Wirtschaftsstrafrecht

Corporate criminal law

Criminal proceedings are extremely tough for everyone involved.

Legal directories and the business press (e.g. JUVE, The Legal 500, the Handelsblatt business newspaper and the Börsen-Zeitung newspaper) rank us among the most renowned law firms for corporate criminal law and tax criminal law. In 2017, our team – including partner Dr Norbert Scharf – was named “Law firm of the year for corporate criminal law and tax criminal law” by leading German law directory JUVE. The German-language business newspaper Handelsblatt also refers to Dr Norbert Scharf as one of “Germany’s best lawyers” for corporate criminal law.

Maintaining complete discretion during all ongoing proceedings is always our top priority. After all, we understand that in addition to money and, in many cases, their personal freedom of movement, our clients’ reputations are always at stake.

Although company executives and senior managers are accustomed to pressure and heavy workloads, criminal prosecution and main proceedings, which are often very drawn-out, can be highly challenging and often cause a high level of stress.

We always represent our clients to the highest standard, even in extremely complex cases – and our long-standing experience and specialisation can make all the difference to the final outcome. In recent years, we have demonstrated this in proceedings which have attracted huge public interest across Germany and Europe as well as in cases where our clients have avoided press coverage.

 

Our services:

  • Representing and defending our clients in all stages of criminal proceedings, during which we draw on our extensive litigation experience, including in cases with an international dimension
  • Conducting risk analysis to help prevent criminal proceedings
  • Providing long-term, ongoing advice and representation to small and medium-sized enterprises in matters relating to sanctions and compliance, for example by investigating compliance internally or conducting investigations when clients are faced with the threat of financial penalties
  • Defending clients in criminal proceedings relating to assets, in particular the law covering embezzlement and fraud
  • Defending clients in criminal proceedings relating to capital markets law, in particular in connection with accusations of insider trading and market manipulation
  • Defending clients in criminal proceedings relating to insolvency law, in particular in connection with accusations of delays in filing for insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Defending clients in criminal proceedings relating to corruption, in particular in connection with accusations of commercial bribery
  • Defending clients in criminal proceedings relating to tax offences, in particular in connection with the Cum-Ex trading scheme and international fund structures
  • Defending clients in criminal proceedings relating to fraudulent and improper accounting
  • Defending clients in criminal proceedings relating to employment law, for example in the event of accidents in the workplace or accusations relating to social security payments
  • Defending clients in criminal proceedings relating to product liability
  • Defending clients in criminal proceedings relating to the environment
  • Defending clients in criminal proceedings relating to foreign trade

 

"Grub Brugger's white-collar criminal law team advises board members and senior executives on an impressive range of white-collar and tax criminal law matters. Also noteworthy is the firm's interface coverage with liability law, which comes into play within the practice, particularly on issues of directors' and officers' liability." Legal500 2021

 

Your benefits at a glance:

  • We have extensive experience in advising clients on how best to avoid facing accusations of corporate crime and in representing and defending clients with a forensic level of detail. Where necessary, we can also provide support in the related area of civil liability risks
  • Comprehensive advice from the outset on matters relating to the liability of executive bodies and other aspects of liability, particularly in connection with D&O insurance law. This is especially valuable given the drawn-out nature of most corporate criminal proceedings
  • As a large, interdisciplinary law firm, we are able to conduct efficient and targeted internal investigations and effectively represent your company in accordance with your requirements
  • Rapid and efficient legal assistance if your premises are searched, you are remanded in custody or your assets are seized
  • We can assemble interdisciplinary teams of highly qualified lawyers from a wide range of legal disciplines as well as experts in other areas (tax advisers, expert witnesses and public relations specialists), allowing us to provide you with an excellent, comprehensive level of support

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