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Dr. Jan-S. Wendler, LL.M.

Special Counsel

Wendler LL.M., Jan-S.

Dr. Jan Wendler advises clients in corporate compliance and corporate/M&A matters. He focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border internal investigations involving allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, tax evasion, or money laundering. Dr. Wendler has particular experience in providing advice within the context of multi-jurisdictional investigations. He has represented clients in internal investigations conducted inter alia by US authorities including the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as well as by national and international public prosecutor's offices.

Mr. Wendler also advises domestic and multinational companies with regard to general compliance matters including assisting clients with business partner reviews and business partner compliance due diligences. 

In addition, Dr. Wendler has particular experience advising clients in national and international M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions.

Honors & Awards

  • Dr. Wendler is recommended by Legal 500 Deutschland 2017 for his work in the area of compliance.

Publications & News

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December 6, 2017

WilmerHale Listed Among the Most Recommended Law Firms in Germany by The Legal 500 Deutschland

The Legal 500 has released its 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Deutschland, Germany's guide to outstanding lawyers, recognizing WilmerHale in seven categories. Moreover, the guide has recommended 11 WilmerHale attorneys within their practice areas.

December 6, 2016

The Legal 500 Germany Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2017 Edition

The Legal 500 has released its 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Deutschland, Germany's guide to outstanding lawyers, recognizing WilmerHale in five categories.

March 4, 2016

German Cum/Ex-Trades: Enhanced Risks and Industry-Wide Challenges

The German and international financial industries and their advisors have come under new pressure to investigate so-called 'cum/ex' trades conducted between 2000 and 2012.

September 2, 2014

Update on German Anti-Corruption Legislation and Procedure

On 1 September 2014, an important amendment to German anti-corruption legislation has entered into force.

May 20, 2014

Cross-Border Investigations and Compliance

It is often said that corporations are not criminally liable under German law. As we explain in this alert, whilst technically accurate, such a statement should be tempered by two important considerations.

January 25, 2013

Silver Lake Kraftwerk Acquires Majority Stake in Germany’s friedola®Tech

March 1, 2010

Mediation als B2C Dienstleistung im Bankenwesen

Zeitschrift für Konfliktmanagement (ZKM), p. 80 et seq

January 1, 2010

Enforcement of Mediation Settlement Agreements

Mediation Techniques, an e-book issued by the Mediation Techniques Subcommittee of the International Bar Association

January 1, 2010

Venture Capital Reloaded

Azur, p. 157 et seq

October 1, 2009

Germany Divided Again! The Debate Over the Need to Implement Qualification Standards in German Mediation Law

IBA Mediation Newsletter, 18 et seq

Speaking Engagements

April 19, 2016

Anti-Corruption & Compliance Summit 2016

Munich, Germany

November 12, 2015

14. Frankfurter Symposium Compliance

Frankfurt, Germany

November 13, 2014

13. Frankfurter Symposium Compliance

Frankfurt, Germany

January 11-12, 2013

Berlin School of Law and Economics: Law for Emerging Companies

Berlin, Germany

November 23-24, 2012

Berlin School of Law and Economics: Law for Emerging Companies

Berlin, Germany

October 12-13, 2012

Berlin School of Law and Economics: Law for Emerging Companies

Berlin, Germany

Recent Highlights

The following are recent highlights of Dr. Wendler`s internal investigations and government representations practice:

  • Leading a large compliance review on behalf of a major German company of roughly 900 business partners in 70 countries.
  • Representation of a major international financial institution in a money-laundering multi-jurisdictional internal investigation. 
  • Representation of a Swiss financial institution in a criminal tax investigation conducted by the US Department of Justice and other agencies.
  • Representation of a UK financial institution in a criminal tax investigation conducted by the US Department of Justice and other agencies.
  • Representation of a German stock listed construction company in a multi-jurisdictional (Central and Eastern Europe) corruption investigation conducted by a German public prosecutor`s office.
  • Representation of a German company in an investigation under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. 

Practices

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Education

Second State Exam, Frankfurt am Main, 2007

PhD in Law, University of Rostock, 2006

LLM, University of San Diego, 2002

First State Exam, Berlin, 2001

Bar Admissions

Frankfurt

Languages

German

English

French

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