Pia König

Pia Marie König is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Dusseldorf office. She is a member of the antitrust practice and advises in the field of white-collar crime. Prior to joining the Firm in 2022, Pia was a member of the litigation practice of an international law firm in Düsseldorf and advised in white-collar crime and compliance related matters. Pia advises clients on all aspects of white-collar crime. Her particular focus is on defending clients in criminal and administrative fine proceedings before authorities and courts. In addition, Pia assists clients in various compliance matters, particularly conducting internal investigations and advising on the avoidance of criminal and administrative offense risks. Pia also represents and advises clients in cartel proceedings before national and international cartel authorities.

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…