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Dr. Nicolai Behr

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern


Nicolai is a partner in the Dispute Resolution group of Baker McKenzie, a member of the Global Compliance and Investigations Steering Committee and co-heads the compliance practice in Germany. Nicolai is a regular speaker and author on compliance, white collar crime, innovation and legal tech topics. He is the inventor of the automated risk assessment and risk monitoring platform Compliance Cockpit and the founder of

Practice Focus

Nicolai assists clients in a broad range of compliance and dispute resolution matters including internal investigations, anti-corruption due diligence, fraud, white collar crimes, whistleblowing, corporate compliance, risk minimization strategies, money laundering issues, KYC checks and related civil litigation. He also focuses on corporate and commercial litigation, in particular with a tech focus and mass litigation cases. He develops innovative and digitized legal and compliance processes and scalable legal solutions and applications.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Implemented comprehensive, global and automated Compliance Management Systems using the Compliance Cockpit for numerous major companies on all continents covering anti-corruption, antitrust, sanctions, data privacy, customs and fraud topics.

  • Global lead KYC checks for M&A transactions for DAX 30 company.

  • Lead for product safety investigation for defense company.

  • Lead for internal investigations in Asia for German and international manufacturers.

  • Lead for domestic and international internal investigations and onsite audits for companies on (healthcare) corruption, fraud and product compliance topics.

  • Co-lead in diversity focused internal investigation.

  • Project lead for mass litigation proceedings in the NOx context.

  • Lead in multimillion dispute after fraud case in the real estate sector.

  • Lead in multimillion dispute with a service provider following an initial coin offering.

Professional Honors

  • Next generation partners in compliance, Legal 500 Europe 2021/22
  • The Best Lawyers in Germany 2022 edition for Litigation 2021
  • Top lawyer 2021, Wirtschaftswoche 2021 


  • Germany (2011)


  • University of Passau (Dr. iur) (2009)
  • University of Passau (2007)

Previous Offices

  • New York
  • Sydney
  • Co-publisher (with Felix Ruhmannseder and Georg Krakow), Handbook "Hinweisgebersysteme - Implementierung in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz," 2nd edition oft he Müller C.F. Wirtschaftsrecht series, June 2021 
  • Author, "'Je größer das Risiko, desto strenger die Regeln.' – Wie die EU-Kommission künstliche Intelligenz regulieren möchte," Betriebs-Berater, BB 20.2021, 17.5.2021
  • Co-editor (with Florian Ruhmannseder and Georg Krakow), "The Practitioners Handbook on Whistleblowing Systems in Germany, Austria and Switzerland,"
  • Co-author (with Dominik Guttenberger), "Stricter corporate sanctions - what changes will the new German corporate liability act bring?" - DB 2020, 1218
  • Co-author (with Florian Tannen), "Dawn of the age of data privacy fines - liability risks due to data privacy violations and what companies can do to avoid them,"
  • Author, "Opinion on the decision by the German Federal Constitutional Court of Justice on the privilege in connection with internal investigations of June 27, 2018 - 2 BvR 1405/17"