INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL DEFENCE

Due to rising economic internationalisation and the high mobility of the corporate actors involved, criminal investigations with foreign character or those that take place in multiple countries simultaneously are becoming more frequent.

Increasing Demands on the Defender

The demands on a successful criminal defence are constantly increasing. Defenders who are active on a solely national basis can quickly reach their limits and find themselves in definite need of the know-how that an experienced foreign associate possesses - an associate who knows his job and has proven himself over many years of cooperation. Ideally, he understands not only the lawsuit process for one legal system but also that of the foreign country in question. The cooperation between investigators and their associates abroad is also progressively improving: National law enforcement authorities make regular use of the instruments of international legal assistance for criminal cases with a cross-border background. By invoking the assistance of foreign law enforcement authorities, they further their investigations and induce, e.g. the search of offices and residences or impose the blocking of bank accounts. In order to protect the interests of the accused, it is absolutely necessary to seek legal counsel qualified in every country involved. Should such an occasion arise, then suitable, tightly knit counter-measures must be taken.

Longstanding International Experience

We have been representing cross-border clients in matters of corporate criminal law and fiscal offence law for many years in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Liechtenstein. We practice international criminal defence as a single law firm, which gives us an excellent starting point for the development of a successful legal strategy. This is a unique position generally not available to those who are well versed in only one national legal system.

The legal aid process in criminal cases constantly presents, for example, the opportunity to force the national authorities requesting legal aid to make written statements. Our skilled defenders study these documents fastidiously and are often able to infer valuable information about the reasoning and strategy of the investigating authorities. This knowledge, in turn, represents an important building block for the development and implementation of a successful defence strategy.

Practical Advantages and Benefits

If the defendant wishes to avoid travelling to certain countries due to a (possible) warrant for arrest, we are able to offer him qualified legal counsel in the country of his choice (Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein). This makes it possible for us to counsel our clients directly. In order to seek out personal legal counsel, it is not necessary for a client to travel to another country, in which he – whether justified or not – fears arrest.

We are always available for a personal meeting at any of our offices. We welcome you to contact us by telephone or e-mail.

Your contact persons

GERMANY

Dr. Werner Semmler, Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für Strafrecht

» Dr. Werner Semmler

Lawyer, Specialist Solicitor for Criminal law

email: w.semmler@viehbacher.com

 

Johannes N. Viehbacher, Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht

» Johannes N. Viehbacher

Lawyer, Specialist Solicitor for International Commercial Law

email: j.viehbacher@viehbacher.com


AUSTRIA

Dr. Lothar Stix, Rechtsanwalt, LL.M., LL.M.

» Dr. Lothar Stix

LL.M., LL.M., Lawyer

email: wien@viehbacher.com

 

Florian Proxauf, Rechtsanwalt

» Mag. Florian Proxauf

Lawyer

email: f.proxauf@viehbacher.com


LIECHTENSTEIN

Dr. Christian Presoly, Rechtsanwalt

» Dr. Christian Presoly

Lawyer

email: c.presoly@viehbacher.com

 

Daniel Tschikof, LL.M., Rechtsanwalt

» Lic. iur. Daniel R. Tschikof

LL.M., Lawyer

email: d.tschikof@viehbacher.com

 

Johannes N. Viehbacher, Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht

» Johannes N. Viehbacher

Lawyer, Specialist Solicitor for International Commercial Law

email: j.viehbacher@viehbacher.com


SWITZERLAND

Peter Fröhlich, Rechtsanwalt

» Peter Fröhlich

Lawyer

email: p.froehlich@viehbacher.com


ITALY

DDr. Peter Winkler, Avvocato

» DDr. Peter Winkler

LL.M., Lawyer

email: p.winkler@viehbacher.com

Please note that our website uses both internal (first party) cookies and cookies from third parties.

By clicking on ‘I understand’ or by continuing the use of our website, you declare your consent to having cookies saved on your device (PC, mobile phone, tablet and any other devices that are used to access our website). Learn more

I understand

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data that are automatically stored on your PC, mobile phone, or any similar devices as soon as you open a website. Data such as contact information or language settings are saved in the cookie. Cookies improve the user friendliness of a website. Our Internet website viehbacher.com also employs cookies. They help us to optimise user friendliness for you.

Third Party Cookies

In addition, our website uses cookies from Google Analytics. This is an analysis tool that provides various analyses regarding the use of our website.

How can I deactivate cookies?

Most browsers accept cookies as a standard setting. If you do not agree to the use of cookies, you can deactivate/ delete the cookie settings in your browser by following the instructions found here: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/32050