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Niels Hoffmann

Niels Hoffmann has been active in the field of white-collar crime law for over 20 years - both in defence of individuals and in advising injured parties. He has broad and profound experience in conducting internal investigations and in advising on compliance matters.

His particular expertise lies in the area of criminal prosecution and defence in cases of intellectual property infringement in synergetic interlocking with civil law, in particular cases of infringement of trade and business secrets, trademark piracy and patent infringement.

Niels has been involved in the advanced training of lawyers as well as in the further education of state and federal police for many years.
Professional QualificationsRechtsanwalt admitted with Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main


  • Representing a Japanese automotive supplier company against the betrayal of its trade secrets and steering internal investigations.
  • Defence of a board member of a British steel trading company against suspicion of breach of trust in a company acquisition.
  • Representation of an international technology company against the infringement of its patent rights in the field of MP3 technology and accompanying the initiated criminal proceedings.
  • Defence of a bank board member against allegations of violations of the German Banking Act (“KWG”).
  • Defence of a manager in the automotive industry for cartel violations.
  • Criminal law advice to a financial services provider in connection with the Wirecard scandal.
  • Advising and representing a bank against supervisory measures due to allegations of violations of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.
  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe, Second State Examination, 1997
  • University of Constance, First State Examination, 1996


JUVE Handbook repeatedly listed Niels Hoffmann among the frequently recommended lawyers for white-collar crime in Germany.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining DLA Piper in 2020, Niels has worked for a law firm specialising in appeals on points of law in Karlsruhe (1995-1998), then with a boutique in white-collar crime law in Düsseldorf (1998-2010), was a partner in a white-collar crime law boutique in Wiesbaden (2010-2012), before founding his own firm from 2013.