Dr. Markus Adick

Certified lawyer for criminal law


Tel +49 228 286292 20
Fax +49 228 286292 29


Markus Adick is a certified lawyer for criminal law.

He has more than 15 years of experience in complex white collar and tax investigation cases. He is one of the most recognised lawyers in Germany, particularly in criminal tax law. He acts as a criminal defence lawyer for individuals and as a corporate lawyer. Before starting his own practice, he worked for large commercial law firms (Clifford Chance and Flick Gocke Schaumburg) and for a leading criminal law boutique. He received a doctorate with a thesis on the breach of trust by corporate executives. A large number of specialist publications and regular lectures prove his academic commitment.


He ist lecturer for white-collar crime at the University of Mannheim. Furthermore, he is a lecturer for white-collar crime in the Master of Financial Law program at the Frankfurt School of Business & Finance as well as a member of the advisory board of the Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsstrafrecht und Haftung (ZWH). In market guides and lawyers’ rankings (JUVE, Legal500 Germany and EMEA), he is described by other market participants, inter alia, as follows:


  • “highly accomplished and professional”
  • “unagitated and assertive”
  • “confident and clear, tough negotiator”
  • “Combines expertise and experience with confidence and speed (…) extremely clever, empathetic and assertive. Always thinks several steps ahead and finds the right tone.”
  • “Reference in the area of criminal tax law”


In the years 2020 to 2023, Who’s Who Legal recommended him as a Future Leader in the Investigations category. In 2024, WirtschaftsWoche named him one of the Legal All Stars in criminal tax law. Handelsblatt, WirtschaftsWoche and FOCUS consistently name Markus Adick as a “TOP lawyer” for white cand criminal tax law as well as for tax law in their annual rankings.

His most recent engagements include:

  • Defence of bank in regulatory BaFin-investigations
  • Witness counsel for bank employees in connection with Wirecard investigations
  • Defence of board member bank regarding tax offences of customers
  • Defence of investmentbanker against charges of insider trading
  • Representation of a major international law firm in connection with investigation proceedings following wage tax corrections
  • Defence of several bank officers and traders in so-called “Cum/Ex” proceedings
  • Advising bank on tax corrections regarding non-profit trust