Practice Group Compliance and Investigations
Compliance is one of the core competences of our law firm with offices in St. Gallen and Zurich. In general, the term compliance covers precautions taken to comply with legal requirements as well as internal guidelines of companies. Our owner, attorney-at-law Dr. Dr. Fabian Teichmann, LL.M. is one of Europe's leading experts in the field of compliance. On the one hand, he holds a doctorate from the University of Zurich on the topic of circumvention possibilities of money laundering prevention measures and from the University of Kassel on the topic of anti-bribery compliance. Furthermore, he teaches numerous courses on compliance topics at universities in Switzerland and abroad and regularly publishes in recognized journals on topics such as money laundering, corruption, sanctions, insider trading and terrorist financing. Our overall focus is increasingly on new and innovative technologies and RegTech as well as LegalTech solutions.
Compliance offences usually fall into the legal area of white-collar crime and can have devastating consequences. Not infrequently, the continued existence of the company is at stake. For example, a possible terrorist financing scandal would be devastating for any financial services provider. Not only would the employees involved face considerable financial sanctions, disbarment and imprisonment, but the reputational damage would also be fatal for the company.
Our advisory services in the area of compliance are used by companies of all types and in all industries. In particular, we assist them in developing a suitable compliance program and instruct employees and managers within the framework of coaching and seminars. This also includes, in particular, the introduction or restructuring of incentive systems and whistleblowing channels.
Should a company already find itself in the middle of an investigation, we answer all corresponding questions and endeavor to find an amicable solution with the authorities and courts in order to avert or minimize any reputational damage and fines. Our wide network of experts from all over the world is a decisive advantage in this respect. It is not uncommon for compliance investments and their consequences to be decisive for the continued existence of a company.
In addition to multinational and national companies of all sizes, our wealthy private clients also value our expertise in the area of compliance, for example in cases of suspected money laundering or corruption and any sanctions imposed on the person or their companies. Often, significant assets are frozen in accounts at home or abroad, which means a considerable disruption to private as well as business life and should therefore be cleared up as quickly as possible. If an unlawful accusation is made - whether for political or other reasons - the experts at Teichmann International (Schweiz) AG will take all the necessary legal steps to defuse the situation.
It goes without saying that we represent companies and their employees in disputes before all national courts and authorities as well as national and international arbitration tribunals in Switzerland and abroad.