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Index of tables

  1. Advice to companies
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

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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

Next Generation Partners

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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 Nolde 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.

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