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Investigator's Guide to Germany

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Investigator's guide to Germany

Germany is often stereotyped as a country full of rules and regulations, but when it comes to internal investigations and settlement negotiations with prosecutors almost anything goes.

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German corruption investigation of Atlas Elektronik spreads to legal staff

Bremen prosecutors are investigating fresh bribery allegations against a joint venture between defence manufacturers Airbus and ThyssenKrupp, including claims that senior compliance staff at the companies knew about corruption but failed to act.

German prosecutors clash with Atlas over whether foreign bribery case is time-barred

German defence company Atlas Elektronik has argued to the Bremen Prosecutor’s Office that the authority’s foreign bribery case against the company falls outside the five-year statute of limitations, GIR understands.

Frankfurt prosecutors raid German football association in Fifa-linked tax fraud probe

The Frankfurt Prosecutor’s Office is investigating German football association officials on suspicion of tax evasion linked to allegations that they bribed Fifa representatives because Germany’s statute of limitations prevent the authorities from opening a corruption probe.

On the QT: keeping German settlements out of the press

In Germany, the majority of corporate settlements with prosecutors, including those demanding multimillion-euro fines, are never disclosed to the public. GIR finds out how companies achieve confidential settlements.

Hannover prosecutors examining Continental corruption allegations in China

The Hannover Prosecutor’s Office is examining whether it has jurisdiction over a corruption case, after German tyre company Continental sacked China-based sales management staff following an internal investigation into a “compliance violation”.

ThyssenKrupp and Ferrostaal dismiss new foreign bribery claims

ThyssenKrupp and Ferrostaal have denied fresh bribery allegations published in Handelsblatt, which claims thousands of leaked internal documents, including interrogation records from a Debevoise & Plimpton internal probe, show a jointly owned subsidiary of both companies made suspicious payments in Turkey and Indonesia.

Germany's investigations bar

Germany vigorously prosecutes white-collar crime, and so many of the country’s law firms have built impressive investigations practices to aid companies caught in the government’s crosshairs.

Frankfurt prosecutors launch Deutsche Bank Libor investigation

The Frankfurt Prosecutor’s Office has opened a preliminary criminal investigation into allegations of Libor manipulation at Deutsche Bank, a spokesperson for the office has said.

Frankfurt prosecutors: weak cooperation, self-reporting and dawn raids

In an interview with GIR, Frankfurt prosecutors Albrecht Schreiber and Markus Weimann tell lawyers to stop handing over worthless interview notes in an attempt to cooperate, and hit back at claims that they lack the resources to investigate cases.

Gleiss Lutz expands compliance practice

Compliance and investigations lawyer Eike Bicker has joined Gleiss Lutz as an associated partner in Frankfurt.