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    • Heiko Ahlbrecht - Wessing & Partner
    • Felix Dörr - Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen
    • Hanns Feigen - Feigen · Graf Rechtsanwälte
    • Heiner Hugger - Clifford Chance
    • Anne Wehnert - Thomas, Deckers, Wehnert & Elsner
    • Jürgen Wessing - Wessing & Partner

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Clifford Chance’s combined white-collar crime, regulatory and compliance practice, which operates across national and international offices, acts for clients from various sectors in a wide range of white-collar criminal law matters, including internal investigations, but also focuses on financial, trade and service sector-related work. Team head Heiner Hugger recently acted for an IT company in a preliminary investigation pertaining to allegations of tax evasion. The practice also acted for a media company accused of the embezzlement of wages. Counsel David Pasewaldt is another key figure. Counsel Jochen Pörtge joined Pinsent Masons Germany LLP as partner in October 2018 and Alexander Cappel moved to Norton Rose Fulbright in December 2018.

Feigen · Graf Rechtsanwälte has substantial experience in handling a wide range of white-collar criminal law matters and acts for individuals as well as companies. Hanns Feigen has a fine reputation in the market and recently acted for a consortium of affiliated underground construction firms in proceedings pertaining to the collapse of the Cologne city archives. Other key individuals include Walther Graf, who frequently co-ordinates preliminary proceedings for companies and banks, and Bernd Groß and Tilman Reichling. Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa are also clients.

Providing ‘practical and helpful advice’, Wessing & Partner receives regular instructions from banks, manufacturing groups and SMEs on various white-collar crime allegations and represents clients in subsequent proceedings and also handles internal investigations. ‘Quick thinker’ Heiko Ahlbrecht has a focus on representing clients in corruption and criminal tax proceedings and recently acted for a manufacturer in various investigations against employees. Matthias Dann handles product counterfeiting matters and Jürgen Wessing recently defended a company against allegations of having concluded anti-competitive agreements. Criminal tax law expert Rainer Biesgen was promoted to the partnership.

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

Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen handles a broad range of white-collar criminal law matters, and while the team is best know for representing individuals, it also assists several companies, most notably those from the financial sector, with the full range of white-collar crime matters and has particular expertise in handling proceedings involving supplementary penal provisions, criminal employment law, banking and capital markets criminal law and environmental criminal law issues. Criminal law and fine proceeding expert Felix Dörr is well regarded in the market. Florian Schmidt joined Tsambikakis & Partner Rechtsanwälte in April 2018.

Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP receives regular instructions from companies that have fallen victim to corruption, breach of trust, embezzlement, fraud and cybercrime, while the practice also handles proceedings concerning insolvency crimes and internal investigations. Dirk Seiler ‘has sound white-collar crime law expertise’ and has recently been particularly active in the financial services space; he advised a bank on money laundering law issues. In other work, the team represented a company investigating allegations of corruption and breach of trust against a former managing director.

Highly regarded for white-collar crime law work, Knierim & Krug Rechtsanwälte now operates under the name Knierim & Kollegen Rechtsanwälte as a result of former name partner Björn Krug’s move to Ignor & Partner GbR in April 2018. As well as its expertise in representing individuals in white-collar criminal law proceedings alongside accounting and criminal tax law matters, the practice also defends companies in various proceedings, including criminal and fine proceedings, conducts internal investigations and provides assistance with preventative compliance matters. Thomas Knierim is the key contact.

In addition to its expertise in representing individuals, Krause & Kollegen also has notable experience in acting for construction companies, banks and accounting firms in various proceedings and also provides assistance with compliance matters. In recent high-profile work, the team defended Volkswagen in proceedings concerning market manipulation allegations. Daniel Krause also acted for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and was able to prevent the committee of inquiry’s planned search of the firm’s offices as part of the cum-ex investigation.

The ‘professional’ team at Noerr stands out for its ‘very high service level’ and frequently acts for national and international companies from various sectors in criminal investigations and administrative offence proceedings. Christian Pelz focuses on providing advice on matters pertaining to allegations of corruption, fraud and embezzlement and, together with co-head Lars Kutzner, he also assists clients with compliance matters and internal investigations; according to clients, both are ‘very good’ lawyers. Pelz represented a developer in a preliminary investigation into bribery and the granting of advantages and Kutzner advised a publishing company on fraudulent actions committed by a former managing former.

Criminal law boutique Thomas, Deckers, Wehnert & Elsner has a strong profile acting for commercial enterprises, manufacturing companies and banks. The team includes highly regarded defence lawyer Anne Wehnert, who routinely defends individuals but also represents companies in preliminary proceedings and provides compliance advice, and Rüdiger Deckers and Thomas Elsner. Criminal lawyer Simone Kämpfer moved to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in February 2018.

VBB Rechtsanwälte exclusively handles white-collar criminal law work, representing clients in criminal proceedings and internal investigations. The highly regarded Renate Verjans focuses on providing preventative advice and on representing national and international companies in various proceedings; she recently acted for a company in preliminary and internal investigations pertaining to subsidy fraud. Other key individuals include Hjalmar Mahn, who specialises in capital markets criminal law matters; Marcus Böttger, who frequently acts for clients in matters pertaining to corruption and breach of trust; and medical and pharmaceutical criminal law expert Matthias Brockhaus. Markus Berndt and Malaika Nolde18677} joined *[Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte in early 2018.

White & Case LLP’s white-collar criminal law practice works in close conjunction with its compliance team and frequently handles automotive, financial and media sector-related mandates, including those in a cross-border setting. Key figure Karl-Jörg Xylander is experienced in defending individuals and companies and has extensive knowledge of banking, corporate and tax law. In recent work, he defended a company accused of cartel agreements, and acted for a bank in matters pertaining to fraud allegations. Nils Clemm recently represented a bank in a fine proceeding.

Handling the full remit of criminal law matters, Dierlamm Rechtsanwälte represents companies in all stages of criminal law proceedings. Its scope spans fraud and breach of trust matters alongside criminal tax law, corruption, criminal employment and insolvency-related issues. Katharina Kolbe and Alfred Dierlamm are advising Bilfinger’s compliance department on matters pertaining to the company’s compliance violations. Eva Racky has particular expertise acting for accounting firms and accountants in regulatory and criminal proceedings.

Eisenmann Wahle Birk & Weidner acts for manufacturing companies and financial institutions in various white-collar criminal law matters, which frequently pertain to criminal tax and tariff law, insolvency-related issues and allegations of corruption. Eberhard Wahle also handles compliance and the defence of criminal employment and medical criminal law matters. Wolfgang Winkelbauer acts for various individuals at Porsche in matters concerning market manipulation allegations.

Klinkert Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB assists companies and executives with non-contentious preventative matters as well as criminal proceedings. Due to its international network, the team is well versed in handling cross-border matters, acting for claimants and defendants. Marijon Kayßer has extensive experience in white-collar crime law and frequently handles matters pertaining to the pharmaceutical, automotive and chemical sectors. Andrej Dalingers is another key individual.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH’s combined white-collar crime and compliance practice handles the full spectrum of white-collar crime and administrative offences law, including internal investigations and compliance matters, and frequently works in conjunction with colleagues from other practices, most notably the antitrust law team. Key figure André Große Vorholt is particularly well versed in advising companies on recovery issues, such as the enforcement of claims for damages. In recent work, the team represented an investment company in cum-ex-related proceedings, and defended a construction company against a financial penalty.

Specialised in white-collar criminal law work, Park Wirtschaftsstrafrecht advises on allegations of breach of trust, fraud and corruption and also handles matters pertaining to capital markets criminal law and criminal tax law. The team also benefits from its international network and is well versed in handling compliance issues. Tobias Eggers defended, among others, a company in a criminal dispute with a group of investors against breach of trust and insolvency-related allegations. Tido Park acts in criminal cum-ex proceedings. Ulf Reuker is also noted.

The ‘responsive’ team at Rosinus | Partner stands out for its ‘deep criminal law expertise and high-quality work’. Led by the ‘very knowledgeable and approachable’ Christian Rosinus, the team acts for companies and individuals in various proceedings and has particular expertise in criminal tax law. In recent work, Rosinus represented a number of banks and private equity firms; a key area of expertise for the practice.

The ‘responsive’ team at Tsambikakis & Partner Rechtsanwälte has ‘a solution-oriented approach’ and handles the full spectrum of white-collar crime and criminal tax law matters, including compliance, and has particular expertise in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors; an area of expertise where the ‘very good’ Michael Tsambikakis is a key name. He recently represented a laboratory group in various criminal proceedings, but the team also acts for individuals. With the arrival of of counsel Frank Saliger, who was previously at ROXIN Rechtsanwälte LLP, the firm now also has a presence in Munich, while the Frankfurt office increased its bench strength by adding Florian Schmidt from Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen in April 2018. In October 2018, the firm opened its Stuttgart office, which was augmented by the addition of local partner Florian Bach from Kullen Müller Zinser. At the end of 2017, Markus Rübenstahl left the firm to found Rübenstahl Rechtsanwälte.


Advice to individuals

Index of tables

  1. Advice to individuals
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Felix Dörr - Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen
    • Hanns Feigen - Feigen · Graf Rechtsanwälte
    • Daniel Krause - Krause & Kollegen
    • Werner Leitner - Leitner & Kollegen
    • Anne Wehnert - Thomas, Deckers, Wehnert & Elsner

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Feigen · Graf Rechtsanwälte has a fine reputation for representing clients in white-collar crime proceedings and has a strong focus on acting for individuals, but the team also assists companies with various matters including compliance. Well versed in defending executives against various white-collar crime and criminal tax allegations as well as other criminal allegations, Hanns Feigen defended the politician Alexander Alvaro against allegations of negligent homicide and was able to reach a settlement and close the proceedings. He also acted for Karlheinz Blessing, HR director at Volkswagen, in investigative procedures following breach of trust allegations. Other key individuals include Walther Graf and Bernd Groß. The latter defended Fifa’s former secretary-general in proceedings pertaining to tax evasion.

Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen is experienced in white-collar crime and criminal tax law matters and is best known for representing individuals. Much of its work pertains to criminal banking and capital markets law but the practice also covers other areas including employment and corruption law matters. Felix Dörr is well versed in guiding clients through criminal and fine proceedings and recently represented Deutsche Börse’s CEO Carsten Kengeter in investigations by the Frankfurt public prosecutor and defended the client against allegations of insider dealing. Christian Schubert is another key individual and frequently handles criminal and fine proceedings involving scientific and technical matters as well as criminal product liability issues. IFlorian Schmidt joined Tsambikakis & Partner Rechtsanwälte in April 2018.

HammPartner Rechtsanwälte has a good track record in criminal defence proceedings and is particularly well versed in representing individuals. The practice covers a wide range of white-collar criminal law work but has particular expertise in constitutional law. The highly regarded Rainer Hamm defended former secret agent Werner Mauss against allegations of tax evasion, resulting in a suspended sentence, and is representing various Jones Day solicitors in proceedings following a raid at its Munich offices conducted by the Munich public prosecutor. Regina Michalke has a good reputation in the market; Thomas Richter and Stefan Kirsch are also recommended.

Noted for its extensive court experience, the team at kempf schilling Rechtsanwälte GbR assists clients with the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious white-collar criminal law matters and predominately acts for individuals but also handles work for companies. The highly regarded Eberhard Kempf defended real estate developer Josef Esch against allegations of bribery, corruption and breach of trust, and represented former Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller in proceedings pertaining to alleged market manipulation. The equally experienced Helen Schilling acts for various investment bankers involved in the cum-ex trading scandal.

Recognised by clients and peers alike, Krause & Kollegen specialises in white-collar crime matters and criminal law work and acts for individuals in all stages of criminal proceedings, while also providing preventive assistance. Key individual Daniel Krause, who has particular expertise in insolvency criminal law, and Philipp Gehrmann defended former Bank Sal. Oppenheim manager Matthias Graf von Krockow against breach of trust allegations. Alexandra Wagner is another key contact. Daniel Travers joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as counsel in November 2018.

Dierlamm Rechtsanwälte’s team focuses on assisting professionals with various national and international white-collar crime and criminal law matters, both contentious and non-contentious, and handles investigations, interim, main and appeal proceedings. Criminal law expert Alfred Dierlamm recently acted for a consultant in cum-ex-related proceedings and defended former employees of arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch against allegations of illegal arms deliveries to Mexico. Eva Racky acted for a client in proceedings pertaining to the stampede at the Love Parade festival in 2010 and defended the client against allegations of negligent homicide. Racky is also experienced in representing auditors in various white-collar crime and criminal proceedings.

Renowned criminal law boutique Leitner & Kollegen acts for several well-known clients, many of whom are individuals. The team acts for defendants in various white-collar crime proceedings including those pertaining to allegations of breach of trust, corruption and fraud. Highly regarded criminal lawyer Werner Leitner defended Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s international tax practice head Ulf Johannemann against allegations of aiding tax evasion. Reinhard Michalke left the firm in 2018 to found white-collar crime boutique MichalkeRosskopf Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB. Medical criminal law expert Martin Würfel joined the team.

Criminal law boutique Thomas, Deckers, Wehnert & Elsner acts for clients in all stages of criminal proceedings, drawing on its expertise in corruption and insolvency criminal law matters and product liability issues. The team, which acts for individuals and companies, recently represented the former chairman of Arcandor’s supervisory board (previously KarstadtQuelle), who was convicted of breach of trust and tax evasion. Thomas Elsner is experienced in handling criminal law matters pertaining to foreign trade and war weapons control law and Anne Wehnert is an experienced individual defence counsel. Of counsel Sven Thomas and Rüdiger Deckers are also recommended. Simone Kämpfer joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in February 2018.

Experienced in assisting individuals and companies, VBB Rechtsanwälte covers the full spectrum of white-collar crime law and has a particular focus on handling tax-related matters while also having a strong profile for compliance work. With the highly regarded Renate Verjans in the lead, the team acted for the former DFB official Wolfgang Niersbach, who is accused of tax evasion in connection with the 2006 World Cup. Other key individuals include Marcus Böttger, Matthias Brockhaus and Hjalmar Mahn. Markus Berndt and Malaika Nolde joined Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte in January 2018.

The ‘outstanding’ criminal law boutique Wessing & Partner covers a broad field of white-collar crime work and acts for individuals in preliminary, main and appeal proceedings in ‘a pragmatic and solution-oriented way’. Heiko Ahlbrecht represents clients in criminal proceedings but also provides assistance with compliance matters; clients note his ‘accurate advice and extensive experience in dealing with authorities’. Jürgen Wessing is another experienced individual defence counsel but also represents several medical and automotive sector companies. Rainer Biesgen made partner and Matthias Dann is another name to note.

Boutique firm Dannenfeldt & Rumpf Rechtsanwälte specialises in criminal law and also advises on compliance matters. Recognised for its broad offering, the team acts for clients in various criminal proceedings including accessory private prosecutions and provides witness assistance. Eva Dannenfeldt has a focus on handling proceedings concerning corruption and breach of trust allegations, while also having particular expertise in medical and environmental criminal law as well as foreign trade criminal law. She recently defended a client against allegations of tax evasion as part of proceedings involving several former Deutsche Bank employees. Alexander Rumpf is another key individual recognised for his broad expertise; he is particularly well versed in guiding clients through proceedings pertaining to corruption, breach of trust, fraud, customs duty offences and other fraudulent allegations. He defended, among others, a sales representative of a photovoltaic company in proceedings concerning alleged circumvention of the minimum import price regulation.

Freyschmidt Frings Pananis Venn acts for clients in various criminal proceedings including those concerning allegations of corruption, breach of trust and fraud. The firm consists of four partners, who work closely together and who can draw on many years of experience handling criminal law work: Uwe Freyschmidt is well versed in medical criminal law, while Guido Frings frequently handles corruption, criminal tax and financial offence-related instructions. Panos Pananis and Nikolai Venn frequently act for individuals.

Providing ‘excellent advice’, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB’s ‘very reliable’ team regularly acts for executives in criminal and supervisory procedures but also assists companies with internal investigations. The ‘very good’ André-M. Szesny acted for Metro AG’s board members in a preliminary investigation conducted by the public prosecutor’s Düsseldorf office, in defence against allegations of market manipulation. He also represented a managing director in the catering sector in a preliminary investigation pertaining to alleged tax evasion and embezzlement of social security contributions. The highly regarded Susanne Stauder defended a former bank employee against breach of trust allegations. Criminal tax law expert Gunter Mühlhaus joined the team from Ernst & Young Law in November 2017. Hanno Kiesel is recommended.

Ignor & Partner GbR handles criminal law, constitutional law, extradition law and administrative offence law matters, leading to regular instructions on matters at the intersection between constitutional and criminal law. The team is also experienced in handling political procedures; Alexander Ignor recently acted for the Federal Council in proceedings to ban the NPD. Anke Müller-Jacobsen, who also acts as a judge at the Federal Constitutional Court, is another key name in the team, which was augmented by the addition of Björn Krug from Knierim & Krug Rechtsanwälte, now Knierim & Kollegen Rechtsanwälte; he is particularly well versed in handling criminal tax and corruption matters.

Schiller & Kollegen is recognised for its broad offering, advising on proceedings pertaining to allegations of breach of trust and corruption, tax evasion and fraud alongside criminal employment law matters. Wolf Schiller recently defended a construction manager in proceedings concerning the collapsed Cologne city archives. He also formed part of the team defending several board members and employees of DB’s subsidiary Schenker against bribery allegations.

Compart & Schmidt GbR defends clients against allegations of breach of trust, corruption, money laundering and fraud, while also assisting with environmental criminal law and antitrust law proceedings. Eddo Compart acts for individuals in criminal and administrative fine preliminary and main proceedings and is experienced in providing witness assistance, while Konrad Schmidt is a key contact for criminal tax law matters. As well as representing individuals, the team also receives regular instructions from automotive and manufacturing sector companies.

The team at Eisenmann Wahle Birk & Weidner handles a wide range of white-collar crime matters and is particularly active in proceedings pertaining to corruption and insolvency matters and most notably those involving supplementary penal provisions and administrative offences, while also handling compliance matters. Criminal lawyer Eberhard Wahle has substantial experience in disciplinary law and criminal employment law-related proceedings. He recently represented a Porsche manager in proceedings concerning allegations of market manipulation. Uwe Holzapfel defended a client in the Mexico firearms export trial involving the German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch. Olaf Hohmann also acts for companies and banks.

With a focus on corruption, criminal tax and medical criminal law matters, the team at Fachanwälte für Strafrecht am Potsdamer Platz assists clients with various white-collar crime proceedings and also provides advice on compliance issues and internal investigations. Niklas Auffermann recently handled money laundering prevention instructions and acted for Volkswagen’s HR manager in a preliminary investigation, in defence against allegations of breach of trust and violation of the Works Constitution Act. In other significant work, he represented three managing directors in a procedure concerning subsidy fraud. Rainer Frank scored a notable success, having partially concluded investigative procedures against client and former KBV chairman Andreas Köhler. Sebastian Vogel is rated for his expertise in medical criminal law.

Gercke Wollschläger’s team is jointly headed by name partner Björn Gercke and Sebastian Wollschläger, who have criminal law and administrative offence matters at their core and frequently defend individuals against allegations of fraud and breach of trust. In recent work, Gercke defended Porsche’s research and development division head Michael Steiner against allegations of fraud and misleading advertising. He also acted for the former head of Arcandor’s monitoring board Friedrich Carl Janssen, who was accused of breach of trust. Kerstin Stirner represented an organiser in proceedings pertaining to the stampede at the Love Parade festival in 2010.

In addition to advising companies on compliance matters, Knierim & Kollegen Rechtsanwälte also represents individuals in various stages of white-collar crime, accounting and criminal tax law procedures including investigations, criminal and fine proceedings before various authorities. Thomas Knierim is noted for his extensive experience acting as criminal defence lawyer and for his expertise in handling automotive, construction and financial services-related matters alongside issues concerning the medical technology and pharmaceutical industries. Astrid Lilie-Hutz is also noted. Former name partner Björn Krug joined Ignor & Partner GbR in April 2018.

The team at Park Wirtschaftsstrafrecht handles a broad range of white-collar criminal law work, which frequently includes cross-border elements, and focuses on capital markets criminal law and criminal tax law matters, while also receiving regular instructions on compliance issues and internal investigations. Ulf Reuker recently defended a Bottrop-based pharmacist against accusations of having deliberately used an insufficient dosage of cancer medication. Tido Park and Tobias Eggers acted for Volkswagen’s CEO, who is under investigation for suspicion of market manipulation. Eggers also defends several clients in proceedings pertaining to the stampede at the Love Parade festival in 2010.

The one-man practice at Prof Dr Salditt revolves around the eponymous criminal lawyer, who has many years of experience in representing clients in proceedings concerning allegations of breach of trust, fraud and corruption. He also advises individuals and companies from the manufacturing and financial sectors on tax, accounting and tariff law matters. He recently acted for former secret agent Werner Mauss, who was accused of tax evasion.


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