Karl-Jörg Xylander

Partner, Berlin


Karl-Jörg Xylander is named as a Highly Recommended Lawyer in the areas of White Collar Crime and Compliance Audits and Investigations, in JUVE 2014/2015.


Karl-Jörg is head of White & Case's White Collar/Investigations Practice in Germany. He advises and represents decision-makers and businesses from a diverse range of sectors in white collar proceedings and related internal investigations, at both the national and international level.

Karl-Jörg is also frequently called on to help companies to assess criminal risks, and to deal with them appropriately-whether in the context of entrepreneurial risk decision-making, compliance audits for M&A transactions, or establishing and structuring compliance management systems. He also supports companies when criminal offenses have been committed by employees or third parties.

His clients include banks, multinational companies and their decision-makers, and his experience in criminal law and criminal proceedings is usefully complemented by his in-depth knowledge of banking, corporate and tax law.

Prior to joining White & Case, Karl-Jörg worked as a public prosecutor, in the white collar crime department of the prosecutor's office in Munich.

Bars and Courts
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Munich
First State Exam
University of Passau


Capital markets, 2014 - ongoing
Karl-Jörg is advising a bank on criminal law and capital markets issues arising in connection with an IPO.

German bank, 2013 - ongoing
Karl-Jörg is advising and representing a German bank before the fiscal authorities and the public prosecutor's office, with regard to so-called 'cum ex' trades.

Fraud and insolvency, 2013 - ongoing
Karl-Jörg is advising a financial services provider on criminal, liability and insolvency law issues related to large-scale fraud and the insolvency of a customer.

Sanctions and embargoes advice, 2012 - ongoing
Working with his US colleagues, Karl-Jörg is advising various international commercial banks on international sanctions and embargoes, in connection with the preparation of internal codes and the structuring of loan agreements, as well as in relation to the drafting of letters of credit and guarantees.

International media company, 2008 - ongoing
Karl-Jörg represented an international media company and its group companies in criminal law, and is providing ongoing advice to the company on compliance issues.

Pharmaceuticals group, 2014
Karl-Jörg is advising a pharmaceuticals group with regard to US and EU sanctions against Russia.

Swiss bank, 2010 - 2014
Karl-Jörg advised a Swiss bank regarding criminal, regulatory and reputational risks related to cross-border service activities.

Compliance advice, 2013
Karl-Jörg advised a leading global manufacturer of industrially used computer systems, in connection with a complete revision of its internal compliance guidelines, policies and codes. He also advised on the company's internal compliance systems, focusing in particular on sanctions, money laundering, corruption and a whistle-blower system.

German regional state bank, 2009 - 2013
Karl-Jörg represented a German regional state bank in investigations initiated by the public prosecutor against members of the management board, due to embezzlement and abuse of trust and balance sheet manipulation.

US car manufacturer, 2011 - 2012
Karl-Jörg handled internal investigations at the German subsidiary of a US car manufacturer, in response to investigation proceedings conducted by the SEC and the DOJ, which were related to suspected corruptive practices in Eastern Europe.

Speaking Engagements

Lecture on "criminal and liability risks for compliance officers", May 16, 2013: Bundesverband deutscher Banken e.V. (Association of German Banks), Berlin

Bundesverband Deutscher Compliance Officer e.V. (Association of German Compliance Officers), Spring conference 2014

Lecture on the requirements applying to the establishment, design and structure of compliance management systems, April 1, 2014: Frankfurt am Main

Lecture on "EU and US economic and trade sanctions, German antiboycott laws and the implications for international business", November 19, 2014: Thomson Reuters and White & Case Webcast


Co-author: "Search and seizure in the sphere of the corporate counsel in the course of internal investigations – Current situation and need for action of the legislator (Durchsuchung und Beschlagnahme in der Sphäre des Unternehmensanwalts im Zuge von internen Ermittlungen – Bestandsaufnahme und Handlungsbedarf des Gesetzgebers)", Betriebs-Berater, Issue 50, 2018, p. 2953 ff. (with Simon Bahlinger and Alexander Kiefner)

International financial sanctions and anti-boycott regulations - A compliance dilemma for German companies in Corporate Compliance - Implementation in practice. Special edition of DER BETRIEB, p. 103-108 (co-author with Constantin Lauterwein)

Financial statement fraud and related offences (sections 399 – 401, 403 Stock Corporations Act; 147 (2), 150 Cooperatives Act; 82 (2) No 2 Limited Liability Companies Act; 331, 332, 334 – 335b, 340m – 340o, 341m, 341n, 341p Commercial Code; 17, 18 Disclosure Act, 313, 314 Transformation Act); White Collar Criminal Law including Tax Offences and Procedural Law. A Commentary. Ed. Esser/Rübenstahl/Saliger/Tsambikakis. Cologne, 2017 (co-author with Constantin Lauterwein)

Co-author, "Legal Challenges Pile Up on German Companies", Commerce Germany, Vol. 13, Page 7, 2015 (with Robert Weber)

Awards and Recognition

"Top Lawyer 2020" for Compliance Law 
WirtschaftsWoche 2020

Highly Recommended Lawyer, JUVE 2016/2017
White Collar Crime; Compliance Audits and Investigations