Hannes Lubitzsch, LL.M.

Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt)
Associated Partner
Practice Group: Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
Practice Group: Compliance & Investigations

Hannes Lubitzsch frequently assists international companies in corporate investigations in Russian organizations relating to bribery & corruption, manipulation of tenders, violation of sanctions and other white-collar crime. He has extensive experience in assessing Russian whistleblower reports, conducting interviews on the ground, collecting and processing data in Russia, protecting and transferring investigation results, and implementing and adjusting compliance management systems in Russian organizations.

Hannes also advises international companies in Russia on the structuring and monitoring of business relations and transactions, including M&A transactions, taking into account liability risks for companies and management arising under Russian law and applicable foreign law, including US FCPA, UK Bribery Act and the laws of EU member states. In addition, he advises on compliance questions arising during operations in other former Soviet Republics, in particular in Central Asia.

Hannes heads the compliance practice of Noerr in Russia. He has been based in Moscow since 2002.

Expertise

  • Corporate investigations in Russia
  • Anti-bribery & corruption
  • Sanctions compliance in Russia
  • Compliance in CIS member states
  • M&A transactions

Career

  • Studied law at the University of Constance (Germany)
  • Postgraduate studies at the University of Aberdeen (UK)
  • Many years with major international law firms in Moscow
  • At Noerr since 2011
  • Admitted to the Chamber of Lawyers of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)
  • Registered with the Register of Foreign Lawyers at the Russian Ministry of Justice

Selected Projects

  • German medical devices manufacturer: Corporate investigation of allegations against sales personnel of Russian subsidiary regarding tender manipulation and bribery
  • European services company: Advice on management buy-out of Russian joint venture aimed at the reduction of risks under UK Bribery Act
  • Japanese electronics corporation: Corporate investigation of bribery allegations against sales personnel and management of the Russian subsidiary
  • German building materials company: Advice on structuring of donations to Russian charity fund compliant with Russian law, German law and US FCPA
  • US services company: Corporate investigation of embezzlement and bribery allegations against the management of the Russian subsidiary
  • German construction company: Advice relating to investigations by Russian authorities into lethal accident at construction site in Russia
  • European aircraft engines manufacturer: Corporate investigation of bribery allegations against sales manager of the Russian subsidiary
  • German engineering company: Corporate investigation regarding potential violations of EU sanctions by the Russian subsidiary
  • External ethics officer of the Russian Antidoping Agency RUSADA (10/2017 to 10/2018)

Distinctions

  • Recommended for white-collar crime in Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA (2019 – 2020)
  • Recommended for corporate law in Russia, Best Lawyers (2020 – 2021)

Memberships

  • German-Russian Lawyers' Association
  • Anti-Corruption Committee at the International Bar Association (IBA)

Selected Publications

  • Coronavirus crisis in Russia: Charitable contributions and compliance risks, noerr.com, 04/2020
  • Compliance in Russia: Recommendations during the coronavirus crisis, Lexology, Mondaq, 04/2020
  • Lexology GTDT - Anti-Corruption Regulation 2020 - Russia, 12/2019
  • Compliance in Russia: Takeaways from 2019, Lexology, Mondaq, 12/2019
  • Ukraine adopts comprehensive whistleblower law, Lexology, Mondaq, 12/2019
  • Bribery & Corruption 2020 | Russia, Global Legal Insights, 12/2019
  • Russian State Duma takes new counter-sanctions into summer break, Lexology, Mondaq, 07/2019
  • Former Soviet republics take different approaches to anti-corruption legislation, the FCPA Blog, 07/2019
  • Comparing the anti-bribery and corruption legislation of Russia and other former Soviet republics - Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, Lexology, Mondaq, 07/2019
  • Corporate liability for corruption in Russia: Enforcement and developments 2018/2019, noerr.com, 04/2019
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