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Dr David Schmid


Frankfurt am Main

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Dr David Schmid


Frankfurt am Main

Dr David Schmid has been practising as a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) in Allen & Overy's Frankfurt office since 2013. His work focuses primarily on the field of internal investigations.

He regularly advises on large-scale, cross-border internal investigations being conducted at corporates and financial institutions, both with respect to ongoing proceedings instigated by regulators or other authorities and in preventative internal investigations. His expertise in particular covers investigations relating to breaches of compliance regulations, tax-specific issues (e.g. cum-ex and similar transaction structures) or matters related to antitrust law, including associated aspects of white-collar crime, such as money laundering, breach of trust, fraud, bribery and corruption in business transactions – a subject he addressed in his dissertation. David was able to broaden his experience in the context of internal investigations through a secondment to the Regulatory Enforcement team of a major international financial institution.

Further, David advises on national and cross-border disputes before public courts. In this context, the focus of his work lies on disputes following internal investigations as well as on financial services litigation. He regularly acts on behalf of major financial institutions and electronic payment service providers in such disputes and litigation matters.

News & insights

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Blog Post: 20 OCTOBER 2021

Highest labour law court in Germany acknowledges recoverability of internal investigation costs

Companies may recover from their employees the cost of internal investigations conducted by external law firms, according to a decision by the German Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht).1…

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Publications: 11 OCTOBER 2021

GIR - data privacy & transfer in investigations

Investigations, now a fact of business life, matter and need to be run wisely. Adhering to data privacy laws is a key component of this, especially for international matters.  

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Publications: 22 MARCH 2021

Whistleblower protection in Germany to be expanded beyond EU law requirements

Companies in Germany should be aware of Germany’s looming implementation of the EU Whistleblowing Directive (Directive (EU) 2019/1937). The now available first working draft bill for a Whistleblower…

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Blog Post: 12 OCTOBER 2020

Hamburg regulator issues EUR 35 million GDPR fine for data privacy breach

GDPR enforcement is a sharp sword, which regulators are starting to make full use of. What is important for your company in light of the enforcement trends discussed in this blog?

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Admitted as a Lawyer (Germany), 2013


Second German Law Degree, Frankfurt am Main, 2013

Dr. jur., Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, Germany, 2013

LL.M., Golden Gate University, San Francisco, USA, 2011

First German Law Degree, Heidelberg, Germany, 2009

Published work

  • Schmid D. (2017): „Electronic file keeping in court“, BGH, Urteil v. 6.4.2017, III ZR 368/14, Entscheidungssammlung zum Wirtschafts- und Bankenrecht (WuB) 2017, 573 seq. (with Dr Wolf Bussian, in German)
  • Schmid D. (2016): "Advisory liability of a bank in connection with a currency-related swap“, OLG München judgment 23 U 3491/14, Entscheidungssammlung zum Wirtschafts- und Bankenrecht (WuB) 2016, 531 seq. (with Jan Erik Windthorst, in German)
  • Schmid D. (2013) "Korruption durch Bonuszuwendungen: Strafbarkeit der (Media-)Agentur als Beauftragte im Sinne von § 299 Abs. 1 StGB", Centaurus Verlag
  • Schmid D. (2012) "(Do) We need a European Civil Code (?)", Golden Gate University Annual Survey of International & Comparative Law, Volume XVIII, Spring 2012