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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.

Before joining Eversheds Sutherland, David worked for five years in an law firm specialized in commercial and tax criminal law in Dusseldorf and Hamburg.

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 is recognized and recommended by German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche as one of the top lawyers for commercial criminal law in Germany.

David’s recent experience includes representing:

  • a leading gambling company in compliance matters under criminal law and representation of the company as an injured party
  • the CEO of an US arms manufacturer within the framework of an allegation of violations against foreign trade law
  • a food company within the framework of asset recovery due to an allegation of unauthorised advertising
  • a cinema company as claimant in connection with the suspicion of comprehensive offences committed by employees against the assets of the company
  • a medium-sized company with regard to a CEO fraud, including representation in several jurisdictions