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Allegations of business criminal activity can have a devastating impact on a company. Investigations into a company can cause significant reputational damage, leading to a drop in customers and reduced profits. Engaging in entrepreneurial activity contains risk factors; however, getting ongoing advice from German business criminal lawyers ensures that such actions are compliant with German law. Preparing internal grievance structures allows employees and other parties to report internal business criminal activity to company personell rather than go public by whistleblowing.

The reality for our clients accused in the field of white-collar crime is that they have not had much exposure to the criminal law system. This lack of experience means that having expert legal counsel is necessary. At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, our corporate criminal law team acts for both individuals and businesses in such cases. We combine our expertise in criminal and corporate law to provide a complete picture of the issues involved. Contact us now to work with our business criminal law team.

Full-Service Legal Support in Germany

Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte is a full-service law firm with offices and conference room facilities in Cologne, Aachen, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and Stuttgart. Our legal team consists of experienced criminal law attorneys and lawyers with deep knowledge and expertise in commercial transactions, contract analysis, taxation, compliance and corporate governance. Regardless of whether your company requires expert advice for a particular case or ongoing support from our criminal law attorneys, our law firm has the answer for you.


Blackmail can be damaging to businesses, particularly when it involves compromising information relating to the company. Corporate blackmailers usually seek to gain important data concerning the company, often simple information such as email addresses and credit card details of business customers, and upon locating the information, they can threaten the company that they will release it and thus risk the company’s reputation. This threat is more directed towards businesses rather than private individuals as companies are required to keep such information safe and its release can damage consumer trust and confidence.

At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, our team advises businesses regarding how to respond to blackmail and related offences. Our team will explore the options available to your company, regarding resolving the matter, outside of court where preferable.

Compliance and Whistleblowing

At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, our business criminal lawyers are ready to advise your company regarding internal mechanisms to help detect and prevent criminal activity. By implementing internal grievance procedures, your company can uncover damaging and criminal activity such as corruption or failure to reach specified legal standards. Not having such aspects in place can force employees, managers and others to expose these matters to the public which can cause significant reputational damage.

Compliance systems need to be secure, confidential, effective, and according to industry standards. At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, our lawyers advise both companies and whistleblowers regarding their options under German law.

Corruption Charges in Germany

Corruption in Germany and across other countries can be seen across all areas of society. The German Criminal Code (StGB) regulates several criminal offences that can be assigned to the colloquial term “corruption” to protect fair competition and public service integrity. However, this term is not legally defined in the Criminal Code. Rather, the corresponding offences are bribery, corruptibility, granting of advantages and acceptance of advantages.