The firm
With a total of twelve lawyers, we operate from our offices in Frankfurt and Cologne, working both within Germany and across inter­national borders, solely in the area of criminal law.

Specialisation in commercial criminal law and penal tax law

Our specialisation in criminal law – commercial criminal law and penal tax law in particular – ensures a high level of competence and experience within our law firm, both for individual defence briefs as well as in the representation of corporate clients. Another focus area is compliance, where we provide our clients with preventive advice to avoid criminal proceedings (compliance) as well as support and assistance in cases of internal investigations.

Our office in Frankfurt was established in 2001, and our office in Cologne was established in 2003. By involving junior colleagues at an early stage, we ensure that our client process is characterised by a consistent level of high quality at all times.

We possess vast experience in the provision of individual advisory services and the defence of executives, as well as the coordination of large-scale proceedings involving numerous defendants. Our lawyers were active in almost all major white-collar crime proceedings over recent years.

Our aim is to achieve the optimum outcome for our clients – legally, financially and in terms of the time involved – by providing advisory services that are tailor-made to suit the requirements of the individual client, without any unnecessary costs.

Interdisciplinary international network

Because of the internationalisation of criminal law, we are regularly the contact of choice for foreign companies. For this purpose, we maintain a close dialogue with members of the legal profession abroad who are also working in the areas of commercial criminal law and penal tax law.

Whenever our clients require advice outside our area of expertise, we are able to draw upon a vast network of renowned experts in a variety of disciplines.


Since the firm’s inception, we have been referenced as a leading law firm in numerous compendia and specialist magazines.

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JUVE Handbook – Commercial law firms 2020/2021

Review: Acknowledged by its competitors for its “outstanding presence” in the field, the firm undoubtedly ranks among the market leaders in the area of white-collar crime. The firm is present in virtually all relevant fields, both in the defense of individuals and companies alike. Like its competitor firm Krause, FG recognised the potential of tax criminal law early on – and in Dr. Bernd Groß, the firm has a virtually omnipresent partner who, most recently, represented Hansainvest, a key player in the first cum/ex trial before the Bonn Regional Court. Further trials will follow, as FG represents a number of banks. Even tax law practitioners pay tribute to the entire team, which makes it all the more noteworthy, as tax law practitioners usually tend to doubt that lawyers with a commercial criminal law background have the requisite criminal tax law expertise. Moreover, FG has a healthy age distribution that allows young talent to progress and acquire their own distinct profile in the market.
Strengths: Defense of executive boards and companies
Highly recommended: Hanns Feigen (“highly respected within the profession”, “excellent”, “very experienced and highly connected”, competitors), Dr. Walther Graf (“extremely competent, a great person”, “calm and collected, pragmatic”, “highly responsive, savvy, strategically strong”, “very competent and cooperative”, competitors), Dr. Bernd Groß (“outstanding expertise, good team player”, “confident and efficient”, “smart strategist”, “strong negotiator”, “confident management of demanding and complex mandates”, competitors), Dr. Tilman Reichling (“brilliant lawyer”, “highly connected”, “at the top of his profession, smart strategist, good to work with”, “strong criminal tax law expert”, competitors)

Chambers and Partners 2020

Chambers and Partners has awarded Hanns Feigen the distinction of “Star Individual” in the area of “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 advis-es 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 offers assistance with white-collar and tax crime matters as well as corruption cases. His clientele includes individuals as well as corporates. 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 in-cluding 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.”

Brandeins: Germany’s best commercial law firms 2020

Feigen Graf is listed as one of the most renowned law firms in the field of commercial criminal law, rated with four out of four stars.

Focus Ranking „1000 Top-Anwälte & Kanzleien“ 2020

In 2020, Feigen · Graf was named as one of the 50 best commercial law firms in Germany. Moreover, it was nominated as one of the “Top Law Firms” in the area of Compliance & Commercial Criminal Law. Dr. Bernd Groß and Dr. Tilman Reichling were pointed out as “top lawyers” in the field of criminal law.

Handelsblatt – Best Lawyers 2020

In 2020, Feigen · Graf was awarded Law Firm of the Year in the field of white-collar crime. In addition, Hanns Feigen, Dr. Walther Graf, Dr. Bernd Groß and Dr. Matthias Sartorius were included in the list of “Germany's best lawyers” in the area of white-collar crime.

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2020

“At Feigen-Graf, three lawyers are recognised for their excellence. Hanns Feigen is well regarded by peers for the strength of his business crime practice. He holds deep expertise in white-collar and tax crime matters. Bernd Groß is an “excellent lawyer” with a “good reputation” in the German market accord-ing to peers who say he excels in international white-collar and tax crime disputes. Walther Graf is renowned for his remarkable facility for defending companies involved in white-collar crime disputes, with notable experience in large industrial accidents and compli-ance matters. In addition, Walther Graf is a “prominent figure” in the investigations space who is “very well known” for his sweeping knowledge of corporate investigations and business crime defence proceedings.”

T: +49 (0)69 / 77 01 96 - 0
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Liebigstraße 53
60323 Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
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Marienburger Straße 70
50968 Köln (Germany)