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Eberhard Kempf, Attorney-at-Law, was born in Lahr/Schwarzwald in 1943. He studied in Heidelberg, Berlin, Freiburg and Paris, was admitted to the bar in 1971 and has been practicing in Frankfurt am Main since 1977.
After having acted as defense counsel in numerous minor and major "political" criminal proceedings, Eberhard Kempf has increasingly defended in white-collar and corporate criminal proceedings. Keywords are: co-op, DG Bank, CDU party financing scandal, Mannesmann, Siemens, WestLB, German regional banks in the financial crisis, Sal. Oppenheim, Porsche SE, Deutsche Bank/Kirch, Stadtsparkasse KölnBonn. He has been advising large and medium-sized companies in criminal and compliance matters for years, representing those involved in committal (Hans-Joachim Klein) and extradition (Nick Leeson) procedures.
From 1990 to 2017 Eberhard Kempf was a member and from 1996 to 2005 chairman of the criminal law committee of the German Bar Association. Since 2015 he has been an honorary member of the committee of criminal law. In 2017 he was awarded the Alsberg Prize of Deutsche Strafverteidiger e.V.
Eberhard Kempf was actively involved in the foundation of Barreau Pénal International/International Criminal Bar (ICB-BPI), an association of lawyers at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He was vice president from 2003 to 2005 and co-president of the ICB-BPI from 2005 to 2007. From 2012 to 2014 he was chairman of the Disciplinary Board for the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Dr. Hellen Schilling, Attorney-at-Law, who was born in 1973, was admitted to the bar in 2004 and has been a Certified Specialist for Criminal Law since 2007.
Following her studies, Dr. Schilling first worked as a paralegal at the law firm Pünder Vollhard Weber & Axster /Clifford Chance in Frankfurt am Main in its white collar crime practice and then as an assistant at the Institute for Criminology at the University of Frankfurt/Main, obtaining a doctoral degree in 2004 with a dissertation on the evidentiary procedure in criminal proceedings (Illegal Evidence. An Examination of Evidentiary Procedure in Criminal Trials: Nomos, 2004). During her law clerkship, she also worked in the criminal law practice group of Kingsley Napley Solicitors in London.
Hellen Schilling acts as defense counsel and advisor for both individuals and businesses, primarily in the field of white collar crime, including preventive counseling. The focus of her practice is in the areas of corruption, embezzlement, asset recovery and compliance, where she acts as defense counsel in trial and appeal proceedings before the Federal Court of Justice, as well as in referral proceedings before the European Court of Justice, and represents and supports witnesses, acts as advisor and counsel during the process of filing a criminal complaint and represents and acts on behalf of companies, such as in recovery procedures. She also acts as counsel in third party interventions before the European Court of Human Rights. Key words of her practice are, inter alia, Babcock Borsig, Siemens, Deutsche Bank/Kirch, Cum/Ex-Proceedings.
Dr. Schilling is an instructor on criminal law at Deutsche AnwaltAkademie, the advanced education institute of the German bar, is active as a speaker and regularly publishes articles on criminal law topics. She is a permanent member of the staff of the law journal HRRS Online-Zeitschrift für höchstrichterliche Rechtsprechung im Strafrecht (www.hrrs.de) and is a member of the supervisory board of the journal for white collar crime and corporate liability, ZWH Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsstrafrecht und Haftung im Unternehmen.
In 2017 Attorney-at-Law Dr. Hellen Schilling was appointed as a judge at the Hessian Bar Court (Hessischer Anwaltsgerichtshof).
Diskrepanzen beim Vermögensschaden – Eine Analyse der aktuellen Rechtsprechung des Bundesgerichtshofs, NStZ 2018, 316 ff.
Praxiskommentar zu BGH, Urt. v. 4.10.2017 – 2 StR 260/17 (Vermögensschaden), NStZ 2018, 214 ff.
Non-conviction-based Confiscation – Ein Fremdkörper im neuen Recht der strafrechtlichen Vermögensabschöpfung?, StV 2018, 49 ff. (with Yannic Hübner)
Das Gesetz zur Reform des strafrechtlichen Vermögensabschöpfung, StraFo 2017, 305 ff. (with Dr. Johannes Corsten und Yannic Hübner)
Kommentierung §§ 73-76a StGB, §§ 430-443 StPO, in: Esser/Rübenstahl/Saliger/Tsambikakis (Hg.), Kommentar zum Wirtschaftsstrafrecht, 2017
Kommentierung §§ 93, 111 AktG, in: Leitner/Rosenau (Hg.), Nomos Kommentar Wirtschafts- und Steuerstrafrecht, 2017 (with Eberhard Kempf)
Buchbesprechung Karlsruher Kommentar zur Strafprozessordnung, NJW 2014, 1644 ff.
Der Unternehmensanwalt, in: Volk (Hg.); Münchener Anwaltshandbuch Verteidigung in Wirtschafts- und Steuerstrafsachen, § 10, 2. Aufl, 2013 (with Eberhard Kempf)
Sicherstellung elektronischer Daten und „selektive Datenlöschung", HRRS 2013, 207 ff. (with Dr. Carsten Rudolph und Nicolai Kuntze)
Strafprozessuale Rückgewinnungshilfe, in: Knieriem/Rübenstahl/Tsambikakis (Hg.), Handbuch Internal Investigations, 2013, Kapitel 16 (with Dr. Gerwin Janke)
Revisionsrichterliche Rechtsfortbildung in Strafsachen, NJW 2012, 1849 ff. (with Eberhard Kempf)
Aktuelles zur Vermögensabschöpfung oder: Der Verfall hat die Wirklichkeit des Strafverfahrens erreicht, StraFo 2011, 128 ff.
Doppelter Verfall? – Zur Frage mehrfacher Vermögensabschöpfung bei Straftaten mit Auslandsbezug, HRRS 2008, 492 ff. (with Dr. Markus Rübenstahl Mag.iur)
Anmerkung zu BGH, Beschl. v. 20.3.2008 – 1StR 488/07, StraFo 2008, 305 ff. (with Antje Klötzer-Assion)
Vermögensabschöpfung. Strategien bei (drohendem) Verfall von Grundrechten, 2007 (with Eberhard Kempf)
Nepper, Schlepper, Bauernfänger – zum Tatbestand strafbarer Werbung (§ 16 Abs. 1 UWG), wistra 2007, 41 ff. (with Eberhard Kempf)
Bürokratisierung von Menschenrechten – Zur Vermögenssicherung im Ermittlungsverfahren, StraFo 2006, 180 ff. (with Eberhard Kempf)
Illegale Beweise. Eine Untersuchung zum Beweisverfahren im Strafprozess, 2004
Dr. Johannes Corsten, Attorney-at-Law, born in 1982, was admitted to the bar in 2012. He has been a Certified Specialist for Criminal Law since 2016.
After finishing his studies in Bonn (Germany) and Pisa (Italy), Johannes Corsten worked as a research fellow for Prof. Dr. Martin Böse at the University of Bonn Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Trial Law as well as International and European Criminal Law.
In 2010, he obtained a doctoral degree with a dissertation on consent to breach of trust and bribery. During his legal clerkship, Dr. Corsten gained work experience at the Permanent Representation of Germany to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France) and at the criminal division of the Cologne higher regional court.
From 2012 to 2016, he acted as defense counsel and advisor with the office of Dr. Felix Dörr & Kollegen in Frankfurt, specializing in criminal law. Johannes Corsten joined kempf schilling + partner in September of 2016, since September 2018 as a partner.
Johannes Corsten acts as defense counsel for individuals. The focus of his practice is in the areas of fraud, breach of trust and corruption. Furthermore, Dr. Corsten provides legal advice to companies regarding criminal matters, as well as a preventive counsel during investigations.
In addition to his work as an attorney, Johannes Corsten is an instructor at the Deutsche AnwaltAkademie, including in the course for certified criminal law specialization. He regularly publishes articles on criminal law topics.
Interne Ermittlungen und das Bundesverfassungsgericht: Die Beschränkung aufs Allernötigste, in: StV 2019, 59 ff. (mit Eberhard Kempf)
Strafrechtliche Haftung, in: Illert/Ghassemi-Tabar/Cordes (Hg.), Handbuch Vorstand und Aufsichtsrat, 2018 (mit Udo Wackernagel)
Buchbesprechung, Münchener Kommentar zum Strafgesetzbuch, Bd. 2: §§ 38-79b, NJW 2017, 2664 ff.
Das Gesetz zur Reform der strafrechtlichen Vermögensabschöpfung, StraFo 2017, 305 ff. (mit Dr. Hellen Schilling und Yannic Hübner)
Kommentierung §§ 406e, 474 ff. StPO in: Esser/Rübenstahl/Saliger/Tsambikakis (Hg.), Kommentar zum Wirtschaftsstrafrecht, 2017 (mit Dr. Markus Rübenstahl)
Anmerkung zu OLG Stuttgart 1 Ss 559/12, in: MedR 2013, 536 ff. (mit Johannes-Maximilian Raddatz)
Anmerkung zu BGH 3 StR 438/12, in: NZWiSt 2013, 470 ff. (mit Florian Schmidt)
Einwilligung in die Untreue sowie in die Bestechlichkeit und Bestechung, Baden-Baden 2011
Erfüllt die Zahlung von Bestechungsgeldern den Tatbestand der Untreue?, in: HRRS 2011, 247 ff.
Anmerkung zu BGH 1 StR 220/09, in: StraFo 2011, 69 ff.
Pflichtverletzung und Vermögensnachteil bei der Untreue, in: wistra 2010, 206 ff.
Christoph Tute, born in 1986 in Göttingen, law studies in Munich and Lisbon with a focus on criminal law, was admitted to the bar in 2016.
After his legal traineeship at the Kammergericht (Higher Regional Court of Berlin), Christoph Tute worked, from 2016 to 2019, at HammPartner, a Frankfurt-based law firm specialized in criminal law, particularly white-collar crime. In July of 2019 he joined the team at kempf schilling + partner.
Christoph Tute acts as defense counsel and advisor for both individuals and companies. On a regular basis, he also acts as legal counsel in cross-border extradition/mutual legal assistance proceedings and represents/supports witnesses. The focus of his practice are white-collar and corporate criminal proceedings, including compliance/preventive counseling, primarily concerning breach of trust, corruption, tax- and environmental offences.
Dr. Jörg Oesterle, born in 1983, was admitted to the bar in 2017.
Dr. Oesterle holds law degrees from both University College London (LL.B.) and the University of Cologne (first legal state exam). After working as a research associate at Cleary Gottlieb in Cologne and as a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, he was awarded a doctoral degree from Goethe University Frankfurt under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Matthias Jahn (topic: "The Attorney-Client Privilege and its Relevance for Corporate Compliance"; awarded with the WisteV prize 2015 for the best doctoral dissertation in German white-collar criminal law).
During his legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Berlin, he worked, inter alia, at Feigen Graf in Frankfurt (a law firm specialising in white-collar criminal law) and a large US commercial law firm in New York City.
From 2017 to 2019, Dr. Oesterle was an attorney at Linklaters in Frankfurt, where he primarily advised corporations on matters of criminal law and conducted internal investigations. He joined kempf schilling + partner in August 2019.
Kanzleidurchsuchungen und Sicherstellung von Ergebnissen aus Internal Investigations (zugleich Anmerkung zu den Entscheidungen des BVerfG im Fall Jones Day/Volkswagen), WiJ 2018, 148
Die Beschlagnahme anwaltlicher Unterlagen und ihre Bedeutung für die Compliance-Organisation von Unternehmen, Strafrechtliche Abhandlungen, Duncker & Humblot 2016 (ausgezeichnet mit dem WisteV-Preis 2015 für die beste Dissertation im Wirtschaftsstrafrecht)
Das Gewahrsamserfordernis des § 97 Abs. 2 S. 1 StPO: Eine einfachgesetzliche Begründung eines gewahrsamsunabhängigen Beschlagnahmeverbots für anwaltliche Unterlagen, StV 2016, 118
Cloud Computing, Datenschutz und transatlantische Missverständnisse, DAJV-Newsletter 2013, 170
Yannic Hübner, legal assistant, born in 1990, studied law at the University of Frankfurt am Main.
Yannic Hübner passed his first state law examination in 2015. During his legal studies, his major focus was on commercial criminal law. While in law school, he worked as a student assistant of the "Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability" of Goethe University Frankfurt and as a legal assistant for the white collar crime department of a multinational law firm.
Yannic Hübner is currently a doctoral student at the chair for criminal law of Prof. Dr. Jahn in Frankfurt am Main, where he worked as a research associate in 2016 and 2017. His doctoral thesis will address a topic at the interface between substantive and procedural criminal law.
Das Gesetz zur Reform der strafrechtlichen Vermögensabschöpfung, StraFo 2017, 305 ff. (with Dr. Hellen Schilling und Dr. Johannes Corsten)
Non-conviction-based Confiscation – Ein Fremdkörper im neuen Recht der Strafrechtlichen Vermögensabschöpfung?, StV 2018, 49 ff. (with Dr. Hellen Schilling)
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