Livonius Lawyers

The law firm for white collar crime

The law firm

The law firm was founded in 2004 and has focused on advising and defending clients in all areas of white collar criminal law ever since. We advise and defend individuals and businesses in all stages of investigations conducted by public authorities, prosecutions or internal investigations – in Germany and abroad.


Particularly in a corporate context, white collar defense often requires close coordination with other criminal defense attorneys, colleagues specializing in other areas of the law (in particular tax law, corporate law, civil law and capital markets law), legal departments and corporate counsel. In such cases, we rely on an extensive network of proven colleagues, locally and abroad.

Who we are

Dr. Barbara Livonius

Dr. Barbara Livonius – born 1966 in Frankfurt am Main – studied in Munich, where she also received her doctorate degree. In 1993, she joined the central legal department of Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt as an in-house counsel to work in the field of credit and insolvency law. In 1999, she was promoted to head of the legal department of Deutsche Bank 24 – later Deutsche Bank Privat- und Geschäftskunden AG.


At the beginning of 2004, she founded the law firm LIVONIUS Rechtsanwälte, focusing on white collar criminal defense. Since then, she has been involved in the following proceedings, among others: Deutsche Bank – CO2 emission trading (VAT evasion) and Kirch (litigation fraud), Porsche – takeover of VW (market manipulation), collapse of Cologne City Archive (involuntary manslaughter), Sal. Oppenheim (embezzlement), SachsenLB (embezzlement), „Cum/Ex“ (tax evasion), Diesel (fraud).

Dr. Rafael van Rienen

Dr. Rafael van Rienen – born 1983 in Bonn – studied in Bonn, where he also received his doctorate degree. After his second state exam at the beginning of 2010 and a subsequent employment as legal assistant in the Cologne office of the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, he began his LL.M. studies at the University of Chicago. After completing his LL.M. studies in the summer of 2011, he passed the Bar Exam in New York State and was admitted to the bar in January 2012. In October 2011, he began his legal career in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins LLP in the White Collar & Investigations practice group until he moved to the firm’s Frankfurt office in 2012. He continued to work in the white collar area until he joined Ufer Knauer as a salary partner in August 2017. Since June 2020, he has been working for LIVONIUS Rechtsanwälte.


In recent years, his main areas of expertise have included U.S. investigations of corporations and individuals in German-speaking countries (financial and economic sanctions, FATCA), diesel fraud and “Cum/Ex”-proceedings.

Our competencies

We advise and defend in all stages of criminal investigations and prosecutions, internal investigations as well as administrative fine proceedings. Our core competencies and experience include in particular