Advice to individuals in Germany

Feigen · Graf Rechtsanwälte

Feigen · Graf Rechtsanwälte is considered a top choice for defending executives and senior employees and regularly acts in high-profile criminal proceedings. Most recently, Hanns Feigen advised particularly often on matters in the banking sector; Walther Graf has wide-ranging experience in proceedings pertaining to industrial accidents; and Bernd Groß impresses with expertise in criminal tax, breach of trust and corruption proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Hanns Feigen; Walther Graf

Other key lawyers:

Bernd Groß

Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen

Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen focuses strongly on representing individuals in white-collar crime proceedings whilst covering an impressively broad spectrum: the team advises on criminal accounting, tax and pharmaceutical law, customs and foreign trade torts as well as accounting fraud. Felix Dörr guides clients through all stages of preliminary and main proceedings and recently represented former Volkswagen-executive Martin Winterkorn in proceedings pertaining to Volkswagen's emission scandal. Christian Schubert is well versed in assisting clients with matters related to industrial accidents and major damages.  

Practice head(s):

Felix Dörr

Other key lawyers:

Christian Schubert

HammPartner Rechtsanwälte

With regards to advising individuals on white-collar crime matters, HammPartner Rechtsanwälte is well versed in complex proceedings and also demonstrates longstanding experience in appeal proceedings and witness assistance; furthermore, the national and international client base can rely on the team's knowledge of constitutional law, criminology and compliance. Rainer Hamm is particularly visible in the market, not least because of numerous publications; Regina Michalke has particular expertise in corruption and environmental crime cases; and Jürgen Pauly and Thomas Richter are other key individuals. Stefan Kirsch joined Klinkert Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Rainer Hamm

kempf schilling Rechtsanwälte GbR

The team at kempf schilling Rechtsanwälte GbR impresses with a broad practice that exclusively specialises in criminal law. The group represents clients in legal redress and extradition proceedings, but also advises companies and on compliance aspects. Particular focuses lay on breach of trust, bribery and corruption matters. Hellen Schilling is a well versed defence lawyer in international cases and in cum-ex-related proceedings. Eberhard Kempf has longstanding experience in political matters.

Practice head(s):

Hellen Schilling; Eberhard Kempf

Krause & Kollegen

Krause & Kollegen has an excellent reputation in the market: the white-collar crime boutique offering guides defendants through all stages of criminal proceedings and also offers preventive advice. Another focus of the practice lays on occupational law proceedings, in which context it is regularly instructed by lawyers, tax consultants and doctors. Daniel Krause is considered an established defence lawyer across a broad spectrum of criminal law matters, but is particularly accomplished in criminal tax and corruption cases. Philipp Gehrmann is well versed in criminal capital markets issues and Alexandra Wagner is also highly regarded in the market.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Krause

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Gehrmann; Alexandra Wagner; Carsten Wegner; Patrick Teubner

LEITNER & KOLLEGEN

Boutique offering LEITNER & KOLLEGEN has a traditionally strong practice in representing and defending individuals and is particularly experienced in matters pertaining to financial and tax crimes. Werner Leitner is a highly regarded criminal defence lawyer and regularly acts for high-profile clients; he is supported by  Julia Exner-Kuhn, who is also experienced in European criminal law, as well as by medical criminal law expert Martin Würfel.

Practice head(s):

Werner Leitner

Other key lawyers:

Julia Exner-Kuhn; Martin Würfel

Testimonials

Werner Leitner has excellent contact with the public prosecution department and works on a legally very high level. He provides precise proposals for action and has an eye for practical solutions.

Julia Exner-Kuhn is an outstanding lawyer who is always available.

Key clients

Heinz Roth

Franz Beckenbauer

Thomas König

Dr. Ulf Johannemann

Work highlights

  • Continued representation of Franz Beckenbauer in the prosecution due to suspected tax evasion.
  • Represented Ulf Johannemann regarding the possible facilitation of tax evasion.
  • Obtained a dismissal of proceedings for Thomas König in criminal tax proceedings.

Thomas, Deckers, Wehnert & Elsner

Thomas, Deckers, Wehnert & Elsner's criminal defence expertise is especially utilised by politicians, wealthy individuals and business people. The team has particular experience in advising on breach of trust and fraud matters as well as on criminal tax, customs, capital markets and banking law. Anne Wehnert is considered a renowned expert in defending individuals against white-collar crime allegations; Thomas Elsner has particular expertise in foreign trade law; and of counsel Sven Thomas and Rüdiger Deckers also have longstanding experience.

VBB Rechtsanwälte

VBB Rechtsanwälte represents individuals in proceedings pertaining to competition and antitrust offences among others as well as in criminal tax matters; here, both Renate Verjans and Hjalmar Mahn are especially active. Marcus Böttger is experienced in long-lasting proceedings and Matthias Brockhaus is a key contact for criminal property, corruption and capital markets law.

Practice head(s):

Renate Verjans

Wessing & Partner

Established boutique offering Wessing & Partner regularly acts as defence counsel or witness assistant for national as well as increasingly often international entrepreneurs and executives from various industries. Criminal tax law is one of the practice's key strengths, where practice head Heiko Ahlbrecht and Rainer Biesgen particularly excel. Matthias Dann is the key contact for compliance matters and Jürgen Wessing is considered an experienced criminal defence lawyer. Eren Basar, who made partner in 2019, focuses on internet, cyber and data protection crimes.

Practice head(s):

Heiko Ahlbrecht

Testimonials

The group offers highly competent and solution-oriented advice in the white-collar crime field. The team is exceedingly reliable and trustworthy and also very well connected.

Heiko Ahlbrecht is very competent and also acts in the client’s interest.

DIERLAMM Rechtsanwälte

DIERLAMM Rechtsanwälte is a renowned choice for auditors, tax consultants, lawyers and medical practitioners seeking advice on white-collar crime matters, whereby the team offers preventive assistance as well as representation in criminal proceedings. Alfred Dierlamm has broad experience in criminal tax as well as criminal accounting cases and the team also advises on white-collar crime aspects of environmental, data protection and media matters. Frank Bisson joined from Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, while Eva Racky left the team at the beginning of 2019 to found schröder|racky.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Dierlamm

Other key lawyers:

Frank Bisson

Freyschmidt Frings Pananis Venn

Along an obvious focus on white-collar crime matters, Freyschmidt Frings Pananis Venn also defends and advises on criminal tax, employment and competition law. The group represents its clients in preliminary as well as in main and appeal proceedings. Uwe Freyschmidt has more than 20 years of experience in the field and additionally assists with medical criminal law; Guido Frings is the key contact for property torts and corruption matters; Panos Pananis regularly acts as witness assistance; and Nikolai Venn has additional expertise in general criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Uwe Freyschmidt; Guido Frings; Panos Pananis; Nikolai Venn

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Executives and directors regularly seek Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek for assistance with criminal law matters. The team impresses with strong criminal tax expertise and has recently acted in several cum/ex-related proceedings, where practice head André-M. Szesny is particularly visible; he also advises on compliance issues and internal investigations. The group further focuses on insider trading and market manipulation. Susanne Stauder often advises on money laundering matters and Sabine Ottow returned after two and a half years at Langrock Voß & Soyka to establish the firm's white-collar crime practice in Hamburg.

Practice head(s):

André-M. Szesny

Other key lawyers:

Susanne Stauder; Anna Coenen

Testimonials

The team impresses with an efficient work manner, high availability of key contacts, and very good legal results.

Key clients

Heiko Hutmacher (Vorstand Metro AG)

Work highlights

  • Defended Heiko Hutmacher in investigation proceedings due to market manipulation.
  • Represented various individuals in proceedings due to tax evasion in connection with the cum-ex scandal.
  • Defended a doctor in a corruption case in the healthcare sector.

Ignor & Partner GbR

Criminal law boutique offering Ignor & Partner GbR has a strong focus on defending individuals. The group acts as early as in preliminary proceedings, but also advises on factual analysis and main proceedings, while the team behind the experienced Alexander Ignor is particularly well versed in political matters. Björn Krug joined in April 2018 from Knierim & Kollegen Rechtsanwälte to establish the firm's Frankfurt office; he is particularly experienced in criminal tax law and compliance. Anke Müller-Jacobsen is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Ignor

Other key lawyers:

Björn Krug; Anke Müller-Jacobsen

PARK Wirtschaftsstrafrecht

The team at PARK Wirtschaftsstrafrecht regularly represents directors and executives in white-collar crime proceedings, but particularly specialises in criminal capital markets as well as international criminal law. Tido Park and Ulf Reuker also frequently defend clients in criminal tax proceedings and Tobias Eggers is instructed by individuals as well as companies. Malte Cordes joined from  Feigen · Graf Rechtsanwälte in 2018 and is experienced in criminal employment law.

Practice head(s):

Tido Park

Other key lawyers:

Ulf Reuker; Tobias Eggers; Malte Cordes

Work highlights

  • Represented the CEO of Volkswagen, Dr Diess, in connection with the emissions scandal.
  • Represented the main accused, the head of the building authority, in proceedings regarding the Loveparade accident.
  • Assisted an advisor in a cum-ex case.

Compart & Schmidt GbR

Compart & Schmidt GbR represents individuals in criminal and administrative fine proceedings as well as against allegations of breach of trust, corruption, money laundering and fraud. The team is also adept at advising on environmental criminal law, capital markets criminal law and insolvency criminal law. Eddo Compart is further adept at providing witness assistance, while Konrad Schmidt focuses on criminal tax matters. Hanja Rebell-Houben made partner in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Eddo Compart; Konrad Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Hanja Rebell-Houben

Dannenfeldt & Rumpf Rechtsanwälte

The team at Dannenfeldt & Rumpf Rechtsanwälte acts for clients, which are often executives of medium-sized companies, in all stages of criminal proceedings. The boutique offering focuses exclusively on criminal law and covers a broad range of relevant topics such as corruption and customs duty offences. Eva Dannenfeldt predominantly focuses on corruption matters, breach of trust proceedings and foreign trade criminal law, while Alexander Rumpf has strong sector expertise including the medical and automotive industries.

Practice head(s):

Eva Dannenfeldt; Alexander Rumpf

Eisenmann Wahle Birk & Weidner

Eisenmann Wahle Birk & Weidner advises individuals on criminal tax and customs duty proceedings as well as on criminal aspects of insolvency, capital markets and corruption offences. Eberhard Wahle has longstanding experience in the field and is further adept at offering preventive advice as well as advice to companies. Olaf Hohmann is another key contact. Uwe Holzapfel left the firm in 2019.

Other key lawyers:

Eberhard Wahle; Olaf Hohmann

Gercke Wollschläger

Gercke Wollschläger focuses exclusively on criminal law and the Administrative Offences Act. A focus lays on allegations of breach of trust and fraud, where the group acts for directors, board members, executives as well as employees. Furthermore, Sebastian Wollschläger is experienced in corruption prevention matters and criminal tax law, while Björn Gercke also regularly advises companies.

Knierim & Kollegen Rechtsanwälte

Criminal law boutique offering Knierim & Kollegen Rechtsanwälte advises and represents employees of banks and corporations in white-collar crime, accounting and criminal tax proceedings. Thomas Knierim has extensive knowledge of both criminal law and various industry sectors; Astrid Lilie-Hutz also covers an impressively broad spectrum, ranging from criminal banking and capital markets law to corruption and breach of trust proceedings; Anna Oehmichen is well versed in international matters and Christian Rathgeber is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Knierim

Other key lawyers:

Astrid Lilie-Hutz; Anna Oehmichen; Christian Rathgeber; Saleh Ihwas

Work highlights

  • Witness assistance for an employee of a large German bank.
  • Defended an employee of a commercial bank due to tax evasion abroad.
  • Witness assistance for an employee of an automotive company in the emissions scandal.

Langrock Voß & Soyka

Langrock Voß & Soyka specialises in white-collar crime and criminal tax matters and besides the team's strong individual practice, which is particularly aimed at advising managers and executives, the group also has a focus on assisting companies as well as on criminal compliance. The group is particularly experienced in assisting with various stages of self-indictment and Marc Langrock is especially adept at representing clients in appeal proceedings. Marko Voß is well versed in money laundering matters, while Till Soyka is the key contact for companies.

Practice head(s):

Marc Langrock; Till Soyka; Marko Voß

Testimonials

A really good mix of technical excellence and terrific collegiality.

Very skilled team of outstanding lawyers, who are adept in both the traditional representation of individuals as well as in complex international proceedings.

Till Soyka is a brilliant lawyer – his expertise, competitive spirit, prudence and tactical understanding are outstanding. One wants Dr Soyka by one’s side at a squeeze.

Marko Voß is an outstanding commercial criminal defence lawyer with a distinctive understanding of economic contexts.

Schiller & Kollegen

Schiller & Kollegen combines experience in civil and white-collar criminal law and regularly defends executives against breach of trust, tax evasion, fraud and corruption allegations. Key contact Wolf Schiller has over 40 years of experience in the field of criminal defence.

Practice head(s):

Wolf Schiller

stetter Rechtsanwälte

Criminal law boutique offering stetter Rechtsanwälte is experienced in advising on cross-border matters, particularly with regards to Europe and the United States. The group specialises in criminal medical and employment matters, foreign trade law and environmental criminal law among other areas and often acts for clients in the financial services, automotive and manufacturing sectors. The 'absolutely outstandingSabine Stetter has a good track record in international proceedings and Florian Kraus is well versed in criminal tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Sabine Stetter

Other key lawyers:

Florian Kraus

Testimonials

The team is extremely well versed and knows how to conclude proceedings quickly and silently. It is familiar with complex international matters and provides intelligent solutions. The commitment is far above the usual level.

Sabine Stetter is the living proof that white-collar crime requires absolute specialists.

Florian Kraus is extremely experienced and reliable.

Key clients

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, ehem. Vorstand AUDI AG

Work highlights

  • Advised the former chairman of AUDI in connection with the emissions scandal.
  • Defended the employee of a global automotive manufacturer due to alleged fraud in the emissions scandal.
  • Defended a manager due to alleged tax evasion in connection with cum-ex.