Profile

SchemmelMerk is a boutique law firm specializing in regulatory compliance, ESG, tax and white collar criminal law – in particular for Supervisory and Management Boards.

 

We are a team of renowned experts with outstanding references in our respective fields who leverage comprehensive digital forensics, compliance and LegalTech expertise to address our clients’ needs. This enables us to develop customized, sustainable concepts and solutions for our clients (these include medium-sized companies through to multinational corporations and public authorities) in order to address ever-increasing regulatory challenges and their international implications.

 

Together with our partner LegalHelix, who provides global transparency over this constantly changing legal landscape, we enable our clients to identify and implement the necessary measures to ensure compliancy within their organizations.

Competences

ESG / Compliance / Monitorships

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.

D&O

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

Corporate Law

Advice on corporate law, structural and transformation projects, corporate governance & corporate compliance, national and cross-border M&A transactions including the support of committees and boards:

 

The tension between compliance and corporate law highlights the importance of defining, implementing and adhering to appropriate standards for good corporate governance.

 

In front of this background, SchemmelMerk understands the corporate law advice of a company or a group of companies, i.e. from the foundation to transformations under transformation law or organizational transformations (such as mergers, spin-offs) up to national or cross-border acquisitions or sales of companies as a holistic approach over the entire development span: SchemmelMerk advises boards and committees with regard to specific action requirements as well as in the implementation of audit-proof corporate governance.

 

SchemmelMerk consultants have many years of experience, gained both in consulting and through management positions in listed as well as family-run companies and groups of companies.

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.

Taxes / Succession

SchemmelMerk advises entrepreneurs and private clients on the tax-optimized structuring of corporate law – including inter-national structures. A particular focus is on succession planning and the cross-generational safeguarding of assets. The support of contentious tax audits and conflict situations with the tax authorities round off our activities.

Individual Defense

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

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.

LegalHelix

Is the global RegTech platform for compliance providing up-to-date interpretation of domestic, foreign and transnational legislative, regulatory, and integrity obligations – in clear terms.

Core Team

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

Career:

 

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

 

Scope:

 

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

 

Languages:

German, English

 

Contact:

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

Career:

 

  • Studied law and political science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • Doctorate (Dr. Juris Utriusque) at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg
  • 1995-2003: Lord Mayor of the City of Neu-Ulm
  • 2003-2013: Bavarian State Minister of Justice
  • 2013-2018: Bavarian State Minister for Europe and Regional Relations
  • 2008-: Member of the Bavarian State Parliament
  • 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
  • 2014-2020: Of Counsel in the law firm of a Big4 auditing company
  • 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:

 

  • Studied law in Munich and Salzburg
  • Legal clerkship in Munich
  • 2008-2014: General Counsel and Compliance Officer of a direct bank (Austria/CEE)
  • 2014-2019: Head of Legal Coordination, Regulatory law and Compliance of a bank of the automotive industry
  • 2019-: Director Legal for FinTech and FMCG StartUps
  • 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 the University of Leipzig
  • 1995-2021: Chair of Civil Law, Law of Civil Procedure and International Economic Law at European University Viadrina
  • 2020-: Attorney at Law

 

Scope:

 

  • LegalTech / RegTech
  • 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
  • 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

Jürgen Klengel<br /> Attorney at Law / Of Counsel, Senior Advisor<br /> Frankfurt am Main

Career:

 

  • Studies of law at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz
  • 1992-1999: Public prosecutor at the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Regional Court in Wiesbaden and in Limburg an der Lahn in the area of white collar criminal law, criminal tax law and environmental criminal law
  • 1999-2017: Attorney-at-law and partner with a focus on commercial and tax criminal law: Head of the commercial criminal law department at the international commercial law firm White & Case in Frankfurt am Main for many years
  • 2017-: Founded the law firm-Klengel in Frankfurt am Main with a focus on individual and corporate representation in the area of white-collar and tax criminal law as well as compliance advice
  • 2021-: Of Counsel at SchemmelMerk

 

Scope:

 

  • Corporate representation (comprehensive advice and defense of companies in regulatory, criminal and administrative fine proceedings)
  • Individual defense with a focus on white collar criminal law and criminal tax law
  • Compliance consulting
  • Consulting and maintenance of compliance management systems
  • Monitorships of companies
  • Carrying out internal company fact-finding investigations
  • Criminal due diligence audits and risk assessment
  • Legal tech support

 

Languages:
German, English

 

Contact:
klengel@schemmel-merk.de

Jörn Becker<br /> Attorney at Law / Of Counsel, Senior Advisor<br /> Düsseldorf

Career:

 

  • Studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
  • Postgraduate studies (LL.M.) “Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Admission to the bar
  • 2005-: extensive experience as “Trusted Advisor” due to relevant activities in leading positions in the logistics industry, in listed companies of the energy industry as well as in the field of private equity
  • 2022-: Of Counsel at SchemmelMerk

 

Practice Areas:

 

  • Corporate law advice to companies and groups of companies
  • Transformation projects, restructurings and transformation law issues
  • Corporate governance, board support (management/management board, supervisory board) as well as liability of corporate bodies
  • Organization, conduct and follow-up of general meetings and shareholders’ meetings
  • National and cross-border M&A transactions

 

Publications:

 

  • Co-author Handbook of the European Company Jannott/Frodermann
  • Co-author Handbook Logistics Outsourcing in Practice

 

Languages:
German, English, Italian

 

Contact:
becker@schemmel-merk.de

Dr. Hendrik Schöler, LL.M.<br /> Attorney at Law / Of Counsel, Specialist attorney for tax law Certified advisor for criminal tax law (DAA) Certified Compliance Officer<br /> Hamburg

Career:

 

  • Law studies and doctorate in Kiel
  • Legal clerkship in Lübeck, Kiel and Hamburg
  • Postgraduate studies in tax law in Münster
  • 2005-2019: Lawyer/partner in medium-sized law firm with focus on tax law and criminal tax law
  • 2020-: Schöler Tax+Law

 

Scope:

 

  • Individual and corporate defense in criminal tax proceedings
  • Tax-centered structuring advice in corporate restructurings
  • Tax structuring for succession solutions
  • Foundation structures
  • International tax law
  • Tax court proceedings and contentious tax audits
  • Practical activity in advisory boards and supervisory boards of family-owned companies

 

Languages:
German, English

 

Contact:
schoeler@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
  • 2012-2014: 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
  • 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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Eduardo Saad Diniz<br /> Senior Advisor<br /> Rio de Janeiro

Career:

 

  • Professor at University of São Paulo, Brazil (Ribeirão Preto Law School and Latin American Studies)
  • PhD and Habilitation at University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Senior Advisor at a compliance consultancy boutique in Brazil
  • (Gussem, Saad Consultoria Empresarial)

 

Scope:

 

  • Compliance Monitorship
  • International white collar and corporate criminal law
  • ESG and business integrity
  • Internal Investigations

 

Languages:
Portuguese, German, English, Spanish

 

Contact:
saaddiniz@schemmel-merk.de

Daniela Arantes Prata, LL.M.<br /> Senior Advisor<br /> Munich

Career:

 

  • PhD candidate at London School of Economics (LSE)
  • LLM from University of Cambridge, King’s College (Cambridge Trust Scholar)
  • Master in Criminal Compliance from University Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
  • Brazilian Qualified Lawyer, with Law degree from University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Coordinator of University of São Paulo’s Business and Human Rights Working Group
  • 2019-2020: Associate at international litigation law firm in London
  • Consulting, teaching and research experience with corporate compliance, anti-corruption laws and environmental crime

 

Scope:

 

  • Corporate behaviour and compliance
  • CSR, ESG and business and human rights
  • Environmental crime and grievance mechanisms
  • Transnational tort and commercial litigation

 

Languages:
Portuguese, English, Spanish, French

 

Contact:
arantes@schemmel-merk.de

Natascha Jutzi<br /> Consultant<br /> Munich

Career:

 

  • Studied business administration in Mannheim
  • Until 2012: Risk & Compliance Consultant at a bank based in the UK
  • 2012-2018: (Outsourcing) Risk & Compliance Manager at an international bank (responsible for the branches in Germany, Austria and Czech Republic)
  • 2020-: Head of Compliance and Enrolments for a UK StartUp in the EdTech sector
  • 2021-: Consultant at SchemmelMerk

 

Scope:

 

  • Advising on governance, risk and compliance systems and strategies.
  • Anti-Financial Economic Crime
  • Process analysis and design
  • CompTech and (Outsourcing) Risk Implementation

 

Languages:
German, English

 

Contact:
jutzi@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

 

Telefon: +49 (0)30 346 558 310
Fax: +49 (0)30 346 558 319

 

E-Mail: berlin@schemmel-merk.de

Frankfurt

Westhafen Tower, 10. OG
Westhafenplatz 1
60327 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

 

Phone: +49 (69) 153 228 690
Fax: +49 (69) 153 228 609

 

E-Mail: frankfurt@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