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Investigator's Guide to Germany


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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German authorities have growing appetite for enforcement

Norton Rose Fulbright’s new dispute resolution partner in Frankfurt said that banks moving from the UK post-Brexit will have to deal with an increasingly aggressive enforcement atmosphere.

Germans unsurprised by Jones Day raid ruling

German lawyers are unsurprised by the Federal Constitutional Court’s decision that a Munich prosecutors’ March 2017 raid on Jones Day’s local office was constitutional, but welcome plans for new legislation to clarify privilege in internal investigations.

Jones Day raid legal, Germany’s highest court says

Munich prosecutors have been given the green light to examine documents seized from Jones Day as part of an investigation into the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

Record-breaking fine for Volkswagen in Germany

The recent €1 billion fine ends the Braunschweig Public Prosecutor’s Office’s case against the company while investigations into dozens of individuals continue.

Audi CEO arrest “unusual”, German lawyers say

The CEO of Volkswagen-owned Audi has agreed to testify in the ongoing Munich investigation into the emissions scandal following his “astonishing” arrest on 18 June.

Germany proposes reforms to investigations landscape

The new German coalition government intends to substantially increase the maximum fines authorities can impose on companies for wrongdoing.

German prosecutor: lawyers should “establish a level of trust” with authorities

A German prosecutor has said the “most important thing” for lawyers to do when his office opens a criminal corruption investigation is for a company to start building a relationship with investigators.

GIR Live: German lawyers decry ENRC judgment

German lawyers have voiced their frustration over the UK’s recent ENRC privilege ruling, with one describing it as a “bad case based on bad facts”.

German supreme court: compliance systems can reduce penalty size

An effective compliance management system and remedial action taken by a company once it uncovers a crime should be taken into account when calculating the level of fine it must pay, Germany's highest court has said in a landmark ruling.

DG Comp and Germany probing possible German car collusion

The European Commission and Germany's competition enforcer have confirmed they are reviewing information that suggests BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler colluded to restrain the price of crucial emissions technology.