Dr. Sebastian Lach

Dr. Sebastian Lach


Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 89 290 12 187

Fax +49 89 290 12 222

LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Spanish

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

"Very competent and solution driven" for Dispute Resolution.

JUVE handbook, 2015/2016

Sebastian Lach handles compliance and investigation issues, as well as complex product safety and liability cases. In the field of compliance and investigations, Sebastian has advised various clients on the creation of global compliance systems. He has successfully advised on criminal matters (e.g. bribery, fraud, embezzlement) and internal investigations relating to more than 50 countries worldwide, including FCPA, SEC/DOJ implications. Throughout his career, he has handled more than 20 multi-jurisdictional investigations, most of them for Fortune 500 and DAX 40 clients.

In the field of product liability, Sebastian has coordinated various product safety and product liability cases relating to more than 70 countries. He has advised on more than 50 recalls and has represented and advised clients in more than 100 court hearings, on all court levels from local courts to supreme courts, including submissions to the ECJ. He has also handled various multi-jurisdictional supply chain disputes for product manufacturers. Sebastian is a European and German market leader in Compliance and Product Liability, in particular in the automotive, life sciences, IT and electronics sector.

According to clients, Sebastian is "without a doubt a 'dominant figure' in the field" who is "greatly experienced", praised for his "innovative thinking" and "commercial acumen" (Who's Who Legal Germany). Chambers Europe described him as a "fantastic lawyer" who responds "very quickly" and delivers "legal advice that is presentable to the board". JUVE Germany refers to him as "very competent and solution driven". Sebastian is a member of our global IWCF (Investigations White Collar & Fraud) Steering Committee with responsibility for Continental Europe and the Middle East. He also heads the German IWCF practice. In addition, he is the co-head of the firm's Global Automotive Sector Group for Litigation.

Awards and recognitions


Public Sector: Planning and Environment
Legal 500 EMEA


Legal 500 EMEA


Compliance: Internal Investigations
Legal 500 EMEA


Recognized as a leading lawyer for Product Liability Defence
Who's Who Legal Germany


Recommended lawyer for Product Liability
JUVE handbook


Compliance: Internal Investigations, Germany, Recommended
Legal 500 EMEA

Education and admissions


Dr. iur., University of Göttingen, 2006

Second State Exam in Law, Bavaria, 2003

First State Exam in Law, LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), 2001

Representative experience

Advising German DAX 40 company on internal compliance investigation regarding potential product liability/warranty issues in more than 50 countries worldwide including criminal law charges.

Coordinating a recall in more than 70 countries for a leading global life sciences company including criminal law advice and communication with the authorities.

Representing one of world's largest automobile manufacturers in multimillion Euro product liability lawsuit against supplier due to component failure and recall of vehicles.

Advising leading IT company on internal investigation regarding possible irregularities around use of company funds relating to European jurisdictions, including potential FCPA/SEC implications.

Defense counsel in Germany for one of world's leading pharmaceutical companies and coordinating defense in over 27 countries throughout world after voluntary product withdrawal.

Advising one of world's leading car manufacturers on legal/ ethical risks of private investigation regarding allegedly anti-competitive practices by suppliers in Europe and Asia.

Conducting major internal investigation regarding bribery allegations against a leading Fortune 500 foods company in various Asian countries, incl. potential FCPA, SEC und UK Bribery Act implications.

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