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Dr. David Rieks, LL.M. (Columbia/UvA), Partner

Dr. David Rieks, LL.M. (Columbia/UvA)


Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für Strafrecht


English, German

Practice areas

  • Fraud and financial crime
  • Global Compliance Crisis Management
  • Industrials
  • Inquiries and investigations
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Dr. David Rieks works as a Partner in the area of compliance and commercial criminal law in the Hamburg office of Eversheds Sutherland.

As a certified specialist for criminal law, David advises and represents national and international companies regarding all questions of commercial and tax criminal law. He focusses inter alia on the areas of corruption and breach of trust, fraud, insolvency, labor/employment and environmental criminal acts as well as social security, tax, customs and foreign trade offences.

He represents companies before authorities and courts within the framework of criminal proceedings and proceedings for the imposition of administrative fines and vis-à-vis tax and customs investigators, the police, the public prosecutor’s office and courts. David also regularly represents and defends managing directors and executives within the context of commercial and tax offence proceedings.

As additional core areas of his activities, he advises companies regarding compliance and fraud prevention, implements and supports internal investigations and represents companies which suffered damage due to criminal offences in and out of court.

David studied law at the Universities of Freiburg, Berlin and Florence (Italy). He also graduated with an LL.M. in international criminal law at New York’s Columbia University (USA) and at Universiteit van Amsterdam (Netherlands). David furthermore worked for the Division for International Cooperation against Organized Crime and Terrorism of the Federal German Foreign Office, for the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations in New York as well as for the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland in 2019, David worked for ROXIN Rechtsanwälte LLP, a law firm specialized in commercial and tax criminal law, in Dusseldorf and Hamburg since 2014.

David is a member of the commercial criminal law association (Wirtschaftsstrafrechtliche Vereinigung) and regularly publishes articles on criminal and commercial criminal law matters in criminal-law journals.

David was recommended by WirtschaftsWoche in 2020 and 2021 as one of Germany's top lawyers for white-collar criminal law and by Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt as a litigation lawyer. The Legal Media Group's Expert Guide 2021 names David Rieks as a "Rising Star" in the field of white-collar criminal law.

David’s recent experience includes:

  • advising a leading gambling company in compliance matters under criminal law and representing the company as an injured party
  • representing the CEO of an American arms manufacturer within the framework of alleged violations against foreign trade law
  • representing a food company within the framework of asset recovery due to an allegation of unauthorised advertising
  • representing a managing director within the framework of large-scale proceedings for corruption in the health sector
  • representing a financial institution in connection with investigations under criminal law for promotion programmes
  • representing various industrial companies and managers within the framework of preliminary investigation proceedings due to operational accidents resulting in bodily harm
  • representing various large as well as small and medium-sized companies due to accusations under criminal employment and labour law