Germany: Investigations 2019

In this chapter we recognise 20 standout individuals for their impressive work managing cross-border investigations into individuals and companies across a range of industry sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Kai Hart-Hoenig Dr Kai Hart-Hoenig Rechtsanwälte, Frankfurt
2. Heiko Albrecht Wessing & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB, Düsseldorf
3. Heiner Hugger Clifford Chance Deutschland LLP, Frankfurt

Feigen-Graf achieves three nominations in this chapter.
Hanns Feigen is a well-recognised figure in the domestic market, where he stands out for his excellent work advising clients on complex corporate investigations.
Walther Graf specialises in corporate financial criminal matters, an area in which he is considered a leading name, particularly when it comes to handling related investigations.
Bernd Groß wins high praise from market sources who commend his strong understanding of corporate economic criminal investigation proceedings.

Independent practitioner Kai Hart-Hoenig is recognised this year as the foremost investigations lawyer in the German market. He is highly sought after by clients for his vast experience handling cross-border criminal investigations.

Heiko Albrecht at Wessing & Partner is a widely respected name among peers and clients alike who consider him to have “the mind of a true investigator”.

At Clifford Chance, Heiner Hugger is recognised by peers for his first-rate corporate practice that spans a range of criminal matters from investigations to fraud disputes and compliance.

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Norbert Nolte stands out among peers for his “great work” handling a range of investigative and white-collar matters for clients. One source notes, “His work on internal investigations is fantastic.”

Jürgen Taschke at DLA Piper is “very well known for his investigations work” and is highly recommended for his work representing both companies and individuals.

Thomas Knierim at Knierim & Krug Rechtsanwälte is “a very experienced lawyer” who impresses market sources with his sophisticated work representing clients in corruption, financial and bankruptcy investigations.

At Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte, Markus Berndt is a well-respected practitioner who is regarded by numerous sources as a go-to name for complex white-collar criminal investigations and proceedings.

Karl-Jörg Xylander at White & Case leads the firm’s white-collar and investigations group in Germany, areas in which he is recognised by peers to be a leading specialist.

Bernd Mayer at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is a corporate governance specialist who is respected in the market for his deep knowledge of internal investigation proceedings and related regulatory issues.

Debevoise & Plimpton’s Thomas Schürrle is a standout name in the domestic market who is praised by respondents for his strong experience handling corporate defence matters and complex internal investigations.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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