Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer head of tax Ulf Johanneman and six former bankers of the now collapsed Maple Bank have had charges filed against them in relation to their alleged involvement in the ‘cum-ex’ tax scandal.

The Public Prosecutor General’s Office in Frankfurt published a statement on Monday (Jan 20) outlining the charges, which were brought in December 2019. The German statement presents the prosecutor’s charges of “serious tax evasion” and “at the same time, the involvement of a law firm because of the decision to impose a fine”.