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Dr. Werner Franke, LL.M. (USA)

Attorney-at-Law  Certified Tax Advisor 

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Schlueterstrasse 37, 10629 D-Berlin  Tel +49.30.8803200  Fax +49.30.22185388



Advising and representing a board member of a bank against claims for damages of more than EUR 1 billion due to alleged illicit swap transactions before court and vis-à-vis D & O insurance company | Advising a board member of a listed stock corporation due to claims for damages arising from allegedly incorrect ad hoc notifications | Advising the board member of a listed insurance company with regard to mandatory publications and compliance under the Securities Trading Act | Advising and representing a listed stock corporation in the filing of a merger in several countries due to a public takeover bid - Avoidance of fines | Criminal law advice to the management board of a stock corporation regarding the admissibility of private equity transactions | Criminal defense of a board member of a stock corporation on charges of credit fraud in the amount of EUR 90 million | Criminal defense of the former chairman of the supervisory board of a listed stock corporation on charges of insider trading in connection with a public takeover bid | Criminal defense of several managing directors and members of the management board against charges of breach of trust,bribery, delay in insolvency, bankruptcy, money laundering, etc. |Criminal defense of several managing directors and private individuals for tax evasion; also defense against tax claims of the tax authorities | Criminal law advice and representation of companies against corporate fines in the millions | Criminal law advice of several companies and their managers with regard to precautions and organisational structure to avoid corruption, liability and claims - compliance | Advice of several managing directors and managers in connection with agreements contrary to antitrust law |Advise of several witnesses before a parliamentary committee of inquiry | Defense and representation of certified tax advisors and auditors in professional court and revocation proceedings | Several litigations before tax courts concerning tax claims, in particular in connection with tax evasion, defense against tax detention I Forensic Services:Criminal law advice and representation of aggrieved companies and private individuals against perpetrators - initiation of search measures, seizures and arrests by criminal prosecution authorities, criminal law support and assistance in the enforcement of civil law claims (adhesion proceedings) | Advice with regard to press releases and litigation PR in several criminal law cases | ... 

Publications and lectures in particular in the fields of commercial and tax criminal law and manager liability. 



Studies of law and business administration at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and University of Regensburg, doctorate (Dr. jur.) in antitrust law (merger control in oligopoly cases), Post Graduate Studies at the College of Law of the University of Illinois, USA (Master of Laws, LL.M.). | Admitted to the bar in 1989 and qualified as tax advisor in 1995. Associate und partner in several international law firms in Munich, Frankfurt and New York: Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partners, Pünder Volhard Weber & Axster (today: Clifford Chance), Schürmann & Partners, Coudert Brothers (Head of Capital Markets Germany). Advising major international corporations, banks, managers and high net worth individuals in the areas of corporate law, financing, M & A and tax planning. In addition, criminal law advice and defense in the areas of white collar crime, tax evasion, forensic services. | More than two years member of the executive board of  an internationally active listed stock corporation in charge of corporate development, M & A and law. | In 2002 opening of FRANKE in Berlin with the services in the fields of white collar crime, tax evasion, directors´ and officers´ liability and commercial and tax litigation. Advice, representation and criminal defense using the know-how gained from previous work in major international law firms.




German Bar Association | Criminal Law Working Group of the German Bar Association | GermanCriminal Defense Lawyers Association | White Collar Crime Law Association | Berlin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers | European Criminal Bar Association | European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers | National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, USA 

Berlin Merchants and Industrialists Association | German Council on Foreign Relations | Promotion Circle of

Friends of Komische Oper Berlin  | Promotion Circle of Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz 


©2019 by Dr. Werner Franke

Dr. Werner Franke, LL.M. (USA)  Rechtsanwalt  Steuerberater | Schlüterstraße 37, 10629 Berlin | Tel +49.30.8803200   Fax +49.30.22185388