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Enno Appel

Enno Appel


Enno Appel is Counsel in our Corporate Crime & Investigations group, advising in the fields of white-collar crime, compliance and financial regulatory, in particular anti-money laundering (AML).



Enno is an specialist in criminal law, compliance and  financial services regulatory and has extensive experience in advising on financial crime, embezzlement, bribery & corruption and money laundering as well as in conducting internal investigations. Enno advises companies both in connection with investigations by authorities such as public prosecutors, BaFin and SEC, and in the prevention of compliance violations. The advice includes, in particular, the requirements of anti-corruption laws - StGB, UK Bribery Act and US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Enno regularly represents clients in court both in the defence against and the enforcement of large-scale civil law claims in cases of fraud, embezzlement, bribery and corruption. This also includes the confiscation of assets and the defence against liability claims brought against directors and officers. 

In his previous in-house role, Enno acted as a central point of contact for all business divisions and branches across Europe in relation to bribery and corruption risks.

Enno's experience includes:

  • German international bank on the bank's anti-money laundering processes and KYC documentation as part of an governmental request for information on the bank's compliance with internal policies and the minimum requirements of the German Money Laundering Act (GWG) and the German Banking Act (KWG) 
  • German automotive supplier on an internal investigation in Germany, the USA and South America regarding whistleblower allegations concerning suspicious transactions of its subsidiaries
  • International telecommunications company in relation to the conducted of an internal investigation with respect to a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the US  Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Member of the supervisory board of a German stock company on the defence against claims for directors' and officers' liability
  • Leading automobile manufacturer in a in a multi-million euro case of systematic economic crimes by employees, national and international suppliers and subcontractors
  • Several companies on anti-bribery & corruption (ABC) and compliance matters


  • Enno is listed as "Rising Star" in the category Internal Investigations – Legal 500 Germany, 2020
  • "Enno Appel stands out through his practical approach. He immediately knows what an in-house lawyer needs and delivers his legal advice fast and sound." – Legal 500 Germany, 2020
  • "Well-versed in corruption matters" – Legal 500 Germany, 2020
  • "outstanding knowledge and expertise" – Legal 500 Germany, 2019



Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills Enno worked in Deutsche Bank AG's Anti-Bribery & Corruption department, a leading US law firm in the areas of litigation and compliance & enforcement and a German boutique law firm specialised in complex cases of white-collar crime and compliance.