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Dr David Schmid


Frankfurt am Main

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Dr David Schmid


Frankfurt am Main

David's work focuses primarily on the field of crisis management. 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, as well as the subsequent remediation measures.

His expertise in particular covers investigations relating to breaches of compliance regulations, tax-specific issues (e.g. cum-ex and similar constellations) or matters related to antitrust law, including associated aspects of white-collar crime. David also has extensive experience advising clients as a single point of contact in cybercrime cases and related prevention measures.

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 and investigating the facts for complex proceedings.

David was able to broaden his experience in internal investigations through a secondment to the Regulatory Enforcement team of a major international financial institution.

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Publications: 27 September 2022

GIR - data privacy & transfer in investigations guide

Investigations by regulators and enforcement agencies, as well as internal investigations by companies, are common. Successfully managing the risks arising from these investigations requires expertise…

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Blog Post: 20 October 2021

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

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Publications: 22 March 2021

Whistleblower protection in Germany to be expanded beyond EU law requirements

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Blog Post: 12 October 2020

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

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Frankfurt am Main

Bockenheimer Landstraße 2
60306 Frankfurt am Main

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Admitted as a German Rechtsanwalt, 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