Dr Christian Pelz

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer), certified specialist in criminal law, certified specialist in tax law
Practice Group: Compliance & Investigations
Practice Group: Litigation, Arbitration & ADR

Dr. Christian Pelz acts for German and international corporations, board members, senior management and private clients as defence counsel in all kinds of criminal and administrative offense investigations conducted by regulators, tax and customs investigators, prosecutors or courts. He defends and represents clients in national and international investigations, forfeiture and proceeds of crime proceedings, in trials and before parliamentary commissions. His practice covers, among others, bribery and corruption, fraud and misappropriation, accounting and security offenses, insolvency offenses, fiscal and customs offenses, health and safety violations, money laundering and proceeds of crime, labor and environmental offenses and export control matters. He has particular experience in steering corporate and individual defence work as well as in steering complex proceedings and litigations resulting from criminal or regulatory violations and encompassing criminal, civil, tax and/or regulatory proceedings.

Dr. Christian Pelz also advises companies in all kinds of compliance issues. This includes the design and implementation of compliance programs, development of compliance directives and guidelines, compliance audits and the handling of compliance matters.

He has plenty of experience in internal investigations, nationally and internationally, in particular in bribery, fraud and misappropriation matters as well as in other cases of alleged misconduct.

Dr. Christian Pelz advises and represence corporations in investigation and enforcement of damage claims resulting from criminal offenses or other misconduct by business partners, board members and employees.


  • White-collar crime
  • Fiscal offences
  • Compliance
  • Internal investigations
  • Forensic services, asset recovery
  • Export control


  • Legal studies at the university of Munich
  • Experience abroad: Chosen internship at a law firm in Windhoek (Namibia)
  • With Noerr since 1997
  • Admitted to the Munich Chamber of Lawyers


  • Listed in "Who's Who Legal Investigation Germany" for the divisions Investigation, Compliance and White Collar Crime (2017)
  • Listed in "Who's Who Legal Business Crime Defence" for the divisions Corporate, Individuals and Money Laundering (2016)
  • Recommended lawyer for Compliance and Criminal Law
  • Recommended lawyer for White-Collar Crime, Juve 2015/2016
  • Recommended lawyer for Investigations, Who's Who Legal (2016)
  • Recommended as Investigation Lawyer & Forensic Expert, Who's Who Legal
  • Recommended as leading expert for White-Collar Crime, Chambers Dispute Resolution
  • Recommended lawyer for White-Collar Crime, Euromoney´s Expert Guide White-Collar Crime


  • ARGE Strafrecht im Deutschen Anwaltsverein (DAV) [Work Group for Criminal Law in the German Bar Association]
  • Vereinigung für Europäisches Strafrecht e.V. [Association for European Criminal Law]
  • wistev - Wirtschaftsstrafrechtliche Vereinigung e.V. [Association for White-Collar Crime]
  • Center for Criminal Compliance, University of Gießen

Selected Publications

  • Co-Editor Hocke/Sachs/Pelz, Export Control, Commentary. 2017 (in German)
  • Insolvency – Criminal Part, in: Wabnitz/Janovski, Handbook on Economic and Tax Crime, 4th edition 2014 (in German)
  • Commentary § 92, vor §§ 394 – 410 AktG, § 20a WpHG in Bürgers/Körber, Stock Corporation Act, 4th edition 2017 (in German)
  • Criminal and civil supervisory duty, personnel organization and labor crime, in: Hauschka/Moosmayer/Lösler, Corporate Compliance, 3rd edition 2016 (in German)
  • Accidents and Catastrophies, in Knierim/Rübenstahl/Tsambikakis, Internal Investigations, 2nd edition 2016 (in German)
  • (Non)Deductibility of expenses in income tax, in particular expenses for corruptive purposes, in Rübenstahl/Idler, Tax Compliance, 2017 (in German)
  • Current legal problems of § 4 (5) No. 10 Income Tax Act in: DStR 2014, pp. 449 et seq. (in German)
  • Self-disclosure in the new export control act - chance or risk? i: wistra 2014, pp. 1 et seq. (in German)
  • We observe local law – criminal law conflicts in internationalen compliance programs, in: CCZ 2013, pp. 234 et seq. (in German)
  • Commentary §§ 339-342 German Capital Investment Code in Beckmann/Scholtz/Vollmer, Investment, 2014 et seq. (in German)