler AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Daimler AG on corporate governance issues and in connection with ongoing proceedings relating to exhaust emissions from diesel vehicles.  
  • Advising the executive board of a global service provider in the field of transport and logistics in a corruption case.
  • Advising a globally active company in the energy sector on the clarification of whistleblower allegations, in particular allegations of corruption in connection with the construction of a power plant in Asia.

Latham & Watkins LLP

The compliance team at Latham & Watkins LLP pursues a full-service approach with expertise in interfacing areas such as employment, antitrust and banking regulatory law as well as sanctions and litigation. Transaction-related due diligence mandates continue to form a cornerstone of the practice. Clients include DAX and MDAX corporations, which are also supported with cross-border issues via the firm's international network. The team is jointly led by criminal law specialist Thomas Grützner, data protection expert Tim Wybitul and corporate lawyer Tobias Larisch. Georg Weidenbach, who specialises in antitrust matters, joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP at the end of 2020. 

Practice head(s):

Thomas Grützner

Key clients

Deutsche Wohnen

BayWa AG

Scholz Holding GmbH

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing offers a full-service approach by covering interfacing corporate, employment and data protection matters. The group is experienced in the implementation and review of compliance management systems and also offers related legal tech tools. Recent topics include money laundering prevention issues as well as business partner due diligence. Since 2020, the team is jointly led by Jan-Patrick Vogel (focus on criminal employment law and human resources) and Martin Knaup (focus on contentious corporate law matters) and also includes Mike Goldammer (corporate and M&A issues with outbound links to China), Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche (TMT), Oliver Bertram (employment law) and Dirk Lorenz (corporate compliance). 

Testimonials

‘Agile team with profound expertise and with likeable people.’

‘I experienced Martin Knaup as a dedicated compliance expert who was able to recommend suitable IT tools to us in a well-founded and justified manner.’

‘The team works excellently in an interdisciplinary manner. The work is excellent, the legal and professional assessments are always on point.’

‘Good accessibility, personal support, always keep in mind the effects at the German parent company when it comes to the foreign subsidiary, absolutely reliable, special advisory skills in the areas of labor law, compliance, IP, data protection, everyone involved is always very well informed about this mandate and the requirements.’

‘Mr. Goldammer has looked after us for many years and therefore knows our company in many areas like an “employee”. He keeps in touch and also gives advice, without asking, if it is necessary. He is forward looking and very service oriented.’

Key clients

E.ON Energie Deutschland

ECE

Eckert & Ziegler

Infarm

Röhm

Techtronic Industries

Transparency International

Work highlights

  • Conducting an internal investigation at Transparency International based on a large number of personal interviews as a result of a Guardian article and whistleblowing tips on systematic misconduct by managers.
  • Conducted a comprehensive compliance risk analysis, risk mapping and implemented effective preventative compliance measures for Infarm.
  • General compliance advice to Eckert & Ziegler.

AGS Legal

Boutique AGS Legal primarily advises medium-sized companies in the engineering, real estate, logistics, trade and project work sectors on compliance as well as criminal and civil law issues. Jan Kappel, well versed in D&O and related liability issues, heads the unit. Florian Junkers is active in preventive advice and specialises in asset tracing, among others. The interface with employment and data protection law is covered by Oliver Zöll, while Wendelin Acker focuses on litigation and compliance liability. Jan Ehling (compliance and internal investigations) left the team in January 2021 and now works for Fresenius Kabi.

Practice head(s):

Jan Kappel

Key clients

CCI Capital Partners

Fleischhauer Gruppe

GERES Group

Interhomes AG

Kempinski SA / Kempinski AG

Kraftanlagen München GmbH

Libyscher Staatsfonds

Opel Automobile GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Kraftanlagen München GmbH in antitrust, criminal and procurement proceedings against the allegation of participation in bid rigging in connection with the so-called construction cartel in the field of technical building equipment.
  • Representing the insolvency administrator over the assets of EN Storage GmbH as part of the processing of a pyramid scheme.
  • Representation of a CEO in a D&O liability for alleged claims from a deficient compliance system and the associated damage to the company.

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann focuses on the healthcare, mobility and the public sector and primarily supports medium-sized companies in preventive issues, compliance management systems (CMS) and risk analyses. Legal tech tools are used to detect money laundering risks and also in the context of business partner due diligence. The team is headed by Eric Mayer, who, in addition to his in-house experience, also has expertise in CMS and transaction-related due diligence. Another key contact is Gerhard Gündel, he frequently advises corproate bodies on liability issues.

Practice head(s):

Eric Mayer

Other key lawyers:

Gerhard Gündel

Testimonials

‘Very hands-on and client-oriented; very good understanding of compliance-specific issues at home and abroad; Determination and development of customer-specific compliance needs and profiles.’

‘Eric Mayer is a very experienced and competent expert in compliance matters both from an in-house perspective and from a consulting practice. The strong knowledge from the in-house area, especially with regard to organization, structures and the interaction between management and operations as well as between the individual departments are a big plus when determining the company-specific needs and when implementing the compliance rules.’

Key clients

Affimed GmbH

Apogenix AG

Sponge

Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA

SÜSS MicroTec SE

Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG

Vonovia SE

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s team advises on compliance systems and structures, working closely with its litigation and criminal law experts, with additional synergies in data protection, employment, antitrust, corporate and real estate law. Recent growth areas include ESG and whistleblower issues. Practice head Dirk Seiler focuses on white-collar crime and assists national and international corporations faced with allegations of corruption and embezzlement. Enno Appel, who made counsel in May 2021, routinely advises on regulatory issues in the context of Brexit. Counsel Friso Heukamp covers topics pertaining to data protection and cyber security.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Seiler

Other key lawyers:

Enno Appel; Friso Heukamp

Key clients

Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Microsoft Corporation (USA)

Ford-Werke GmbH

Pfizer Inc. (USA), Pfizer Products Inc. (USA), Pfizer GmbH (Deutschland)

Fritz Winter Eisengießerei GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Ongoing compliance and criminal law advice to a software and hardware manufacturer.
  • Supervision and expansion of the compliance management system as well as ongoing compliance advice to a financial service provider.  
  • Advising a large German trade fair organizer on preventive compliance issues.

Simmons & Simmons

In addition to compliance management systems and risk analyses, Simmons & Simmons ' offering also includes monitorships and acting as whistleblower hotline. The team focuses on financial, technology and energy service providers and regularly assists with civil and criminal law matters. Hans-Herrmann Aldenhoff is well versed in corporate compliance and jointly heads the team with Sascha Kuhn, who is experienced in dispute resolution as well as internal investigations.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Zücker

Testimonials

‘The team of Dr. Aldenhoff is very well positioned in the area of compliance, both qualitatively and quantitatively. The team works in a solution-oriented and forward-looking manner. In comparison to other law firms, the team is characterized by a great deal of practical experience and, especially in international plant construction, has outstanding expertise in dealing with stakeholders. Furthermore, the team is characterized by extremely pleasant and reliable communication.’

‘Dr. Aldenhoff has extensive international experience in dealing with authorities, corporations, but also with medium-sized companies. He manages to work out solutions for the client, which then prove to be very practicable and successful. However, he also knows how to generate understanding from the client, to take measures that at first glance may seem exaggerated to laypersons, but ultimately ensure lasting success. He leads his team in an exemplary manner, so that the cooperation with the Compliance practice is broad.’

Key clients

Uniper

Work highlights

  • Advising the monitors of the US Department of Justice and the US Environmental Protection Agency (Environmental Protection Agency), John Hanson, for Volkswagen in the diesel emissions proceedings on questions of German and European compliance.
  • Provision of a whistleblower hotline to Uniper.

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

DAX30 and medium-sized companies are among the client portfolio at SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. The team offers advice ranging from compliance organisation in the company to forensic investigations of violations that have already occurred. This is complemented by training courses, risk analyses and legal tech solutions. In addition to expertise at the interface with employment, antitrust and tax law, the team's corporate law expertise stands out, especially due to co-practice heads Jochem Reichert and Nicolas Ott.

Practice head(s):

Jochem Reichert; Nicolas Ott

Key clients

BASF SE

GBG mbH

Mektec Europe Gruppe

Renolit SE

TLT Turbo

Trumpler GmbH & Co. KG Chemische Fabrik

Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Mektec Europe Group on setting up a group-wide compliance structure and general compliance advice.
  • Support of the Heidelberg University Hospital during the compliance examination and advice on compliance issues.
  • Development and restructuring of a compliance management system for a listed company in the automotive industry.

WilmerHale

An integrated part of the firm's global investigations and compliance practice, WilmerHale's German team particularly stands out for its experience in monitorships in the US, transactional due diligence as well as business partner due diligence. The latter is a key focus of Jan Wendler, who made partner in January 2021 and jointly heads the practice with Christian Crones. Crones focuses on commercial and corporate law issues.

Practice head(s):

Christian Crones; Jan Wendler

Testimonials

‘Strong US practice with significant experience in dealing with US government agencies, notably through previous engagements of some US partners within government agencies. From the point of view of German clients, the German practice acts as a valuable addition and helpful link in American proceedings.’

Key clients

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA

Bilfinger SE

Work highlights

  • Ongoing DOJ monitorship of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA.
  • General compliance and sanction law advice to Bilfinger.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

The key competence of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is the interface expertise in employment, antitrust and commercial criminal law. Medium-sized and listed companies are advised on money laundering, embezzlement and subsidy issues, among others. The implementation of compliance management systems and the activity as an ombudsman are also part of the service offering. For cross-border mandates, the team draws on a international network of best-friend firms. Commercial and criminal tax law experts André-M. Szesny and Susanne Stauder are among the key contacts.

Kapellmann und Partner

Kapellmann und Partner offers support in the preparation of risk analyses on money laundering and corruption issues, training courses, drafting of compliance guidelines and support in antitrust compliance procedures. Medium-sized companies form the majority of the client roster and can also draw on interdisciplinary competencies in antitrust, employment and corporate law. Axel Kallmayer and team leader Ivo du Mont are well versed in antitrust and competition law as well as EU law, while Vivien Veit handles criminal law matters, internal investigations and anti-corruption audits.

Practice head(s):

Ivo du Mont

Other key lawyers:

Axel Kallmayer; Vivien Veit

Pinsent Masons Germany LLP

Pinsent Masons Germany LLP 's team is regularly instructed on sanctions and liability issues, compliance management systems, due diligence processes, internal investigations and white collar crime matters. These are often located at the interface with corporate and employment law. The group primarily advises medium-sized companies and listed corporations with a focus on the energy, mechanical engineering, automotive, technology, IT, life sciences and financial services sectors. Compliance management system expert Eike Grunert heads the team. Other key contacts are Jochen Pörtge, who often represents companies in fine proceedings as well as Michael Reich, he covers the antitrust interface.

Practice head(s):

Eike Grunert

Other key lawyers:

Jochen Pörtge; Michael Reich

Key clients

Equistone Partners GmbH

Knorr-Bremse AG

ZUR MUEHLEN ApS & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advice to Knorr- Bremse on the drafting of all contracts related to antitrust law. In addition, training of employees on antitrust compliance.
  • Advising a leading global manufacturer of mechanical and electronic automotive components on the further expansion of the compliance management system, including rules for internal investigations, introduction of a group-wide whistleblower system and supply chain management.
  • Advising a real estate development company on compliance risk analysis and the implementation of compliance measures.