Companies are directly affected by criminal investigations against their managers and employees through searches, seizures and negative media coverage. In cases of criminal or administrative offenses committed by senior executives, companies in Germany can be directly sanctioned, inter alia by severe – sometimes existence-threatening – fines and by the forfeiture of profits gained. The ramifications of criminal proceedings frequently affect companies and start-ups severely – to parry them requires competent and committed legal support, such as provided at Krause & Kollegen.


  • represent companies from almost all branches of industry, including agriculture, art, automotive, aviation, banking, construction, consulting, chemicals, energy, health, IT, real estate, art, machinery and plant engineering, media, food and beverages, sports, tourism, auditing, insurance
  • defend and advise individuals and company managers (C-level) in all phases of company-related criminal proceedings, e.g. on allegations of unjustifiable business decisions or breach of trust (§ 266 StGB), fraud (§ 263 StGB), placing unsafe products on the market etc.
  • defend and advise companies in criminal and administrative proceedings against them or their employees
  • coordinate the defense of company-related criminal proceedings as so-called company lawyers and corporate defense counsel
  • advise start-ups in the founding period to avoid sanction risks
  • advise with regard to forthcoming economic decisions with the aim of avoiding criminal and other sanction risks
  • support and advise companies and company managers in economic crisis situations (e.g. on the brink of insolvency) to avoid sanction risks
  • conduct internal investigations to clarify ominous circumstances
  • counsel and accompany individuals testifying in interviews and depositions
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Krause & Kollegen

Kurfürstendamm 190-192
10707 Berlin
Tel. +49 (0)30 9210259-0