Advice to companies in Germany
Not least because of its strong network as well as compliance and internal investigation practice, Clifford Chance is considered one of the most established addresses for companies seeking advice on white-collar crime matters. The team is often, but not exclusively, instructed by clients from the financial sector and is additionally particularly well versed in stock market sanction proceedings. Practice head Heiner Hugger is an experienced criminal defence lawyer, who mainly focuses on cross-border matters and preliminary proceedings. David Pasewaldt made partner in Mai 2019 and has capital markets offences, tax evasion and corruption matters at the core of his practice. Julia Baedorff, who is recommended for criminal tax issues, was promoted to counsel. Jochen Pörtge joined Pinsent Masons Germany LLP and Alexander Cappel left for Norton Rose Fulbright.
- Advised and defended various international clients in connection with separate investigation proceedings in Germany due to accusations in alleged cum-ex deals.
- Advised and defended a Scandinavian bank in connection with investigation proceedings due to accusations that German clients of the Luxembourg subsidiary facilitated tax evasion.
- Advised an international airline on German law in connection with investigation proceedings in various countries due to corruption allegations.
Feigen · Graf Rechtsanwälte
Feigen · Graf Rechtsanwälte advises corporations, particularly from the automotive and banking sectors, on the coordination of preliminary proceedings, but also assists with the criminal prosecution of employees. Hanns Feigen has extensive experience and is regularly involved in the market's most prominent proceedings. He is supported by Bernd Groß in the Frankfurt office, while Walther Graf is a well-versed key contact in the firm's Cologne office. Tilman Reichling made partner in 2019.
Wessing & Partner
Wessing & Partner has an excellent reputation for representing corporations in criminal tax proceedings, while instructions often include cross-border elements and mainly stem from the banking and automotive sectors as well as the large-scale industry. Recently, the team saw an increase in compliance and antitrust violation matters. Heiko Ahlbrecht heads the practice and has a good track record in criminal tax proceedings. Jürgen Wessing, Matthias Dann and Rainer Biesgen are also well versed across a broad spectrum of criminal law. Eren Basar made partner.
‘Excellent cooperation between individual employees, including a respectful and uncontrived demeanour among them. Skills count. Everyone focuses on the client’s interest.‘
‘Heiko Ahlbrecht perfectly combines technical ability and experience with a personal demeanour and an understanding for contents and motives of his client.‘
DLA Piper's expertise encompasses the whole spectrum of white-collar crime, including advice on corruption and fraud matters, money laundering offences and cyber crime. The group regularly acts for national and international clients from the banking, automotive and manufacturing sectors and additionally fields a strong investigations practice. Christian Schoop is proficient at representing clients in preliminary proceedings and has additional expertise in criminal environmental law. Senior counsel Jürgen Taschke has extensive experience particularly in cross-border matters. Emanuel Ballo joined the team at the beginning of 2019 from Gleiss Lutz and enhanced the practice's criminal compliance offering.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
With Simone Kämpfer at its forefront, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has established a strong and visible white-collar crime practice: Kämpfer has extensive experience in criminal law and administrative fine proceedings pertaining to fraud, breach of trust as well as corruption offences and regularly acts for large corporations. The team works closely with the firm's investigation practice, which most recently gained a good reputation advising on Volkswagen's emission scandal investigation. Counsel Daniel Travers, previously at Krause & Kollegen, has strengthened the group since the end of 2018, although his focus remains on representing individuals.
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White & Case LLP's established white-collar crime practice often acts for corporations from the financial and automotive sectors and recently saw an increase in instructions from the energy, medical and media industries; notably, clients benefit from the firm's international network and strong compliance and investigations practice. Karl-Jörg Xylander has longstanding experience in white-collar crime and administrative offence proceedings and is, as well as Nils Clemm, also adept at dealing with investigative and supervisory authorities. Thomas Helck joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Tine Schauenburg made partner.
‘Karl-Jörg Xylander is pragmatic, precise and quick.‘
Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen
In addition to its strong individual defence practice the team behind Felix Dörr at Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen also advises companies on white-collar crime issues: its expertise includes criminal insolvency, corruption and competition law as well as compliance matters. Name partner Dörr is experienced in coordinating the defence in long-lasting proceedings; Christian Schubert is another key contact and has deep knowledge of scientific and technical aspects of criminal law.
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Knierim & Kollegen Rechtsanwälte represents national and international corporations in criminal law and administrative fine proceedings while specialising in various areas of criminal law: Thomas Knierim has particularly deep knowledge of corruption matters, while Astrid Lilie-Hutz possesses criminal banking and capital markets law expertise. Anna Oehmichen has extensive experience in handling cross-border matters and Christian Rathgeber acts on the entire spectrum of white-collar crime issues. Saleh Ihwas is another key contact.
- Advised an automotive supplier that suffered damages due to fraud.
- Preparation of criminal charges for an insurer against employees due to suspected fraud.
- Assisted a whistleblower in the pharma sector in connection with corruption allegations.
Krause & Kollegen
In addition to its renowned individual defence practice, Krause & Kollegen is considered skilled at advising corporations, including construction companies, banks and auditing firms, on white-collar crime and criminal tax issues. Daniel Krause is one of the most renowned criminal defence lawyers in Germany and Philipp Gehrmann has experience in criminal corporate and tax law matters.
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The team at Noerr follows a broad and interdisciplinary approach: the team is particularly well versed in criminal tax law and internal investigations, but also has an established white-collar crime practice. Here, the group defends companies but also acts for damaged corporations, where instructions frequently stem from the automotive and consumer goods sectors. Christian Pelz is adept in acting in all stages of criminal proceedings; Martin Schorn relocated to the firm's Düsseldorf office to strengthen the practice's local market position; and counsel Steffi Kindler is also experienced in preliminary and administrative fine proceedings. Lars Kutzner joined Dentons in April 2019.
‘Christian Pelz and Martin Schorn are not only outstanding legal experts, but in my view they also have a sense for pragmatic solutions and an appropriate reaction for the respective case, without being over-reactive!‘
VBB Rechtsanwälte routinely assists corporations with white-collar crime issues including preventive advice, the coordination of all stages of criminal proceedings and enforcement measures. Renate Verjans is an experienced key contact for national and international corporations and often assists with internal investigations; Hjalmar Mahn focuses on capital markets offences and criminal IT law; Marcus Böttger is an acknowledged expert for compliance and criminal tax matters; and Matthias Brockhaus is well versed in criminal medical and pharmaceutical law.
At Hengeler Mueller, the white-collar crime, compliance and internal investigations practices work closely together: the team acts both as defence counsel or damaged party representative for national and international banks, financial services providers and corporations in preliminary as well as main proceedings. Wolfgang Spoerr is extensively experienced in dealing with the US Ministry of Justice and Dirk Uwer frequently advises on instructions from the energy and medical sectors. Constantin Lauterwein, who joined from White & Case LLP in July 2018, is well versed in advising on the Administrative Offences Act.
‘A very experienced team in commercial criminal law, good cooperation with colleagues from other legal disciplines.‘
‘Constantin Lauterwein is an excellent lawyer who always offers strategy-oriented advice with an eye on the bigger picture and navigates successfully through situations of crisis.‘
Robert Bosch GmbH
- Represented an international financial services provider in investigation proceedings and an internal cross-border investigation regarding the alleged participation in cum-ex deals.
- Defended a provider of pathology and laboratory services in criminal proceedings due to alleged pseudo-self-employment in logistics.
- Represented Robert Bosch in investigations by various public prosecutors in connection with the internal and external investigations and cross-border proceedings surrounding the alleged manipulation of NOx emissions of diesel vehicles.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's white-collar crime expertise ranges from corruption and breach of trust to embezzlement and cyber crime torts; notably, the team can rely on the cooperation with its international offices in cross-border matters and also fields an experienced internal investigations and compliance practice. Compliance is also a central pillar of practice head Dirk Seiler's expertise, which further includes deep knowledge of both civil and criminal law; he is supported by senior associate Enno Appel, who specialises in advising on financial crimes. Counsel Friso Heukamp is another key contact.
‘Dirk Seiler and Enno Appel work reliably and solidly including practical legal assessments.‘
- Advised and represented Microsoft in a breach of trust case and systematic fraud to the detriment of the company.
- Advised Pfizer in judicial proceedings for asset recovery.
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises corporations on the full spectrum of white-collar crime and criminal tax law, while instructions frequently entail cross-border aspects and benefit from the firm's compliance and internal investigations expertise. André Große Vorholt has longstanding experience in preliminary proceedings, recovery issues as well as in advising on preventive matters pertaining to transactions. The team also includes associates Verena Dimarch and Andreas Dürr; both also have civil law expertise.
The specialised unit PARK Wirtschaftsstrafrecht packs a particular punch in criminal capital markets law, in which context it regularly acts for banks, as well as in international criminal law, which is also reflected in the group's international client roster. The team is further adept at assisting with compliance issues, for which Tobias Eggers is a key contact. Tido Park has extensive experience in preliminary proceedings and along with Ulf Reuker also advises on criminal tax issues. Malte Cordes main focus lays on criminal corporate law.
‘Law firm Park is technically outstanding for commercial criminal law and compliance advice.‘
‘Tido Park, Tobias Eggers and Ulf Reuker exhibit extreme expertise and the communication is always exceedingly pleasant. Furthermore, they have negotiation skills as well as a large wealth of experience.‘
Deutsche Lufthansa AG
- Advised ARGE Nord-Süd regarding the collapse of the Cologne City Archives.
- Represented a civil engineering company in antitrust proceedings.
Newly founded criminal law firm Rosinus | Partner Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB split from AC Tischendorf Rechtsanwälte in January 2019 and advises corporations from the private equity, financial services, transport and logistics sectors as well as individuals on the whole spectrum of white-collar crime matters. The team is also experienced in assisting with compliance issues and internal investigations. Christian Rosinus is an experienced criminal defence lawyer and Michelle Wiesner-Lameth is particularly well versed in criminal corporate and tax matters.
‘Strong commitment for the client paired with a pragmatic approach. Large experience in coordinating difficult collaborative defences.‘
‘A lot of know-how. Experience, full commitment and human and cordial interaction – all within a small, but assertive and efficient team.‘
‘Christian Rosinus is highly intelligent and exhibits quick grasp and analytical thinking and therefore manages to get to the heart of the most complex matters within the shortest amount of time. In addition, he has a comprehensive legal knowledge, knows the jurisprudence and solves his cases quickly and without unnecessary detours.‘
‘Michelle Wiesner-Lameth defends in a very committed and successful way. She never loses track of pragmatic solutions.‘
- Represented a bank as joint interested party in cum-ex investigation proceedings.
- Represented a British hedge fund in penalty procedures before the German Financial Supervisory Authority BaFin.
- Advised a foreign company on asset recovery due potential fraud.
Thomas, Deckers, Wehnert & Elsner
Criminal law boutique offering Thomas, Deckers, Wehnert & Elsner has notable experience in preliminary proceedings, while its team of renowned lawyers covers a broad spectrum of diverse white-collar crime matters, such as advising corporations on criminal property, insolvency and corruption issues. Anne Wehnert has a good reputation and advises both individuals and corporations. Marcus Mosiek is well versed in assisting banks, while Thomas Elsner specialises in foreign trade and military weapons control law. Sven Thomas and Rüdiger Deckers support the team as counsel.
Tsambikakis & Partner Rechtsanwälte
Tsambikakis & Partner Rechtsanwälte advises national and international corporations on the full array of white-collar crime matters and has particular strong expertise in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors; here, Michael Tsambikakis is especially well versed. Furthermore, the group frequently assists corporations in the gambling industry with white-collar crime issues. Ole Mückenberger heads the Frankfurt team, which was recently strengthened by the arrival of criminal medical expert Mathias Grzesiek and Florian Schmidt-Tüshaus from Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen. Former state prosecutor Simone Lersch, Hans-Peter Huber, who joined from Danckert Huber Bärlein Rechtsanwälte in July 2018, and Florian Bach are other key contacts.
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‘The advice is outstanding and the desired success will be achieved.‘
‘Ole Mückenberger impresses with very goal-oriented but simultaneously pleasant and open advice, as well as high commitment.‘
Propan Rheingas GmbH & Co KG
- Represented Propan Rheingas in anti-trust administrative proceedings.
- Representation of a large university clinic in criminal proceedings surrounding the so-called transplantation scandal.
- Ongoing representation of various clinics and hospitals in criminal proceedings and advice on compliance matters.