Anika Schürmann

Dr. Anika Schürmann is a Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Dusseldorf office and a bar-certified professional in criminal law (Fachanwältin für Strafrecht). Anika has extensive experience in advising clients in antitrust and white collar crime matters, with a particular focus on complex investigations and regulatory and judicial proceedings. Anika co-heads Baker McKenzie's German Investigations, Compliance & Ethics Group as well as the German Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Group. She is also chairing the North Rhine-Westphalia chapter of the prestigious German Association of Antitrust Lawyers. Her expertise has repeatedly been recognized by The Legal 500 ("Next Generation Partner"), Juve ("frequently recommended") and the renowned German business magazines Handelsblatt (Best-Lawyers-Ranking) and Wirtschaftswoche. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2013, Anika was a member of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s antitrust team in Brussels (2007-2011), and practiced at Wessing & Partner, a leading German law firm for high-profile white collar crime matters (2012-2013). Anika advises on all aspects of antitrust and white collar crime matters, including anti-competitive agreements, bid rigging, corruption, fraud, tax evasion and export control violations. She has long-standing experience in handling complex internal investigations as well as proceedings before German and European authorities and courts – in self-disclosure / leniency cases as well as on the defense side. Anika is also an expert in designing and implementing global compliance programs and in advising clients on the admissibility of business models and contractual relationships with business partners.

In brief In Germany, a new criminal offense of improper lobbying came into force on 18 June 2024[1]. Its impact on the lobbying activities of companies may not be underestimated. Amongst others, the practice of paid lobbying at ministries or other public bodies by mandate holders is now subject to criminal prosecution. It will hence be vital for companies to critically review lecture and consultancy fees for mandate holders as well as remuneration for supervisory…