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Patrick has more than 15 years of experience advising clients on compliance and corporate governance and in conducting internal investigations. His practice has a particular emphasis on Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) related topics.

He focuses his advisory work on setting up compliance management systems and adapting them to a broad range of new risks, such as those relevant for global value chains. This work includes, for example, supply chain risk management or Germany’s Supply Chain Due Diligence Act; prevention and investigation of white-collar crime (e.g., bribery, fraud, corruption, embezzlement, U.S. FCPA (U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act)); avoidance of economic sanctions; and fulfillment of tax and environmental law requirements.

His practice specifically covers internal investigations to detect misdemeanor and assessments of compliance management systems. He conducts due diligence on sales intermediaries, joint venture partners, and during M&A transactions in Germany and abroad. Furthermore, he develops compliance training programs.

Patrick represents clients in litigation proceedings and has advised them in the context of German and international arbitration proceedings (ICC, VIAC, and ad hoc), allegations relating to violations of global value chain standards, as well as in stock corporation law disputes. He also handles cases pursuing and defending damages claims arising out of compliance failures, and advises on related D&O insurance coverage.

He is a frequent speaker at conferences and webinars and is a lecturer at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where he presents and teaches on compliance, internal investigations, and ESG. Patrick regularly publishes articles relating to compliance and ESG issues, as well as on topics of international and European civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution, in academic or professional journals, as well as the daily press (Börsen-Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). He is a member of the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance of the German Bar Association.

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 MN 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 and related D&O insurance topics
  • 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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