Dr Oliver Kraft

Specialist lawyer for criminal law


  • Criminal law (business crimes)
  • Law relating to fiscal offences
  • Corporate compliance

Dr Kraft defends private individuals in commercial and fiscal criminal law procedures.  He also represents (national and international) companies, which are involved in criminal matters, acting as "defence counsel for the company" as well as representative of the company that has suffered damage. Outside such crisis situations Dr Kraft also provides "preventative" advice and advises on issues of criminal law compliance (creation of compliance systems, implementation of corruption audits, internal investigations, in-house training, review of existing compliance programmes).


What others say

Leading lawyer for criminal law 2019 – WirtschaftsWoche Top-Kanzleien 2019


Recommended for compliance advice – Legal 500 Germany 2017


One of the most frequently recommended lawyers for criminal defense law – Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers® "Germany's Best Lawyers 2020"


Recent work

  • Defending a hotel investor against a suspicion of subsidy fraud  
  • Defending a sales representative against a suspicion of bribery of Russian officials
  • Defending a former branch manager of a German bank against a suspicion of corruption in business transactions
  • Corruption audits of subsidiaries of a DAX company; supporting internal investigations in the clarification of facts
  • Creation of a compliance system for a public service company
  • Implementation of criminal law compliance measures for a major German airport 

Further qualifications and memberships

  • Lecturer on Corporate Compliance and criminal law (business crimes) at the Westfälischen Hochschule in Recklinghausen
  • Lecturer on Corporate Compliance at the Hochschule Düsseldorf
  • Lecturer on commercial criminal law at the research centre for risk management at the Julius-Maximilians University in Würzburg
  • Lecturer at the DeutscheAnwaltAkademie
  • Speaker at numerous seminars and training courses on commercial criminal law
  • Member of the working group on criminal law within the German Lawyers’ Association (ARGE Strafrecht beim Deutschen Anwaltverein)
  • Member of the Wirtschaftsstrafrechtliche Vereinigung e.V. (WisteV); Director of the working group on employment criminal law
  • Member of the network Compliance e.V. 


Publications (in German) 


Events (in German)

Curriculum vitae

  • Studied law at the Julius-Maximilians University Würzburg and at the University of Regensburg, 1992 to 1996
  • Research assistant to the chair for criminal law and criminology at the University of  Regensburg (Prof. Dr Klaus Rolinski), 1997 to 1999
  • PhD on criminal procedural law, 1997 to 2001
  • Visiting Scholar at Tulane Law School, New Orleans, 1998
  • Legal clerkship with the Higher Regional Court Nürnberg, 1998 to 2000
  • Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) since 2001, from 2002 to 2008, lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) with Wessing II Verjans Rechtsanwälte/VBB Rechtsanwälte exclusively in the field of commercial criminal law 
  • Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) at Kapellmann since 2008