Firms To Watch: Internal investigations

The former ADVANT Beiten partners Jörg Bielefeld, Alexander Schmid and counsel Timo Handel joined forces at the German division of Addleshaw Goddard‘s global investigations practice; alle three are experienced in compliance and investigations.

Internal investigations in Germany

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz is a popular address for banks, financial institutions and private equity companies, thanks to the international orientation and experience in cross-border investigations and high-profile matters. The team is well versed in cum-ex and financial fraud-related matters and also focuses on issues pertaining to allegations of corruption, cybercrime, sexual harassment as well as bullying and misconduct. Practice head Eike Bicker is experienced in internal investigations, he is supported by Marcus Reischl, who frequently cooperates with the relevant authorities as well as parliamentary investigative committees. Christoph Skoupil offers expertise in criminal law and made partner in January 2023. Of counsel Dirk Scherp (criminal law and fine proceedings) retired in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Eike Bicker

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Reischl; Christoph Skoupil


‘The Gleiss Lutz team is always well prepared and analyzes difficult and complex legal issues in a detailed and well-founded manner.’

‘Very practical advice, very pleasant contact, legal advice at the highest level.’

‘Eike Bicker: Simply outstanding.’

Key clients


Volkswagen AG / Audi AG / Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Deutsche Bahn AG



Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG

Atlas Elektronik/ThyssenKrupp

BUYIN (Procurement Joint Venture DTAG/Orange)

Carl Zeiss Meditec

Deutsche Beteiligung AG

Gelita Medical GmbH

Hypo Real Estate

INEOS Styrolution Group GmbH

Merz Pharma

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan


Regiomed Kliniken

VfB Stuttgart

Work highlights

  • Supporting the insolvency administrator of Wirecard as lead counsel for the global internal investigation and litigation to secure and enforce claims.

  • Supporting 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.

  • Conducting an internal investigation for Deutsche Bahn AG after the derailment of a regional train with five deaths and more than sixty injuries near Munich as well as advice to the board of directors regarding the adequacy of the risk management system.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s internationally renowned practice advises well-known companies from the automotive, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and finance sectors. The team consists of lawyers and specialised experts and advises on alleged money laundering, corruption, supply chain and product liability matters as well as investigations, including criminal proceedings. The renowned practice head and co-CEO of the firm’s legal tech brand ELTEMATE Sebastian Lach has longstanding expertise in cross-border and FCPA, SEC/DoJ-related investigations and is supported by Désirée Maier (criminal law and investigations, life sciences), Olaf Schneider (corruption prevention, FCPA monitorships), Angelina Leder (official searches, fines and investigations), Christian Ritz (dawn raids, cross-border compliance and antitrust investigations) and counsel Lukas Ritzenhoff (antitrust law, compliance investigations). Philip Matthey (antitrust proceedings) and counsel Simone Ridder (investigations, dawn raids) respectively joined the team in October 2022 from the TRATON Group and from the public prosecutor’s office in Düsseldorf in July 2023. Sebastian Gräler (clients' representation in official investigations) made partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Lach

Other key lawyers:

Désirée Maier; Olaf Schneider; Angelina Leder; Christian Ritz; Lukas Ritzenhoff; Philip Matthey; Simone Ridder; Sebastian Gräler


‘Olaf Schneider combines unrivaled experience from in-house work with the overview of an external consultant.’

‘The partners and their teams are very responsive, deliver work results of the highest quality on time and take all aspects of a situation into account.’

‘A very trusting relationship in which one can address any issue and receive first-class solutions.’

Key clients

Vitesco Technologies

Cariad SE

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

World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF Deutschland)


Work highlights

  • Advising Vitesco Technologies and conducting an internal investigation on various technical compliance issues.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance offers both preventive and forensic expertise in supporting national and international clients from the financial services, construction, real estate, manufacturing, technology and pharmaceutical sectors in allegations pertaining to money laundering, corruption as well as cum-ex and tax fraud. Co-head Peter Dieners is regularly instructed by pharmaceutical, medical device and chemical companies on all business-critical matters and jointly heads the team with Heiner Hugger, who is a renowned expert for investigations and the representation of companies and their employees. Other key contacts include Julia Baedorff (criminal law), Ines Keitel (employment law and data protection) and David Pasewaldt (compliance and criminal law).

Practice head(s):

Peter Dieners; Heiner Hugger

Other key lawyers:

Julia Baedorff; Ines Keitel; David Pasewaldt

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s expertise is based on the close cooperation of the litigation, compliance and US-based teams, where the practice advises international companies and corporations on so-called bet-the-company mandates in connection with investigations and regulatory matters; this offering includes clients' representation in civil and criminal proceedings. Core competencies include the assistance with allegations in connection with sanctions and export controls, cyber attacks, cum-ex, AML, crypto regulation and ESG matters. Practice head Benno Schwarz has longstanding experience in FCPA, anti-corruption as well as corporate and compliance issues in high-risk countries such as Russia; Finn Zeidler is renowned for his expertise in anti-money laundering and crypto matters, while Ferdinand Fromholzer focuses on D&O liability and Kai Gesing advises on issues pertaining to antitrust, technology and data protection. Katharina Humphrey, who made partner in January 2023, regularly assists with cross-border internal investigations pertaining to CMS, ESG and sanctions.

Practice head(s):

Benno Schwarz

Other key lawyers:

Benno Schwarz; Finn Zeidler; Ferdinand Fromholzer; Kai Gesing; Katharina Humphrey

Work highlights

  • Advising the supervisory board of Allianz SE in connection with the legal and regulatory proceedings in the USA in connection with the Structured Alpha Funds.

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller‘s renowned compliance practice is experienced in the finance sector and regularly offers support in internal investigations. Recent focus areas include alleged violations of the Russian sanctions regime, greenwashing allegations, contentious ESG matters as well as allegations of money laundering, data protection and tax fraud. The firm’s eDiscovery tool Nuix is particularly noteworthy in this context. Among the key contact are Vera Jungkind (data protection and AML compliance), Fabian Quast (regulated industries and IT forensics), Wolfgang Spoerr (corporate investigations) and Daniel Weiß (banking and finance, official investigations).

Other key lawyers:

Vera Jungkind; Fabian Quast; Wolfgang Spoerr; Daniel Weiß

Key clients

WashTec AG

Allianz SE



Deutsche Börse AG

Robert Bosch GmbH

Vonovia SE

Work highlights

A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman follows an interdisciplinary and cross-border approach and focuses on supporting companies from the finance, life sciences and technology sectors. The practice frequently assists with comprehensive investigations into allegations of accounting fraud, tax evasion as well as external staff issues, misconduct by management personnel and embezzlement. The team also draws on the expertise of the eDiscovery team as well as the international network. Wolf Bussian (financial sector investigations) and Jan Erik Windthorst (compliance violations) jointly head the team and are supported by criminal lawyer Tim Nikolas Müller (tax, capital markets and corruption law).

Practice head(s):

Wolf Bussian; Jan Erik Windthorst

Other key lawyers:

Tim Nikolas Müller


‘The team is great. The collaboration is very nice and the quality is extraordinary.’

‘Tim Nikolas Müller: An outstanding white collar criminal lawyer. The collaboration was and is excellent. I would recommend anyone at any time and without hesitation.’

Work highlights

  • Compliance investigation for a listed, internationally active, leading German biotechnology company regarding indications of the possible betrayal of highly confidential business secrets by a high-ranking employee of the US subsidiary.

  • Compliance investigation for an international US investment banking and securities trading company into possible misconduct by traders in Frankfurt and London in connection with the execution of transactions for customers.

  • Compliance investigation for a listed, internationally active German medical technology and healthcare group regarding evidence of accounting fraud and related offenses in subsidiaries in North America as well as allegations of alleged involvement of the parent company in the investigated processes.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is experienced in internal investigations with cross-border aspects and advises DAX40 companies and international corporations across all industries. The team focuses on the support in connection with money laundering allegations, antitrust law, data protection and criminal tax law as well as integrity issues (discrimination, bullying, harassment, retaliation). The practice is jointly led by Andreas Lohner (anti-corruption investigations) and Nicolai Behr (corruption, fraud and #MeToo investigations). ESG and sanctions advice is covered by Anahita Thoms, while Annika Schürmann assists with antitrust and criminal proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Lohner; Nicolai Behr

Other key lawyers:

Anahita Thoms; Anika Schürmann

Work highlights

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s interdisciplinary investigations expertise is regularly called upon by DAX companies from all industries, where the team advises in the context of alleged money laundering, tax offenses and corruption as well as foreign trade law and antitrust law violations. A mainstay is the cooperation with the renowned criminal law practice, here, Emanuel Ballo (corporate and employee representation), senior counsel Jürgen Taschke (criminal law) and Christian Schoop (environmental crimes, cyber attacks) are the key contacts; The latter jointly heads the compliance team with Jens Kirchner, who is experienced in employment law-related investigations. Moritz von Hesberg focuses on corporate law investigations and made partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Christian Schoop; Jens Kirchner

Other key lawyers:

Emanuel Ballo; Jürgen Taschke; Moritz von Hesberg


‘Trustful, longstanding collaboration with Emanuel Ballo and his team. Practical, highly competent advice in the context of compliance incidents and internal investigations, excellent international network and partner law firms. Fast response times.’

‘High level of advisory competence paired with a lot of technical expertise and very good assertiveness of the client’s position, even in difficult negotiations.’

‘The team is really great. The collaboration is very nice and the quality is extraordinary.’

‘Emanuel Ballo: An outstanding white-collar criminal lawyer. The collaboration was and is excellent. I would recommend anyone at any time and without hesitation.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bahn AG

Work highlights

  • Support and implementation of an internal, independent investigation for Deutsche Bahn; including investigation report to the company’s board of directors.

  • Conducting a comprehensive internal investigation at the Chinese subsidiary of an international forestry, gardening and landscape maintenance company into possible criminal offenses (in particular corruption) and compliance violations by employees and (former) managers.

  • Conducting a comprehensive internal investigation for a medical technology company regarding a possible environmental crime in connection with a water discharge and advising on an investigation by the public prosecutor’s office.


Linklaters is experienced in supporting companies from the energy, aviation, automotive, manufacturing and consumer goods sectors in internal investigations; international matters are covered thanks to the frequent cooperation with the firm’s network. This cross-border expertise is regularly called upon in connection with allegations pertaining to #MeToo, compliance violations, EU and Russia-related sanctions, antitrust law, criminal law and cum-ex. Hans-Ulrich Wilsing (corporate law, governing bodies) and Kerstin Wilhelm (clients' representation and investigations) jointly head the team. Jens Blumenberg and Christian Hundeshagen assist with alleged tax fraud matters, while Daniela Seeliger is well versed in  antitrust law. Associate Jacqueline Kusserow (in addition to internal investigations, dispute resolution and risk assessment regarding sanctions) is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Hans-Ulrich Wilsing; Kerstin Wilhelm

Other key lawyers:

Jens Blumenberg; Christian Hundeshagen; Daniela Seeliger; Jacqueline Kusserow


‘Interdisciplinary project teams with a very good international network. Fast scalability thanks to the resources of a major international law firm. Very good customer orientation.’

‘Kerstin Wilhelm is characterized by the highest level of specialist expertise, maximum willingness to perform, speedy reactions, and at the same time the highest quality of the work results. Integrity and commitment, open and clear communication.’

The Linklaters team around Hans-Ulrich Wilsing is our absolute preferred partner for all critical consulting mandates and investigations by the supervisory board as well as the preparation of our general meeting. In addition to the proven expertise, it is the highly professional advice to the boards of directors and supervisory boards on all matters as well as the difficult subjects.

Hans-Ulrich Wilsing is an outstanding partner; we value his high level of professional expertise, his accurate advice and prioritization of topics, as well as his tailored solutions for the top senior management.

Kerstin Wilhelm: She is technically outstanding and a great strategist.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading German automotive supplier following an audit of a German subsidiary on transfer pricing issues and successful settlement with the public prosecutor’s office.

  • Advising a retail company in the fashion industry following a search of its premises by the European Commission due to possible breaches of Article 101 TFEU and concerns regarding improper exchange of information with competitors as well as price fixing and advice on parallel proceedings in the UK and the USA.


Noerr primarily assists DAX companies in the financial services, manufacturing and technology sectors with internal investigations and advises on allegations in connection with regulatory and tax law, sanctions, ESG, data protection and HR compliance. Torsten Fett is well versed in stock corporation and capital markets law and jointly heads the team with Sophia Habbe, who regularly supports cross-border investigations in connection with diversity and inclusion. Christian Pelz is experienced in corruption, fraud and embezzlement-related investigations, while Alida Gölz, who was appointed to associate partner in January 2023, covers regulatory issues and internal investigations. Senior associate Jana Hanke handles the criminal law interface. Stefanie Bischof (regulatory investigations) left the firm in June 2023 for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Torsten Fett; Sophia Habbe

Other key lawyers:

Christian Pelz; Alida Gölz; Jana Hanke


‘Very committed, well-positioned and diverse team, high flexibility, high level of professional expertise.’

‘Very motivated and qualified team members with different focuses.’

Key clients

Hertha, Berliner Sport-Club (Hertha B.S.C.) e.V. & Hertha BSC GmbH & Co. KGaA

Work highlights

  • Internal investigation for an international machinery manufacturer with regard to compliance with EU-Russia sanctions; Support in further improving the internal compliance program.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP supports companies from the financial and automotive sectors, as well as online platforms, which instruct the team on forensic compliance matters. The practice is well versed in cum-ex and cum-cum mandates and also assists with investigations into allegations pertaining to current topics, such as whistleblower systems, HR compliance, AFC and liability issues as well as traditional criminal law matters, including corruption and environmental-related allegations. New practice head Daniel Zapf (previously at DLA Piper) joined the Frankfurt-based team in May 2022 and has expertise in compliance and internal investigations, while former practice head Karl-Jörg Xylander joined  CCI-LEGAL in February 2023 and Thomas Helck (commercial and criminal tax law) formed his own law firm HELCK Legal in April 2023. Tine Schauenburg (liability matters) and retired partner of counsel Nils Clemm (investigative and supervisory authorities) are among the key members of the Berlin-based team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Zapf

Other key lawyers:

Tine Schauenburg; Nils Clemm


CMS is experienced in preventive matters, such as management systems, and also offers forensic support to clients in the technology, construction, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. The practice assists with internal investigations into allegations pertaining to employment law and sanctions violations, money laundering and fraud. Clients also benefit from the forensic legal tech tool CMS Evidence. Harald Potinecke heads the practice and is experienced in criminal and corruption law as well as official investigations. He is supported by Joachim Kaetzler (money laundering and anti-corruption) and Daniel Kaiser (criminal law and clients' representation). Till Komma (compliance violations and cross-border investigations) was appointed to counsel in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Harald Potinecke

Other key lawyers:

Joachim Kaetzler; Daniel Kaiser; Till Komma


‘Very good specialist knowledge, very solution-oriented.

‘Daniel Kaiser has a high level of expertise and is very solution-oriented.’

‘Harald Potinecke: Extremely experienced, super professional to deal with and always confidently in control of the situation, even in the most difficult situations.’

Key clients




Nord L/B

AVL List Gruppe

Signal Iduna / Signal Iduna Lebensversicherung a.G.

Work highlights

  • Advising on an internal investigation and representing a German automotive supplier in commercial criminal law on allegations of corruption in connection with the supply of an OEM.

  • Advising and representing a DAX40 group in the conduct of two sensitive internal investigations at the interface to HR and the group’s works council.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s compliance team assists with investigations into national and cross-border allegations of corruption, fraud, embezzlement and money laundering; this expertise is regularly called upon by companies from the automotive, finance, manufacturing, aviation and infrastructure sectors. Practice head Dirk Seiler is well versed in criminal law, clients’ representation and asset tracing. Counsel Enno Appel (financial services regulation) left the firm in December 2022 for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Seiler


‘Dirk Seiler: Meticulous and careful.’

‘Many years of experience in this field. High competence.’

‘They have a very experienced team dedicated to internal investigations.”

The team from HSF/Dr. Seiler rightly enjoys an excellent reputation. The advice was excellent and helped us a lot in a difficult situation. We recommend Mr. Seiler and his team for white-collar criminal law matters and internal investigations at any time .’

Dirk Seiler: Technically simply good; well-thought-out concept for internal investigation; strategically very clever; Surveys of particular quality .’

Many years of experience in this field, high level of competence.

The team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP stands out from other law firms thanks to its comprehensive know-how and professionalism in the compliance area. Their strengths lie not only in the legal expertise, but also in the ability to present complex issues in an understandable and practical way. This makes collaborations much easier and ensures trusting cooperation. They have impressive expertise and are always proactive when it comes to protecting us from potential legal risks or informing us of important legal developments.’

‘Their pragmatic and solution-oriented approach makes collaboration efficient and goal-oriented. Particularly noteworthy is the practice’s willingness to try a new approach. Advanced technologies have been used, making information sharing and coordination much easier. Additionally, I really appreciate their efforts on diversity and inclusion, which is crucial in the modern world of work. Overall, I would describe the practice of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP as groundbreaking in its industry. They set standards in terms of specialist knowledge, customer orientation and innovation.

Key clients

Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Microsoft Corporation (USA)

Ford-Werke GmbH

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

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading battery manufacturer in connection with raw material purchase agreements with a South American raw material producer; Examination of relevant risks related to anti-corruption, money laundering and sanctions.

  • Providing criminal law advice to an international manufacturer of security systems regarding allegations of betrayal of trade secrets against former employees; filing a criminal complaint; Supervision of criminal proceedings; internal investigation.

  • Internal investigation and advice to a major German corporation in the field of medical technology and health in connection with a cyber attack.

Jones Day

Jones Day‘s German division of its global investigations and white collar defense practice is experienced in ​​internal investigations and cooperations with investigative authorities. Recent instructions include the assistance with allegations of misconduct, corruption, employment law-related crime and money laundering; the team also handles cross-border investigations. Practice head Thomas Preute has forensic expertise pertaining to corruption, antitrust and competition law, export control, fraud as well as human rights. European counsel Michael Mayer is experienced in anti-corruption matters as well as issues pertaining to Russia and Eastern Europe.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Preute

Other key lawyers:

Michael Mayer


Thomas Preute: Excellent professional expertise.

Key clients

Hynamics Deutschland Gmb

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading international private equity company on the conduct of comprehensive internal investigations into possible organizational negligence and possible breaches of duty of care by the management of a client’s portfolio company in connection with a catastrophic loss event.

  • Advising an international automotive supplier and conducting comprehensive international internal investigations into allegations relating to the alleged use of defeat devices.

  • Advising a German medium-sized company in connection with an investigation by the World Bank.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP routinely advises on due diligence matters in the transaction sphere and is also instructed by German and international companies on internal investigations pertaining to antitrust law, sanctions and embargoes, banking supervisory and employment law as well as data protection, this also includes cross-border investigations. Thomas Grützner (human rights and misconduct investigations), Tobias Larisch (corporate law and corporate governance) and Tim Wybitul (data protection and whistleblower systems) jointly head the practice. Wolf-Tassilo Böhm, who was appointed to counsel in January 2023, advises on data protection and cybersecurity.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Grützner; Tobias Larisch; Tim Wybitul

Other key lawyers:

Wolf-Tassilo Böhm

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Advising Strabag on an extensive ongoing investigation in connection with the procurement process for public tenders in Austria.

Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster‘s practice is primarily instructed by financial institutions, automotive manufacturers and other international corporations facing allegations of corruption, sanctions, environmental crimes and other compliance violations. Practice head Roland Steinmeyer focuses on advising governing bodies on German, European and US compliance requirements as well as on corporate and criminal law issues and is supported by Patrick Späth (corporate law, D&O liability), Felix Helmstädter (foreign trade law, sanctions and export control) and counsel Jakob Tybus, who regularly assists with internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Roland Steinmeyer

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Späth; Felix Helmstädter; Jakob Tybus


‘Highly professional, detailed, structured, high and reliable quality in every statement. Global network with professional colleagues in many countries, through our own or affiliated offices. Internationally known and with a good reputation, adds value to investigations internally and towards third parties/authorities.’

‘Patrick Späth has decades of experience in compliance investigations and is resilient, calm, precise, focused and solution-oriented.’

‘Patrick Späth: Very knowledgeable and experienced in white collar issues, investigations and general compliance advice. Good expertise.’

‘Roland Steinmeyer offers absolute reliability, is very careful and thinks far ahead.’

‘Very professional and with the necessary feel for the specifics of the case in order to handle the case appropriately for the company.’

‘Roland Steinmeyer: Very experienced and committed to handling the case in the best possible interests of the company.’

‘Top quality, distinctive specialist knowledge, best client support.’

Key clients

Mercedes-Benz Group AG

Hamburg Commercial Bank AG

Work highlights

  • Advising the supervisory board of Mercedes-Benz Group AG on all areas of the ‘diesel emissions’ complex.

  • Advising Hamburg Commercial Bank AG on the coordination, assertion and enforcement of claims in connection with tax-driven transactions.

  • Advising the supervisory board of a stock corporation listed in the DAX40 in connection with possible compliance violations in the technology sector.


Criminal law and compliance boutique CCI-LEGAL is based in Munich and active since March 2023. The firm strengthened its capacities in both preventive and forensic compliance with the arrival of the renowned compliance and criminal law expert Karl-Jörg Xylander from White & Case LLP. The team focuses on assisting international companies with internal investigations, AFC compliance and supply chain due diligence.

Practice head(s):

Karl-Jörg Xylander

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Karrer


‘The feeling of being in good hands with a competent team is particularly important for us as the client. It feels as if the entire firm is involved as a whole.’

‘One generally feels protected and communication is well executed in every written document.’

‘Highly specialized team in the area of ​​compliance.’

Work highlights

  • Cross-border internal investigation based on allegations of bullying in the automotive industry made by whistleblowers.

  • Carrying out a comprehensive anti-financial crime due diligence in connection with the considered sale of shares in a leading specialist manufacturer of vehicle systems to an international investor.

Pohlmann & Company

Pohlmann & Company‘s team complements its traditional focus on preventive compliance with experience in internal investigations, crisis management and liability matters; this expertise is regularly called upon by governing bodies. Practice head Andreas Pohlmann advises on corporate governance issues, while Nicole Willms is experienced in whistleblower systems, internal investigations and the enforcement of disciplinary measures. Julia Kahlenberg focuses on Asia-related compliance and investigations and Martin Schorn advises on criminal investigations and fine proceedings. Counsel Isabelle Plath is well versed in D&O matters.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Pohlmann

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Willms; Julia Kahlenberg; Martin Schorn; Isabelle Plath

Rosinus Partner

Rosinus Partner focuses on compliance and investigations, including matters pertaining to allegations of corruption, cum-ex, embezzlement as well as the diesel emissions scandal. Criminal lawyer Christian Rosinus and Mathias Grzesiek, who specialises in cyber-based criminal law, IT criminal law and data protection, jontly head the practice. Janina Brandau (white collar crime and tax law) was appointed to partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Christian Rosinus; Mathias Grzesiek

Other key lawyers:

Janina Brandau


Rosinus Partner is up to date with all technical support, e.g. secure data room for uploading documents, online questionnaires designed for clients that can be technically evaluated and its own server .’

Christian Rosinus, as the name partner, is absolutely quick in reacting, in organizing the necessary measures and in putting together the team.

The team quickly grasps the current issues and then provides thoughtful and tactically sound advice on how to proceed with the matter. The team also knows how to read a room – they know when to push and when to back off.

Christian Rosinus: An excellent team leader and a very smart lawyer. He has good personal contact with customers and is very responsive.

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Internal investigation for a leading international chemical company into questions of potentially criminally relevant employee misconduct.

  • Conducting an internal investigation at a portfolio company of a private equity advisor in connection with the breach of trust of a former managing director and the successful enforcement of claims for damages amounting to millions.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP‘s team regularly assists with compliance audits and internal investigations, both in cooperation with and independently of German and American investigative authorities. Financial services providers, technology companies and corporations with business interests in Russia regularly instruct the team on allegations of corruption, fraud, money laundering and sanctions violations. Practice head Bernd Mayer primarily advises on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering, while counsel Michael Albrecht vom Kolke is a key contact for Russia-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Mayer

Other key lawyers:

Michael Albrecht vom Kolke


‘Incredibly responsive and attentive in their advice. Understand how financial institutions work and always provide clear, actionable advice.’

‘Excellent understanding of regulatory requirements related to investigations. Provide appropriate resources to ensure investigations are carried out efficiently.’

‘Thorough understanding of applicable law coupled with the ability to provide practical guidance in the face of uncertainty.’

‘Michael Albrecht vom Kolke: Incredibly responsive and thorough.’

Key clients

Continental AG

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Work highlights

  • Advising the supervisory board of Continental AG on an internal investigation relating to diesel emissions and related corporate governance issues.

  • Advising ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE on an internal investigation in connection with possible violations of regulatory requirements by a subsidiary.