Benno Schwarz is a German-qualified partner in the Munich office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is a member of the firm’s International Corporate Transactions and White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group.
For nearly 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.
Additionally, Mr. Schwarz has many years of experience in the area of corporate anti-bribery compliance, especially issues surrounding the enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and the UK Bribery Act as well as 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, 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 disclosures according to the FCPA or to the UK Bribery Act.
Mr. Schwarz is continuously ranked as a leading lawyer in the fields of “Corporate” and “M&A” by industry directories such as JUVE Handbook, Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Europe, Best Lawyers International and Legal Experts EMEA.
Mr. Schwarz is ranked as a leading lawyer for Germany: Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market by Chambers Europe 2014. Chambers Global 2015 recommended Mr. Schwarz as a ‘foreign expert’ for both “Corporate/M&A” and “Dispute Resolution” work in Russia, and the publication has featured praise from sources who describe him as “very client-oriented” and note that “he is not only fluent in Russian but knows exactly how business is done and gives expert advice on any potential risks or problems.” Clients have also appreciated his “calm, logical and reasoned approach…a top lawyer with good insight” (Chambers Europe) and described him as “highly intelligent, outstanding and extremely professional” (JUVE Handbook). Mr. Schwarz is also ranked as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers 2016/7, for Germany: Corporate Law, Criminal Defense and Mergers and Acquisitions Law. In addition, the JUVE Handbook 2011/2012 recommended the Munich office’s White Collar Defense and Investigation team in the category “Compliance Investigations.”
He regularly publishes and speaks on compliance topics. He recently published the articles “Russland überarbeitet korruptionsrechtliche Regelungen im Hinblick auf seinen OECD-Beitritt” (CCZ 6/2011) and “FCPA Compliance Monitorships – US Marotte oder Flavor of the New Times?” (CCZ 2/2011). He has also appeared in multiple webcasts speaking on the topic of Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Compliance.
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.
Membership of Professional Bodies
Mr. Schwarz has been admitted as a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) since 1993.
He is a member of the presiding committee of the German Council on Foreign Relations.
University of Regensburg - 1992 Dr. jur.
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich - 1990 Law Degree
Germany - Rechtsanwalt