Livonius | van Rienen Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB emerged from the law firm Livonius Rechtsanwälte which was founded in 2004. Our practice focuses on advising and defending clients in all areas of white collar criminal law, but includes general criminal defense as well. We advise and defend individuals and businesses in all stages of investigations conducted by public authorities, prosecutions or internal investigations – in Germany and abroad.
Particularly in a corporate context, white collar defense often requires close coordination with other criminal defense attorneys, colleagues specializing in other areas of the law (in particular tax law, corporate law, civil law and capital markets law), legal departments and corporate counsel. In such cases, we rely on an extensive network of proven colleagues, locally and abroad.
We are regularly mentioned as one of the leading white collar defense law firms in Germany. Who is who legal ranked the firm “most highly regarded”.
Dr. Barbara Livonius – born 1966 in Frankfurt am Main – studied in Munich, where she also received her doctorate degree. In 1993, she joined the central legal department of Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt as an in-house counsel to work in the field of credit and insolvency law. In 1999, she was promoted to head of the legal department of Deutsche Bank 24 – later Deutsche Bank Privat- und Geschäftskunden AG.
At the beginning of 2004, she founded the law firm LIVONIUS Rechtsanwälte, focusing on white collar criminal defense. Since then, she has been involved in the following proceedings, among others: Deutsche Bank – CO2 emission trading (VAT evasion) and Kirch (litigation fraud), Porsche – takeover of VW (market manipulation), collapse of Cologne City Archive (involuntary manslaughter), Sal. Oppenheim (embezzlement), SachsenLB (embezzlement), „Cum/Ex“ (tax evasion), Diesel (fraud), parliamentary enquiry committees (Cum/Ex, Wirecard).
We advise and defend in all stages of criminal investigations and prosecutions, internal investigations as well as administrative fine proceedings. Our core
competencies and experience include in particular