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a specific relationship

Due to technological progress, the increasing complexity of economic life and, last but not least, the zeitgeist of an increasing interest in prosecution, economic criminal law is subject to a strong dynamic.

Increasingly dogmatic differentiation through case law, an ever more frequent emotional connection between law and morality in the focus of the public and media opinion-forming, and the continuous creation of new prohibitive norms, such as most recently the penal provisions in the so-called Separation Banking Act as a reaction to the financial crisis, are only a few manifestations of this constant change.

Due to our specialisation and experience, we are able to face these changes with confidence and are also in a position to actively shape them with regard to the existing legal system and the rights of the accused anchored therein. In doing so, we always keep in mind the manifold side effects of criminal sanctions, which can range from a ban on activities to the seizure of substantial assets.

The sanctioning measures to regulate economic life are not found in a manageable number of laws. Innumerable prohibitive norms are laid down in individual laws and ordinances, ranging from the law on the posting of workers (AEntG) to the ordinance on the authorisation of additives in foodstuffs for technological purposes (ZZulV). The scope of this area of law is well illustrated by the regulations on the jurisdiction of economic criminal chambers in § 74c of the German Court Constitution Act (GVG).

We count among the relevant areas of commercial criminal law:

CRIMES IN THE OFFICE

CRIMINAL LAW ON CORRUPTION

CRIMINAL TAX LAW

LABOUR CRIMINAL LAW

CAPITAL MARKET CRIMINAL LAW

CRIMINAL MEDICAL LAW

PROPERTY OFFENCES

COMPETITION CRIMINAL LAW

PHARMACEUTICAL CRIMINAL LAW

IP-/ IT- CRIMINAL LAW

CRIMINAL INSOLVENCY LAW

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMINAL LAW