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Compliance & internal investigations

Nowadays, companies and their decision-makers are facing more and more complex regulatory requirements. The prosecution and monitoring activities of the investigating authorities as well as the attention by business partners and competitors, policy makers and the public are continuously increasing. One single violation of statutory provisions or official requirements may already lead to considerable economic damage, sanctions under criminal law and an extensive loss of reputation.

Responsible corporate governance includes a comprehensive, effective and reliable risk management. Only by compliance structures which take into account the company size and industry-specific particularities can compliance violations and company risks be effectively avoided.

Suspicions quickly arise – either by official (company) audits, allegations by competitors or whistle-blowers. In the individual case, diligent corporate compliance may require that accusations are verified by means of internal investigations in order to quickly clarify suspected cases within the company and adequately manage crisis situations.

Your team for compliance & internal investigations

Our team provides advice during all stages of implementing effective corporate compliance measures. We support you preventively with respect to the conception and implementation of tailored compliance management systems for your company in order to be able to recognise risks at an early stage and avoid misconduct. In suspected cases, we manage or coordinate internal investigations and advise with respect to an adequate response to compliance violations. Our team also focuses on the defence or representation of companies vis-à-vis public prosecution and supervisory authorities. In this context, our particular strength is the provision of seamless advice across jurisdictions as well as practice areas such as civil law, labour and employment law, criminal law and regulatory matters.

We also provide comprehensive support with respect to conducting internal investigations to clarify allegations of tax evasion, fraud, violation of competition and anti-trust law, securities legislation, money laundering, corruption or environmental crimes.

Our expertise

  • German industrial company on the risk analysis and implementation of a compliance management system
  • Real estate group on the implementation of an international compliance management system
  • Chemicals group regarding internal investigation of comprehensive accusations of fraud and breach of trust
  • Energy company regarding internal clarification on the use of leased personnel
  • US real estate company regarding prevention of corruption
  • Logistics company regarding internal clarification of potential compliance violations in Eastern Europe
  • Internal investigation due to comprehensive accusations of fraud and breach of trust against employees of the German subsidiary of a US group


  • Top law firm for compliance - WirtschaftsWoche 2021
  • Top lawyer for compliance - WirtschaftsWoche 2021 (Dr. Joos Hellert)