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Executive board and director liability

Where law, public relations and personal stress co-exist.

Company executives have to make streams of decisions every day. When doing so, they need to take a whole host of national and international legal requirements into account. And if they make the wrong decision, they potentially expose their companies and themselves to liability claims.
This is why numerous executive boards and managing directors of large and small and medium-sized enterprises regularly seek our advice in cases where claims have been made against them as a result of alleged breaches of corporate governance or corporate compliance rules. Since this can be a complex and very stressful time, expert support is invaluable.
In recent years, we have successfully represented our clients’ interests both in and out of court in numerous high-profile cases.
Decision-makers also benefit from our expertise in corporate criminal law and from our interdisciplinaryteams of experts who have been working together for many years. Since investigations against executive boards and managing directors always attract significant public interest, we can also coordinate a comprehensive internal and external communications strategy on request.

What you need to know about executive board and director liability

  • Companies are subject to numerous complex legal requirements
  • Places a great deal of stress on the managers concerned

Our services:

Our key services at a glance:

  • Providing advice on operational risk management, e.g. compliance clauses in contracts and due diligence
  • Determining the circumstances of a case when matters are settled out of court, including extensive data analysis
  • Developing tailored defence strategies
  • Advising and representing our clients in alternative dispute resolution processes
  • Defending clients in preliminary, civil and criminal proceedings
  • Supporting companies with professional internal and external communications


  • Our specialisation in corporate criminal law and D&O insurance law means that decision-makers benefit from comprehensive advice and representation during civil and criminal law proceedings
  • We can put together teams of experts with many years of experience in working on high-profile cases
  • Professional internal and external communications to protect your image


Selected clients

We have successfully supported a wide range of clients in the areas of compliance and company liability law, including in the following cases:

  • Sal. Oppenheim legal case, representation of a bank’s executive managers
  • BayernLB legal case, representation of a former board member following the acquisition of Hypo Alpe Adria Bank
  • Formula 1 legal case, representation of Mr Bernard C. Ecclestone
  • Kirch legal case, representation of the former board spokesman of Deutsche Bank AG