Criminal Compliance / Preventive Advice
Compliance is the collective term for all measures aimed at ensuring that the conduct of companies and their employees conforms to legal norms and regulations.
Lawmakers and the courts have in the past decade dramatically increased the demands vis-à-vis companies in this respect. Current proceedings involving international corporations such as Siemens or Volkswagen show that the successful integration of compliance structures in a company require legal guidance on criminal law.
Criminal defence lawyers are well equipped to prevent accusations of corruption and avoid criminal accusations against corporations.
We advise companies on risk analysis as well as how best to implement effective strategies and structures. We develop individual compliance systems and train employees. If required, we supervise whistle blower hotlines and provide services as external anti-corruption officers.
Criminal Due Diligence
The risk of criminal liability is becoming ever more relevant in the area of mergers and acquisitions. The existence of hidden slush funds or past tax evasion, failure to pay social security contributions or bribery, and the criminal sanctions these offences carry can have a severe impact on the value of an acquired company.
With our criminal law expertise, we support companies and consultants specialised in conducting due diligences and in M&A’s.