Jesko Trahms

Jesko Trahms

Lawyer | Certified criminal law specialist | Partner

Compliance | Criminal Law



Jesko Trahms is a lawyer and partner at BDO Legal. He heads the Compliance and Criminal Law practice groups.

He advises on all legal issues relating to compliance. He has many years of practical experience, including international experience. He has been appointed as an ombudsman for well-known medium-sized companies for many years. He also works as a criminal defense lawyer in the area of commercial and tax criminal law. 

Jesko Trahms studied law in Cologne and Constance. 

Before joining BDO Legal, he worked in renowned commercial law firms.

In his free time, he enjoys playing chess and indulging his passion for soccer.


  • Service providers
  • Machinery and plant engineering
  • Real estate and construction
  • Production industry
  • Retail and consumer goods
  • Food


  • Defence of individuals in white collar crime 
  • Defence of individuals in tax crimes 
  • Representation of companies in criminal and regulatory offense proceedings
  • Support in search warrants
  • Advice in impending confiscation of assets 
  • Witness support services 
  • Internal Investigations
  • Legal Risk Assessment 
  • Development and support of compliance management systems 
  • Compliance trainings 
  • Development of whistleblower systems  
  • Assumption of ombudsman functions


  • „Externes Compliance-Management bei Familienunternehmen“ in FuS Zeitschrift für Familienunternehmungen und Stiftungen 5/2014 (together with Oliver Jung)
  • „Persönliche Haftung des Vorstandes bei nicht ausreichend implementiertem Compliance-System im Unternehmen“ in FuS Zeitschrift für Familienunternehmungen und Stiftungen 3/2014
  • „Tückische WM-Tickets“ at from 06.01.2010
  • „Später Frust – die strafrechtliche Aufarbeitung der so genannten Lustreise/Klimapflege als Unrechtsvereinbarung“ in P.T. Magazin 2/2008, page 18