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Patrick has more than ten years of experience advising clients on compliance matters, internal investigations, and corporate governance. His practice focuses on stock corporation law, German domestic and international anti-bribery laws, the FCPA, anti-money laundering regulations, tax, competition law, and economic sanctions.

His work covers internal investigations in Germany and around the world, reviews of internal compliance control systems, the due diligence process for sales intermediaries, M&A transactions, joint venture partners, and the development of training programs. It includes pursuing and defending damages claims arising out of compliance failures and advice on related D&O insurance coverage. Patrick represents clients in litigation proceedings and has advised them in the context of German and international arbitration proceedings (ICC, VIAC, and ad hoc). He also advises on general commercial and corporate law issues.

He is a frequent speaker at conferences and a lecturer at Humboldt-Universität Berlin, where he teaches classes on compliance and internal investigations. Patrick regularly publishes on topics relating to compliance, international and European civil litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.

Patrick joined MoFo from another international law firm in 2019. He is a member of our Corporate, Compliance, and Investigations team. He is a partner of Morrison & Foerster (International) LLP based in our German office in Berlin.

Representative Experience

  • Conducting an investigation on behalf of Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen regarding equity trades around a dividend date
  • Advising Daimler AG regarding diesel emissions
  • Completing an internal investigation on behalf of the Supervisory Board of MAN SE with regard to bribery allegations and providing advice regarding the setup of MAN SE's compliance organization
  • Representing a German bank in court proceedings to pursue damages arising out of noncompliance with tax obligations
  • Defending a listed German biomedical company against rescissory actions by shareholders
  • Investigating tax structured transactions on behalf of a German bank
  • Representing a German bank in arbitral proceedings against a former director
  • Advising a German bank on pursuing damages claims against several former directors and related D&O insurance topics
  • Representing MAN SE in pursuing damages claims against former directors arising out of their responsibility for setting up a compliance organization
  • Advising Deutsche Bahn AG with regard to its damages claims arising out of a cartel among its railway track suppliers
  • Providing advice to and conducting an investigation on behalf of a German public listed company regarding its listing as SDN by OFAC 
  • Advising a U.S.-German multinational company with regard to an internal investigation of its Eastern European, Russian, and Central Asian sales network  
  • Conducting an internal investigation on behalf of Hamburg Commercial Bank AG (previously HSH Nordbank AG) concerning the dismissal of managers
  • Completing several investigations of kick-back payments and breach of trust in outsourcing projects
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