Dr. Daniel Zapf

Partner, Frankfurt



Daniel is a member of the Firm's Global White Collar/Investigations Practice based in Frankfurt and heads the White Collar Practice in Germany.

Daniel advises on all aspects of white collar and anti-financial crime as well as tax offences. He represents and defends national and international corporates, financial institutions and individuals subject to investigations and proceedings involving Public Prosecutor's Offices, supervisory authorities and the courts.

In addition, Daniel coordinates and conducts corporate internal investigations on a national and international level. He advises on compliance issues, including the review of compliance management systems, the implementation of anti-money laundering compliance systems and the participation in compliance due-diligence processes.

Before joining White & Case, Daniel worked as a counsel for a renowned global law firm, with a particular focus on cross-border investigations, compliance and white collar crime matters for international blue chips companies.

Bars and Courts
University of Passau
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt
First State Exam
additional Economic Law Degree
University of Bayreuth
Certificate of Higher Education in English Law
University of Birmingham



'Compliance in the healthcare sector', (together with Jürgen Taschke), in: Saliger/Tsambikakis (eds.), Criminal law of the medical industry, 2022, p. 736-755

'Criminal responsibility', (together with Jürgen Taschke), in: Kubis/Tödtmann (eds.), Operational manual for board members, 3rd edition 2022, p. 541-626

'Dealing with non-specific whistleblower reports', in: CB 2021, p. 467-471

'Defense against GDPR fines (part 1 and 2)', (together with Jan Spittka and Philipp Adelberg), in: CB 2021, p. 96-101, 149-154.

'Fundamentals of Compliance', (together with Jürgen Taschke), in: Parigger, Helm, Stevens-Bartol (eds.), Labor and social criminal law, 1st edition 2021, p. 46-69.

'(Criminal) Compliance in the pharmaceutical sector', (together with Jürgen Taschke), in: Rotsch (ed.), Criminal Compliance – Status quo and Status futurus, 2020, p. 403-430

Commentation on sec. 94 - 101 EnWG (section 5 - sanctions, sanctioning proceedings), in: Rosin/Gentzsch (eds.), Praxiskommentar zum EnWG, status as of December 2019

'On the development of limitation periods in corruption cases in the jurisprudence', in: NZWiSt 2018, p. 54-58

'Sections 299a, 299b German Criminal Code - Draft. Consequences for the cooperation between pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers with physicians in private practice', (together with Jürgen Taschke), in: medstra 2015, p. 332-337

Administrative fines (Ordnungsstrafen), Contributions to poenology, 2015

'Considerations for an ethics of internal investigations', (together with Jürgen Taschke), in: Kempf/Lüderssen/Volk (eds.), Corporate culture and corporate crime, 2014, p. 181-199

Awards and Recognition

Legal 500 Germany 2022: Recommended for compliance, internal investigations and (2021) white-collar crime: advice to companies