References Feigen Graf

Wirtschaftswoche: WiWo-Top-Kanzleien 2019

Award as one of the best-respected law firms for criminal commercial law.

Awards to Hanns Feigen, Dr. Walther Graf, Dr. Bernd Groß, Dr. Tilman Reichling and Dr. Matthias Sartorius as among the most highly-respected lawyers for criminal commercial law.

 

JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien 2018/2019

Comment: The firm once again demonstrated why it ranks among the top law firms in commercial criminal law. Hardly any other firm is mandated to such an extent in almost all relevant areas. It has a very strong foundation of top-class clients on both the individual and corporate sides, and this is constantly expanding. Their work for the former head of the Steinhoff furniture company is just one of the most recent examples. FG is also gaining more and more ground in tax criminal law through its work in Cum-Ex trials and as defence counsel for various banks. FG is reaping the fruits of its consistent personnel work of the past years – only Krause & Colleagues and Wessing have been similarly successful in promoting so many young lawyers in such a way that they have been able to establish their own reputations in the market. Recently Cordes and Reichling have also established their own profile.

Strengths: Board and management consultancy.

Often recommended: Hanns Feigen, Dr. Walther Graf (“fast, experienced, strategically strong”, competitor), Dr. Bernd Groß (“competent, very pleasant and efficient in cooperation”, competitor), Dr. Malte Cordes, Dr. Tilman Reichling (“very good, pleasant in cooperation”, competitor).”

 

The Legal 500 Deutschland 2019

Advice for individuals:
Feigen · Graf enjoys an excellent reputation within the field of white-collar crime and is strongly focussed onrepresenting individuals. The firm, however, also advises corporations on diverse subjects including compliance. Hanns Feigen has decades of experience in representing members of senior management in criminal cases involving commercial or tax law. He defended the politician Alexander Alvaro, for example, in a trial for culpable homicide and succeeded in having the case dismissed on the condition of payment of a fine. In addition, he represented Volkswagen’s Head of Human Resources, Karlheinz Blessing, in proceedings for alleged fraud. Equally highly recommended are Walther Graf und Bernd Groß. The latter defended the ex-General Secretary of FIFA in proceedings related to tax evasion.”

Advice for companies:
Feigen · Graf provides its clients with an excellent level of legal support gained from years of experience in criminal commercial law matters and is just as frequently mandated to represent and advise individuals as it is corporations. Hanns Feigen enjoys a very good reputation in the market: he recently represented a consortium comprised of underground construction companies in proceedings arising from the collapse of the Cologne City Archives. He has also advised Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa. Walther Graf frequently co-ordinates preliminary investigative proceedings for corporations and banks. Bernd Groß and Tilman Reichling are also recommended.”

Award for Hanns Feigen as “Leading Name”.

Award for Dr. Tilman Reichling as “Name of the Next Generation”.

 

JUVE Handbuch Steuern 2019

Evaluation: The boutique law firm is second-to-none in the field of classic criminal commercial law and can now also be regarded as a market-leader in criminal tax cases. This is due primarily to the fact that the firm has several very highly regarded lawyers at its disposal. This includes, in addition to the founding partners, Dr. Bernd Groß, who has made a name for himself in recent years with cum/ex cases. Feigen Graf has a high profile in this field due to the trust placed in them by numerous banks. It was therefore only logical that defendants in the recent Goldfinger trial turned to Feigen Graf. However, the firm has also acted for the German Football Federation and various mid-sized companies, leading to an increasing business. With the departure of Malte Cordes to criminal law boutique Park, the firm lost an aspiring young lawyer in Autumn 2018. It is a loss that Feigen Graf can get over, however, particularly since the firm has taken on more associates and promoted one associate each in its Frankfurt and Cologne offices to partner.”

Frequently recommended:
Hanns Feigen, Dr. Walther Graf (“one of the best”, “quick to react, very accomplished, strong on strategy", both rival firms), Dr. Bernd Groß (“always immediately available”; “very competent, experienced, calm and focussed”, client; “enormously strong on cum/ex”, rival lawyer), Dr. Tilman Reichling”.

 

Expert Guides – White Collar Crime 2019

Mentioned as experts in the field of white-collar crime are Hanns W. Feigen, Dr Walther Graf and Dr Bernd Groß.

Chambers and Partners 2019

Award for Hanns Feigen as “Star Individual” in the category “White-Collar Crime: Defence Counsel”.

Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime in Germany
What the team is known for

Leading criminal law boutique firm with a formidable reputation for defending individuals such as board members or senior management in high-profile white-collar crime cases. Also advises large corporations on internal investigations relating to fiscal misconduct and employee prosecution and assists with the recovery from consequences of dawn raids. Clientele includes international companies seeking advice on criminal matters engaging several jurisdictions. Provides further expertise on matters related to embargoes.

Strengths
Sources describe the firm’s team as “absolutely excellent” and “outstanding”.

Notable practitioners
Bernd Gross advises on white-collar and tax crime matters as well as corruption cases. His clientele includes individuals as well as corporations.

Hanns Feigen maintains his market-leading position as a defence counsel representing a range of clients from the automotive and banking sectors. He is also active in corporate advisory including investigations by tax authorities.

Sources commend Walther Graf for the breadth of his practice. He advises clients on industrial accidents, cum/ex transactions and compliance programmes.”

 

Handelsblatt – Best Lawyers 2018

Inclusion of von Hanns Feigen, Dr. Walther Graf and Dr. Bernd Groß in the list of “Germany’s Best Lawyers” in the field of criminal commercial law.

 

Who is Who Germany 2018

White-collar crime specialist FEIGEN-GRAF achieves three listings in this chapter and stands out as one of the country’s foremost outfits in the field.

Hanns Feigen draws high praise from sources who consider him a national leader in white-collar and tax crime, an area in which he has over 30 years of experience handling such cases.

Walther Graf advises numerous corporations on white-collar crime matters and is particularly lauded for his expertise assisting corporate entities on their internal compliance programmes.

Bernd Groß receives praise for his dynamic abilities and clarity of thought when it comes to white-collar crime and providing solutions for clients.”

 

Who is Who Legal Investigations 2018

Bernd Gross at Feigen · Graf is widely regarded as a ‘top lawyer’, particularly when it comes to international white-collar investigations.”

 

Best Lawyers International/Handelsblatt 2017

In 2017 Feigen · Graf was awarded “Law firm of the year for commercial criminal law” by Handelsblatt.

 

FOCUS-SPEZIAL 2017

Mentioned as top lawyers for criminal law are Hanns W. Feigen, Dr Bernd Groß and Dr Tilman Reichling.

 

Who’s Who Legal

White-collar crime specialists Feigen · Graf achieves three listings in this chapter and stands out as one of the country’s foremost outfits in the field.

Hanns Feigen draws high praise from sources who consider him a national leader in white-collar and tax crime, an area in which he has over 30 years of experience handling such cases.

Walther Graf advises numerous corporations on white-collar crime matters and is particularly lauded for his expertise assisting corporate entities on their internal compliance programmes.

Bernd Groß receives praise for his dynamic abilities and clarity of thought when it comes to white-collar crime and providing solutions for clients.

 

Global Investigations Review 2018

When GIR asked lawyers and prosecutors which law firm they would recommend, almost without exception everyone said Feigen-Graf. The firm boasts three Who’s Who Legal: Investigations nominees: Hanns Feigen, Walther Graf and Bernd Gross. Like some of its white-collar boutique rivals, Feigen-Graf is tucked away on a discreet suburban street just minutes away from Frankfurt’s city centre. The idea is that a quiet location offers greater privacy and comfort to the firm’s clients, who would rather not to be seen visiting criminal defence lawyers. Feigen-Graf is a small firm that regularly works on the biggest cases, where it could be advising a company on an internal investigation, representing them in settlement negotiations with prosecutors or defending individuals caught up in a major criminal case. If the firm is carrying out an internal investigation it will typically instruct an auditor to do the legwork, for example, sifting through documents. Currently, the firm is advising Deutsche Bank on a carbon tax fraud case, and an individual caught up in a bribery scandal involving Frankfurt airport’s cargo hub.