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The German Whistleblower Protection Act: A fast response from companies is required

On May 12, 2023, the German legislator passed the new Whistleblower Protection Act (Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz - "HinSchG”), which transposes Directive (EU) 2019/1937 into national law. The act requires employers to establish internal reporting channels and to protect whistleblowers by treating their identities as confidential. It also prohibits unjustified discrimination such as dismissal, warning, denial of promotion or bullying. At the same time, the act addresses the risk of reputational damage to companies and public authorities by establishing incentives for preference of internal reporting channels and by allowing public disclosure only as a secondary option under specific conditions. The protection extends to whistleblowers themselves, as well as to persons who are subject of or otherwise affected by...To read the full article, please see the PDF file

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Dominik KRUSE

  • Partner
  • Frankfurt / Düsseldorf

Dominik serves as co-representative of our offices in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, Germany. He advises Japanese companies on corporate and cross-border M&A matters, as well as European companies regarding their business expansion into Southeast Asia (notably Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam). He has a wealth of international experience and brings unique insights into deal-making across different cultures in both emerging and mature markets. Before joining the Tokyo office of Nishimura & Asahi in November 2019, Dominik worked at Clifford Chance (based out of Düsseldorf, Germany, and New York) and as in-house counsel at Pfizer, Inc. (New York).

石川 智也

石川 智也

  • パートナー
  • フランクフルト / デュッセルドルフ

欧州拠点であるフランクフルト事務所とデュッセルドルフ事務所の共同代表を務める。ドイツにおいて、欧州でのM&A(スタートアップへの出資案件を含む)、現地拠点のGDPR対応(SCC締結、DPO就任、権利行使・データ漏えい時の対応の支援)、ビジネスと人権・サプライチェーンDD対応、コンプライアンス対応、グローバル内部通報の窓口、欧州レベル・加盟国レベルの規制法調査等、日系企業の欧州進出を幅広く支援している。 各国のデータ関連法制の調査については、80か国以上の法制調査の経験を有し、それ以外の国も含め、世界中に幅広いネットワークを有する。また、優に100社を超えるGDPR対応を支援してきたほか、カリフォルニア州のCCPA・CPRA、中国の個人情報保護法、米国連邦法のCOPPA、タイのPDPA、シンガポールのPDPA、ブラジルのLGPDを含め、各国法の実務対応、そして、グローバルに展開する日本企業の課題である、各国法を踏まえたグローバルでの対応について多くの知見を有する。海外のグローバル企業も多く支援しており、グローバルでのサービス展開のための仕様設計、各種データ関連契約のストラクチャー、データ漏えいへの対応について最先端のプラクティスに基づいたサービスを提供している。



  • Associate
  • Frankfurt / Düsseldorf

Miriam is a German lawyer in our Frankfurt office.

Before joining Nishimura & Asahi, Miriam gained experience as research assistant at leading national and international law firms in Germany, focusing on civil litigation, in particular mass proceedings. She also worked at the University of Frankfurt's institute for Japanese Law, where she has engaged in the basics of modern Japanese law as well as its cultural foundations.