Dr. Volker Rosengarten is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Zurich and Hamburg offices. His German- and Swiss-centric practice focuses on white collar and corporate investigations matters, compliance matters, sanctions advice, regulatory matters and complex, high-stakes commercial litigation.
Volker has been involved in some of the biggest white collar and corporate investigations matters of recent times in Central Europe, including his representation of several Swiss-based banks in connection with their participation in the U.S. DoJ’s Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements or Non-Target Letters for Swiss Banks, his representation of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in connection with governmental investigations in various jurisdictions into allegations of corruption and other criminal schemes in the global football world and the representation of certain banks in connection with the Panama Papers leaks. Furthermore, Volker has successfully defended corporate clients in Germany in administrative investigations conducted by law enforcement authorities for misconduct of a company’s executives or failures of the compliance function. He also represents individuals in connection with criminal investigations.
Moreover, Volker is well-versed in the sector-specific laws and regulations relevant to regulated industries such as the financial, energy, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industry. In the energy sector, he advised clients on regulatory matters such as grid connection, grid tariffs or unbundling matters and represents them vis-à-vis regulatory authorities such as the German Federal Network Authority or the European Commission. Volker, for example, was involved in the representation of the operator of a planned and far-advanced privately-owned and -financed electricity crossborder interconnector between Germany and Norway vis-à-vis the German Federal Network Agency and the European Commission. He also advised operators of offshore windfarms on grid connection issues and various transmission system operators and energy exchanges in North-Western Europe on the establishment of a joint venture to introduce an interim market coupling solution. In the pharmaceutical sector, Volker has gained extensive experience in representing companies vis-à-vis regulatory authorities in connection with disputes concerning manufacturing or wholesale licenses and compliance matters.
In commercial matters, Volker represents clients on both sides of the “v” in all kinds of proceedings, including summary proceedings, proceedings in front of ordinary courts, and arbitrations.
Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Volker worked at a major international law firm for 5 years, and before that was employed as a research assistant at the University of Münster/Germany for 3 years.
- Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
- Schaffhauser Kantonalbank
- Obwaldner Kantonalbank
- Urner Kantonalbank
- BSI SA
- EFG Bank
- Samsung Electronics, Co. Ltd.
- Axway S.A.
- Representing Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in connection with investigations conducted by Swiss and U.S. authorities into alleged schemes of bribery, corruption and money-laundering that have been made against a number of football officials associated with FIFA, regional football confederations such as CONMEBOL and CONCACAF and member associations.
- Represented several cantonal and private Swiss Banks in the U.S. Department of Justice and IRS high visibility criminal investigation into Swiss Banks’ U.S. cross-border private banking business, involving allegations of aiding and abetting tax evasion by U.S. taxpayers.
- Represented six U.S. hedge fund managers seeking redress for losses totaling over EUR 1 billion suffered in connection with defendant Porsche Automobil Holding SE’s stake building in Volkswagen AG.
- Represented the owners of the majority shareholder of a Swiss-based, globally operating producer of building materials and specialty chemicals, in legal disputes with the board of directors and certain minority shareholders arisen out of the sale of their shares in the holding company to a third-party investor.
- Represented an innovative pharmaceutical company in a case involving anti-competitive blocking patents.
- Represented Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in various proceedings against Apple with German and pan-EU impact relating to smartphone and tablet products. The Samsung v. Apple cases are part of the so-called world-wide smartphone wars.
- Represented a Swiss bank in connection with the Panama Papers complex and potential criminal law implications in this context.
- Represented a globally operating IT services operator in a dispute with Allianz over a failed IT outsourcing project.
- Represented Fédération de Football Association (FIFA) in proceedings concerning compensation for losses caused by misconduct of certain (former) football officials in Germany and Switzerland.
- Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (University of Münster)
(Ph.D. (Dr. iuris), magna cum laude, 2009)
- State of Lower Saxony, Celle Court of Appeals
(2nd State Examination, with honours, 2003)
- Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Georg-August University of Göttingen)
(1st State Examination, with honours, 2001)
- The German bar (Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg)
- Allen & Overy LLP:
- Senior Associate, International IP Group: 2009 – 2012
- Associate, Communications, Media and Technology Practice Group: 2007 – 2009
- University of Münster, Faculty of Law
- Assistant at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Bernd Holznagel, Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law in Münster, 2004 – 2007
- Firm Memorandum: Germany Introduces a Corporate Criminal Liability Regime – Draft Bill Coming Soon, (April 2019).
- "Liability Of Wi-Fi Operators For Abusive Download Of Copyrighted Works By Third Parties", E-Commerce Law & Policy, co-author with N. Herrmann and U. Stimmel (2010)
- "Traps and Pitfalls" (copyright issues under German law), speaker (2009)
- "Die besondere Missbrauchsaufsicht im Telekommunikationsgesetz 2004", Ph.D. Thesis (2009)
- "Zur verfassungsrechtlichen Zulässigkeit des Abgleichs gemäß § 6 Abs. 5 StromNEV-E", Recht der Energiewirtschaft (RdE), co-author with B. Holznagel and M. S. Göge (2005)
- "Der Zugang zu Premium-Inhalten, insbesondere für Multimedia-Anbieter", Arbeitsbericht 27, Kompetenzzentrum Internetökonomie und Hybridität, co-author with B. Holznagel (2005)
- "Die Zulässigkeit von Optionstarifen der T-Com nach dem neuen TKG", Kommunikation und Recht (K&R), co-author with B. Holznagel and A. Hombergs (2004)