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Dr. Angelika Hellweger

Legal Director

"Added experience on economic crime and regulatory matters."
The Legal 500 2024

"One of the elite business crime defence lawyers. One of the best of the best. A leader in the field."
Who's Who Legal 2023

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Angelika is a dual-qualified Austrian counsel and English solicitor. She is a specialist in international, high-level economic crime investigations and large-scale commercial disputes.

As a multilingual lawyer, she has widely-recognised expertise in representing corporates and conglomerates in major projects and legal matters across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and United States.

Angelika is classed as one of the best business crime defence lawyers in the UK – and a leader in the field - by Who’s Who Legal. The 2024 edition of The Legal 500 international legal guide highlighted her experience in economic crime and regulatory matters.

Her comprehensive experience and thorough understanding of all aspects of white-collar crime have led to her successfully representing corporations in many notable multijurisdictional investigations and in some of the most complex commercial litigation. Her caseload has seen her advise clients ranging from international banks through to aerospace, steel, security and defence companies on matters involving bribery and corruption, fraud and other high-stakes, cross-border issues.

Angelika advises corporates on regulatory and compliance matters. She conducts internal investigations for clients to help them identify wrongdoing and then proposes the most appropriate course of action. She also assesses weaknesses in compliance programmes and devises new, strengthened programmes that meet the demands of clients’ multijurisdictional activities.

Angelika’s ability to work in many parts of the world and her network of international counterparts mean she is regularly sought by clients from around the globe to manage offensive asset tracing and recovery litigation. She also works in Rahman Ravelli’s highly-regarded cryptocurrency team.

Her work on cases involving environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues has seen her become one of the lawyers at the forefront of this developing area. She coordinates work for international conglomerates in this field; advising them on regulatory matters, producing staff training and compliance programmes and ensuring their worldwide activities are legally compliant. Angelika also supports NGO’s on issues such as human rights violations, war crime victims and modern slavery.

As part of Rahman Ravelli’s international sanctions team, Angelika assesses the potential impact of all relevant laws and export controls. She keeps up to speed with the rapidly-evolving rules and regulations to ensure clients adopt the correct approach and do not face the prospect of prosecution or financial penalty. Much of her sanctions practice is particularly focused on enforcement activities and the freezing and seizure of assets.

Angelika has been counsel for more than a decade at Austria’s top law firm and speaks English, German, Spanish and Arabic; which is an asset in many international cases.

Representative Matters

White collar crime

  • ADVISED Middle Eastern defence contractor in bribery case. Succeeded in having the investigation terminated.
  • SECURED the acquittal of an Austria-based construction company in a case relating to allegations of improper pricing arrangements in public procurement proceedings and bribery in Eastern Europe.
  • ADVISED an international company and its US counsel regarding bribery allegations following a public tender for a telecommunications project.
  • ACHIEVED removal of Interpol red notice alerts relating to clients in South America and Middle East facing unfounded corruption allegations.


  • ADVISED high-profile, multinational company on conforming with environmental, recycling, and waste management regulations. Devised and introduced a best practice programme and targeted training sessions for employees across Europe.
  • DESIGNED and introduced a compliance system and training for an Austrian state-owned association with approximately 10,000 personnel.

Asset Tracing and Recovery

  • ASSISTED a client from the aerospace industry trace and recover assets worth millions of euros by engaging with numerous parties, criminal authorities and multi-regional service providers.
  • ADVISED a US-based company that was defrauded on how to freeze stolen assets in Slovenia and the UAE within 96 hours.
  • ENSURED international clients could trace and recover the assets of Russian, Ukrainian and Central and Eastern European oligarchs that had links to, and properties in, Austria.


  • REPRESENTED many clients in high-profile commercial litigation cases and arbitration matters, including private and international banks across Europe and the Middle East, real estate companies and major worldwide investors.
  • WORKED with a multijurisdictional team to prepare a €2 billion UK High Court damages claim against an Austrian bank.
  • ADVISED an Austrian payment services provider on damages claims filed by private parties, relating to European Union and national competition law infringements.


  • ADVISED a multinational company on how to ensure it met its waste management, recycling and other environmental obligations, and devised and introduced whistleblowing policies and multinational staff training.
  • DEFENDED a multinational automotive company in relation to a major environmental incident at one of its plants – securing the termination of the regulatory and criminal investigations and implementing a state-of-the-art environmental compliance emergency plan.


  • ASSISTED a major raw materials industrial group in assessing the impact of UK and EU sanctions regimes on its business activities and preparing a licence application for the Department of International Trade (“DIT”).
  • ADVICE to a South Sudan consulting company on UN sanctions and delisting process.

Awards and Honours

Provides the five-star treatment to the client.

The Legal 500

Dr. Angelika Hellweger

Dr. Angelika Hellweger

Legal Director

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Angelika is a specialist in international, high-level economic crime investigations and large-scale commercial disputes. She has widely-recognised expertise in representing corporates and conglomerates in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and United States.

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