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Compliance-Miszellen

Dieter Eisele zum 80. Geburtstag gewidmet

Edited By Stefan Gebauer, Christoph Kirschhöfer and Hagen Repke

Dieter Eisele prägte als erster Leiter einer Compliance-Abteilung (Chief Compliance Officer) einer deutschen Bank und einem deutschen Großunternehmen die Maßstäbe nationaler und internationaler Compliance-Arbeit entscheidend mit. Verbundene Weggefährten und Persönlichkeiten aus Wissenschaft und Praxis gratulieren ihm mit ihren Beiträgen in diesem Sammelband zu seinem 80. Geburtstag. Viele der von Dieter Eisele mit herausgearbeiteten Methoden und Verfahren zur Unternehmenspraxis wirken in die heutige Zeit hinein. Die Abhandlungen nehmen daher das Compliance-Gedankengut aus der beruflich aktiven Zeit von Dieter Eisele auf und reflektieren es im Lichte der aktuellen Bedingungen. Die Autoren sprechen mit ihren Betrachtungen zum Risiko- und Compliance-Management Themen an, die zur weiteren Erörterung und Erforschung der Materie inspirieren sollen.

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International Internal Investigations (Henry Klehm III / Michael Mayer)

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Henry Klehm III / Michael Mayer

International Internal Investigations

I. Introduction

International internal investigations will continue to increase with the globalization of commerce and aggressive law enforcement among prosecutors and regulators in the United States and overseas.

While many other countries have passed strict legislation to fight corporate crime,1 Germany favored for a long time the old legal principle “societas delinquere non potest” (entities cannot have a criminal intent). German authorities and courts can only impose administrative sanctions on companies if their legal representatives are found guilty of misconduct.2

The current German government formed by the “Grand Coalition” (the ruling parties CDU/CSU and SPD) in their coalition agreement set forth their intentions to significantly reform the prosecution and punishment of white-collar crime in Germany. The coalition agreement does not suggest that there might be a new era in Germany’s corporate criminal liability. Instead, the legislature plans to establish specific rules governing the prosecution of entities, to expand the scope and severity of sanctions, to create a legal framework for internal investigations, and to create legal incentives to conduct internal investigations and provide their results to law enforcement authorities.

The most important change may concern the authorities’ obligation to prosecute criminal acts by companies. As a result, it is likely that corporate cross-border internal investigations with the involvement of German authorities will continue to increase.

Effective multi-country internal investigations require knowledge of, and must be guided...

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