"The team is professional, fast, goal-oriented and competent. They're also immediately reachable. We had a good experience; it's a highly profession-al, well organised firm that offers a lot of specialised expertise."

Client, Chambers

Criminal compliance risks are present in all areas of business. In response, Schoenherr has established a dedicated WCC & criminal defence team. The team has substantive legal and practical expertise in this area and is well-equipped to handle all aspects of criminal compliance and criminal defence matters.


Schoenherr is highly experienced in providing compliance advice to institutions in various trades and industries. The team has built a strong track record of advising top management in risk-prone commercial decisions, giving hands-on legal advice and providing clear guidance for decision-makers. It provides risk analyses of the respective corporate areas and supports with the implementation of individual, tailor-made compliance programmes, together with an efficient implementation of targeted compliance measures.

private joinders and victim protection

The team assists companies that have suffered damages as a result of criminal acts committed by their employees or third parties, conducts internal investigations of the alleged wrongdoings, and, if necessary, initiates criminal proceedings against the offender(s) and represents the aggrieved party in these proceedings.

criminal defence

Furthermore, the Schoenherr team defends companies and individuals facing accusations of criminal activity which could render them criminally liable. Our team helps the accused in protecting their rights by advising on how best to mitigate any related risk, for example, advising on interrogations, search warrants, confiscation orders, etc. The team covers the pre-investigative phase, investigation proceedings (which are often delicate), and serves as counsel in the criminal trial and appeal proceedings. The team regularly appears as defence counsel before criminal authorities (such as the police and prosecution authorities) and criminal courts.


  • compliance management systems (CMS) 
  • internal investigations
  • dawn raids
  • whistleblowing hotlines
  • private joinders
  • victim protection
  • criminal defence (related to accusations of corruption, international sanctions, fraud, breach of trust, insider trading, money laundering, accounting and insolvency crimes, environmental criminal law)