Expertise

Alexander is a Partner in the Global Investigations team. He specialises in the field of white collar and tax crime, criminal defence and compliance. He advises corporations on the detection and prosecution of irregularities, defends corporations in investigations performed by law enforcement and regulatory authorities and advises on criminal compliance. Alexander further defends individuals in the whole field of white collar crime and acts as witness counsel.

He has strong experience in advising and defending clients in audits and (criminal) investigations performed by customs and tax authorities as well as in litigation cases pertaining to the reclaim of taxes and customs. Moreover, he continuously advises corporations in audits performed by the German banking supervision authority BaFin and on avoidance of special investigations pursuant to Sec 44 German Banking Act. He further specialises in advising and defending corporations and individuals in all matters of criminal labor law.

His recent work covered: 

  • internal investigation re potential evasion of excise duties, litigation against the reclaim of taxes and defence against administrative fines by German customs
  • internal investigations re potential evasion of customs duties, e.g. anti-dumping duties
  • several internal investigations into potential or alleged social contributions fraud, illegal temporary agency work and illegal employment of foreigners, including defense of corporations or management in the case of criminal proceedings 
  • internal investigations in several German banks re fraud and embezzlement by former employees and/or management, including the cooperation with insurance companies and authorities against former employees and/or management, 
  • advice re the winding down of an unlawful business of a German Fintech according to banking supervision authority BaFin restrictions and defense of the Fintech against administrative fines by the public prosecutor’s office.
  • various internal investigations re allegations of sexual offences in the workplace 
  • several criminal defenses of managing directors or other executives against alleged tax evasion, fraud and embezzlement

Alexander studied law at the University of Munich. Before joining Addleshaw Goddard Alexander worked for another international law firm. 

Publications

LG Bochum: Keine Beschlagnahmefreiheit für Compliance-Ombudspersonen, NZWiSt 2016, 401 ff. (gemeinsam mit Dr. Lenard Wengenroth)