Dr. Thomas Helck

Partner, Frankfurt

Biography

Thomas Helck has “great experience due to his past as a prosecutor”, giving him “sound knowledge of how authorities think and work”
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Overview

Dr. Thomas Helck advises decision-makers and businesses in white collar and administrative proceedings both on national and international level. He has more than a decade of experience in white collar and administrative investigation matters including criminal defence of corporations and individuals.

He advises and represents clients with respect to a wide variety of offences including lack of supervision, tax evasion, bribery, corruption, money-laundering, market manipulation, insider trading and investment fraud. Furthermore, he supports clients in case of dawn raids by investigation authorities.

Thomas is specialized in internal investigations, white collar defense as well as in establishing and reviewing compliance management systems, frequently sharing his knowledge both as an instructor for compliance trainings and as a speaker at conferences.

Prior to joining the firm, Thomas has worked as counsel in the white-collar department of an international UK based law firm and spend more than five years investigating white collar crime as a public prosecutor in Munich.

Bars and Courts
Rechtsanwalt
Education
Dr jur
University of Heidelberg
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Wiesbaden
First State Exam
University of Heidelberg
Student Exchange
University of Lausanne

Switzerland

Languages
English
German
French

Experience

International Investment Company, 2019 - ongoing
Advising an international investment company with regard to the establishment of a compliance management system in several countries and relating compliance matters.

Regional Business Development Company, 2019 - ongoing
Advising a regional business development company with regard to investigations of the public prosecutor’s office on the suspicion of economic subsidy fraud and an internal investigation related to that.

International Car Producer, 2019
Advising an international car producer with regard to a compliance matter.

International Pharmaceutical Company, 2019
Advising an international pharmaceutical company with regard to the establishment of anti-bribery compliance guidelines in several countries.

International Industrial Group*
Criminal defence of an international industrial group against investigations by the public prosecutor's office on the suspicion of tax fraud through the formation of allegedly inadmissible provisions. Coordination of the individual defence lawyers and settlement negotiations with the public prosecutor's office.

Volkswagen/AUDI*
Advising Volkswagen/AUDI with regard to investigations by the public prosecutor's office regarding Diesel issue including internal investigations and criminal defense.

Airbus Defence and Space*
Advising Airbus with regard to an internal investigation relating to an investigation of the public prosecutor's office.

Trading Company*
Comprehensive internal investigations for an international trading company in relation to criminal investigations on suspicion of corruption and tax fraud by business activities in Africa and the Middle East. Coordination of the individual defence lawyers and settlement negotiations with the public prosecutor's office.

International Media Company*
Advising an international media company and its group companies with regard to criminal law and cyber-crime matters and providing ongoing advice on compliance issues.

German Defence Company*
Advising the minority shareholder with regard to criminal investigations against a defence company belonging to the group and accompanying the settlement negotiations with the public prosecutor's office.

Media Company*
Criminal defence of a media company against investigations by the public prosecutor's office on the suspicion of not paying the required minimum wages to its employees. Coordination of the individual defence lawyers and settlement negotiations with the public prosecutor's office.

International Pharmaceutical Producer*
Internal Investigations with regard to criminal investigations on suspicion of fraud and coordination with the public prosecutor's office.

*Matters prior to joining the firm

Speaking Engagements

Member of the panel "Internal investigations, reform and legal privilege" at the 3rd Annual GIR Live Event 2019, Frankfurt am Main

Lecture on criminal law at the WM Practice Seminar 2019, Frankfurt am Main

Lecture on internal investigations at the Euroforum Compliance Academy 2014, Heilbronn

Lecture on criminal investigations concerning corporations at the German Compliance Congress 2014, Berlin

Publications

German Chapter of Global Legal Insights – Bribery & Corruption, 2020, 7th edition, published by Global Legal Group Ltd.

German legislative initiative on new corporate sanctions law (Client Alert White Collar/Investigations with Dr. Alexander Kiefner, Dr. Tine Schauenburg and Karl-Jörg Xylander) September 2019

Seizure of documents from an internal investigation, juris PraxisReport Compliance & Investigations 5/2018, Annotation 1

Seizure protection for defense documents accidentally sent to the public prosecutor's office, juris PraxisReport Compliance & Investigations 3/2018, Annotation 3

Sufficient specification of the suspected offence and the period of the offence in the search warrant, juris PraxisReport Compliance & Investigations 3/2017, Annotation 2

Seizure protection independent of formal suspect status, juris PraxisReport Compliance & Investigations 6/2016, Annotation 1

No seizure protection for compliance ombudspersons, juris PraxisReport Compliance & Investigations 5/2016, Annotation 1

Seizure protection for documents from internal investigations, Journal der Wirtschaftsstrafrechtlichen Vereinigung e.V. WiJ 2016, pp. 83 et seq.

Seizure protection of legal documents prepared for the defense of companies, juris PraxisReport Compliance & Investigations 3/2015, Annotation 1

Violation of operational supervisory duties in a group of companies, juris PraxisReport Compliance & Investigations 2/2015, Annotation 1

Embezzlement by board members of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung, juris PraxisReport Compliance & Investigations 1/2015, Annotation 1

Self-reporting in foreign trade law (with Dr. Daphne Petry), Zeitschrift für Zölle und Verbrauchsteuern, ZfZ 2015, pp. 151 et seq.

Public Prosecutor's Investigations in the Company, Compliance Berater, CB 2014, pp. 83 et seq.

Medical care in pre-trial detention with respect to the free choice of doctor (Dissertation 2009)

Awards and Recognition

"Top Lawyer 2020" for Compliance Law 
WirtschaftsWoche 2020

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