Dr. Alexander Cappel

Dr. Alexander Cappel advises both national and international companies on all issues concerning white-collar crime and investigations, administrative and legal proceedings, as well as compliance and anti-fraud measures. A primary focus of Dr. Cappel’s work is advising on German and international regulations in the areas of export control and financial sanctions, anti-corruption, and money laundering prevention.

In the past years, Dr. Cappel advised and defended numerous banks and industrial companies with regard to investigations and other requests for information by German authorities, including inter alia various public prosecution departments, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), and main customs offices. Furthermore, he has a wide-range of experience in advising on investigations conducted by foreign bodies such as US authorities, including inter alia the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Justice (DoJ). Alexander has successfully represented a large number of banks and industrial companies in this regard.

In addition, Dr. Cappel is very experienced in in the organisation and handling of internal investigations. In recent years he has advised on various large internal investigations, the subject of which were, in particular, allegations of German and foreign investigation authorities stating that companies and their employees had breached anti-corruption policies and/or financial sanctions. Alexander does not only advise the respective companies as part of internal investigations, but also regularly represents managing directors and employees as witness counsel.

Moreover, Dr. Cappel advised on numerous M&A transactions concerning compliance issues as well as the subsequent implementation of compliance management systems.

Dr. Cappel studied at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main and took his doctoral degree at the Université du Luxembourg in the field of German and European white-collar crime. Before joining Norton Rose Fulbright LLP in 2018, Dr. Cappel had been with another international law firm in Frankfurt/Main since 2010, focusing on the areas of white-collar crime and regulatory & compliance.

On a regular basis, Dr. Cappel publishes in law journals and also the business press and, in addition, regularly gives lectures on various compliance issues. Furthermore, Dr. Cappel is visiting lecturer at different institutions of higher education (inter alia Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, University of Luxembourg, Frankfurt School of Management and Finance). He is also head of the working group export control at the German Institute for Compliance e.V. (DICO).