Austrian firm Schoenherr has established a compliance and white-collar crime team to target companies damaged by the criminal acts of employees and third parties, as well as companies facing criminal charges.
The practice is led by Vienna partner Wolfgang Höller and junior partner Heidemarie Paulitsch.
“This team is a response to the increasing requests we receive from clients about the responsibility and liability of managers when it comes to corruption and fraud,” said Höller. “There’s a lot of uncertainty about professional compliance.
“When Heidemarie joined us earlier this year we saw the opportunity to consolidate our expertise in this field in one team, and are now able to support our clients on their obligations under the law with top-level legal advice.”
Paulitsch, who joined Schoenherr from rival Austrian firm Wolf Theiss in January this year, specialises in litigation, advising clients on white-collar crime, compliance and anti-corruption law.
Höller has experience advising clients on dispute resolution, litigation and insolvency and restructuring.
The team, which also includes two associates in Vienna, will advise clients in all countries where Schoenherr is active. The firm has offices in 12 countries across Central and Eastern Europe.