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Germany: Investigations 2017

A total of 23 lawyers are listed in this chapter, which focuses on practitioners who provide guidance to companies under investigation by regulatory authorities, as well as companies conducting internal investigations into potentially unlawful practices. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Heiner Hugger Clifford Chance, Frankfurt
Jürgen Taschke DLA Piper, Frankfurt
Christian Pelz Noerr, Frankfurt
Bernd Mayer Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Frankfurt

Wessing & Partner’s “top-notch” internal investigations practice includes three lawyers recognised in this chapter. Heiko Ahlbrecht receives the most recognition, placing him among the top names in the country; he is closely followed in the research by Jürgen Wessing and Matthias Dann.

At Clifford Chance, Heiner Hugger stands out as the top investigations lawyer in Germany, according to our research. He is extensively experienced supervising both regulatory and internal investigations for large corporates, particularly financial institutions.

DLA Piper’s Jürgen Taschke is well thought of for his “comprehensive expertise” in conducting and supervising investigations for domestic and multinational companies.

Bernd Mayer of Skadden is regarded as a specialist in internal investigations and regulatory matters, covering both domestic and international jurisdictions. A source adds, “He is very professional and extremely diligent.”

At business crime specialist Roxin Rechtsanwälte, Oliver Sahan receives a high number of nominations, with respondents seeing him as a very active leading practitioner in this field. He is currently advising a major domestic and Swiss bank on the conduct of its internal investigation.

Noerr’s Christian Pelz features prominently. He is frequently instructed to conduct investigations on the behalf of German and international companies.  A source describes him as “an excellent person to work with: very knowledgeable, practical and flexible”.

Robert Henrici of Linklaters has a strong practice covering criminal and regulatory investigations. Peers say he is “increasingly present” and “certainly an authority on conducting investigations”.

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