Number of partners: 9
Number of lawyers: 15
Languages: English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Turkish
Wessing & Partner is a leading German boutique firm with a dedicated focus on corporate criminal law, particularly practising in the fields of white-collar crime, criminal compliance and tax fraud/tax evasion. With a team of 15 specialised lawyers and tax advisers the firm offers both individual and corporate criminal defence and preventive legal advice to national and international companies active in the German market.
The lawyers combine extensive trial experience with substantial knowledge of all facets of criminal law, including bribery, fraud, bankruptcy, environmental offences, tax offences, cybercrime and data protection offences, as well as criminal offences in general. As the case requires, the firm combines in-depth expertise in all facets of criminal law with specialist know-how in the areas of commercial, tax, medical, banking and capital markets law. Besides the litigation practice, the firm’s lawyers cover all aspects of criminal compliance including internal investigations and criminal due diligence. With the assistance of specific IT forensics software, the firm is in a position to inspect even very large quantities of data in varying formats from a criminal law perspective.
■ Business Crimes
■ Corporate Criminal
■ Corruption & Bribery
■ Tax Fraud/Tax Evasion
■ Criminal Compliance
■ SEC/DOJ/FCPA/FSA/SFO Cases
■ Internal Investigations
■ Risk Assessment & Crisis Management
■ International Criminal/Extradition
■ Environmental Crimes
■ Criminal Litigation & Procedure
■ Criminal Due Diligence
■ Money Laundering
■ Medical Criminal
Wessing & Partner maintains close relationships with established law firms in numerous jurisdictions over the globe. Many of the firm’s lawyers have gained an international degree or have gathered experience working outside Germany. The firm is regularly involved in cases with international implications, especially in the Anglo-American countries. Wessing & Partner has managed or defended some of the major German FCPA/SEC cases; the only book in German on these cases stems from the firm. Wessing & Partner also advises with regards to the implementation of the UK Bribery Act and the activities of the British FSA and the Serious Fraud Office. Finally, the firm is particularly skilled in dealing with complex extradition cases. Apart from English, the working languages include French, Turkish, Spanish, Polish and Russian.
The firm has a long-standing client base which includes international corporations and mid-sized companies, banks and saving banks, private clinics and municipal hospitals as well as companies in the pharma and medical devices sector. In addition, private individuals — primarily managing directors and CEOs, members of the executive board and members of the supervisory board — regularly seek the firm’s advice when confronted with accusations of white-collar or tax crime.