“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)
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.
The weekly business news magazine Wirtschaftswoche ranks Feigen Graf as one of the most renowned law firms in the field of commercial criminal law. More specifically, Wirtschaftswoche singled out Hanns Feigen, Dr. Walther Graf, Dr. Bernd Groß, Dr. Tilman Reichling and Dr. Matthias Sartorius as some of the most outstanding law-yers in the field of white-collar crime.
Advisory services to individuals: “The law firm Feigen · Graf has an excellent reputation in the market as defence lawyers in white-collar crime proceedings, with a strong focus on individual defence briefs. That said, the firm also provides advisory services to corporate clients, on compliance for example. Hanns Feigen is highly experienced in the defence of executives in cases involving white-collar crime and/or tax offences. For instance, he defended the German politician Alexander Alvaro, who was involved in a car accident and subsequently charged with involuntary manslaughter. Hanns Feigen succeeded in having the case dismissed on the condition of payment of a fine Furthermore, Hanns Feigen acted for Volkswagen’s Head of Human Resources, Karlheinz Blessing, in proceedings for alleged fraud. Dr. Walther Graf and Dr. Bernd Groß are also highly recommended. The latter defended the former FIFA General Secretary in proceedings on suspicion of tax fraud.” Corporate advisory services: “Based on many years of experience, the law firm Feigen Graf provides high-quality assis-tance and advisory services in business criminal law cases – along with individual briefs, the firm is equally invested in advising and representing corporate clients. Hanns Feigen has an excellent reputation in the market. Most recently, he represented a consortium of subway con-struction companies in the trial concerning the collapse of the Cologne city archive. The firm also acted for Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa. Dr. Walther Graf often coordinates investiga-tions on behalf of companies and banks. Bernd Groß and Tilman Reichling are also highly recommended.” Moreover, Legal 500 awarded the distinction of “Leading Name” to Hanns Feigen and “Name of the Next Generation” to Dr. Tilman Reichling.
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.
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.
“Review: There can be no doubt that the firm ranks among the uncontested market leaders in the field of business criminal law. Like their competitors – such as Krause for example – Feig-en Graf realised and leveraged the legal potential of tax criminal law early on, providing the firm with an edge that allows them to challenge the market leaders in this field. Dr. Bernd Groß in particular is widely recognised as an authority in this field, with the representation of Han-sainvest in the first cum/ex trial before the Bonn Regional Court being an excellent example of his strong presence. Undoubtedly, this was just the beginning, as the firm is in the unique com-petitive position of advising various other banks on this very same issue. Going forward, the firm will be able to draw on this experience, should tax models of choice retrospectively turn out to be questionable. In addition, issues related to tax criminal law, such as fictitious self-employment and value-added tax, keep the firm busy. It comes as no surprise that the provision of preventive advisory services is on the rise in this line of work. Against the overall backdrop, it would only be logical if the firm were to expand its capabilities at associate level.” Highly recommended: Hanns Feigen, Dr. Walther Graf (“outstanding level of competence and tactical understanding”, “a consummate professional”, competitors), Dr. Bernd Groß (“ex-cellent level of competence”, “very good”, “quick intelligence”, “simply the best”, “having the edge”, competitors), Dr. Tilman Reichling (“cooperative and accommodating, smart, highly qualified”, competitor).
Hanns W. Feigen, Dr. Walther Graf and Dr. Bernd Groß are listed as experts in the field of white collar crime.
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.”
“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.”
The 2020 “Rising Stars Expert Guide” named Dr. Moritz Lange as “Rising Star” for his work in White collar crime (LMG Research - Expert Guides).