Our fields of expertise


Heist Legal pursues a risk-based approach. First, we identify core risks to your company, based on which we then implement measures within the Compliance Management System. We evaluate existing compliance structures and supplement them cost-effectively.

Regular training as well as recurring reviews of the measures that have been taken to ensure the system’s sustainability and help avoid liability risks.

Heist Legal furthermore assists executives and persons responsible for compliance in the private sector as well as management bodies of authorities, providing consultation on how to minimise the risk of liabilities for associations as well as personal liability risks.

Internal investigations

If companies or authorities suspect misconduct among their employees or members of management, Heist Legal investigates the matter in a targeted manner and presents possible courses of action. As we accompany the process, we consider various aspects, including the liability of board members, regulatory breaches, reporting obligations as well as the threat of asset recovery.

In the course of this, we focus on processes that are relevant under commercial law and criminal law on tax matters, particularly in the financial services sector. We draw on our years of experience in the sector to analyse elaborate and complex matters. On request, Heist Legal uses IT forensics to process large quantities of data; we also cooperate with expert partners in the fields of auditing and IT security.

Besides conducting independent, event-related investigations, Heist Legal also offers plausibility checks on the results of investigations conducted by third parties and compiles second opinions.

Identification of possible liability risks

Heist Legal reviews possible liability risks for companies and their members of management, both as part of internal investigations and on a separate request. Risks may include obligations to file subsequent tax declarations, penalties, liabilities in tort as well as obligations to establish provisions.

Based on the results of these reviews, we develop approaches that take specific, regulatory requirements and the economic options of the respective business into account. On request, we coordinate closely with responsible parties both within the company and without, including legal, tax, regulatory and auditing departments and authorities.

Individual criminal defence

At Heist Legal, individual criminal defence in the fields of commercial law and criminal law on tax matters is one of our areas of expertise. For us, defence begins at an early stage, during the preliminary proceedings, as this is when the foundation for the further procedure is laid. Our services include assisting persons concerned during searches and similar measures and in dealing with threats created by the media.

Through all of this, we strive towards integrity, which in turn gives us the necessary sensibility when dealing with investigating authorities. If a case comes to trial, our dedicated barristers represent our clients across all instances.