In this chapter, we recognise the leading 26 investigations lawyers in the German market. They have distinguished themselves advising companies and individuals in domestic and international white-collar crime proceedings and corporate investigations.
Most Highly Regarded
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the standout performer in the investigations market this year, with five listings in total for its lawyers.
Martina de Lind van Wijngaarden is an esteemed lawyer in Germany known for her excellence when it comes to advising on high-profile investigations, notably across the automotive and sports industries.
Norbert Nolte enjoys considerable acclaim for his adept handling of global investigations of fraud and bribery matters.
Moritz Pellmann is described by sources as “a star in the space, who ensures meticulous work and incredible attention to detail, paired with endless enthusiasm for his clients’ concerns”.
Simone Kämpfer heads the firm’s white-collar-crime defence group in Germany, and is sought after for her skill with fraud, bribery, insider trading and tax evasion investigations.
Uta Itzen draws considerable recommendations for her practice, which specialises in competition investigations into cartels and merger control issues at the national and European level.
Feigen-Graf performs impressively, with three listings here.
Hanns Feigen ranks as one of Germany’s top investigations specialists, with applauding his profound expertise in white-collar crime and criminal tax proceedings.
Bernd Groß is a highly respected investigations lawyer who receives extensive endorsements for his strong experience with high-profile investigations and white-collar crime briefs.
Walther Graf is praised by sources for his “very pleasant and reliable cooperation” in difficult matters. He has over 20 years of experience advising companies and banks on domestic and international investigations they face.
At Wessing & Partner Rechtsanwälte, Heiko Ahlbrecht is a favourite of peers in Germany for investigations expertise, spanning international and domestic corruption and criminal tax proceedings.
Jürgen Wessing is an established criminal law expert, who is regularly engaged by financial institutions and international corporations for crisis and prevention advice.
Kai Hart-Hoenig of Dr Kai Hart-Hoenig Rechtsanwälte is singled out by sources as a go-to name in Germany for large corporate and criminal law issues, tax matters and corruption proceedings.
Heiner Hugger with Clifford Chance should “definitely should be included in the list”, and regularly defends companies in international investigations and advises on fraud prevention matters.
Daniel Krause at Krause & Kollegen is lauded by market commentators as “a leading figure in the area of criminal law; one of the best you can hire”.
DLA Piper’s Jürgen Taschke impresses market sources with his expert handling of corporate crime investigations and complex white-collar crime proceedings.
Livonius Rechtsanwälte’s Barbara Livonius is a highly respected name in the German investigations space, with considerable experience representing companies and individuals in white-collar crime and insolvency proceedings.
Karl-Jörg Xylander at White & Case is highly sought after by companies across a variety of sectors for his deep expertise in white-collar crime investigations and criminal risk.
Thomas Gruetzner of Latham & Watkins is described by respondents as “a very famous lawyer in the investigations space” and “one of the main lawyers in this area in Germany”.
FRICK+PARTNER’s Jörg Frick is known as a stalwart of the domestic market among sources, who commend his over 40 years of experience with tax and white-collar crime briefs.
Margarete Gräfin von Galen at Galen Rechtsanwälte is a well-regarded investigations practitioner, with over 30 years of experience advising companies and individuals in the German market on forensic matters, criminal law and internal investigations.