Profile

SchemmelMerk is a boutique law firm specialized in white collar, tax and environmental criminal law projects, especially in the field of preventive advisory. We provide a team of renowned experts with a broad range of competencies and long-standing references in their respective fields. This enables us to develop customized and sustainable solutions and concepts for our clients, ranging from medium-sized companies to DAX corporations and public authorities, in order to meet the increasingly demanding regulatory challenges, including international implications. Our comprehensive digital forensics and compliance expertise (LegalTech) provides us with sustainable support in this regard.

Competences

Monitoring / Compliance / ESG

Preventive advisory, evaluation and monitoring of governance, risk and compliance systems including ESG advisory:

 

The compliance-related requirements for companies are becoming increasingly complex as a result of the development of national and international legislation and case law. By setting up an effective compliance management system, companies and their bodies (managing directors, board members, supervisory board members and administrative board members) can obtain exemption from liability with regard to the identified legal risks. Even in ongoing investigations, the establishment of a resilient control organization can significantly reduce fines.

 

SchemmelMerk supports German and international companies on their path to legally secure business processes. Knowledge of national and – due to transnational implications – foreign laws, jurisdiction and other regulations is of crucial importance. SchemmelMerk advisors have supported criminal law compliance projects in more than 70 countries and are also internationally sought-after contacts, e.g. also for NGOs and auditing firms.

 

SchemmelMerk also has extensive expertise in the area of “Public Compliance” (public authorities, municipalities).

 

SchemmelMerk attaches great importance to the area of “legal tech consulting”. The safeguarding of legally compliant processes is significantly supported by the use of suitable “Digital Compliance/Regulatory Tech Tools”.

Investigations

SchemmelMerk’s attorneys have led and conducted a large number of “Internal Investigations” and special investigations for German/international companies (Fortune 500, Dax, etc.) and regulatory authorities. Frequently, investigations by the SEC, DOJ or German and European investigative authorities also gave reason for the mandate. SchemmelMerk is committed to conducting internal investigations efficiently – “to the point” – and also advises insurance groups on D&O and criminal investigations related insurance issues in this context. We have been cooperating with selected national and international forensic services departments for more than 15 years by now, but we also provide own IT solutions.

Corporate Representation

SchemmelMerk represents German and international companies (Fortune 500, Dax groups and medium-sized companies) in dealing with national and international regulators, even in extensive and complex proceedings. An efficient and as noiseless resolution of the regulatory dispute is in the interest of both the investigating authorities and the companies. Establishing this connection through competent crisis management is another core competence of SchemmelMerk.

Individual Defense

SchemmelMerk represents individuals in particular in the areas of commercial, tax and environmental criminal law.

Mediation / Conflict Resolution

Mediation and conflict resolution are further core competences of SchemmelMerk. Our advisors are, among others, arbitrators at the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) in Paris and at the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) and have been arbitrators on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Sports Integrity

SchemmelMerk – aware of the importance of sports in society and the international community – advises professional sports on the establishment of resilient compliance management systems and takes over the monitoring of the business activities of those involved in professional sports. The focus is on corruption, tax and embezzlement risks and increasingly also the risk of money laundering. Our many years of experience and expertise bring professional athletes from various disciplines to us.

D&O

SchemmelMerk advises on all issues in the field of D&O and criminal investigations related insurance issues.

Core Team

Alexander Schemmel, LL.M. (EUR)<br /> Attorney at Law / Partner<br /> Munich

Career:

  • Law studies in Passau
  • Legal clerkship in Munich
  • 2004 to 2014 Founder and Managing Partner of an international criminal law boutique
  • 2015 to 2020 Partner and International Lead “Business Integrity” of a Big4
  • Since 2020 Founder and Managing Partner at SchemmelMerk

 

Scope:

  • Compliance Monitorship
  • GRC – Counseling
  • Regulatory Affairs/White Collar Crime Defense
  • Investigations

 

Languages:
German, English

 

Contact:
schemmel@schemmel-merk.de
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Dr. Beate Merk<br /> Attorney at Law / Partner<br /> Munich

Career:

  • Studies of law and political science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • Doctorate (Dr. Juris Utriusque) at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg
  • 1995 to 2003 Lord Mayor of the City of Neu-Ulm
  • 2003 to 2013 Bavarian State Minister of Justice
  • 2013 to 2018 Bavarian State Minister for Europe and Regional Relations
  • Since 2020 Founder and Partner at SchemmelMerk

 

Scope:

  • Business Integrity
  • Compliance
  • Environmental Law

 

Languages:
German, English

 

Contact:
merk@schemmel-merk.de
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Christian Dennler<br /> Attorney at Law / Partner<br /> Munich

Career:

  • Studied law and Protestant theology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • Admitted to the bar in 1984
  • Lawyer in a medium-sized law firm
  • 2014 to 2020 as Of Counsel in the law firm of a Big4 auditing company
  • Since 2020 founder and partner at SchemmelMerk

 

Scope:

  • Real Estate Law
  • Conflict resolution and mediation
  • Advice on the implementation of ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) issues in companies

 

Languages:
German, English

 

Contact:
dennler@schemmel-merk.de

Dr. Klaus Schweda<br /> Attorney at Law / Partner<br /> Munich

Career:

  • Law studies in Munich and Salzburg
  • Legal clerkship in Munich
  • 2008 to 2014 General Counsel and Compliance Officer of a direct bank (Austria/CEE)
  • 2014 to 2019 Head of Legal Coordination, Regulatory law and Compliance of a bank of the automotive industry
  • Since 2019 Director Legal for FinTech and FMCG StartUps
  • Since 2020 Founder and Partner at SchemmelMerk

 

Scope:

  • Legal & Compliance Strategy
  • Anti-Financial Economic Crime
  • Regulatory Affairs and Arbitration
  • Legal and CompTech Implementation

 

Languages:
German, English

 

Contact:
schweda@schemmel-merk.de
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Prof. Dr. Stephan Breidenbach<br /> Attorney at Law / Partner<br /> Munich

Career:

  • Legal Studies in Munich
  • 1994: Professor of Law at University of Leipzig
  • 1995 – 03/2021: Chair of Civil Law, Law of Civil Procedure and International Economic Law at European University Viadrina
  • Since 11/2020: Attorney at Law

 

Scope:

  • Legal Tech & Reg
  • Compliance
  • Mediation & Arbitration

 

Languages:
German, English, French

 

Contact:
breidenbach@schemmel-merk.de
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Dr. Michela Pastorelli<br /> Attorney at Law / Partner<br /> Munich

Career:

  • Ph.D. at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany / University of Pavia, Italy
  • German lawyer (Rechtsanwältin) – Munich Bar Association
  • Italian lawyer (Avvocato) – Italian Bar Association
  • 2008 – 2020 Lawyer and Partner in leading international law firms in Munich and Big4
  • Since 2020 Partner at SchemmelMerk

 

Scope:

  • (Global) Internal Investigations / Forensic Data Analysis
  • Regulatory Affairs/White-Collar Crime Defense
  • Cross-Border M&A transactions

 

Languages:
German, Italian, English and French

 

Contact:
pastorelli@schemmel-merk.de

Prof. Dr. Klaus Volk<br /> Attorney at Law / Of Counsel<br /> Munich

Career:

  • Studies of law, doctorate and habilitation in Munich
  • Since 1980 Director of the Institute for the Complete Study of Criminal Law at the LMU Munich
  • Admitted to the bar
  • Since 2020 Of Counsel at SchemmelMerk

 

Scope:

  • Commercial criminal law
  • Criminal procedure law
  • Corporate representation, selected individual defense

 

Languages:
German, English, Italian

 

Contact:
volk@schemmel-merk.de

Prof. Dr. William S. Laufer<br /> Senior Advisor<br /> USA

Career:

  • Julian Aresty Endowed Professor
  • Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Sociology, and Criminology, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Director, Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Extensive consulting experience with IFIs, MNCs, and global NGOs

 

Scope:

  • Corporate and Business Ethics
  • CSR & ESG Measurement
  • Corporate Accountability and Responsibility
  • Research focus on theoretical models of corporate fault and blame

 

Languages:
English

 

Contact:
laufer@schemmel-merk.de

Manuel Espinoza de los Monteros de la Parra, LL.M.<br /> Senior Advisor<br /> Munich

Career:

  • Law studies in Mexico, Spain and Germany
  • 2012 to 2014 Senior Advisor at a German international criminal law boutique
  • Former Consultant at the UNODC and WTO
  • Former advisor at white collar crime law firms in Spain, US, and Mexico
  • Partner at Worth Street Group
  • Senior Fellow at Wharton Business School, Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research
  • Since 2020 International Senior Advisor at SchemmelMerk

 

Scope:

  • Compliance Monitorship
  • International white collar crime law
  • ESG and business integrity
  • Internal investigations

 

Languages:
Spanish, German, English, Italian, French

 

Contact:
espinoza@schemmel-merk.de
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Locations & Contact

Munich

Theatinerstr. 32
80333 Munich
Germany

 

Phone: +49 (0)89 95 45 918 00
Fax: +49 (0)89 95 45 918 11

 

E-Mail: muenchen@schemmel-merk.de

Berlin

Kurfürstendamm 31
10719 Berlin
Germany

 

Phone: +49 (0)30 34 65 58 31 00
Fax: +49 (0)30 34 65 58 31 09

 

E-Mail: berlin@schemmel-merk.de

Vienna Representative Office

Graben 19
1010 Vienna
Austria

 

Phone: +43 (1) 35 35 320

 

E-Mail: wien@schemmel-merk.de

New York City Representative Office

39 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013
USA

 

E-Mail: nyc@schemmel-merk.de