Freshfields has continued to bolster its international criminal law practice with the hire of a corporate defense lawyer from the German boutique firm Krause & Kollegen.
Daniel Travers will join Freshfields’ criminal law team in Dusseldorf as a counsel this November after six years at the Berlin firm, where he was an attorney-at-law.
The move follows the Magic Circle firm’s hire of Simone Kaempfer as head of its white-collar defense group in Germany, as well as a number of other recruits for the practice around the world.
Kaempfer joined from German boutique Thomas Deckers Wehnert Elsner in this February, while other recent additions include the London hire of former Serious Fraud Office joint head of bribery and corruption Ben Morgan last year, as well as former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor Dan Braun, who joined the firm’s Washington, D.C., base in 2016.
“With this hire, we are taking the next step in building an even stronger, highly specialized criminal law practice group,” Kaempfer told Law.com’s London publication Legal Week. ”Daniel’s multijurisdictional, international expertise will significantly strengthen the successful development of our practice—both domestically and globally.”
Travers focuses on advising companies and defending individuals in criminal law matters, both in and out of court, while he also handles criminal law-related compliance issues and internal investigations.
“Freshfields has an outstanding criminal law and investigations team and, with Simone Kaempfer having joined, has impressively affirmed its commitment to criminal law in a global law firm,” Travers said in a statement. “I’m very much looking forward to supporting this team with my experience as a defense lawyer in commercial criminal law matters.”
As head of the white-collar defense group in Germany, Kaempfer works in tandem with Norbert Nolte, who leads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Germany and Austria.
In recent years Freshfields has been busy defending Volkswagen and its subsidiaries in civil and class actions stemming from the emissions test rigging scandal, while earlier this year the firm was brought in by UBS to review the Swiss banking giant’s handling of a female trainee’s allegation that she was raped by a male colleague.