Dr. Björn Kruse LL.M.


Björn advises and represents corporates and individuals as a Bar-Certified Specialist for Criminal Law.

Prior to co-founding ARKTIK Legal, he worked for one of Germany’s leading boutiques in Criminal Law in Frankfurt am Main.

Björn has significant experience in Commercial Criminal Law related to Criminal Tax Law, Environmental Criminal Law, Labour Criminal Law and also in the areas corruption, fraud, money laundering and embargo and sanction violations.

He also assists corporate and individual clients in the context of enforcement actions, e. g. dawn raids, arrests or interrogations, by investigation authorities and also at public trials and hearings.

Furthermore, he represents individuals in German extradition proceedings and also in complaints against Red Notices at the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF).

Since 2017 lecturer at the Institute for Criminal Sciences and Philosophy of Law at Goethe University Frankfurt.


Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main

Master of Law (LL.M.), United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the Department of Law at University of Turin (UNITO), Turin (Italy)

PhD, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

First State Exam, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main






Representation of a Capital Investment Company at one of the “cum/ex-trials” at the Regional Court of Bonn.

Assisting a multinational construction company in the context of cross-border internal investigations addressing allegations of corruption.

Representation of individuals in various criminal proceedings regarding alleged violations of sanctions and embargos with respect to Iran and Russia.

Extradition proceedings at the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main with respect to an extradition request by a Non-EU-state regarding the same offence already convicted in a EU and Schengen state (ne bis in idem).

Representation of individuals in various criminal proceedings regarding cybercrimes related to, amongst others, forex, binary options and crypto currencies.





Die Online-Durchsuchung als „digitale Allzweckwaffe“ – Zur Kritik an überbordenden Ermittlungsmethoden, KritV 2017, 331 ff., 2018 (gemeinsam mit Mathias Grzesiek)

INTERPOL Red Notices und das Verbot der Doppelbestrafung – quo vadis?, WiJ 02-2021

INTERPOL-Red Notices – Der Rechtsweg zur Löschung von internationalen Festnahmersuchen, StV 2021, 677