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Commercial Criminal Law

The le­gal re­qui­re­ments for com­pa­nies are com­plex and multi-laye­red. So it is not unusual to get caught in the cross­fire of the cri­mi­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion aut­ho­ri­ties. In such a case, com­pa­nies are of­ten th­rea­te­ned with high fi­nes.

Board mem­bers, ma­na­ging di­rec­tors or em­ployees in lea­ding po­si­ti­ons are also in­cre­asin­gly be­com­ing ac­cu­sed per­sons in white-col­lar cri­mi­nal pro­cee­dings, some of which last for se­veral years. In ad­di­tion, mas­sive re­pu­ta­tio­nal da­mage is to be fea­red.

La­test when the in­itia­tion of cri­mi­nal in­ves­ti­ga­ti­ons is im­mi­nent, pro­found know­ledge of the frame­work con­di­ti­ons of cri­mi­nal pro­cee­dings is re­qui­red in ad­di­tion to know­ledge of com­mer­cial law in or­der to stand up to pu­blic pro­se­cu­tors and in court. This does not only ap­ply to com­pany ma­na­gers. The com­pa­nies them­sel­ves are by no me­ans de­fen­ce­less in cri­mi­nal in­ves­ti­ga­ti­ons. Al­re­ady in the early sta­ges of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, they should make use of their own le­gal ad­vi­sors, who will en­sure that the com­pany's in­te­rests are re­spec­ted and, if ne­cessary, en­forced.

If there are in­di­ca­ti­ons of cri­mi­nal of­fen­ces wi­thin the com­pany, the ma­nage­ment is of­ten ob­li­ged to com­pre­hen­si­vely cla­rify the re­le­vant facts. Here, too, ex­ter­nal ad­vice is in­dis­pens­able.

In ad­di­tion, it is of course im­port­ant to avoid cri­mi­nal pro­cee­dings and to take ap­pro­priate pre­ven­tive mea­su­res, such as the in­tro­duc­tion of anti-cor­rup­tion gui­de­lines or the im­ple­men­ta­tion of em­ployee trai­ning.

Our services at a glance

  • De­fence of com­pa­nies against white-col­lar crime
  • In­di­vi­dual de­fence of com­pany ma­nage­ment and exe­cu­ti­ves in white-col­lar crime ca­ses
  • In­ter­nal com­pany spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­ti­ons un­der white-col­lar crime law
  • Com­pre­hen­sive IT fo­ren­sic ser­vice
  • Le­gal re­pre­sen­ta­tion be­fore all cri­mi­nal courts
  • Pre­ven­tive ad­vice (trai­ning, draf­ting of anti-cor­rup­tion gui­de­lines, etc.) to avoid cri­mi­nally risky prac­tices
  • Im­ple­men­ta­tion of com­pli­ance ma­nage­ment sys­tems
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