German Draft Bill for the Banning of Public Corporate Crime

The German Ministry of Justice has published a draft Bill to prosecute corporate crimes, the country's first-ever corporate criminal law regime. It includes charges against activities such as:

  • Companies and partnerships established for crimes to be committed by management or other high-level employees
  • An incentive scheme for internal investigations
  • Revisions of the current criminal procedural laws for search and seizure
  • The clarification of attorney-client privilege.

Intentionally committed corporate crimes will attract fines up to EUR €10 million, including companies considered to be resident outside of Germany territory.