Dr. Markus Rübenstahl, Mag. iur.

Lawyer – Partner

Attorney at Law Dr. Rübenstahl has worked as a defense lawyer and in an advisory capacity in the areas of white collar crimes, criminal law and criminal tax law for over fifteen years. He began his career at a law firm which specialized in appeals of criminal cases at the Federal Court of Justice’s seat in Karlsruhe. He has also worked in large international law firms in Frankfurt, with an increasing focus on the areas of compliance and internal investigations. Between 2015 and 2017, he was a successful attorney and founding partner of a renowned boutique criminal-law firm specializing nationwide in medical, white collar, and criminal tax-law with offices in Cologne, Frankfurt am Main, and Berlin before founding the law office of Rübenstahl and Associates in 2018.

  • Awarded with the high qulity seal „TOP LAW FIRM & TOP ATTORNEY 2019 – Compliance“
    (WirtschaftsWoche 15/2019, 05.04.2019)
  • One of GERMANY’S BEST LAWYERS 2017, 2018 & 2019 in the field of criminal tax law, honoured by the publishing company Handelsblatt in cooperation with the US-publisher Best Lawyers.
    (Die besten Anwälte des Jahres 2019)
  • THE BEST LAWYERS™ IN GERMANY 2018, 2019 & 2020 in the field of criminal tax law, honoured by the US-publisher Best Lawyers!
    (Best Lawyers Liste Deutschland)
  • „An attorney who comes frequently recommended for criminal tax law“
    (JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien 2017/2018)
  • „An attorney who comes frequently recommended in the area of white-collar crimes (providing counsel to companies)“
    (JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien 2017/2018)
  • „In addition to their recognized work in the area of white-collar crimes law, the highly respected criminal tax law practice of the Cologne firm has grown in significance and increasingly raised its profile.“
  • „Recommended by name in the area of criminal tax law“
    (JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien 2016/2017)
  • „Professionally in the top of his field“
    (JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien 2015/2016)
  • „Many years of experience in the area of compliance“
  • „Is a recommended lawyer in the area of dispute resolution“
    (The Legal 500 Deutschland 2014)
  • Lecturer at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg im Breisgau
  • Co-editor of the Journal of White Collar and Criminal Tax Law (wistra)
  • On the board of and scientific coordinator for the White Collar Crime Law Association (WisteV)
  • Co-editor of the Journal of the White Collar Crimes Law Association (WiJ)
  • Advisor of the leading Italian criminal-law journal “Diritto penale contemporaneo” (DPC)
  • Permanent contributor to the New Journal for White Collar Crimes Law (NZWiSt)


Languages: German, English, Italian


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  • Member of the panel of experts of the research group for criminal law at the University of Cologne (subsidized by the Volkswagen Foundation)
  • Member of the German-Italian Lawyers’ Association (DIJV)
  • Member of the German-American Lawyers’ Association (DAJV) and the American Bar Association – Criminal Justice Section (ABA CJS)
  • Member of the European Fraud & Compliance Lawyers (EFCL) and the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)
  • Popular speaker and panelist for white collar crime and criminal tax law issues, international legal bearings of the case as well as compliance and investigations
  • Member of the ABA CJS Global Institute Planning Committee

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Walter Perron

Of Counsel

  • Doctoral dissertation at the Law Faculty Freiburg 12/1986
  • June 1988, Otto Hahn Medal from the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
  • Research visits at the universities of Complutense Madrid, Valencia and Zaragoza
  • 1987 – 1993, Research assistant at the University of Freiburg (Eser Institute) and advisor at the Max Planck Institute of Criminal Law
  • 1989, Research visit at the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, through a grant by the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
  • 1993, Postdoctoral qualification at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg in the subjects “German and Foreign Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, as well as Criminology”
  • 1994 – 1995, University professor (C 3) for criminal law and other subjects at the University of Konstanz


Languages: German, English, Spanish

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Website at the Univ. of Freiburg: link

  • 1995 – 2003, University professor (C 4) for German and foreign criminal law and criminal procedure at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz
  • Since 2003, University professor (C 4) for criminal law, criminal procedure and comparative criminal law at the Albert Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg
  • Since 2006, External scientific member of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg i. Br.
  • 2006 – 2008, Dean of the Law Faculty of the Albert Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg
  • Since 2008, Director of the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Dept. 3 (German and Foreign Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure)
  • From 2010 – 2013, Managing Director of the Centre for Security and Society, University of Freiburg
  • 2017, Recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the National University of Cajamarca, Peru
Dr. Markus Rübenstahl (Steuerstrafrecht) - Beste Anwälte 2019
Dr. Markus Rübenstahl - Best Lawyers 2020