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White-collar and corporate crime

The criminal law team defends and advises individuals and companies vis-à-vis public prosecutors’ offices, courts and authorities in all fields of corporate criminal law and the law of fiscal offences as well as the law of administrative offences. Preventive advice and corporate compliance comprise another key area of our practice.

 

Ranked as one of the best law firms for compliance and D&O liability – WirtschaftsWoche "Top-Kanzleien" ranking of 12 May 2017

 

Leading law firm for compliance advice – Legal 500 Germany 2017

 

"strong expertise in criminal law" – JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017

 

"The firm's activities in the area of corporate criminal law deserve special attention. The young practice group is by now advising several large companies on preventative measures as well as in critical situations." – Kanzleien in Deutschland 2014

Defence of individuals

We defend individuals in investigation proceedings as well as in all other criminal law proceedings. If coercive measures are imposed, we provide on-the-spot “First Aid” and set the course for the ongoing proceedings. We have specially trained teams of lawyers at our offices for this purpose.

As experienced defence lawyers we aim at responding strategically to any investigation proceedings as early as possible in order to avoid official charges and thus a bench trial.

Selected references:

  • Defending board members of several banks and savings banks as well political officials, i.a. against charges of embezzlement
  • Defending an internationally active hotel investor against an accusation of subsidy fraud
  • Representation in numerous corruption proceedings including corruption abroad
  • Defending a managing director in a complex procedure concerning fiscal offences
  • Defending a construction company against corruption and competition law charges
  • Defending a member of a supervisory board against charges in the field of employment-related criminal law
Advice to companies

We constantly advise companies in crisis situations arising from criminal law issues. If a company faces investigation based on alleged criminal behaviour of one of its employees, we coordinate – to the extent expedient – the defence of the employee in the sense of a joint defence defending common interests. We defend the company against sanctions such as fines and forfeiture. In the interests of the company we maintain a close communication with the investigating authorities in order to avoid e.g. high-profile investigations.

Selected references:

  • Defending several international groups of companies against corporate fines and forfeiture
  • Advising a telecommunications group in investigation proceedings against employees on grounds of embezzlement and tax evasion
  • Defending several companies (i.a. active in plant engineering) against charges of negligent homicide due to occupational or industrial accidents
  • Defending a German commercial airport against charges in the field of environmental criminal law
  • Defending a construction company against corruption and competition law charges
Criminal law compliance

Another focus of our practice is preventive advice on criminal law and criminal law compliance. We support companies in identifying and minimising criminal law risks at an early stage. This includes supporting our clients in establishing compliance systems, drafting guidelines that are tailored to the company and training employees. In this regard we can rely on the resources of our multidisciplinary corporate compliance competence team, for example in questions of competition, employment or data protection law.

We frequently carry out audits in order to clarify possible infringements internally but also independent of any particular suspicion. In case of concrete suspicions we may also—in close collaboration with the respective company—take over the internal investigations. This includes identifying and evaluating evidence and interviewing employees. To the extent necessary we will also contact investigative authorities or supervisory bodies.

Selected references:

  • Development and implementation of corporate compliance programmes and training courses in numerous large and medium-sized companies as well as public sector companies
  • Audits for numerous globally active industrial companies (including several DAX companies), sometimes including extensive internal investigations

 

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