Dr. Maximilian F. Schlutz is an associate in Willkie’s German practice. He is a member of Willkie’s White-Collar Defense, Investigations & Enforcement, Global Trade & Investment and Environmental, Social & Governance practice groups.

He advises clients from various industries on corporate governance, internal investigations and general compliance matters, with a focus on business partner compliance/third party management as well as setting-up and enhancing compliance management systems.

Max has experience with conducting cross-border white-collar investigations, including those triggered by whistleblower complaints, specifically in the context of multi-jurisdictional investigations related to anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, countering terrorist financing, fraud, foreign trade laws (sanctions and export controls), tax, among other legal and regulatory issues.

In particular, he gained substantial experience in the context of (DOJ/SEC-appointed) independent compliance monitorships. He further wrote his Ph.D. on Compliance Monitorships: How can a U.S. instrument determine the day-to-day operations of German companies (2021).

He also gained experience during an in-house secondment to a multinational commodity trading and mining company. 

Max regularly authors within the juris PraxisReport Compliance & Investigations, in the Corporate Compliance Law Journal (CCZ) and contributed to the Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Reviews 2020 to 2022 and to the FCPA Treatise 2020.

Prior to joining Willkie, Max worked in New York, Dubai, Sydney, Los Angeles, and, including most recently, in Germany, for a well-known international law firm in the areas of Cross-Border Investigations and Compliance, Corporate Governance, Cross-Border Transactions and Corporate Law.

Max speaks German and English.



Prior to joining Willkie, Max worked in the course of his legal career for various international law firms in New York, Dubai, Sydney, Los Angeles, Frankfurt am Main and Düsseldorf, mostly in the areas of Compliance and Corporate/M&A.

Selected Publications

  • “One Step Closer to the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive”, February 5, 2024.
  • “German Federal Court of Justice Confirms: Liability of a Managing Director for Compliance Violations Can Be Limited by Internal Allocation of Responsibilities”, February 2, 2024.
  • “Compliance (Due Diligence) im Kontext von Transaktionen – Die ESG Due Diligence”, Corporate Compliance Law Journal (CCZ) 2023, Issue 1-2/2024, p. 13.
  • “Compliance (Due Diligence) im Kontext von Transaktionen – Außenwirtschaftsrecht”, Corporate Compliance Law Journal (CCZ) 2023, Issue 12/2023, p. 337.
  • “Compliance (Due Diligence) im Kontext von Transaktionen – Anti-Bribery/Corruption”, Corporate Compliance Law Journal (CCZ) 2023, Issue 11/2023, p. 310.
  • “Hinreichender Tatverdacht für Anklageerhebung”, Corporate Compliance Law Journal (CCZ) 2023, Issue 10/2023, p. 287.
  • “Compliance (Due Diligence) im Kontext von Transaktionen – Allgemeine Einführung in die Thematik”, Corporate Compliance Law Journal (CCZ) 2023, Issue 10/2023, p. 269.
  • “EuGH-Vorlage zur Auslegung der VO (EG) Nr. 194/2008 v. 25. Februar 2008 im Rahmen einer möglichen Strafbarkeit nach dem AWG wegen Einfuhr von Teakholz aus Myanmar”, Corporate Compliance Law Journal (CCZ) 2023, Issue 9/2023, p. 252.
  • “KYS & KYC - (Un-)Intended Interplay Between the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act and Anti-Money Laundering Laws?”, September 1, 2023.
  • “Anforderungen an einen Durchsuchungsbeschluss bei einer obersten Bundesbehörde”, Corporate Compliance Law Journal (CCZ) 2023, Issue 7-8/2023, p. 236.
  • “Selbstreinigung durch Compliance-Maßnahmen reduziert Geldbuße nach § 30 Abs. 1 OWiG”, Corporate Compliance Law Journal (CCZ) 2023, Issue 6/2023, p. 199.
  • “Toothless Tiger No More? Germany Strengthens Sanctions and AML Enforcement”, January 24, 2023.
  • “Compliance Monitorships: Wie kann ein US-Instrumentarium den Alltag deutscher Unternehmen bestimmen?” (Volume 1 of CB - Compliance Berater publication series, published by Fachmedien Recht und Wirtschaft 2021, ISBN 978-3-8005-9408-5).
  • “Verpflichtung zur Übermittlung nicht protokollierter IP-Adressen”, juris PraxisReport Compliance & Investigations, Anmerkung zu BVerfG, Nichtannahmebeschluss vom 20.12.2018, 2 BvR 2377/16 von Prof. Dr. Norbert Nolte, RA, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Düsseldorf.

Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar Financial Crime Academy on the subject of the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, June 2023
  • German Compliance Conference 2023 in Frankfurt/Main: “Compliance meets Cyber Incident Responses - How companies can respond to cyber attacks and which legal pitfalls to watch out for in case” 
  • Advising Wendel on the sale of Constantia Flexibles to One Rock Capital Partners
  • Assisting a major German company in its internal investigation into alleged misconduct by key social media influencers
  • Advising a European manufacturer of luxury vehicles in relation to ESG-related requirements with a specific focus on compliance with the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act
  • Advising a leading international manufacturer of medical science equipment on compliance with EU Russian & Crimea Sanctions
  • Advising a leading global technology company on updating the existing screening process of business partners and products in relation to the export of (US) goods from the European Union to China
    Advising a client in business partner due diligence, including enhanced background checks 
  • Setting up a state-of-the-art ESG compliance management system for a world leader in medical and scientific education solutions
  • Advising a market-leading multinational company for filter products and solutions on EU sanctions issues 
  • Advising a leading German supplier of process and packaging solutions on ensuring foreign trade law compliance for contemplated exports to China 
  • Advising a listed advertising company headquartered in the U.S. with respect to compliance with EU sanctions and AML risks under German law
  • Advising a global food manufacturer in connection with compliance with new requirements of the EU Whistleblower Directive
  • Advising an Austrian packaging manufacturer on the analysis of its internal compliance program, in particular with regard to the changing regulatory landscape resulting from the Ukraine Crisis
  • Advising an international company in the field of transport, trade and distribution of oil products and petrochemicals on compliance with sanctions in the context of the price cap for Russian oil and oil products
  • Advising a German-based global healthcare company as part of a DOJ / SEC appointed independent compliance monitorship*

*Max advised on these matters prior to joining Willkie





University of Frankfurt, Dr. jur., 2021 Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt, Second State Exam, 2018 University of Frankfurt, First State Exam, 2015

Bar Admissions

Germany, 2020