Nikolai Venn has been a partner in the firm since 2008. Since he was admitted to the bar in 1998, Venn has practiced exclusively in the field of criminal law, in 2001 he became a certified specialist lawyer for criminal law (Fachanwalt für Strafrecht). Mr. Venn advises and leads defences in all areas of white collar crime, which includes offences against property (e.g. fraud, subsidy fraud, embezzlement), corruption and tax evasion, as well as in administrative offences law with references to e.g. employment law, data privacy, intellectual property and the environmental law.
His recent work covers several “Cum/ex” cases, the defence of an auditor of a “Big four” audit firm in the most complex professional proceedings ever conducted by the German authority in charge as well as the defence of Deutsche Wohnen SE against a multi million Euro GDPR fine before the national courts and the European Court of Justice.
Attorney Venn has been recommended by name in the rankings of "JUVE - Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien" and "The Legal 500 - Deutschlands führende Kanzleien" for many years ("competent, unagitated, assertive" - JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien 2021/22). In the list of "Germany's best lawyers" published by the Handelsblatt in June 2022, he has once again been recommended in the area of criminal tax law. In September 2022, FOCUS magazine awarded him the title of "Top Lawyer" in the field of criminal law for the fifth time in a row.
Born in Germany, Constance, in 1971, he grew up in Vienna (Austria) and The Hague (Netherlands). Venn began to study law at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1990. After passing the first state law examination he worked first as a legislative assistant, then, after the second state law examination in 1998 as a lawyer for a Berlin based law office in the field of criminal law. In 2001 Venn moved to a corporate law firm, where he was responsible for commercial criminal law. In 2008 he joined his current partners.
Between 2001 and 2011, Nikolai Venn was a pro bono lecturer in the faculty of law at the University of Potsdam, whose courses included criminal procedural law, criminal business law, and the law governing criminal defence. At professional conferences and training events he is giving lectures on issues of white collar crime and the law of criminal procedures. Venn is a member of the advisory board of the Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsstrafrecht und Haftung im Unternehmen (ZWH), a journal on commercial criminal law and corporate liability, and the author of several publications on material criminal law and criminal procedural law.
Nikolai Venn is member of the Wirtschaftsstrafrechtliche Vereinigung (WiSteV), the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Strafrecht des Deutschen Anwaltvereins, the Vereinigung Berliner Strafverteidiger, the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) as well as the German-Dutch Lawyers Association (DNRV).