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Dr Walther Graf

Lawyer, Specialist lawyer for criminal law



Dr Walther Graf is a founding partner of the firm. For 25 years, he has been advising and representing corporates, management boards and executives in all questions of commercial and tax criminal law as well as regulatory offence proceedings under antitrust law. His practice areas range from corruption-related and capital markets offences through to antitrust criminal law and complex investigations of cum/ex scenarios. Equipped with a “wealth of experience” (Who’s Who Legal 2023), a “clear edge” and “very good connections to the public prosecutor’s office” (JUVE 2023/24), he is regarded as a “maximum representative of his clients’ interests” (JUVE 2021/22) and “sets standards in corporate representation” (JUVE 2022/23).

Curriculum vitae

  • Legal studies in Bielefeld and Bonn
  • Doctoral thesis on the law of criminal procedure (“Rasterfahndung und organisierte Kriminalität”)
  • Admission to the bar and lawyer at Redeker Sellner Dahs 1998
  • Specialist lawyer for criminal law since 2001
  • Founding and naming partner of the Feigen Graf law firm since 2001


sets standards in corporate representation, one of the best
JUVE 2022/23
“Thought Leader” in Business Crime Defence
Who’s Who Legal 2023
Walther Graf offers excellent representation
Chambers 2023
highly regarded defender
Legal 500 2023
Walther Graf is commended as a prominent figure who excels in assisting clients on complex criminal matters
Who’s Who Legal 2023
competent, pragmatic, straight shooter
JUVE 2022/23
Walther Graf has amassed a wealth of experience assisting companies in a range of white-collar crime matters
Who’s Who Legal 2023
Top lawyer in the area of commercial and tax criminal law
WirtschaftsWoche 2023
one of “Germany’s best lawyers” in the area of commercial and tax criminal law
Handelsblatt 2023
an absolute find in antitrust proceedings, great tactical intuition, uncompromising representative of his clients
JUVE 2021/22
extremely competent, a great person, calm and collected, pragmatic, highly responsive, savvy, strategically strong, very competent and cooperative
JUVE Steuermarkt 2022
the excellent Walther Graf regularly advises on complex investigations pertaining to cum/ex matters, corruption and competition crimes
Chambers 2021
quick reactions, well-versed, strategically strong
JUVE 2023/24
Walther Graf is regarded as an “imperturbable and far-sighted consummate professional”
Legal 500 2021

Areas of Practice

Criminal employment law

Antitrust fine proceedings

Environmental criminal law

Banking criminal law

Criminal law on corruption

Embezzlement proceedings

Cum/ex proceedings

Consumer criminal law

Antitrust criminal law

Capital markets criminal law

Tax criminal law

Selected Publications

§ 6 – Limitations


Volk/Beukelmann, Münchener Anwaltshandbuch Verteidigung in Wirtschafts- und Steuerstrafsachen, 194 ff., 3. ed., 2020

4th chapter: Withholding and embezzlement of remuneration, § 266a German Criminal Code


Bross, Handbuch Arbeitsstrafrecht, 1. ed., 2017

Chapter 13: Corrpution


Ghassemi-Tabar/Pauthner/Wilsing, Corporate Compliance – Praxisleitfaden für die Unternehmensführung, 2016

Selected Presentations

Presentation on the defence in major white-collar crime cases

44. Strafverteidigertag, Berlin, 13.05.2023

Presentation on the panel code/criminal tax law

Steuerkonferenz der Deutschen Wirtschaft, 27.04.2023

Presentation on cum/cum cases regarding public prosecutors

Steuerkonferenz der Deutschen Wirtschaft, 22.06.2022

Presentation on current hot points regarding Cum/Cum proceedings

Tax & Finance, 16.11.2021

Presentation on the Tax and criminal law framework for CumEx transactions

Tax & Finance, 21.01.2021

Presentation on criminal tax law treatment of cum/ex arrangements

Steuerkonferenz der Deutschen Wirtschaft, Berlin, 13.02.2020