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Investigator's Guide to Germany

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The 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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Germany steps up tax fraud investigations with new task force

Germany has created new task force designed to help detect and combat tax fraud following the cum-ex scandal which has cost the country billions.

GIR Live Frankfurt: EU seven years behind US on cybersecurity

While Europe has traditionally been the bastion of privacy rights it is still trailing behind the US in cybersecurity, a former DOJ deputy assistant attorney general has said.

Lawyers disappointed by lack of privilege reforms in German draft law

German lawyers are concerned that a proposed German corporate criminal liability law does not go far enough in protecting attorney-client communications.

New German law expected to transform corporate investigations

German lawyers have hailed a proposed law that drastically increases fines for corporate misconduct as a watershed moment in the country’s white-collar crime enforcement landscape.

Munich prosecutors file charges against former Audi CEO

Munich Public Prosecutors Office II filed criminal proceedings on 30 July against former CEO of Audi, Rupert Stadler, and three other defendants for their role in the diesel emissions scandal.

Germany considers NPA and DPA-style agreements in draft corporate criminal liability law

A potential new law in Germany addresses the country’s “dramatically” inconsistent penalty system, a prosecutor who helped to draft the bill has said.

Bosch settles Dieselgate investigation for €90 million

Technology supplier Bosch agreed to pay a €90 million fine to settle a German emissions-related investigation into the company.

Two Brits face trial in Germany’s first criminal cum-ex case

Cologne public prosecutors filed a criminal indictment against two traders for serious tax fraud at a court in Bonn. If accepted the west German city will take centre stage in the prosecution of individuals for conduct linked to what has been described as the biggest tax fraud case in Europe.

Maple Bank sues Freshfields in Germany over cum-ex transactions

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is facing a lawsuit from Canadian lender Maple Bank for allegedly providing the bank with incorrect advice on dividend stripping trades it is currently being investigated over.

German prosecutors investigate short-selling threat against Wirecard

German prosecutors are reportedly investigating allegations that an unknown party asked Wirecard for a seven-figure sum to prevent negative media coverage as part of a wider market-manipulation case surrounding the financial services company.