Baker McKenzie's team works seamlessly with its international network on cross-border mandates and creates added value for its clients through the application of self-developed IT tools. The team is experienced in the implementation and review of CMS (compliance management systems) as well as in risk management and compliance due diligence, most notably with reference to corruption, false self-employment, trade sanctions and ESG issues. Andreas Lohner advises on corporate governance and heads the practice together with Nicolai Behr, who is experienced in dispute resolution. Anahita Thoms is a specialist in export control and sanctions. Corporate compliance specialist Franz Clemens Leisch moved to Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in October 2020.
Compliance in Germany
- Large Italian corporation: Global revision of the worldwide compliance management system.
- Listed medical device manufacturer: Global post-merger review of compliance risks and the effectiveness of the compliance program in over 50 countries.
- DAX30 company: Establishment of a global compliance due diligence process and implementation of all future global compliance due diligence reviews.
Clifford Chance stands out for its broad offering and wide sector expertise with particular skills in the segments anti-corruption, financial sanctions, export control, money laundering, antitrust law and data protection, while also regularly handling compliance due diligence. The team is jointly led by white-collar crime lawyer Heiner Hugger and healthcare compliance expert Peter Dieners. Stefan Menner focuses on tax compliance. Data protection specialist Ines Keitel and David Pasewaldt, who acts at the interface between compliance and white-collar crime law, are other key contacts.
The team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is well versed in advising companies in the automotive, life sciences, healthcare and TMT sectors and offers various legal tech tools. Led by the experienced Sebastian Lach, the team develops, implements and modifies global compliance management systems and also conducts training sessions. Désirée Maier is experienced in providing preventive advice on white-collar crime, while Christian Ritz, who made partner in January 2020, specialises in antitrust law. Counsel Dorina Bruns is recognised for her expertise in criminal liability matters. In September 2020, the was strengthened with the arrival of compliance specialist Olaf Schneider, who was previously general counsel and chief compliance officer at Bilfinger.
‘ The German compliance and investigation team at Hogan Lovells is clearly one of the leading teams in the German market and is well known internationally for its expertise and remarkable track record in the field .
‘ Christian Ritz can act very well in antitrust law as well as in compliance and investigative practices. He is very diligent in his work and very responsive to his customers. He also has the ability to act calmly and confidently in high stress situations and he is valued for his loyalty and diligence . ‘
Pohlmann & Company
Clients from a diverse array of sectors such as automotive, chemicals, construction and healthcare rely on Pohlmann & Company's many years of expertise. The team provides support in setting up compliance management systems, conducts risk analyses and acts as monitor appointed by the US Department of Justice. Rated as one of the best-known compliance and governance experts in the market, Andreas Pohlmann heads the practice, which includes business partner audit expert Thomas Lüthi, corporate governance specialist Nicole Willms and environmental and planning law expert Horst Schlemminger. Christian Beer and Julia Kahlenberg were elevated to the partnership in January 2020 and cover a wide range of compliance matters. At the same time, administrative and environmental law expert Uwe Erling joined the practice from Noerr, while Thomas Preute (specialised in internal investigations) moved to Jones Day in November 2019. Anita Schieffer left the firm the following month to join Siemens as chief compliance officer.
Other key lawyers:
' The team has different backgrounds. Problems or challenges are viewed from different perspectives, not just from a purely legal perspective. Therefore, the results can be implemented and applied immediately in practice . '
' Thomas Lüthi has a very clear goal in mind, knows all the pitfalls in compliance advice, speaks to the other person at eye level, understands the challenges facing management and can react accordingly; he has foresight, a feeling for people and a convincing demeanor . '
' Christian Beer: Calm person, observes and analyzes, sees the overall context and can bring the solution into it, understands company processes .'
' Andreas Pohlmann's team impresses with its interdisciplinary and practical approach. No suggestions are made “for the drawer”, but targeted solutions are worked out with the client. Courtesy work is not to be expected here . '
' Andreas Pohlmann always maintains his independence and also advocates unpleasant measures emphatically – unfortunately not a matter of course in comparison with other law firms .'
' As a young partner, Christian Beer already has broad expertise, especially in the integration of technical solutions. I would mandate him at any time when it comes to the control and implementation of complex projects involving several internal and external players . '
' The technical expertise is excellent in the entire team. '
' Leading law firm in the field of compliance .'
' Andreas Pohlmann is the star of the scene. He has many years of broad experience as a body in international companies, as a lawyer and monitor like no other. '
' Nicole Willms is a top lawyer with outstanding expertise in compliance and corporate law. '
' Very competent and goal-oriented .'
' Thomas Lüthi: Very good listener, knows the business very well and quickly understands what it is about and manages to look behind the facade .'
Andersch AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG
ESWE Versorgungs AG
Independent Monitor VW (L. Thompson)
International Chemical Investors Group S.E.
Marquard & Bahls AG
Rentschler Biopharma SE
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy GmbH & Co. KG
SIG Combibloc Group AG (CH)
Ticona (jetzt Celanese Services Deutschland GmbH)
TÜV SÜD AG
VEON Ltd. (früher VimpelCom)
- Veon Ltd.: Independent Compliance Monitorship for the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
- Independent Monitor VW (L. Thompson): Comprehensive advice on compliance-related issues relating to monitorship, in particular under German law, including German group and corporate law.
- TÜV SÜD AG: Advising the supervisory board on monitoring the internal investigation into the dam breach in Brazil, including crisis management.
DLA Piper attracts praise for its broad and multidisciplinary offering. The team is well versed in the introduction and optimisation of CMS, the implementation of compliance guidelines, compliance due diligence and in providing relevant training. Christian Schoop advises on the full range of white-collar crime law and represents clients in criminal investigations. Gunne Bähr handles insurance law aspects, while Kerstin Schnabel puts her focus on capital market law. Senior counsel Jürgen Taschke, who regularly assists companies in preliminary proceedings, and white-collar crime expert Emanuel Ballo are other key members of the team. Ludger Giesberts specialises in public law compliance.
Other key lawyers:
Gunne Bähr; Kerstin Schnabel; Jürgen Taschke; Emanuel Ballo; Ludger Giesberts
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
- International pharmaceutical company (DAX30): Advising the group compliance team on an internal investigation of a group company regarding its business activities in Asia; Clarification of the facts and strategic advice to the group board as well as preparation of a risk assessment according to US law.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
The team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is regularly retained by national and international companies and their managing boards to assist with compliance matters. Typical work includes anti-corruption measures, data protection, money laundering prevention and general crisis management. The team is made up of compliance specialist Benno Schwarz, Finn Zeidler, who is well versed in the field of white-collar crime, and Markus Nauheim, whose focus, alongside compliance, also includes corporate law. Dispute resolution expert Markus Rieder, antitrust law specialist Michael Walther, employment lawyer Mark Zimmer and Ferdinand Fromholzer, who specialises in corporate governance, are other integral members of the group.
Other key lawyers:
'A strong team with great experience and unique partners who work outstandingly as a team .'
' With his charming, confident, service-oriented and absolutely team-minded manner as well as his diverse knowledge, Markus Nauheim is an enrichment for every mandate and a valued contact person on our boards. '
' Benno Schwarz is a unique expert in the field of internal investigations .'
At Gleiss Lutz, clients draw on expertise in antitrust, corporate, data protection and white-collar crime law and benefit from the team's proficiency in handling life sciences, consumer goods, media, banking, automotive and defence sector work. Led by corporate and compliance expert Eike Bicker, the group conducts compliance audits and advises on transactional compliance due diligences. Eric Wagner is well versed in product compliance and is a key member of the team together with the three antitrust and merger control experts Matthias Karl, Martin Raible and Christian Steinle.
' Gleiss Lutz offers a comprehensive range of compliance services and a high level of expertise in the various legal areas involved in practice. This makes the law firm one of the best-known players on the national and international market . '
' Eike Bicker, who runs the practice, is an impressive colleague: His answers are always up-to-date, well-structured and effective. He develops bespoke approaches for multi-jurisdiction cases and works closely with other overseas companies to provide excellent support to clients . '
Ontario Teachers Pension Plan
ATLAS Elektronik GmbH
ALNO AG (Insolvenzverwalter)
MAHLE International GmbH
Allianz Asset Management
Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
Merz Pharma GmbH & Co. KGaA
Kronos Titan GmbH
Deutsche Beteiligungs AG
Noerr advises national and international companies from various sectors and is able to call on tax advisors and auditors as needed as part of its cross-practice work. Torsten Fett, who handles the full range of compliance issues, and Sophia Habbe, who specialises in internal investigations as well as litigation and crisis management, jointly head the practice. Other key members of the team include foreign trade law expert Bärbel Sachs, Anke Meier, who is experienced in handling various forms of dispute resolution, and employment lawyer Daniel Happ.
” High level of competence and reliability; good accessibility and communication . ‘
” Very good understanding of the client’s specifics; focused, quick comprehension, dealing with complex issues, well structured and absolutely trustworthy . ‘
‘ Torsten Fett: Open and clear; knows how to work out the relevant subject complexes and to classify them legally as well as to base the advice on them . ‘
‘ The team around Sophia Habbe gives very conscientious and precise advice. The exchange is also very pleasant personally . ‘
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
White & Case LLP is a popular choice for companies in the automotive and finance industries and, due to its international structure, is well placed to handle cross-border mandates. In addition to providing assistance with the introduction of compliance management systems and with compliance due diligence, the broad-based team also handles internal investigations and white-collar crime matters. Practice head Karl-Jörg Xylander, who is well versed in representing decision-makers and companies in white-collar crime and regulatory offence proceedings, is a key contact together with Nils Clemm, Tine Schauenburg and Thomas Helck, who all act at the interface between compliance and white-collar crime law.
Well versed in advising companies from the automotive, IT, energy and mechanical engineering sectors, CMS is frequently called upon to advise on corruption, bribery and money laundering matters, while also providing assistance with the introduction and modification of compliance management systems. In this space, clients not least benefit from the close cooperation across practices and offices. Harald Potinecke, who specialises in product liability law and compliance, heads the practice, which also includes Joachim Kaetzler (banking supervisory law and compliance), Florian Block, who focuses on preventive measures, and Eckart Gottschalk (development of compliance structures and internal investigations). Daniel Kaiser, who handles white-collar crime matters, was made partner in January 2020.
Hengeler Mueller deals with various white-collar crime law issues but also provides advice on associated matters such as antitrust law, data protection, IT and cybersecurity and sanctions as well as environmental and product compliance, which are handled in cooperation with colleagues from the relevant practices. Based on its white-collar crime law expertise and in view of the upcoming Associations Sanctions Act, the practice is particularly attractive to large German companies, which routinely receive preventative advice. Fabian Quast, who specialises in public commercial law and in work pertaining to regulated industries, is one of the key contacts and is supported by Markus Ernst (transactional tax law and internal investigations) and Constantin Lauterwein (white-collar crime law, regulatory offences and corporate compliance), who were both elevated to the partnership in January 2020 and July 2020 respectively. Data protection expert Vera Jungkind and financial products specialist Daniel Weiß are recommended.
In compliance work, Linklaters frequently acts for supervisory boards and management boards of companies and institutions from the finance, automotive, technology and manufacturing industries. The team develops and implements compliance management systems and regularly conducts training sessions, including on matters at the intersection with tax, antitrust and data protection law. Hans-Ulrich Wilsing complements this offering with advice on associated cooperate implications, while Kerstin Wilhelm covers dispute resolution issues. Klaus Saffenreuther is another key contact for dispute resolution including white-collar crime.
Other key lawyers:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
The team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP advises clients affected by issues such as fraud, corruption, money laundering, export controls and sanctions, often working across borders and in close cooperation with various other offices from the firm's network. Led by Bernd Mayer, the team advises companies on the implementation of CMS and on compliance audits. Counsel Jens König is another key contact, most notably for corporate governance issues.
Other key lawyers:
- Daimler AG: Advice on the restructuring of the Group's business areas.
- Globally active transport and logistics service provider (on the part of the board): Advice on compliance issues in a corruption case.
- Leading commercial bank (on the part of the board of directors): Advice on the bank's claims against several D&O insurers.
Dentons has particular experience in regulated industries such as healthcare, energy, automotive and autonomous driving, advising national and international companies on money laundering, antitrust law, data protection, export control and financial compliance issues. Christian Schefold, who is experienced in corporate and group law, jointly heads the practice with Lars Kutzner, who is well versed in handling tax crime issues. Public commercial law expert Peter Braun and Ann-Kristin Cahnbley, who joined the practice in November 2019 from Clifford Chance, bringing additional expertise in white-collar crime and compliance, are other key contacts.
Ausfuhrkredit-Gesellschaft mbH / European Export Bank
Fresenius Medical Care
vbw – Verband der Bayerischen Wirtschaft e.V.
- Volkswagen: Support with the international introduction of a central whistleblower hotline in 91 jurisdictions.
- Fresenius: Carrying out an internal investigation in 45 countries in Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia as well as advice on the conception and implementation of a compliance management system.
- Global pharmaceutical company: Assessment of the restructuring of the German company structure from a compliance point of view.
Latham & Watkins LLP demonstrates combined expertise in white-collar crime, data protection and corporate law, with the designated specialists for these areas, Thomas Grützner, Tim Wybitul and Tobias Larisch also co-heading the practice. Based on its close cooperation with various other practice groups, the team's offering also extends to sanctions as well as employment and antitrust law-related matters. Its client portfolio shows a large number of large German corporations, which receive regular assistance with preventative issues as well as with transactional compliance due diligence matters.
' Thomas Grützner combines scientifically sound specialist knowledge with extensive practical experience and is a leader in particular with regard to US complexes; also very well networked and very quick in feedback. '
' Thomas Grützner is particularly characterized by a high level of practical experience and a very high level of expertise. In addition, he has the right instinct, especially for internal investigations, in particular for appropriate and targeted investigation measures. Overall, a very experienced, reliable and pleasant consultant to work with! '
- Deutsche Wohnen SE: Defense in ongoing fine proceedings; This mandate relates to the highest GDPR fine to date imposed in Germany.
- Hg/P&I: Compliance due diligence in connection with the takeover of Personal und Informatik AG (P&I); The company is being sold by funds advised by the global private equity firm Permira.
- CVC Capital: Compliance due diligence as part of the planned sale of Thyssen-Krupp's elevator division.
Taylor Wessing's full-service approach enables the team to advise on issues across legal fields, demonstrating particular expertise in the segments data protection, employment law and product compliance. Led by Dirk Lorenz, the team develops and optimises compliance management systems, conducts risk analyses and advises on due diligence matters. With Mike Goldammer, the team is also adept at handling China-related work. Other integral members of the team include HR compliance expert Oliver Bertram and TMT specialist Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche.
FÜR SIE Handelsgenossenschaft eG Food Non-Food
- Fitch Ratings: Comprehensive advice on data protection compliance.
- Rewe: Advice on HR compliance issues.
- Transparency International: Internal investigation into misconduct in the international secretariat; Interface of labor law, compliance and data protection.
The team at the boutique AGS Legal is experienced in civil and criminal procedural law, administrative offence law, employment law and data protection as well as in corporate law and governance matters. Managing partner Jan Kappel heads the white-collar crime, compliance and litigation segment; areas of expertise he shares with Florian Junkers, while Jan Ehling acts at the interface between civil, criminal and corporate law.
GSK Stockmann has a strong profile advising national and international companies from the healthcare and automotive sectors on compliance management systems, this often includes the use of legal tech tools, but also supports the corporate law team in due diligence reviews. The team also demonstrates particular expertise in ESG compliance. Practice head and local partner Eric Mayer provides extensive advice on corporate compliance and corporate governance, while counsel Gerhard Gündel focuses on issues at the interface of corporate law.
Other key lawyers:
‘ Many years of experience – also internationally – in the compliance area in the largest compliance cases known from the press .’
‘ Eric Mayer offers a high degree of flexibility when it comes to corporate compliance needs. Experienced in advising medium-sized companies as well as advising large international corporations. Special competence in compliance risk analysis, which is the basis for every compliance system . ‘
‘ As part of the IBA, I got the opportunity to work closely with Eric Mayer. He is a compliance evangelist: he is a firm believer in the valuable implications of an effective compliance program. He brings this commitment into his commitment to the IBA and its various anti-corruption initiatives. ‘
Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA
Pharma Dynamics (Proprietary) Ltd.
Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG
SÜSS MicroTec SE
- LUPIN: Support in setting up a group-wide compliance management system including the initial development of a Group Code of Conduct.
- Vetter Pharma: Supervision of the continuous further development of the CMS with an extensive compliance health check.
- Sweet MicroTec: Support in setting up a group-wide compliance management system.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Led by Dirk Seiler, who acts at the interface between civil and criminal law, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP covers matters pertaining to anti-corruption and money laundering as well as to antitrust law, sanctions and export control. The team receives instructions from national and international corporates to advise on the introduction and optimisation of compliance management and whistleblower systems. Senior associate Enno Appel is another key contact for criminal law and compliance work and also handles internal investigations.
' Dirk Seiler is highly competent, has an extremely fast response time and offers very individual and intelligent problem solutions .'
' Enno Appel is an excellent contact whose competence is very much appreciated. In particular, his answers are not limited to the interpretation of the rules, but have already been based on the client's business environment and activity . '
Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Microsoft Corporation (USA)
Pfizer Inc. (USA), Pfizer Products Inc. (USA), Pfizer GmbH (Deutschland)
Fritz Winter Eisengießerei GmbH & Co. KG
- Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Germany GmbH: Ongoing compliance advice to avoid criminal law risks and reputational risks.
- Company from the former CIS country: Support in the development and implementation of compliance measures, in particular to meet the requirements of international business partners.
- International Banks: Advice on topics relating to money laundering law (AML).
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons has carved out a solid practice advising national and international companies from the finance, energy and technology sectors. Its compliance work frequently includes criminal, tax, employment, civil and data protection law aspects as well as cross-border elements. Co-team heads Hans-Herrmann Aldenhoff and Sascha Kuhn are also well versed in dispute resolution.
' Sascha Kuhn is a very reliable contact. '
Ärzteversorgung Land Brandenburg
- Toshiba: Advice on issues relating to data protection compliance.
- Larry Thompson, US monitor for Volkswagen: Advice on German and European compliance issues.
- Bernhard Günther, CFO and CHRO of innogy SE: Advice in connection with the acid attack perpetrated on him.
SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises on the introduction of compliance systems, the optimisation of existing structures and on compliance-related structures. Clients, many of which are national medium-sized companies, benefit from the team's close cooperation with other practice groups. Jochem Reichert and Nicolas Ott, who both have a corporate law background, jointly head the practice, which includes key individuals Michaela Balke, Christian Gehling and Marc Löbbe; their expertise reflects the practice heads' specialisation.
' The SZA team is trend-setting in the area of compliance. SZA works more in small, very experienced teams, whereby the partners are also heavily involved. Advising the client is the top priority at all times. '
' Cäcilie Lüneborg is an outstanding lawyer who always appears convincing, places extremely high demands on her work product and scores with special charm and eloquence .'
' Marc Löbbe is simply one of the best lawyers you can meet in the compliance environment. A brilliant thinker, strategist and exotic. These and other properties that can only be found in this refreshingly beneficial form in the overall package with a few competitors . '
' The networking within the law firm provides information on topics that would not have been associated with compliance without these initiatives. '
' The responsible partners of SZA initiate practical, successful preventive measures including training .'
' SZA has proven experts and extensive experience .'
' Christian Gehling is a very experienced corporate lawyer with particular expertise at the interface between governance and white-collar crime. '
Mektec Europe Gruppe
Rhenania Worms AG
- Herbert Bodner, former member of the Executive Board of Bilfinger SE: Advice in connection with the conclusion of a liability and coverage comparison regarding the allegation of breaches of duty in connection with the implementation of a proper compliance management system.
- Mektec Europe Group: Advice on setting up a group-wide compliance structure and general compliance advice.
- BASF SE: Advice on compliance issues; Maintenance of compliance hotline; Environmental compliance.
The compliance practice at WilmerHale pursues an integrated approach based on close cooperation with the firm's international offices and its US office in particular, which also leads to regular DOJ monitorship work. Christian Crones is a key contact for US-related matters; he is one of the team's key figures together with special counsel Jan Wendler, who covers various compliance issues. Its offering also includes transactional compliance and due diligences as well as assistance with the introduction of business partner review procedures.
Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA
- Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA: Acting as a core monitor team within the framework of the ongoing DOJ monitorship.
- Bilfinger: Advice on all compliance-relevant issues such as current sanctions law and questions relating to business partner reviews.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek pursues a combined approach consisting of preventive advice and internal investigations through to criminal defence. Typically, the team assists German companies with the introduction and optimisation of compliance management systems as well as with specific compliance issues. André-M. Szesny, Susanne Stauder and Martin Ströhmann are among the key contacts for white-collar crime and criminal tax law.
Kapellmann und Partner
Kapellmann und Partner acts for German medium-sized and large corporates and draws on its combined expertise in criminal, corporate, antitrust and data protection law when providing preventive advice. Based on this set of expertise, practice head Ivo du Mont and Axel Kallmayer routinely handle compliance matters at the interface of antitrust and EU law, while Oliver Kraft and Vivien Veit focus on white-collar crime law work.
' The group has a good understanding of client needs and convinces with flexibility and speed, good communication and a good price-performance ratio .'
' Vivien Veit brings good communication to the specialist department and business as well as transparent accounting .'
'' Very experienced and reliable practice group, which is characterized by very practical and solution-oriented advice. '
' Ivo du Mont is characterized by a very high level of expertise and experience in both consulting and audits. All in all a very experienced, extremely reliable and, above all, pleasant team! '
With offices in many German cities, KPMG Law in Germany is able to provide on-site advice. Jointly led by Düsseldorf-based Konstantin von Busekist and the head of the Berlin office Ulrich Thölke, the team covers a wide range of compliance and corporate governance matters. Bernd Federmann is the key contact in Stuttgart.
Other key lawyers:
- Retail chain: General compliance advice; Expansion of CMS.
- Financial service providers: Support in the creation of deletion and blocking concepts.
- Home appliance manufacturer: Advice on the conception of a new, digital product strategy and an associated sales structure, which in particular had to be audited under data protection law.
Pinsent Masons Germany LLP
Pinsent Masons Germany LLP's team advises clients from the manufacturing and technology sectors on various compliance matters and has particular expertise in compliance management systems, transactional due diligence, internal investigations and white-collar crime. Practice head Eike Grunert is regularly entrusted with risk analysis, while criminal lawyer Jochen Pörtge dedicates much of his time to white-collar crime issues, and Michael Reich focuses on antitrust law.