Comment: A leading firm in white collar crime which, according to competitors, also stands out in compliance for its “impressive approach in exactly the right dosage”. More companies are seeking VBB’s advice, a development it is tackling strategically by building up contacts among other experts and service providers relevant for compliance. The team is also holding firm to the defense of individuals. In tax criminal law, both work and the headcount increased. This broad setup necessitates an unusually high leverage for a boutique. VBB gives more thought to its young talent policy than most other boutiques, but three associates left (two to civil service). VBB quickly hired experienced associates, but continuity is important in crisis-related advice to gain and hold clients’ trust.
Strengths: Criminal law advice/crisis management and litigation for companies.
Recommended: Renate Verjans (“excellent”, competitor), Dr. Markus Berndt (“assertive”, competitor), Dr. Marcus Böttger (“no showoff, can do what he says”, “collegial, client-focused”, competitors), Dr. Hjalmar Mahn (“competent and reliable”, “a team player, always appropriate advice”, competitors), Dr. Matthias Brockhaus (“works at an academic level”, competitor).
Practice: Accounting criminal law, investment fraud, insolvency offenses. Also unfair competition and antitrust offenses, corruption, tax criminal law. Criminal and tax-related compliance advice. (6 equity partners, 1 counsel, 9 associates)
Clients: ?? Thyssenkrupp on criminal law, incl. concerning Atlas JV (public knowledge); former German Soccer Association official Niersbach before Fifa Ethics Committee and in Swiss investigations; criminal law risk assessment for industry association; industry CEO on corruption; former chemicals corporate CEO in criminal trial regarding fraud.
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