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Compliance

Compliance violations can have far-reaching consequences for a company and are therefore an indispensable part of responsible company management. To ensure that legal and tax risks are avoided from the very beginning, we develop compliance programmes for our clients based on company size and existing internal structures and assist in their implementation and ongoing optimisation. We also support companies in the implementation of specific compliance measures and advise in the case of an impending compliance violation and in cases when a violation may have already been made. Our compliance team efficiently bundles the specialised knowledge of lawyers practicing in various fields such as company law, criminal law, tax law, employment law and data protection law as well as public law. Thanks to our broad positioning and high degree of specialisation, we have the interface expertise to quickly and efficiently recognise risks and support our clients in all compliance matters both in terms of prevention and investigation; this also includes assistance during a corporate crisis arising from a compliance violation.

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Main Areas of Expertise
  • Consultancy and assistance in designing and implementing compliance management systems
  • Developing, drafting and firmly establishing compliance guidelines and operating procedures, including all necessary training programmes and measures (and all required documentation)
  • Drawing up instructions and recommendations in view of possible liability of management and its regulatory bodies
  • Setting up and maintaining informant systems (whistleblower hotlines, ombudsman) as well as appointing an ombudsman
  • Planning and structuring internal investigations
  • Carrying out internal investigations, both as an independent investigator but also to support the corporate bodies entrusted with an investigation
  • Evaluation of investigation findings, in particular from the standpoint of company, employment and criminal law as well as the derivation of possible and necessary courses of action from the findings
  • Solution-oriented cooperation and negotiation with regulatory and investigative bodies
  • Coordination of internal and external communication plans with the assistance of PR experts
  • Consultancy and support during the comprehensive investigation and analysis of a compliance incident
  • Development and realisation of a holistic strategy for the procedural implementation of claims for damages, including parallel or supporting criminal prosecution measures
  • Support in criminal investigations and monetary fine proceedings
  • Approval management and operator responsibility
  • Clarification of insurance law factors
  • Measures to prepare for official investigations and seizures in companies as well as supporting companies during this process