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Désirée Maier

Senior Associate

Désirée Maier
English, French, German
Practice Group

Désirée Maier focuses on white collar, compliance and internal investigations. She advises national and international clients from various industries, in particular the life sciences industry, on all issues of compliance. One focus of her work lies in the set-up and management of internal compliance investigations. She has particular experience in conducting cross-border compliance investigations, understanding the different requirements from local law, US or UK law.

Désirée also advises clients on the establishment and enforcement of global compliance systems. Moreover, she has expertise in supporting clients in the defense against criminal law charges and in providing advice on recovery issues in relation to claims arising from compliance matters.

During her legal training at the Higher Regional Court of Munich between 2010 and 2012, Désirée worked, inter alia, at the District Court of Augsburg and the Public Prosecutor's Office of Augsburg. She also worked in the EU Compliance department of the global IT services subsidiary of a leading German DAX 30 IT company.

Désirée is a lecturer for a certificate course for compliance officers (Univ.) at the University of Augsburg.

Representative experience

Conducting a major internal investigation for a world's leading pharmaceutical company regarding compliance of various sales measures with local anti-corruption laws.

Advising a globally acting manufacturer of medical devices on updating its global compliance system.

Advising a world's leading Fortune 500 company on an internal investigation related to an Italian public prosecutor's tax and bribery allegations.

Conducting an internal investigation in various European countries for a worldwide acting healthcare distributor (Fortune 500) into allegations around the CE certificate.

Conducting an investigation for a worldwide leading medical supplies producer (DAX 30), relating to potential embezzlement, bribery and tender violations in Ukraine.

Conducting an internal investigation with regard to bribery allegations against a leading Fortune 500 foods company in various Asian countries.

Education and admissions


  • Second State Exam in Law, Bavaria, 2012
  • First State Exam in Law, University of Augsburg, 2010

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