The business world is increasingly coming under the particular scrutiny of public prosecutor’s investigations. Criminal charges and criminal procedural investigations constitute a heavy burden for the affected companies and persons in charge. Therefore, companies as well as their managers and directors have to observe a variety of regulations, not only in relation to the classic fields of fraud, breach of trust and tax offenses, but also supplementary penal provisions beyond the Criminal Code as well as regulations outside criminal law.
GvW Graf von Westphalen advises and defends individuals and companies in all areas of commercial criminal law and tax criminal law. Our scope of services includes both, preventive advice as well as support in all phases of a criminal and administrative offence proceeding.
With regard to preventive advice, our focus is mainly on avoiding risks under criminal law for the company and its persons in charge by timely and adequate prevention measures. Moreover, we help to preventively develop and implement a suitable risk management and compliance system for the respective company. If there are indications for an illegal conduct in the company which might be relevant under criminal law, we advise on the required internal investigations and represent the company’s interests in the context of the criminal proceeding and beyond.
As corporate criminal defence lawyers, we provide support to the company in the event of search measures, coordinate an effective defence, assist on the internal and external communication and protect the company from financial damage, in particular in the event of asset recovery in the context of criminal procedural measures. If the company is the damaged party, we advise and represent the company on the prosecution of the infringements, e.g. by bringing a criminal charge, effectively advising on the criminal proceeding and on the so-called recovery procedures which serve to recover assets.