Data Protection Declaration

Information regarding data protection

The data controller responsible in accordance with the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR/DSGVO) of the European Union and other data protection regulations is:

Dr. Thomas Helck

Rights of the data subject
You may request the data controller to confirm whether your personal data is processed by them. If such processing occurs, you can request the following information from the data controller:

  • The purpose for which the personal data is processed.
  • The categories of personal data being processed.
  • The recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed.
  • The planned duration of the storage of your personal data or, if specific information is not available, criteria for determining the duration of storage.
  • The existence of the right to request from the controller rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing of personal data concerning you or to object to such processing.
  • The existence of the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.
  • Where personal data are not collected from you any available information as to their source.

Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you shall have the right to complain to a competent supervisory authority, if you believe that the processing of the personal data concerning you violates the GDPR.

A list of supervisory authorities and their address can be found at:

Collection of general information when visiting our website

Nature and purpose of processing:
When you access our website, information of a general nature is automatically collected. This information (server log files) includes, for example, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider, your IP address, and the like.

In particular, they are processed for the following purposes:

  • – Ensuring a smooth connection setup of the website,
  • – Ensuring a smooth use of our website,
  • – Evaluating system security and stability, and
  • – To optimize our website.

We do not use your data to draw conclusions about you personally. Information of this kind will be statistically evaluated anonymously by us, if necessary, in order to optimize our website and the technology behind it.

Legal basis and legitimate interest:
The processing is carried out pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. f DSGVO on the basis of our legitimate interest in improving the stability and functionality of our website.

Recipients of the data may be technical service providers who act as order processors for the operation and maintenance of our website.

Storage period:
The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was collected. This is generally the case for data used to provide the website when the respective session has ended.

In the case of storage of data in log files, this is the case after 14 days at the latest. Storage beyond this period is possible. In this case, the IP addresses of the users are anonymized, so that an assignment of the calling client is no longer possible.

Provision prescribed or required:
The provision of the personal data is not required by law or contract. However, without the IP address, the service and functionality of our website is not guaranteed. In addition, individual services and services may not be available or may be limited. For this reason, an objection is excluded.

SSL encryption:
To protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption methods (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS.

Information about your right to object according to Art. 21 DSGVO:
You have the right to object at any time, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to the processing of personal data relating to you which is carried out on the basis of Art. 6(1)(f) DSGVO (data processing on the basis of a balance of interests); this also applies to profiling based on this provision within the meaning of Art. 4 No. 4 DSGVO.

If you object, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves the assertion, exercise, or defense of legal claims.

Recipient of the objection:
Dr. Thomas Helck

Changes to our privacy policy:
We reserve the right to adapt this privacy policy to ensure that it always complies with current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the privacy policy. The most current data protection statement will apply to your next visit.

Questions to the data protection officer:
If you have any questions about data protection, please send us an e-mail.

Dr. Thomas Helck studied law at the Universities of Munich, Bayreuth, Lausanne (Switzerland) and Heidelberg. He completed his legal traineeship at the major international law firm Buddle Findlay LLP in New Zealand.

After his second state examination, he completed his doctorate in criminal law before being admitted to the German bar in 2005 and working as an associate at the major American law firm Skadden, Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, where he dealt with compliance issues, amongst other matters.

Dr. Helck then moved to the Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office, where he learnt first-hand about the workings and interaction of investigative authorities. As a public prosecutor, he was responsible for the investigation, prosecution, and criminal trial of complex economic offences, specifically in matters concerning insolvency fraud and bankruptcy, tax evasion, corruption, breach of trust, fraud and computer fraud, withholding and embezzlement of remuneration, moonlighting, unlawful restraint of competition, market manipulation and insider trading.

After five years, Dr. Helck returned to private practice and built up the white-collar crime department at the ‘magic circle’ law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Germany. Subsequently, Dr. Helck was a partner in the „White Collar/Investigations“ department at the renowned US law firm White & Case LLP before founding the law firm HELCK Legal.

Dr. Thomas Helck stu­dierte Rechts­wis­sen­schaften an den Uni­ver­si­tä­ten Mün­chen, Bay­reuth, Lau­sanne (Schweiz) und Hei­del­berg. Den ju­ris­ti­schen Vor­be­rei­tungs­dienst (Re­fe­ren­da­ri­at) ab­sol­vier­te er un­ter an­de­rem bei der in­ter­na­tio­na­len Groß­kanz­lei Bud­dle Find­lay LLP in Neu­see­land.

Nach dem zwei­ten Staat­sex­amen folg­te die Pro­mo­tion zu einem straf­recht­li­chen The­ma, be­vor er 2005 als Rechts­an­walt zu­ge­las­sen wurde und sich als As­so­ci­a­te bei der ame­ri­ka­ni­schen Groß­kanz­lei Skad­den, Arps Slate Mea­gher & Flom un­ter an­de­rem mit Com­pli­ance-The­men be­fass­te.

An­schlie­ßend wech­sel­te Helck zur Staats­an­walt­schaft Mün­chen I und lernte dort die Ar­beits­wei­se und das Zu­sam­men­wir­ken von Er­mit­tlungs­be­hör­den aus er­ster Hand ken­nen. Als Staats­an­walt war er für die Er­mit­tlung, An­klage und straf­ge­richt­li­che Ver­hand­lung kom­ple­xer Wirt­schafts­straftaten in­be­son­de­re aus den Be­rei­chen In­sol­venz­ver­schlep­pung und Bank­rott, Steu­er­hin­ter­zie­hung, Kor­rup­ti­on, Un­treue, Be­trug und Com­pu­ter­be­trug, Vor­ent­hal­ten und Ver­un­treu­en von Ar­beits­ent­gelt, Schwarz­arbeit, un­zuläs­si­ge Wet­t­be­werbs­be­schrän­kung, Markt­ma­ni­pul­a­tion und In­sider­han­del zu­stän­dig.

Nach fünf Jahren wech­sel­te Helck zu­rück in die An­walts­chaft und bau­te bei der bri­ti­schen Groß­kanz­lei Fresh­fields Bruck­haus Der­in­ger LLP den Be­reich Wirt­schafts­straf­recht in Deutsch­land auf. An­schlie­ßend war Helck Part­ner im Be­reich „White Col­lar/In­ves­ti­ga­tions“ bei der ame­ri­ka­ni­schen Groß­kanz­lei White & Case LLP, be­vor er die Rechts­an­walts­kanz­lei HELCK Legal grün­de­te.