We support our clients in analyzing the risk areas relevant to them, which may vary depending on the industry and the organizational structure, company size, etc. Hence why we ensure that compliance measures are tailored precisely to the individual needs of the concerned.
If, in addition to the frequently relevant topics of antitrust law, anti-corruption or capital market law, other risk areas need to be covered (e.g. data protection, labor law), we will work together with relevant law firms from a network of specialists. The same applies to international compliance projects involving our foreign partner firms or our clients' established foreign advisors.
Another focus of our consulting activities is the development, structuring and implementation of compliance management systems. This begins - where necessary - with the performance of audits and extends to support in setting up or adapting a custom-fit compliance organization with appropriate reporting structures and response scenarios, and to the creation of risk-adjusted compliance documentation and the implementation of training courses. Our expertise in this area also includes preparation for possible search situations.
Following the definition of needs-oriented risk prevention measures, we also support the (global) roll-out of corresponding systems.
Training is an important component of any compliance management system. These not only serve to demonstrate practices to management and employees that are risky from a compliance point of view, but also have the specific aim of highlighting the safe room for action and thus achieving a higher degree of certainty of action in day-to-day business.
In the training courses we conduct, we attach particular importance to ensuring that they are specifically tailored to the needs of the company in question, both in terms of content and the target group. In the preliminary stages of a training course, we therefore first define together with our clients the target group that is exposed to a specific compliance risk, e.g. company management or individual groups of employees from the operational area (sales, purchasing, etc.). Our training courses also regularly include an interactive part where compliance-relevant principles and the latest developments in official practice and case law are discussed in greater depth in a practice-oriented manner.
In response to specific compliance violations, but also from a preventive point of view (e.g. post-closing audits), we regularly manage extensive internal investigations for our clients. In doing so, we can draw upon many years of experience in conducting interviews and the IT-supported analysis of data and have established working relationships with leading providers of IT forensics solutions, which we can integrate into the respective mandate if necessary.
Upon discovery of a compliance violation (e.g. in the course of an internal investigation or an audit), we also advise our clients on the legally given options as well as preventive measures and processes for the future, always focusing on the individual needs of the companies.
We provide comprehensive advice to our clients' management and supervisory boards on all aspects of corporate law, capital market law and strategy resulting from compliance measures, e.g. on the preparation of resolutions, on optimization options for existing compliance systems, on the requirements for action due to new legal or factual developments (including in connection with ESG issues), on possible courses of action in the event that relevant compliance violations are identified, on issues of accountability and crisis response. In this context, we also support our clients or their communications advisors in developing appropriate crisis communications.
Business associations are often faced with special challenges in the area of compliance, as they often not only have to structure their own association work in a legally compliant manner but are also an important point of contact in compliance matters for the respective member companies. Regarding the risk areas involved, a particular focus is often on antitrust issues. Our expertise in this area ranges from the antitrust law-compliant structuring of internal association committee work to the association's organizational and liability law to the conduct of internal investigations and the legal support of the association's public relations work.