Benno Schwarz is a partner in the Munich office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher He focuses on corporate transactions as well as on white collar defense and compliance investigations.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Schwarz has advised companies on national and international M&A and private equity transactions, joint ventures and other investments by foreign companies in Germany, Europe, Russia and the U.S. as well as in accompanying acquisition financing and corporate governance issues.
Additionally, Mr. Schwarz has many years of experience in the area of corporate anti-bribery compliance, especially issues surrounding the enforcement of German anti-corruption laws, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), the UK Bribery Act, as well as applicable Russian law. This includes the planning and implementation of internal corporate investigations both nationally and internationally, advising on the structuring, implementation and assessment of compliance management systems, and the representation of companies before domestic and foreign authorities during associated criminal and administrative proceedings.
Especially noteworthy is Mr. Schwarz’ experience advising companies in connection with FCPA monitorships or similar monitor functions, whether in a leadership function as part of an international team from Gibson Dunn advising the Siemens compliance monitor, the first non-U.S. compliance monitor in conjunction with the world’s largest FCPA settlement thus far, or as an advisor for other DAX-30 and Fortune 100 companies in relation to FCPA monitorships or in leading roles within the team of the Independent Examiner for two Swiss banks under the Department of Justice Tax Division’s Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements or Non-Target Letters for Swiss Banks.
Mr. Schwarz is ranked as a leading lawyer for Germany in both categories Corporate/M&A and White Collar Investigations/Compliance, as the following selected accolades show: Chambers Europe 2018 ranked him in Band 2 in the category of compliance stating that “Benno Schwarz is noted for his ‘top counseling,’ and offers considerable expertise in dealing with internal investigations, particularly in international matters with a Russian component. Clients commend his ability to ‘present the technical facts of a case in a very structured way.’ ” Chambers Global 2018 quotes a commentator who sums up: “He is a renowned compliance adviser to international clients, with special language skills in the Russian market.” Clients have appreciated that “he is multilingual, incredibly smart, gives excellent client service and listens” (Chambers Europe 2017), and stated: “I would use him any time for big international compliance matters, no question.” (Chambers Europe 2016). The handbook JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017/18 recommends him for compliance audits and investigations. The handbook named Gibson Dunn’s German team around Benno Schwarz as Compliance Investigations Law Firm of the Year 2014. Gibson Dunn was selected by the jury in acknowledgement of the outstanding achievements the firm has made in the area of compliance investigations. Corporate INTL named Benno Schwarz winner of the 2015 Legal Award in the category Corporate Anti-Bribery Compliance Lawyer of the Year in Germany. Mr. Schwarz is also ranked as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers 2017/8 for Germany in the categories Corporate Law, Criminal Defense and Mergers and Acquisitions Law. The JUVE handbook 2017/18 recommends him for corporate work, and Chambers Global 2018 ranks him in particular for his foreign expertise for Russia in the category Corporate/M&A for Germany.
Mr. Schwarz regularly publishes on compliance topics, is a much sought-after speaker and panelist and also regularly appears in many webcasts covering the topics of Anti-Corruption Enforcement, Internal Investigations and Compliance. He is a member of the German Council on Foreign Relations, co-founder and member of the steering committee of the Deutsches Institut für Compliance e.V. and a member of Forum Compliance & Integrity, an initiative of Zentrum für Wirtschaftsethik.
Mr. Schwarz speaks German, English and is a state-certified translator (IHK) for Russian, which makes it possible for him to carry out transactions and internal investigations in all three languages.
University of Regensburg - 1992 Dr. jur.
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich - 1990 Law Degree
Germany - Rechtsanwalt