Companies today are faced with more and more stringent regulatory requirements, which increases the risk of legal violations. At the same time, investigating authorities have intensified their investigations and monitoring.
In the case of executive bodies, the initiation of an investigation procedure affects not only the persons concerned but also the entire company. Criminal investigations are often accompanied by a large external (media) impact. Searches of business premises, the confiscation of company documents and the securing of electronic data lead to considerable impairments in the company. In order to keep the damage to the affected persons and the company as low as possible, a competent and appropriate defence is required, which often follows different rules in tax and economic criminal proceedings than in other criminal cases. In addition to a pronounced knowledge of substantive tax and commercial criminal law many years of experience in dealing with the investigating authorities is indispensable. Both requirements are particularly satisfied by MELCHERS' specialised lawyers.
We represent and advise our clients preventively with the aim of avoiding preliminary proceedings from the outset, for example through internal compliance regulations or voluntary reporting under criminal tax law. In the event of a preliminary investigation, we accompany our clients from the very beginning and try to conclude the proceedings without an arraignment and the associated public hearing. If an indictment is unavoidable, we naturally also represent our clients in the main hearing and in appeal proceedings.