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+49 211/16844-0

“his experience and expertise has a unique selling point on the market“

Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“demonstrates long-standing expertise in defending individuals in criminal proceedings regarding tax fraud, with special expertise on cum/ex matters […]“

Chambers Europe 2020

“well respected by peers“

Who’s who Legal Germany 2020

“a distinguished connoisseur of the white-collar crime market“

Legal 500 EMEA 2018

“competent, pragmatic”

JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms 2015/2016

“outstanding lawyer”

Legal 500 Deutschland 2015

Prof. Dr. Heiko Dr. Ahlbrecht

Lawyer. Certified criminal law specialist. Partner.

Heiko Ahlbrecht advises and defends individuals and companies primarily in corruption and criminal tax proceedings, including international cases. He coordinates internal investigations, accompanies civil law disputes under criminal law aspects and assesses possible criminal law risks in connection with company acquisitions (criminal due diligence). Heiko Ahlbrecht is one of the few German experts in the field of extradition law and mutual legal assistance.

Since 2015 Heiko Ahlbrecht is an honorary professor at the Leibniz University of Hanover for criminal tax law and defence in white-collar crime cases, where he is teaching since 2008.

Since 2016, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Committee of the German Federal Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein) and co-editor of this committee’s journal Defense Counsel’s Forum (Strafverteidiger Forum). In 2018 he was elected as a member of the advisory board of the ECBA (European Criminal Bar Association).

Heiko Ahlbrecht has been a partner at Wessing & Partner since 2007. Prior to that, he was an attorney in the law firm Wessing II - Verjans from 2001 to 2006 and in the law firm Haarmann Hemmelrath from 2000 to 2001.

Heiko Ahlbrecht completed his law studies at the University of Münster. He advises his clients in German and English.


German Bar Association – Committee on Criminal Law, member of the board
Defence Counsel Nordrhein-Westfalen
European Criminal Bar Association, member of the advisory board
International Bar Association - Business Crimes Committee, Anti-Corruption Committee, Criminal Law Committee
Association for Business Criminal Law
Forum of Cartell Law Frankfurt
Working group "European Criminal Law", member of the coordinating committee
Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum

Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht is listed amongst the recommended lawyers for white collar crime in the following publications:

  • JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms
  • Chambers The World’s Leading Lawyers
  • The Legal 500 Deutschland
  • Legal 500  Germany
  • Legal 500 EMEA
  • Best Lawyers Germany
  • Who‘s Who Legal

What others say about him:

"Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht, his experience and expertise has a unique selling point on the market."

Legal 500 EMEA 2021

"Heiko Ahlbrecht perfectly combines technical ability and experience with a personal demeanour and an understanding for contents and motives of his client.", "Heiko Ahlbrecht is very competent and also acts in the client’s interest."

Legal 500 EMEA 2020

"good track record in criminal tax proceedings"

Legal 500 EMEA 2019

“well respected by peers who 'appreciate his work' and commend his wide-ranging expertise representing major companies in both criminal and civil cases“

Who’s who Legal Germany 2020

“a valuable advisor, providing advice that can be implemented immediately“

Legal 500 EMEA 2018

“can be fully relied on, and understands companies' needs and requirements.”

Chambers Europe 2016

“pronounced understanding of the business world”

JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms 2015/2016

“outstanding collaboration, excellent”, “highly competent“, “pragmatic, confident and cooperative nature”

JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms  2014/2015

“very analytical and strong on the technical side of criminal proceedings”

Chambers Europe 2015

  • Grenzüberschreitende Strafverteidigung
    Münchener Anwaltshandbuch Verteidigung in Wirtschafts- und Steuerstrafsachen, hrsg. v. Klaus Volk/Stephan Beukelmann, 3. Auflage 2020, S. 600-684 (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht/Jonathan Rüschendorf)
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht, Jonathan Rüschendorf)
  • Unterlassene Belehrung und Verwertungsverbot
    StV, Heft 10 Oktober 2019, S. 661-664
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht)
  • Strafrechtliche Aspekte der Compliance in Kreditinstituten
    Wertpapier-Compliance in der Praxis, Erich-Schmidt-Verlag, Berlin 2019, 2. Auflage, S. 206-256
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht)
  • Europäische Ermittlungsandrohung - Durchsuchung à la Europäischer Haftbefehl
    StV, Heft 9 September 2018, S. 601 - 609
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht)
  • Kein Ausschluss vom Geschäftsführer-/Vorstandsamt nach § 6 II GmbHG und § 76 III AktG bei Verurteilung als Teilnehmer
    wistra 6/2018
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht)
  • Ahlbrecht/Böhm/Esser/Eckelmans: Internationales Strafrecht
    Verlag C. F. Müller, 2017
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht)
  • Unschuldig schuldig – zur Unschuldsvermutung in der EU
    StV Heft 4, April 2016, S.257
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht)
  • Kein Tatverdacht gegen Unternehmen!
    Festschrift für Jürgen Wessing, Verlag C.H.Beck, München 2016, S. 177 ff.
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht)
  • Internationales Wirtschafts- und Steuerstrafrecht
    wistra 11/2015, S. 425
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht)
  • Daumenschrauben angezogen - Im Blickpunkt: Drastische Verschärfung der Sanktionen für Marktmanipulation und Insiderhandel
    Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel 12/2016, S. 3
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht)
  • Ein schützenswertes Verteidigungsverhältnis
    Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel 02/2016, S. 11
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht)
  • Mehr Arbeit für Compliance- und Rechtsabteilungen
    Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel 22/2015, S. 10
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht, Dr. Matthias Dann, LL.M.)
  • Konsequenzen der VW-Affäre - "Die­sel­gate" als Tor ins Unter­neh­mens­straf­recht?
    Legal Tribune online, 30.09.2015
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht, Dr. Eren Basar)
  • Chinesisches Wirtschaftsstrafrecht als Compliancefaktor
    wistra 04/2015
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht, Dr. Miriam Schlei)
  • Unternehmensstrafrecht ante portas – Im Blickpunkt: - eine kritische Betrachtung des vorliegenden Gesetzentwurfs
    PHi Haftpflicht international 2/2015, S. 80
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht)
  • Immer auf die Problemzonen achten
    Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel 07/2015, S. 6
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht)
  • „The world is not enough“ - Gesetzentwurf zur Ausweitung des Korruptionsstrafrechts
    Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel 05/2015, S. 3
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht, Dr. Matthias Dann, LL.M.)
  • Internationales Wirtschafts- und Steuerstrafrecht
    wistra 2014, 385
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht, Dr. Miriam Schlei)
  • US Corruption Proceedings in Germany
    Business Law International 2014, 183
    (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wessing, Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht, Dr. Matthias Dann, LL.M.)
  • Selbstanzeige reloaded
    Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel 18/2014, S. 6
    (Prof. Dr. Heiko Ahlbrecht)

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