Compliance in Germany
Baker McKenzie impresses with a strong compliance practice that cooperates closely across offices. The group advises corporations on a multitude of relevant topics such as compliance due diligence of transactions, the establishment and implementation of CMS as well as risk analysis; here, it often uses IT which has been specifically developed for its clients. Andreas Lohner has more than 20 years of experience in the field and jointly heads the practice with Nicolai Behr. After Thomas Grützner joined Latham & Watkins LLP in October 2018, Franz Clemens Leisch, who focuses on corporate law, is now another valuable key contact. Anika Schürmann, who has additional expertise in antitrust and white-collar crime matters, and head of the firm's international trade practice in Germany Anahita Thoms also stand out.
Andreas Lohner; Nicolai Behr
- Advice to a German bank regarding the reorientation of its internal control system, which will be expanded to the subsidiary companies.
- Supported an international automotive supplier with the analysis of corruption risks and anti-trust risks in several jurisdictions.
- Advice to Schaeffler on developing a global compliance risk monitoring scheme.
Clifford Chance's compliance practice has a particular excellent reputation among corporations in the financial and manufacturing industries. The team is especially adept in advising on preventive measures in relation to anticorruption, sanction, export control, money laundering and data protection matters as well as tax compliance. Heiner Hugger, who is considered an expert in white-collar criminal law, jointly heads the practice with Peter Dieners, who specialises in compliance matters in the health sector. Head of the firm's antitrust practice Marc Besen is also frequently involved in relevant matters, while Stefan Menner focuses on tax compliance. Julia Baedorff made counsel and Ann-Kristin Cahnbley joined Dentons in November 2019.
Heiner Hugger; Peter Dieners
Other key lawyers:
‘The compliance team is excellent, knowledgeable and very much cares for its clients.‘
‘Peter Dieners has outstanding expertise and the ability, to put this expertise to use according to the case’s and client’s needs.‘
- Conduct of a risk evaluation for a US-American company regarding the global compliance-governance-organisation.
- Drafting of guidelines, contract templates and revision of existing ones for a pharmaceutical company.
- Creation of several tax compliance management systems inlcuding risk assessments for different companies.
Hogan Lovells International LLP's experienced compliance practice advises with wide-ranging industry expertise in the automotive, life sciences, health and TMT sectors, but is also increasingly active in the financial sector. Acting on both the preventive and reactive level, Sebastian Lach and his team assist international high-profile corporations with the establishment and implementation of global compliance systems, including the implementation of whistleblowing hotlines and workshops, among other matters. Désirée Maier is also adept at advising on white-collar crime issues and counsel Dorina Bruns has deep knowledge of the automotive and aviation industries.
Pohlmann & Company
Pohlmann & Company combines 'very good subject matter knowledge with a strategic approach' - the team is renowned for its cross-sector as well as cross-border expertise in compliance matters, especially in relation to the establishment, implementation and monitoring of compliance management systems. Furthermore, the group is frequently instructed by executives and supervisory boards to assist with compliance issues including director's liability cases. Andreas Pohlmann has an excellent reputation and is supported by compliance experts Thomas Lüthi and Nicole Willms. Horst Schlemminger is well versed in environmental law - a pillar of the practice that was recently strengthened by the arrival of environmental compliance specialist Uwe Erling, who joined from Noerr -, while Thomas Preute focuses on corporate-related matters. Anita Schieffer has extensive experience in advising on anticorruption, antitrust and money laundering prevention aspects and Dominique Abrokwa made partner in 2019.
Other key lawyers:
‘The extensive in-house experience of the majority of the team leads to practicable solutions that can be directly implemented – their reports certainly don’t go to waste.‘
‘Pohlmann & Company has a suitable key contact for any compliance issue.‘
‘Andreas Pohlmann is one of the leading compliance experts worldwide.‘
‘Thanks to his quick grasp and broad subject matter expertise, Thomas Lüthi is able to quickly recognise the strengths and weaknesses of an organisation.‘
‘Nicole Willms is an excellent compliance expert and corporate lawyer.’
‘A very strong team with broad experience around Horst Schlemminger and Julia Kahlenberg.‘
‘Thomas Preute delivers quick, effective and superior support particularly for time-sensitive issues.‘
‘Anita Schieffer is a highly competent and committed lawyer who has a quick, flexible and pragmatic way of working.‘
‘Christian Beer impresses with a high degree of competence, fast availability and uncomplicated cooperation.’
Benkert GmbH & Co. KG
Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
ESWE Versorgungs AG
Hafenbetriebe der Stadt Frankfurt am Main (Eigenbetrieb)
Independent Monitor VW (L. Thompson)
NASDAQ 100 company
Ticona (jetzt Celanese Services Deutschland GmbH)
TÜV SÜD AG
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
- Advice to Bosch regarding the effectiveness of the group-wide compliance scheme.
- Securing compliance with all environmental regulations for CCC Environmental Management Solutions regarding the remediation of an industrial site of Honeywell.
- Advised SSI Schäfer on a worldwide compliance risk assessment as well as the introduction of a compliance management system.
DLA Piper comprehensively advises on all relevant compliance aspects including the establishment of compliance management systems, the implementation of international guidelines as well as on compliance due diligence and workshops; notably, the team cooperates both across its practices and its offices. Practice head Ludger Giesberts impresses with deep knowledge of public commercial law and Christian Schoop combines his compliance expertise with experience in white-collar crime matters and internal investigations. Counsel Stefanie Bischof joined from Hengeler Mueller and advises on corporate governance issues.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's industry expertise ranges from automotive, infrastructure and transport sectors to financial institutions and the health sector. The internationally well-connected team can additionally count on the firm's corporate, employment, antitrust and data protection expertise. Norbert Nolte is the key contact for internal investigations and Marius Berenbrok focuses on compliance aspects of disputes and transactions. Former counsel and commercial criminal lawyer Thomas Helck joined White & Case LLP in March 2019.
Other key lawyers:
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's 'outstanding experts' advise on anti-corruption, money laundering prevention, export control matters, data protection and crisis management and are headed by a multi-partner team: Benno Schwarz has longstanding experience in compliance matters, particularly pertaining to Russia; Finn Zeidler, who is well versed in commercial criminal law, assists with compliance issues after internal investigations; Mark Zimmer advises on compliance aspects of employment matters; and Markus Nauheim assists with relevant corporate issues. Ferdinand Fromholzer frequently acts for executives and boards of directors. Markus Rieder, who is an experienced key contact for the manufacturing and automotive industries, joined the team from Latham & Watkins LLP in January 2020.
Benno Schwarz; Finn Zeidler; Mark Zimmer; Markus Nauheim; Ferdinand Fromholzer
Other key lawyers:
‘A service- and client-oriented team with an outstanding combination of talents.’
‘Gibson Dunn renders tailored and practical advice.‘
‘Benno Schwarz is an outstanding specialist, who stands out for his analytical approach and strategic thinking.‘
‘Due to his communication talent, Markus Nauheim is held in high regard among all ranks of the company.’
- Ongoing advice to Wirecard regarding a compliance management system as well as current compliance matters and allegations.
Gleiss Lutz predominantly advises corporations from the automotive, media, consumer goods, pharma and arms industries on a broad spectrum of compliance issues: recently, the team was increasingly active in matters pertaining to anti-corruption, fraud and data protection, while director's liability cases still represent a main focus of the practice. The group is jointly headed by antitrust expert Christian Steinle, Eicke Bicker, who has wide-ranging CMS experience, and Hansjörg Scheel, who is the key contact for insurance companies. Burghard Hildebrandt is frequently consulted for foreign trade law advice.
Eicke Bicker; Christian Steinle; Hansjörg Scheel
Other key lawyers:
Burghard Hildebrandt; Marcus Reischl; Marc Ruttloff; Eva Koch
‘Outstanding, comprehensive advice and steering of an international dispute with a sense of proportion.’
‘Excellent professional knowledge and very responsive.’
‘Both Eicke Bicker and Marcus Reischl are very effective and goal-oriented, at the same time providing perfect client support.’
‘Eicke Bicker and Marcus Reischl have the ability to develop feasible solutions for the most difficult issues.’
‘Eike Bicker provided exceptional service and advice – always practical, knowledgeable and empathetic to our internal cultural values. We could not have achieved the results we did without him.‘
‘The team at Gleiss Lutz possesses outstanding knowledge of compliance management systems and has the ability to provide realistic and pragmatic advice. The team does not shy away from assessing risks correctly, developing appropriate measures and advising accordingly.‘
Noerr's compliance practice impresses with a broad interdisciplinary approach which also includes the ability to set up flexible teams composed of lawyers, tax accountants and auditors on request. Torsten Fett is particularly well versed in stock corporation and capital markets law matters and jointly heads the practice with Sophia Habbe, who has wide-ranging experience in internal investigations and commercial criminal law. 'Smart mind' Martin Schorn was recently particularly active in compliance matters related to money laundering and Bärbel Sachs is an expert in trade compliance programmes. Christian Pelz is another important member of the team. Lars Kutzner joined Dentons and environmental compliance specialist Uwe Erling joined Pohlmann & Company in January 2020.
Sophia Habbe; Torsten Fett
‘The team is reliable; the advice is on point and inspired by subject matter expertise.‘
‘Martin Schorn is reliable and focuses on technical results; he always delivers high quality.’
White & Case LLP's clients receive one-stop compliance and white-collar criminal law advice as the team covers a broad spectrum of relevant matters and further cooperates closely with its international offices. On a preventive level, the group advises corporations, particularly from the financial and automotive sectors, on the establishment of compliance management systems and compliance due diligence. Renowned compliance expert Karl-Jörg Xylander heads the practice, which also includes newly appointed partner and criminal lawyer Tine Schauenburg and Nils Clemm, who often assists with tax-related compliance matters. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of Thomas Helck, who came from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in March 2019.
In the field of corporate compliance issues, CMS particularly often assists corporations from the regulated industries such as the defence, energy and health sectors. Under the leadership of the experienced Harald Potinecke, the team regularly advises on the development and implementation of compliance management systems, which also includes the introduction of cross-border ombudsman and reporting systems. Eckart Gottschalk, who predominantly advises executives and management boards, as well as Petra Schaffner, who has insurance and manufacturing sector expertise, frequently assist with corporate-related matters. Joachim Kaetzler specialises in money laundering, breach of trust and corruption matters and Florian Block is another valuable member of the team.
‘Harald Potinecke and Florian Block are two absolutely assertive and technically outstandingly well-versed partners.’
Volkswagen / Porsche / Audi / VW Truck & Bus
Deutscher Fussball-Bund („DFB“)
thyssenkrupp Marine Systems
Dirk Rossmann Group
Rolf Friedhofen (früherer Vorstandsvor. der Hypovereinsbank)
- Advice, legal representation and support concerning the development of compliance structures for an energy supplier.
- Advised a DAX30-company on the global implementation of money laundering- and embargo-compliance-schemes.
- Advised Audi on reappraisal under employment law regarding the Diesel topic.
Hengeler Mueller advises corporations from the financial, manufacturing and technology sectors on fraud, corruption and breach of trust matters, as well as on tax and environmental torts, insider trading and market manipulation. Vera Jungkind often acts on the interface of compliance and public commercial law, while Wolfgang Spoerr is the key contact for administration and regulatory issues, particularly in the technology industry. Other pillars of the practice include technical compliance issues and director's liability torts.
Other key lawyers:
- Set-up of a GDPR-compliance-scheme for an international automotive supplier within Europe.
- Review of a group-wide compliance scheme for an internal healthcare provider.
- Recommencement of the compliance scheme in the corporate hospitality and events sector for a consumer goods manufacturer.
Executives and management boards regularly rely on Linklaters' experience in compliance issues, while the team demonstrates particular expertise in developing and implementing compliance management systems. The group follows a cross-practice approach that allows a matter-dependent setup of individual teams. Due to his extensive expertise in banking and financial law matters, Klaus Saffenreuther is the key contact for financial institutions and jointly leads the team with Hans-Ulrich Wilsing, who is adept in corporate law. Kerstin Wilhelm made partner.
Klaus Saffenreuther; Hans-Ulrich Wilsing
Other key lawyers:
Deutsche Bank AG
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's corporate governance practice predominantly handles compliance matters in relation to fraud, corruption, money laundering, export control and subsequent sanctions; additionally, the team is often instructed by international corporations and financial institutions to assist with the development and implementation of compliance measures. Bernd Mayer heads the team, which also works closely with the dispute resolution practice around Anke Sessler. The extensive cross-linking between the firm's offices is another noteworthy characteristic of the practice. Counsel Jens König is another key contact.
- Advised Daimler on aspects of compliance law in the course of restructuring its business segments.
With the arrival of commercial criminal lawyer Thomas Grützner from Baker McKenzie and data protection expert Tim Wybitul from Hogan Lovells International LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP has visibly strengthened its compliance expertise. Based on a cross-practice approach, the team offers comprehensive advice on antitrust, corporate and employment law aspects, particularly with regards to industry-specific compliance issues in the financial, health and energy sectors. Tobias Larisch is well versed in corporate compliance matters. Also noteworthy is the skilful use of legal tech. Markus Rieder, an experienced key contact particularly for manufacturing and automotive companies, joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in January 2020.
‘Latham & Watkins stands out for its flexibility and practice orientation.’
Stada Arzneimittel AG
Scholz Holding GmbH
Knuddels GmbH & Co. KG
Taylor Wessing's cross-practice compliance team advises national and international corporations on a broad array of compliance-relevant matters: Stephan Manuel Nagel is adept in antitrust-related compliance issues; Oliver Bertram is experienced in handling matters pertaining to employee lending law compliance and deployment of external personnel and is further regularly instructed to assist with the development of HR compliance systems; corporate lawyer Mike Goldammer has deep knowledge of the Chinese market; and Paul Voigt is the key contact for data protection matters. Practice head Dirk Lorenz is also active in dispute resolution.
FÜR SIE Handelsgenossenschaft eG Food Non-Food
Bundesverband des Elektro-Großhandels (VEG)
Compagnie de Saint-Gobain
China subsidiary of US headquartered company
German Chamber of Commerce unit
- Advice to Fitch Ratings on GDPR-compliance, as well as the development and implementation of guidelines.
- Support to the Rabobank regarding different regulatory issues of banking, compliance and payment services.
- Ongoing advice on antitrust and fusion control law to the purchasing cooperative FÜR SIE in the the food and drinks sector.
Boutique offering AGS Legal predominantly advises clients from the construction, real estate as well as plant and mechinal engineering sectors on preventive compliance matters with white-collar crime, civil, corporate and employment law aspects, but also provides reactive advice following offences and incidents. Jan Kappel and Wendelin Acker have longstanding experience in compliance matters and are supported by Jan Ehling and counsel Florian Junkers.
Dentons' compliance expertise ranges from developing compliance management systems, advice on competition law, data protection, export control and sanctions to money laundering and financial compliance; the group works particularly closely with its European network. The practice is headed by Rainer Markfort and Judith Aron, who made partner in April 2019. Lars Kutzner, previously at Noerr, has strengthened the team's commercial, tax and capital markets criminal law expertise since his arrival in April 2019 and Ann-Kristin Cahnbley joined in November 2019 from Clifford Chance; she has experience in internal investigations and in establishing compliance management systems. Julia Pfeil also made partner.
Rainer Markfort; Judith Aron
Ausfuhrkredit-Gesellschaft mbH / European Export Bank
Fresenius Medical Care
vbw – Verband der Bayerischen Wirtschaft e.V.
- Advised Fresenius Medical Care on drafting and implementing of a compliance management system.
- General compliance advice to AKA Ausfuhrkredit-Gesellschaft.
- Drafting of several support and advice documents regarding business activities in sanctioned countries on behalf of the Verband der Bayerischen Wirtschaft (Association of the bavarian economy).
GSK Stockmann's advice portfolio ranges from corporate, banking and employment law compliance to data protection, while the group assists with both development and implementation of compliance management systems and the investigation of offences. The team is led by Eric Mayer, who has also a corporate law background. Counsel Gerhard Gündel is another key contact for the development and review of compliance management systems.
Other key lawyers:
Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG
Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA
TBF Global Asset Management GmbH
Conterganstiftung für behinderte Menschen
- Advised Vetter Pharma Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG on development and expansion of a compliance management system.
- Advice to TBF Global Asset Management in the course of supervisory compliance issues.
- Advice to Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA on development and expansion of a compliance managament system.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Under the leadership of Dirk Seiler, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's team frequently advises on the development and implementation of compliance management and whistleblowing systems, but is also regularly instructed to assist with compliance issues pertaining to financial services regulation and money laundering prevention. Clients further benefit from the firm's international structure, which allows a seamless handling of cross-border matters. Senior associate Enno Appel is well versed in corruption cases.
Other key lawyers:
‘Herbert Smith Freehills’ compliance team stands out for its practice-oriented support. The group understands the actual context and can therefore render quick and good legal support.‘
‘Dirk Seiler is both on legal and procedural level a highly valued lawyer, who never loses sight of strategic aspects and searches, finds and supports pragmatic solutions according to the client’s needs.‘
‘Enno Appel stands out for his practical approach. He knows immediately what an in-house lawyer needs and delivers fast and legally sound advice.’
- Ongoing advice on compliance laws to Microsoft Deutschland regarding the prevention of criminal law risks and reputation risks.
Across 16 German offices and under the leadership of Konstantin von Busekist in Düsseldorf, KPMG Law Germany advises on corruption, data protection, money laundering, customs duty and social compliance matters. Ulrich Thölke in Berlin has health sector expertise and Bernd Federmann in Stuttgart is the key contact for compliance reviews, workshops and risk analysis.
Konstantin von Busekist
- Advised the Audi AG on the implementation of different compliance training courses.
- General advice on compliance law to a provider of software solutions, in particular support in the course of implementing the GDPR-requirements.
- Design of a group-wide compliance risk assessment for Festo AG & Co.
Simmons & Simmons' integrated approach in compliance matters is based on the close-knit cooperation between the criminal law, data protection and employment practices of the firm. The group also frequently advises on criminal tax and sanctions issues. Along his compliance expertise, Hans-Herrmann Aldenhoff has experience in dispute resolution and jointly heads the team with Sascha Kuhn, who assists with both civil and criminal law aspects; he is also regularly instructed to establish whistleblowing systems and often acts as ombudsman for international corporations. The client base includes both national and international companies.
Hans-Herrmann Aldenhoff; Sascha Kuhn
VW Monitor Larry Thompson
Ärzteversorgung Land Brandenburg
- Advice to Larry Thompson, the appointed monitor of the Volkswagen AG, regarding matters of employment law and data protection law in Germany and Europe.
- Advised Broadcom on general compliance matters.
- Support regarding the compliance with data protection and the implementation of the GDPR for the German branch of a British financial institute.
SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwalte AG's compliance practice is particularly well-established on national level. In addition to the establishment and implementation of compliance management systems, the team is also involved in monitoring and further development. Furthermore, the group offers workshops and representation in disputes resulting from compliance offences. The team is led by Jochem Reichert, whose corporate law background is frequently required. Nicolas Ott was recently instructed as compliance advisor by various corporations. Georg Jaeger and Katharina Steinbrück are well versed in employment law aspects.
‘SZA is a top address; the team thinks far ahead and consequently implements its strategy.’
‘The team is strategically brilliant and exceedingly successful.‘
- Advised BASF on compliance matters in particular regarding the environment sector.
- Ongoing Advice on compliance and maintenance of a compliance hotline for GBG.
- Advice on the development of a company-wide compliance scheme for the Mektec Europe Group.
Christian Crones and Jan Wendler took on the lead of WilmerHale's compliance, internal investigations and corporate governance practice after Roland Steinmeyer joined Morrison & Foerster LLP in March 2019. The cross-practice team has wide-ranging experience particularly in assisting corporations with matters related to DoJ monitorships, whereby the strong cooperation with its US offices is of particular note. The client roster includes big corporations and financial institutions.
Christian Crones; Jan Wendler
‘The team stands out for its practical orientation. A classic memorandum pertaining to a legal issue can be as easily requested as project-related advice on the implementation of a compliance management system.‘
‘An experienced team that renders precise and tailored advice.‘
‘Jan Wendler stands out for the strategic added value of his advice due to his knowledgeable assessment of legal situations and experience in dealing with the DoJ and monitor.‘
‘Christian Crones gives fast, useful advice and precise recommendations on how to act.‘
- Conduct of an internal investigation for a German automotive supplier und its American subsidiary company in the course of compliance-related circumstances.
- Crisis management advice to an international banking and financial service provider regarding the allegations of tax evasion and money laundering.
Already in 2017, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek bolstered its compliance capabilities with the arrival of Gunter Mühlhaus, previously at Ernst & Young Law, and additionally welcomed Martin Ströhmann, who joined from Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, in March 2019; they respectively cover tax and corporate aspects of compliance matters. Practice head André-M. Szesny has a good reputation for his white-collar crime expertise. Notably, the team works closely with the corporate, data protection, employment and antitrust departments of the firm. Susanne Stauder is experienced in advising on money laundering matters.
‘The partner takes ownership of the client’s needs, puts herself into their shoes, contributes personal initiative and is thereby technically sound.‘
‘The team stands out for its down-to-earth attitude, short response times, pragmatic solutions and proactive support.‘
‘André Szesny has a broad wealth of experience in both technical and procedural regard. This combination allows him to advise his client’s optimally. He’s a prudent, reflective, but also straightforward legal advisor.‘
- Ongoing advice on compliance to a steel company regarding criminal law and antitrust laws.
- Introduction of a group-wide compliance management system and training courses for a manufacturer of textile machinery.
- Introduction of compliance measures for Uniper.
Kapellmann und Partner
Kapellmann und Partner's practice group is experienced in advising medium-sized and large corporations on antitrust, criminal, employment, corporate and data protection-related compliance matters. Ivo du Mont heads the group; like Axel Kallmayer and Julia Wiemer, he focuses on antitrust. Vivien Veit covers white-collar crime aspects, where she regularly assists with criminal prevention matters.
Ivo du Mont