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Feigen · Graf Rechtsanwälte

With 20 years of experience, Feigen · Graf Rechtsanwälte has an impressive track record in defending executives and senior employees which is particularly owing to its name partners and white-collar crime and criminal tax law allrounders Hanns Feigen and Walther Graf. In recent years the two founding partners, who are respectively based in Frankfurt and Cologne, invested in raising a new generation within the firm which has resulted in a now six-partner team that acts on the entire spectrum of white-collar crime and criminal tax matters. Bernd Groß is particularly experienced in breach of trust and corruption proceedings as well as criminal pharmaceutical and environmental law, Matthias Sartorius is well versed in criminal capital markets, pharmaceutical and employer law and made partner in 2019, while Tilman Reichling increasingly advises on matters pertaining to criminal tax, medical and environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Hanns Feigen; Walther Graf

Other key lawyers:

Bernd Groß

Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen

Belonging to the market's most established boutique offerings, Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen acts on the whole band with of white-collar crime and administrative fine proceedings and is particularly known for its longstanding experience in defending individuals. With renowned name partner Felix Dörr at the forefront, the Frankfurt-based firm advises on criminal employment, banking and capital markets law, customs and foreign trade law torts as well as criminal pharmaceutical and environmental law. Furthermore, the group is adept in defending executives and senior employees in criminal tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Felix Dörr

HammPartner Rechtsanwälte

HammPartner Rechtsanwälte is considered a top address for individual defence matters, which is clearly reflected by the team's participation in numerous high-profile white-collar crime proceedings in the financial services and industrial sectors. Based on comprehensive expertise across the whole array of white-collar crime and criminal tax law matters, Rainer Hamm as well as Jürgen Pauly are highly regarded for their strength in appeal proceedings among other matters; Regina Michalke has longstanding experience in national and international cases pertaining to criminal environmental and medical law as well as corruption; and Thomas Richter is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Rainer Hamm

kempf schilling + partner PartG

With an explicit focus on white-collar crime and criminal tax advice to individual and companies, kempf schilling Rechtsanwälte GbR is a renowned defence heavyweight acting in both national as well as cross-border criminal proceedings. Based in Frankfurt, the three-partner boutique offering represents defendants as well as damaged parties across all stages of criminal proceedings and demonstrates multifaceted expertise: Hellen Schilling has longstanding experience in defending clients against corruption, breach of trust and absorption of estate allegations as well as in first instance and appeal proceedings, Eberhard Kempf has an impressive track record in political cases and Johannes Corsten focuses on fraud, breach of trust, corruption and criminal tax proceedings. The firm has further expertise in redress and extradition proceedings as well as in cum/ex matters.

Other key lawyers:

Johannes Corsten

Krause & Kollegen

Berlin-based boutique offering Krause & Kollegen is a first choice for employees and executives of high-profile corporations and financial institutions: the team, which is composed of ten specialist white-collar crime lawyers, stands out for its comprehensive forensic experience in preliminary and main proceedings as well as for its broad expertise in white-collar crime and criminal tax matters. While most recently the group acted in an increasing number of criminal banking, capital markets and tax proceedings, instructions by doctors, accountants and lawyers in occupational law and disciplinary procedures also represent a central pillar of its renowned practice. Additionally, the firm regularly assists individuals before parliamentary investigation committees on federal and landes level. Daniel Krauses expertise stretches across the entire spectrum of white-collar crime and criminal tax law, Alexandra Wagner particularly excels in criminal matters pertaining to employment and public law; and Philipp Gehrmann has longstanding experience in criminal capital markets proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Krause


Based in Munich, 'highly qualified' criminal law firm LEITNER & KOLLEGEN is regularly instructed by executives, senior employees and individuals of public interest seeking advice on white-collar crime and criminal tax matters. Name partner Werner Leitner, who impresses with 'experience and expertise, authoritative forecasts and high-above-average commitment in difficult scenarios', is supported by Julia Exner-Kuhn, who is well versed in European criminal law, as well as Martin Würfel; latter has expertise in occupational law proceedings as well as in criminal medical law.

Practice head(s):

Prof. Dr. Werner Leitner

Other key lawyers:

Julia Exner-Kuhn; Martin Würfel


' Very well networked in the judiciary, but also a very good defense network. Years of experience. '

' Prof. Leitner has many years of practical experience which gives him the experience he needs to react prudently in critical situations. '

'' Strategic orientation of representation and advice; Competent and immediate support from Prof. Leitner, no unmanageable and changing teams. Unrestricted concentration on the mandate. '

' Prof. Leitner impresses with his experience and competence, reliable forecasts and his above-average commitment in difficult scenarios. He is a consistently tough negotiator in the preliminary proceedings and defender in the main negotiation, who does not spare his clients, but then shines with his results. '

'' Highly qualified criminal law firm in the field of commercial law. Prof. Leitner is one of the best-known German criminal lawyers with a strong assertiveness and a high level of persuasiveness. '

' Prof. Leitner is one of the most famous German criminal lawyers with a strong assertiveness and a high level of persuasiveness; very good avalibility and short reaction times, good strategist. '

Key clients

Franz Beckenbauer

Nicholas Moore (ehemaliger CEO der Macquarie Bank)

Dr. Ulf Johannemann (FBD der Maple Bank)

Thomas, Deckers, Wehnert & Elsner

Thomas, Deckers, Wehnert & Elsner's legal individual defence expertise spans the entire spectrum of white-collar crime and criminal tax law as well as all procedural stages, while private individuals as well as individuals from the political, industrial and financial sectors can rely on a highly diversified expertise across the team. Renowned criminal defence lawyer Anne Wehnert is especially well versed in cases related to corruption, estate and capital markets, whereas Thomas Elsner has longstanding experience in matters pertaining to foreign trade and war weapons control law. The legal horizon of the eleven-strong, nine specialist lawyers for criminal law comprising team also includes criminal IP, medical and employment law among other matters. Of counsel Sven Thomas is one of the most renowned criminal defence lawyers in Germany. 

VBB Rechtsanwälte

Since the arrival of former Federal Court of Justice judge Jürgen Graf as of counsel in Karlsruhe, VBB Rechtsanwälte is now offering advice on the entire band with of white-collar crime matters from three German offices, all the while attracting numerous high-profile instructions from individuals in the industrial and financial sectors. This is not least due to the remarkably good reputation of well-regarded Renate Verjans and Marcus Böttger. Latter stands out for his longstanding experience in long-lasting proceedings, while Hjalmar Mahn is the key contact for criminal IT, capital markets and securities, stocks and bonds matters. Nikolaus Rixe, who made partner in 2019, is adept in money laundering and criminal insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Renate Verjans

Wessing & Partner

In addition to its excellent reputation for representing companies, Dusseldorf-based firm Wessing & Partner is also remarked upon as a team 'one can rely on 150% in a crisis' when it comes to white-collar crime and criminal tax advice to individuals. While the defence of executives and senior employees in main proceedings visibly increased during 2019/20, the representation of individuals in cum/ex-proceedings was a particularly strong contributor to the firm's high case load. Highly regarded practice head Heiko Ahlbrecht is known for his expertise in criminal tax and extradition proceedings and Jürgen Wessing is considered an established criminal defence lawyer. Eren Basar is the key contact for criminal IT and data protection law and Maximilian Jannsen, who made salary partner in 2020, focuses on criminal antitrust and competition law.

Practice head(s):

Heiko Ahlbrecht

Other key lawyers:

Jürgen Wessing; Eren Basar

DIERLAMM Rechtsanwälte

The very good reputation of Wiesbaden-based DIERLAMM Rechtsanwälte primarily rests on the shoulders of the renowned Alfred Dierlamm, whose deep expertise in criminal tax and criminal accounting proceedings is regularly sought after by accountants, tax consultants, lawyers as well as medical practitioners. The legal band width of the three-partner team also includes white collar-crime, corruption and criminal environmental law matters as well as criminal cases entailing data protection and media law aspects.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Dierlamm

Ignor & Partner GbR

Ignor & Partner GbR is well known for its participation in politically sensitive criminal cases, both in preliminary and main proceedings, while advice to individuals is the ten-strong team's primary focus; renowned criminal defence lawyer Alexander Ignor leads the group. The boutique offering advises on all facets of white-collar crime and criminal tax law, with constitutional complaints as well as criminal medical law also being central pillars of the practice. Anke Müller-Jacobsen frequently acts in occupational law proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Ignor

Other key lawyers:

Anke Müller-Jacobsen


White-collar crime and criminal tax advice to individuals is a distinct focus of Darmstadt-based criminal law firm kipper+durth, which is increasingly gaining market visibility due to its cross-border expertise as well as its participation in numerous high-profile proceedings. While its expertise spectrum includes defence against fraud and breach of trust allegations as well as criminal employment law, most recently the three partners were particularly often active in cum/ex cases. Stefanie Schott is well versed in criminal tax as well as European criminal law, Hanno Durth frequently advises on trade secret protection and legal occupational law and Oliver Kipper regularly assists with transnational and international criminal proceedings.

PARK Wirtschaftsstrafrecht

White-collar crime advice to and defence of directors and executives is of central relevance to PARK Wirtschaftsstrafrecht's eleven-strong team, with criminal capital markets as well as international criminal law being distinct focal points. Name partner Tido Park as well as Ulf Reuker also have criminal tax expertise and Malte Cordes is the key contact for criminal employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Tido Park

stetter Rechtsanwälte

Munich-based stetter Rechtsanwälte stands out for frequently handling instructions entailing international components, while the team behind well-regarded Sabine Stetter has expertise in criminal medical, employment, foreign trade and environmental law. Most recently, the firm often advised on criminal tax issues as well as on allegations of accounting fraud.

Practice head(s):

Sabine Stetter

Eisenmann Wahle Birk & Weidner

Eisenmann Wahle Birk & Weidner's expertise ranges from white-collar crime matters pertaining to insolvency, capital markets and corruption to criminal tax and customs proceedings. Eberhard Wahle has an impressive track record across a broad spectrum of white-collar crime cases and continues to be a popular defence lawyer choice for board members and executives.

Practice head(s):

Eberhard Wahle

Freyschmidt Frings Pananis Venn

Freyschmidt Frings Pananis Venn is particularly well connected in Berlin and stands out for its broadly faceted white-collar crime and criminal tax expertise which is primarily provided to individuals. The five-partner practice, which includes the four name partners as well as Stephan Fink who made partner in 2019, represents private individuals, board members and senior employees in criminal proceedings related to white-collar crime, criminal medical, environmental, IT and employment law and is also regularly instructed with criminal tax issues. Uwe Freyschmidt is the key contact for criminal medical law, Panos Pananis is especially known for its criminal capital markets expertise and the particularly visible Nikolai Venn advises across all areas of white-collar crime.

Gercke Wollschläger

Gercke Wollschläger's white-collar crime experience is particularly often put to use in individual defence cases, while the six specialist lawyers for criminal law boast a broad range of expertise: the group focuses on fraud and breach of trust proceedings as well as on criminal medical, insolvency and employment law. Additionally, Sebastian Wollschläger is adept in criminal tax law, while Björn Gercke also advises companies on white-collar crime issues.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Under the leadership of André-M. Szesny, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's white-collar crime practice is mainly known for its strength in criminal tax matters, but is also instructed with criminal law proceedings pertaining to insider trade, market manipulation and money laundering torts. The group typically advises executives and directors of listed, but also medium-sized companies in the industrial and financial sectors.

Practice head(s):

André-M. Szesny

Knierim & Kollegen Rechtsanwälte

Four-partner strong boutique offering Knierim & Kollegen Rechtsanwälte has a strong focus on white-collar crime advice to individuals from the business and political spheres, thereby standing out for its broad legal expertise on relevant topics. Thomas Knierim acts on the whole array of white-collar crime matters, but puts particular emphasis on criminal occupational, insolvency and food law cases; Anna Oehmichen has expertise in European and international criminal law; Manuel Lorenz made partner and is well versed in criminal environmental and tax law.  Simone Breit made salary partner and advises on criminal tax and occupational law issues among other matters. Astrid Lilie-Hutz and Saleh Ihwas joined Schiller & Kollegen in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Knierim

Other key lawyers:

Anna Oehmichen

Langrock Voß & Soyka

Langrock Voß & Soyka is a well-known address for white-collar crime and criminal tax law advice to executives and senior employees which is partially owed to its three name partner's participation in numerous emission scandal and cum/ex proceedings. While the group comprehensively covers all white-collar crime-related issues, Marc Langrock stands out for his appeal proceedings expertise, while Marko Voß frequently advises on money laundering allegations. Till Soyka focuses on advice to companies.

MELCHERS Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB

Well-known, Mannheim-based criminal law firm Compart & Schmidt joined MELCHERS Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB in April 2020. Ever since, Konrad Schmidt and Hanja Rebell-Houben complement the firm's compliance practice, which mainly focuses on advice to medium-sized companies, with extensive white-collar crime expertise; additionally to its advice to companies, the team particularly assists and defends individuals in all stages of criminal proceedings and non-compliance procedures. The team's focal points include criminal tax law as well as criminal insolvency, capital markets and environmental law among others. Of counsel Eddo Compart already retired before the firm merger.

Schiller & Kollegen

Wolf Schiller welcomed Astrid Lilie-Hutz and Saleh Ihwas in July 2020, who joined the firm from Knierim & Kollegen Rechtsanwälte; although they continue to be economically independent, the pair has been practising under the flag of Schiller & Kollegen since. The name partner is particularly known for his strong expertise in liability law-related white-collar crime matters and here cooperates closely with Lilie-Hutz, who is increasingly advising on criminal law cases pertaining to D&O liability insurance. Further attention is paid to criminal capital markets matters as well as criminal data protection law, which is Ihwas' main focus.

Practice head(s):

Wolf Schiller

Other key lawyers:

Astrid Lilie-Hutz; Saleh Ihwas

ADICK LINKE Rechtsanwälte

Markus Adick and Leonie Linke left Rettenmaier & Adick in 2020 to found white-collar crime and criminal tax law boutique offering ADICK LINKE Rechtsanwälte. While the young firm is receiving a considerable number of criminal tax law instructions, the team is also defending individuals in cases pertaining to supervision rights violation, industrial accidents and trade secrets, breach of trust, fraud as well as insider trade. Particularly noteable is also how well internationally connected the Bonn-based firm is which regularly leads to international instructions in Germany.

Practice head(s):

Markus Adick; Leonie Linke


' Adick regularly represents natural persons in complex white-collar criminal proceedings; He works with a high degree of practical orientation and commitment. Adick is also valued by his colleagues for his collegial cooperation in pedestal defenses; working with him is always trusting and you can rely on his word. '

' The practice impresses with its outstanding competence and great ability to work in a team. This is particularly useful in pedestal defenses and large and large proceedings. '

' Markus Adick is the benchmark in criminal tax law. There is no getting around him in complex criminal tax proceedings. Not least because of his outstanding knowledge of tax law. Leonie Linke is regarded as a rising star in both tax law and white collar crime. '

' Dr. Markus Adick is smart, well thought out and one of the best criminal tax lawyers in Germany. Leonie Linke is a rising star that we will hear a lot about in the future. '

' My colleague Adick is very collegial, extremely astute and a top man, especially when it comes to criminal tax matters. With his colleague Linke, he has created a small but very qualified unit that works excellently. Important clients recognize this more and more and find very good advice in Bonn. '

' Mr. Adick is a very good individual defender (good cooperation) and Ms. Linke is already very confident. '

Grub Brugger

Under the leadership of well-regarded Norbert ScharfGrub Brugger's white-collar crime team advises executives and senior employees on an impressive band width of white-collar crime and criminal tax law matters, including proceedings related to criminal foreign trade, employment, environmental and medical law issues. While the practice is attracting an increasing number of criminal insolvency cases, the team also acted in several cum/ex proceedings. Notably, the group also covers liability law-related matters, especially in connection with issues pertaining to D&O liability. Andreas Weitzell made partner.

Practice head(s):

Norbert Scharf

Klinkert Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB

Klinkert Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB's white-collar crime practice is led by the well-regarded Marijon Kayßer and while the team also assists damaged corporations, its prime focus lays on advice to individuals which the four-strong team represents in all stages of white-collar crime proceedings as well as in cross-border matters. Instructions mainly stem from the pharmaceutical, chemical and automotive industries as well as from the financial services sector, while matters pertaining to the violation of trade secrets constitutes another central pillar of the practice. Most recently, the group also acted in several cum/ex proceedings. Stefan Kirsch has longstanding experience in appeal proceedings and constitutional complaints.

Practice head(s):

Marijon Kayßer

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Kirsch

Prof. Dr. Müller & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB

Since the arrival of Stephan Beukelmann and Maximilian Heim in January 2021, former Prof. Dr. Müller & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB is now Beukelmann | Müller | Partner; both lawyers previously worked at Lohberger & Leipold. The criminal law firm possesses white-collar crime expertise both on company as well as individual level, although it continues to be primarily visible in the latter field. Most recently, the five-partner team frequently demonstrated its criminal tax skills in several cum/ex proceedings which contribute to the firm's continuous high work load among other matters pertaining to other criminal tax issues and breach of trust. Maximilian Müller advises on the entire spectrum of white-collar crime and criminal tax matters and is the driver of the firm's international business, while Beukelmann acts as defence lawyer for both individuals and companies who find themselves in a complex white-collar crime or criminal tax crisis. Founding partner Eckhart Müller is now an of counsel.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Beukelmann; Maximilian Müller

Other key lawyers:

Eckhart Müller

Rosinus Partner

Additionally to its growing reputation for its advice to companies, Rosinus Partner's Christian Rosinus and Michelle Wiesner-Lameth are increasingly established advisors in the individual realm which has been reflected in instructions related to cum/ex and the emission scandal among other matters. The group particularly stands out for the broad coverage of white-collar crime and criminal tax issues as well as a diverse client base which stems from the insurance, banking as well as logistics, construction, automotive and healthcare sectors. Wiesner-Lameth acts particularly often in proceedings related to fraud allegations as well as in criminal employment law cases, while Rosinus regularly assists executives and senior employees in criminal tax proceedings.