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JUVE Rankings 2019/2020: Wessing & Partner again top-listed for white-collar crime whilst increasingly perceived for criminal tax law

In the current edition of the renowned JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms, Wessing & Partner once again defend their outstanding positions in white-collar crime rankings: The JUVE editorial team lists the firm amongst the market leaders (tier 1) for corporate advisory, and as one of the top 10 (tier 2) firms in the German legal market when it comes to advising and defending individuals.

"The Düsseldorf law firm is one of the leading entities in the market, first and foremost for advising corporates on commercial criminal law; but it is also becoming increasingly involved in tax criminal law," the JUVE editors state. "And also with regard to the topic of VAT the field of activity has extended. (...) In addition to compliance, internal investigations and expertise in antitrust proceedings, [the firm] has also occupied the niche area of IT forensics. The promotion of Basar to the partnership shows that the firm has gained a foothold in this area.”

Often recommended by clients and competitors are our partners Prof Dr Jürgen Wessing, Prof Dr Heiko Ahlbrecht ("enjoys great trust by the public prosecutor's office", client; "competent, co-operative and ingenious", "the first address for legal assistance", competitor), Dr Matthias Dann("brilliant mind", competitor) and Dr Eren Basar ("excellent in IT and data protection criminal law", competitor).

Legal 500 Germany:
Listed in the chapter on White-Collar Crime in the top 3 (tier 1) for advice to companies as well as in tier 2 for advice to individuals. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wessing and Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht are named among the leading name for advice to companies in Legal 500 Deutschland 2018.

Legal 500 EMEA:
Listed in the chapter on White-Collar Crime/Germany in the top 3 (tier 1) for advice to companies as well as in tier 2 for advice to individuals. Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wessing are named among the leading names for advice to companies in Germany in Legal 500 EMEA 2020.

Chambers Europe 2020:
Ranked among the top 4 firms for Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime: Defence Counsel (Band 1).

Best Lawyers:
Prof Dr Jürgen Wessing, Prof Dr Heiko Ahlbrecht and Dr Matthias Dann are recommended as „Best Lawyers“ for white collar crime / criminal defence. In addition, Prof Jürgen Wessing is ranked in the section tax criminal law.

Quotes:

"Wessing & Partner has an excellent reputation for representing corporations in criminal tax proceedings [...]" - Legal 500 EMEA 2020

"The Dusseldorf law firm especially is one of the leading firms in white-collar-crime related advice and representation of companies." – JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms 2019/2020

"well-known expertise", "in a pragmatic and goal-oriented way", "high competence and reliability" – Legal 500 EMEA 2018

"A leading firm in white collar crime" – JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms 2016/2017

"They play a strong role in the area of individual representation, and are very strong in white-collar crime overall." – Chambers Europe 2018

"absolutely strong" – Legal 500 Deutschland 2016

"A leading firm in white collar crime which is strongly positioning itself as a litigator for companies. W&P is one of the very few criminal law boutiques that also manage to take on complex internal investigations involving extensive witness interrogations and the assessment of large quantities of data. The firm benefits here from the fact that – unlike most competitors – it has invested accordingly in technology. Besides this, it is striking that W&P also occupies interfaces; the firm has thus boosted its capacities, not just in tax criminal law but also in antitrust, and it profits from the fact that antitrust proceedings are increasingly connected to cases concerning criminal law and administrative offences. With two newly appointed salary partners, growth is also on the horizon." – JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms

"Domestic boutique capable of advising whole companies on large high-value criminal cases. Significant international experience."
"Excellent work, great communication and on-the-spot advice."
"Diligent and responds very quickly."
– Chambers Europe 2015