Employment in Germany

CMS

CMS is regarded as one of the best contacts for all-encompassing employment law advice. The extremely stable team co-headed by Martina Hidalgo and Daniel Ludwig attracts praise for its expertise in implementing restructuring measures and regularly advises on related redundancies alongside employee retention. Assisting with co-determination schemes and the related conversion of an AG to a SE are other key areas of strength, which are frequently handled by the renowned Björn Gaul, who also advises on remuneration structure adjustments. Gerlind Wisskirchen is well versed in providing international corporates with strategic advice on collective employment law matters, while Nina Hartmann is the main contact for corporate transactions and outsourcing as well as negotiations with trade unions and works councils. The trending topic legaltech is part of the team's everyday business with corresponding applications being used in risk classifications and the deployment of external personnel.

Practice head(s):

Martina Hidalgo; Daniel Ludwig

Testimonials

‘The team is easily accessible, always prepared, pragmatic and practical.

‘Clear focus on the client’s goal and a logically well-conceived offering of alternatives.

‘Alexander Bissels is an absolutely distinguished expert in the field of employee transfers and exhibits a hands-on mentality across all employment issues.

‘Alexander Bissels and Kira Falter are characterised by pragmatism, highest quality and an extensive market understanding.

‘Oliver Simon is an outstanding expert in employment law and always up-to-date with current developments.

‘Michael Rein is an excellent “employee” in the background with the outstanding ability to get to the heart of a matter, to develop solutions for selection procedures and to ensure the implementation of redundancy packages.

‘Martina Hidalgo and Claudia Rid exhibit strong skills, experience, quick. client-tailored and practical advice.

‘Martina Hidalgo and Christoph Ceelen are both outstanding support.

Key clients

E.ON

Accenture

Fraport

Telefónica

Vodafone

AUDI

Air Liquide

Daimler

Computacenter

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba)

Siemens Gamesa

Deutscher Fussball-Bund e.V.

ATOS

Work highlights

  • Support to the executive board of the AUDI AG on employment law concerning the legal conditioning of the Diesel-topic.
  • Comprehensive support, legal representation and collective advice to Telefónica on a site consolidation in Germany.
  • Advised Modine Manufacturing Company on personnel adjustments at a manufacturing site in Germany.

Gleiss Lutz

Acting in conjunction with various other departments, Gleiss Lutz's team provides full-service advice and focuses on high-end work. Its broad spectrum includes restructuring, employment law compliance and advising supervisory boards, as well as matters at the intersection with data protection law and transactional work. The firm's national and international clients also receive advice on the implementation of new legal developments, such as the Trade Secrets Protection Act (Gesetz zum Schutz von Geschäftsgeheimnissen) and regulatory requirements for compensation systems in the financial sector. Thomas Winzer leads the practice and primarily advises on corporate reorganisations, while the renowned Christian Arnold regularly acts in negotiations with directors and board members and managing directors and assists with corporate co-determination matters. Martin Diller is a key contact for company pension schemes and Steffen Krieger has a specialism in insolvency employment law. Rut Steinhauser, who is particularly well versed in restructuring work and industrial constitution law, made partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Winzer

Testimonials

‘Gleiss Lutz is indispensable when it comes to highly complex individual as well as collective employment agreements both in and out of court, especially in M&A transactions.’

‘The firm’s employment law expertise complies with the highest standards and the team demonstrates client, practical and performance orientation to the highest degree. Quick, comprehensive and (legally) secure.’

‘The team at Gleiss Lutz meets its high quality standards at all times.’

‘Gleiss Lutz impresses clients with the excellent quality of its legal services and extensive practical understanding. Combined with a high level of service orientation, the employment law team is exceptional.’

‘Christian Arnold has expert knowledge of employment law. He is an outstanding negotiator as well as a role model when it comes to availability and service orientation.’

‘Christian Arnold impresses clients with his business understanding. He is always one step ahead and a pleasant conversation partner with a great sense of humour.’

‘Associate Sebastian Ernst is a committed expert with great practical understanding, especially when it comes to occupational pension schemes.’

Excellent solicitors, outstanding knowledge of our company, strong understanding for internal processes and peculiarities

KLIEMT.Arbeitsrecht

KLIEMT.Arbeitsrecht has an excellent reputation for providing advice on the full range of employment law and has particular expertise in restructuring measures and other related issues such as redundancies and corporate modernisation. These segments are frequently handled by team head Michael Kliemt and key contact for the firm's Munich office Burkard Göpfert, while the team is also well versed in handling employee data protection matters, employment law compliance and transactions. Within the reporting period, the practice has displayed impressive dynamism in expanding its bench strength: Associate Christoph Seidler joined the team in early 2019 from Latham & Watkins LLP to set up the Hamburg office, which was opened in February 2019 with the assistance of Düsseldorf partner Markus Bohnau, while the Frankfurt office including Barbara Reinhard, who is best known for her expertise in the agile transformation of companies, benefited from several young lateral hires. In Munich, counsel Katja Giese has become a key figure for corporate transactions, for example in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kliemt

Testimonials

‘Outstanding legal expertise combined with very good transfer service in the laymen sphere.

‘The practice uniquely covers all industries and legal matters of the current employment world. It is well versed in employment as well as social insurances law.

‘The firm delivers great advice under consideration of all parameters including a respective recommendation for action that is well-conceived.

‘Burkard Göpfert always demonstrates high competencies in negotiations with employee representatives.

‘Barbara Reinhard is an excellent lawyer who is very empathetic and always acts in a very appreciative and deescalating manner.

‘Doris Kilg is a competent advisor, who is well versed across all employment law matters.

‘The cooperation with Katja Giese is very professional, characterised by creativity, very short response times and her ability to think for herself.

Key clients

Henkel

Santander

Air Liquide

Airbus

Allianz

Hewlett Packard

Axel Springer

Bayer

Deloitte

Citrix

DB Regio

Deutsche Telekom

DXC

GE

ABB

A.T. Kearney

Hermes

Siemens

IKB

INGDiba

Intersnack

McKinsey

Nokia

Oracle

Procter & Gamble

Pro7Sat1

Rheinmetall

Roland Berger

ABB

SAP

Teekanne

Xerox

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Hamburg Commercial Bank on the transfer of staff into privatisation and subsequent staff reduction.
  • Advised Airbus Group on possibility of introduction of an overall management of the company as well as the assignment of disciplinary directions within the Matrix-organisation.
  • Supported the DB Regio AG in North Rhine-Westphalia on employment law concerning the project Zukunft Bahn.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP combines its national and international stand-alone work with cross-practice matters, which are handled in conjunction with various other offices within its network. As a result of this, the team led by Hans-Peter Löw has a particular focus on cross-border employment law matters, while also setting individual priorities: Löw's work is primarily focused on compensation issues and employee participation, while Thomas Ubber has a fine reputation for collective bargaining and industrial disputes, and counsel Peter Wehner is a key contact for company pension schemes. Other instructions include reorganisations and restructurings as well as matters concerning the deployment of external personnel and transactions, particularly in the banking and financial services sectors. In November 2018, HR compliance expert Markulf Behrendt took over the lead of the firm's global employment law practice from Tobias Neufeld, who left the firm to work independently neufeld Recht.

Practice head(s):

Hans-Peter Löw

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer provides advice on personnel strategies, remuneration models for executives, redundancies, dismissal protection issues and pension obligations. Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt and Boris are the key contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Boris Dzida; Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt

Noerr

Thanks to the experienced and well-coordinated teams at the firm's six German offices, Noerr is well placed to provide high-quality advice on the full range of employment law. In doing so, the team led by Andreas Butz takes into account the changing nature of the labour market, particularly in the light of digitalisation, and is therefore well versed in applying legaltech tools. Butz focuses on restructuring matters, which translates into a steady stream of high-end instructions from employers. In other work, the team assists with employment law aspects arising from the firm's M&A work. Daniel Happ has particular expertise in flexible employment and employee leasing law, and Stefan Schwab assists with company pension schemes. Key contact for international employment law Heidi Mahr advises on secondments. At the turn of the year 2018/ 2019, Charlotte Sander moved to Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Martin Landauer joined SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte and Nicole Heider left the firm to work at Amazon Deutschland.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Butz

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Happ; Stefan Schwab; Heidi Mahr

Testimonials

‘At Noerr, there’s always a competent contact available, also urgent queries are handled immediately.

‘The contentual and technical advice is always top.

‘Yvonne Dietzel and Till Stadtmüller shine due to their high technical competence and very good advice skills.

‘Stefan Schwab is very competent, exhibits extremely high availability and client-orientation as well as a very good business acumen.

Baker McKenzie

Due to its international network, Baker McKenzie pays special attention to major global projects such as global restructurings and employment law issues arising from M&A. Christian Reichel and Steffen Scheuer co-head the team, which, as part of the team's innovation strategy, also deals with various current topics such as crowdworking and the deployment of external personnel. The team assists with a wide range of employment and pension law matters, while Scheuer has a specialism in employment law compliance and Reichel is routinely called upon when handing remuneration matters and pension schemes. Global team head Günther Heckelmann has a specialism in advising German companies on matters at the interface with employment and human rights law, which arise from the clients' international supply chains. Healthcare, manufacturing and finance are key sectors for the team, which lost Hagen Köckeritz in spring 2019 to Mayer Brown LLP.

Practice head(s):

Christian Reichel; Steffen Scheuer

Other key lawyers:

Günther Heckelmann

Work highlights

  • Negotiation of social compensation and settlement of interests regarding the relocation of the entire company of The Walt Disney Company GmbH within Germany.
  • Advised Evonik on pension and employment law regarding the sale of plexiglas sector to Advent International.
  • Provided ongoing strategic advice to Fiducia & GAD IT AG regarding legal issues of employment law as well as court proceedings and official procedures.

BEITEN BURKHARDT

Working in conjunction with various other offices and practices is just as important for BEITEN BURKHARDT's employment law team as its international approach and individual lawyer specialisations. Since March 2019, the team has been under the leadership of Wolfgang Lipinski, whose focus on collective employment law leads to regular instructions on the strategic planning and subsequent implementation of reorganisation and restructuring measures. Thanks to the team's broad set-up, it can draw on a wealth of experience: Daniel Hund has particular expertise in employee data protection and Christian von Buddenbrock frequently handles company pension matters. Christopher Melms, who led the team before Lipinski took over, provides regular advice on collective bargaining and works constitution law. The firm has a particular focus on the healthcare, publishing and automotive sectors. Thomas Barthel, who made partner in January 2019, assists with restructurings, transactions and proceedings before arbitration boards.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Lipinski

Testimonials

‘Very good expertise in individual and collective employment law.

‘Good, sustainable and creative ideas to implement the employer practice.

‘Very high practicality of solutions which exactly respond to the client’s distinct issues.

‘Wolfgang Lipinski is an outstanding networker and offers very good strategic advice on implementation from an employer perspective.

‘Wolfgang Lipinski combines outstanding legal expertise with total client-orientation.

‘Thomas Barthel is simply top in every respect.

‘Christopher Melms offers outstanding advice on disputes with tariff partners.

Key clients

Asklepios Klinikengruppe

BayWa AG

DODUCO

Erdinger Weißbräu

Flughafen München GmbH

Getty Images

Globus Handelshof-Gruppe

Harley Davidson

Harmann

KWA

Klöckner Pentaplast-Gruppe

Media Saturn-Gruppe

Merck KGaA

Monster

Stadtwerke München GmbH

Sky

Vertiv-Gruppe

Verizon

Westermann-Verlagsgruppe

Work highlights

  • Advice to Charité CFM Facility Management GmbH on negotiations concerning collective agreements for the largest German service company for hospitals.
  • Support for Dussmann Service Deutschland GmbH concerning 400 staff redundancies and the guidance on subsequent legal disputes.
  • Advice to E.ON SE concerning the transfer of pension assets to external pension providers.

Küttner Rechtsanwälte

Küttner Rechtsanwälte assists with employment law matters arising from projects of all sizes and handles corresponding negotiations and contentious proceedings. As well as its focus on restructuring, the team is also well equipped to guide clients through company pension schemes, works constitution law matters and the deployment of external personnel. Recently, the firm has also been focusing on expanding its data protection and employment law compliance offering. Tim Wißmann is experienced in collective bargaining and works constitution law and also advises on employment contracts for management board members and executives. Outsourcing and restructuring work as well as the implementation of new remuneration structures and working time regulations are part of Thomas Niklas' field of expertise. Jürgen Röller's client portfolio includes national and international companies from the information technology, automotive and manufacturing sectors, which benefit from his expertise in company pension schemes.

Other key lawyers:

Jürgen Röller; Robert Lungerich; Gerd Schwamborn; Michael Dietzler; Herbert Hertzfeld; Tim Wißmann; Thomas Niklas; Benjamin Ittmann; Thomas Faas

Testimonials

‘The team is useful for any employment issue from a company perspective.

Each individual is exceedingly technically skilled and an absolute expert.

‘Küttner is always available, well organised. The lawyers are technically highly qualified and it feels like they can answer any question.

‘Marius Fritzsche delivers promptly and reliably with his pragmatic approach, a lot of experience and deep employment law knowledge.

‘Jürgen Röller is a confident, strong negotiator.

Key clients

1&1 Versatel

Bruker

DB Privat- und Firmenkundenbank AG

Desoutter GmbH

Deutsche Post DHL

Deutz AG

DEVK Versicherungen

Drekopf-Gruppe

EGO HUMRICH WYEN

Eppendorf AG

Hefe van Haag GmbH & Co. KG

Japan Tobacco International

Kameha Grand Bonn und Maritim Hotel Bonn

Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG

MeinAuto GmbH

Nissan Center Europe GmbH

Saurer Spinning Solutions GmbH & Co. KG

Schloss Burger GmbH

Zurich Gruppe Deutschland GmbH

ACV Automobil-Club Verkehr e.V.

ALFRED TALKE

B&H Bertschat & Hundertmark Unternehmensgruppe

Commerzbank AG

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG

GAV AG (German Assistance Versicherung AG)

Grimme-Institut

INFICON GmbH

Janssen-Cilag

LichtBlick SE

NGN Netzgesellschaft Niederrhein mbH, Krefeld

Postbank

PULSE Unternehmensgruppe

Schlemmer Automotive

Schmidt + Clemens

Volksbank Rhein-Erft

WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk

WDR mediagroup

Simon-Kucher & Partners Strategy & Marketing Consultants GmbH

Sparkasse Gummersbach

Stadt Frechen

Städtische Kliniken Neuss -Lukaskrankenhaus GmbH

Steinzeug-Keramo

SODECIA Powertrain Europe GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive support and advice to Bruker on measurements of restructuring (partial plant closure as well as relocation of production).
  • Support and advice to DEVK Versicherungen concerning all areas of individual and collective agreements as well as support regarding negotiations with workers’ council committees.
  • Comprehensive advice and representation of the Kameha Grand Bonn and the Maritim Hotel Bonn on reorganisation and restructuring.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH works in close conjunction with its corporate, M&A and data protection teams and primarily advises on collective employment law. As well as its focus on restructuring-related work, the team led by Paul Schreiner puts significant emphasis on co-determination matters arising from group restructurings, while also advising on the implementation of new working models in the context of digitalisation, for example on the application of technical tools for employee monitoring and for agile work schemes. The team has particular expertise in the healthcare sector. Robert von Steinau-Steinrück advises on resignations, redundancies and outsourcing, while Schreiner handles collective employment law disputes. Cross-border projects are regularly dealt with by Axel Braun, and Volker Schneider applies his employment law expertise in insolvency-related scenarios.

Practice head(s):

Paul Schreiner

Other key lawyers:

Robert von Steinau-Steinbrück; Axel Braun; Volker Schneider

Testimonials

‘The team is uncomplicated, realistic and internationally well connected with a very good understanding of executives’ considerations in international employment law.’ 

‘Axel Braun is basically always available and technically very competent.

‘Gerlinde Wiedner is always well informed, always attentive and very well organised.

‘Paul Schreiner is an excellent and reliable partner, who continuously delivers viable solutions for employer and employee sides through his positive, humorous demeanour combined with his profound employment law expertise and pragmatic ideas.

Key clients

METRO Cash & Carry Deutschland GmbH

Amazon

Euler Hermes Deutschland

Remondis Gruppe

Rhenus Gruppe

Friedhelm Loh Group

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

Carcoustics Deutschland GmbH

Ernst & Young GmbH

HELIOS Kliniken

Schmitz Cargobull AG

Ista Deutschland GmbH

METRO LOGISTICS Germany GmbH

Ströer

Work highlights

  • Advice to Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA on employment law and the legal representation in appeal proceedings concerning alleged discrimination in the course of a settlement of interests.
  • Employment law advice to ista International GmbH concerning individual and collective agreements, most recent advice on concillation committees.
  • Ongoing comprehensive advice on employment law to the German branch of Banco Santander in Frankfurt.

Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law

At its four offices, the dynamic employment law boutique Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law offers comprehensive advice on the full spectrum of employment law. In the course of this, the firm increasingly relies on legaltech solutions and is particularly well versed in handling trend topics such as platform economy, false self-employment and employee data protection. Other key areas of expertise include employment law compliance and internal investigations, M&A-related employment law as well as reorganisations and restructurings. Tobias Pusch has particular experience in corporate acquisitions and complex court proceedings, while Thomas Wahlig handles TUPE and collective bargaining law matters and represents employers in conciliation committee proceedings. Jochen Keilich is the main contact for public sector employers and for data protection issues, while Eva Wißler advises on remuneration and working time systems as well as on international employment law. In spring 2019, Thomas Thees joined the team from Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH and in autumn of the same year, Tobias Brors joined from Arqis Rechtsanwälte, while Kara Preedy moved to Greenberg Traurig Germany in May 2019. In December 2019, the Frankfurt office received a boost with the arrival of Alexander Lorenz from Baker Tilly Roelfs.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Pusch; Thomas Wahlig

Testimonials

‘A highly professional and modern team, that works well together and encounters its clients on equal footing.

‘In addition to his high legal knowledge, Tobias Pusch predominantly stands out for his entrepreneurial manner and beyond average devotedness to his clients. He is an excellent negotiator.

‘Verena Braeckeler-Kogel is a proven employment law expert with industry specialism in the banking and financial services sectors and has an outstanding understanding for decision-making processes within companies. She even strikes the right chord in difficult situations before employee organisations.

‘Kathrin Scheicht possesses the ability to put her very good and always up-to-date expertise to use in creating useful options for action. Furthermore, she is consequently solution-oriented and therefore creates room to reach the goal even in difficult negotiations.

‘Dirk Freihube is an excellent employment lawyer, strong in negotiations and proceedings.

‘Jochen Keilich is always friendly, competent and stands out for his technical expertise.

‘Thomas Wahlig and Holger Thomas distinguish themselves through achieving large and sound consensus between lawyer and client through an exchange on aspects such as strategy, tactics and psychology at highest subject-specific standard.

‘Falko Daub has a deep practical understanding of companies and their parameters.

Key clients

Flaschenpost SE

Hectas

Imperial Brands/ Reemtsma

8fit

Signavio

Metro AG

Hoyer

McDonald´s

Dussmann

Kursana

Sell GmbH

Carl Zeiss AG

Adler Real Estate

Klinikum Stuttgart

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Flaschenpost SE on transitioning into a SE.

Schweibert Leßmann & Partner

With the arrival of Anja Mengel from Altenburg Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht in early 2019, Schweibert Leßmann & Partner opened a new office in Berlin, which handles instructions from clients acquired by Mengel and her team, as well as cross-location work in conjunction with the firm's Frankfurt office. The boutique's key focus continues to lie on employment law compliance and employee data protection as well as restructuring measures. Ulrike Schweibert has a fine reputation for the last segment. Recently, the firm has been handling an increasing amount of transactional employment law work, which is regularly led by Rüdiger Hopfe. Nicole Engesser Means negotiates collective agreements with works councils and trade unions and advises on remuneration systems in financial institutions. Christoph Herrmann, who predominantly deals with restructuring work and contentious matters, made partner in January 2019.

Testimonials

‘Schweibert Leßmann & Partner has excellent, especially in M&A transactions experienced, lawyers. Particularly noteworthy is the pleasant, uncomplicated and seamless cooperation.

‘Ulrike Schweibert is a brilliant negotiator with enormous empathy toward the opposition’s needs in order to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.

‘Ulrike Schweibert is always, and ad hoc, able to compile a clear legal analysis of a respective situation and offers strategically good solution proposals.

‘Christoph Herrmann acts in a very experienced and client goal-oriented manner.

‘The team around Nicole Engesser Means always delivers highest quality and the best service.

‘Rüdiger Hopfe is technically outstanding, always ready for action and experienced in transactions.

Key clients

Allianz SE

Aviation Passage Service Berlin GmbH/WISAG Gruppe

Bain Capital / Cinven

BNP Paribas S.A. Niederlassung Deutschland

Braskem Europe

Citigroup Global Markets Deutschland AG

Commerzbank AG

Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank

Deutsche Kreditbank

Deutsche Wertpapier Bank

Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners Management GmbH

Fresenius Gruppe

Foodora / Lieferando / Delivery Hero

Investitionsbank Berlin

KfW Bankengruppe

Kirkland & Ellis

Pöllath + Partner

Landesbank Berlin und Gruppe

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH

Sartorius Gruppe

Sparkasse Bremen

TAKATA AG / Joyson Safety Systems

Triumph Motorrad Deutschland

Unilever Deutschland AG

Volkswagen Financial Services AG / Volkswagen Bank

WISAG Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Advice on employment law to Allianz SE concerning questions arising during the purchase of a business share in the n26 bank.
  • Advised the Aviation Passage Service on the plant closure in Berlin and the subsequent legal disputes.
  • Advised the Braskem Europe on the introduction and implementation of a comprehensive compliance-system in Germany.

Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater

Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater advises international corporations, DAX companies and large SMEs in critical legal and political situations. The team's many years of employment law experience is frequently deployed in national and international restructurings and large-scale projects, which forms a key element of the practice. The team co-led by Stefan Seitz, Thomas Kania and Marc Werner also offers comprehensive support in dealing with trade unions and works councils and advises selected executives on headline-grabbing negotiations. Seitz has additional expertise in collective bargaining law and employment law compliance and Kania specialises in works constitution law. Werner also deals with co-determination issues and company pension schemes. At counsel level, the practice covers matters at the interface with data protection and other digitalisation issues.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Seitz; Thomas Kania; Marc Werner

Key clients

PSA/Opel

PSA/Peugeot

PSA/Citroen

Signa Gruppe / Karstadt, Kaufhof

Osram

Bayer AG

HUAWEI

Jabil Inc.

GoDaddy Inc.

Flowserve Inc.

Nemak Group

PSA/Peugeot-Bank

Roche Pharma

Sony Europe

R&V Versicherung

Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller

Esprit

Universitätsklinik Köln

Diehl

SportsTotal

AXA Versicherung AG

EA Electronic Arts

Work highlights

  • Advice to PSA/Opel regarding the integration into the Groupe PSA network. This was in connection with staff reductions of approximately 6,000 employees, collective bargaining with the IG Metall and the spin-off of the technology centre, which switched to the French development service provider Segula Technologies.
  • Complete project management of employment law and implementation of merger of department store chains Signa Gruppe and Karstadt Kaufhof.
  • Comprehensive advice to Flowserve Inc. regarding restructuring projects and all employment law related matters.

vangard

vangard continues to grow and, alongside its ongoing expansion of its associate bench at various offices, the firm also opened a new office in Frankfurt in November 2018 following the arrival of Christoph CrisolliPeter Hoppenstaedt and Frank Zaumseil from KLIEMT.Arbeitsrecht. As part of the American employment law boutique Littler Mendelson, P.C., the broad-based team handles the full spectrum of employment law and receives an increasing number of international instructions. Thomas Griebe predominately advises US-American clients, personnel service companies and medium-sized businesses. Frauke Biester-Junker is the main contact for restructuring work and also handles corresponding due diligence and post-merger integration issues. Stefan Röhrborn acts for managing directors, board members and executives, while Oliver Grimm is well versed in works constitution law and compliance.

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Griebe; Stefan Röhrborn; Oliver Grimm; Frauke Biester-Junker; Sebastian Juli; Matthias Kast; Rajko Herrmann; Alexander Bartz; Dennis Lüers; Christoph Crisolli; Peter Hoppenstaedt; Frank Zaumseil

Testimonials

‘Well connected and experienced employment lawyers with high availability thanks to effective coordination between partners and associates.’ 

‘The whole team at vangard ranging from assistants to partners is very well coordinated. Everyone is able to attribute the involved parties to their respective case and knows the matter’s present state.’

‘Thomas Griebe impresses with his wide-ranging specialist knowledge and especially with his ability to bring all parties back to the negotiating table, even in the most difficult and gridlocked situation.’

‘Thorben Klopp is a very ambitious lawyer delivering reliable and constantly high-quality results. In addition to his pronounced know-how, his prudence and precision guarantee top quality work.’

We work well together with the new partner Dr Thorben Klopp. Dr Klopp o the one hand knows how to very quickly investigate matters and come up with very pragmatic options, and on the other also effectively coordinates international matters via the Littler network and gives competent advice on complex issues. He stands for an open and honest partnership and for cost transparency.

‘Sebastian Maiß is a clever and intelligent lawyer providing excellent value for money.’

‘We would like to highlight Rajko Herrmann’s practice-oriented advice, which is based on a very sound legal risk assessment and a useful cost-benefit analysis.’

Vangard is a cool bunch of lawyers with a meanwhile considerable international network.

Key clients

AccorInvest GermanyGmbH

AFH Germany GmbH

AstraZeneca GmbH

AXA Services Germany GmbH

Birkenstock-Konzern

C&A-Konzern

CinemaxX Entertainment GmbH & Co. KG

DACHSER SE

Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e. V.

Faurecia Gruppe

GoWorkaBit Ltd.

Hachez Hanseatische Chocolade GmbH

Hirschen Group (Zum goldenen Hirschen)

Johnson Matthey GmbH& Co. KG

Olympus Europa SE & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to AFH Germany GmbH on individual and collective agreements including support for the expansion in Germany.
  • Ongoing advice to the C&A group on strategic realignment, in particular on restructuring and redundancies of managers.
  • Legal representation and strategic advice to the Faurecia group on the outsourcing of accounting to Portugal and further restructuring projects.

DLA Piper

With four German offices, DLA Piper advises national and international clients on the development and expansion of companies as well as employment law disputes. The team led by Kai Bodenstedt has a forward-looking focus on employee data protection and, with Marco Arteaga, also has specialist expertise in occupational pension provisions. Benefitting from its cooperation with the firm's white-collar crime practice, the team is also well placed to handle employment law compliance. Sascha Morgenroth moved to Simmons & Simmons in August 2019.

Practice head(s):

Kai Bodenstedt

Other key lawyers:

Jens Kirchner, Marco Arteaga

Testimonials

‘Very flexible, internationally oriented, high availability.

‘Very competent assistance also with most difficult tariff negotiations with negotiation partners.

‘Pascal Kremp is a very skilled, client-oriented expert and a very good strategist.

‘Jens Kirchner and Thomas Olbrich are both individually as well as a team always well informed and prepared.

‘Eva Einfeldt ensures seamless and for the client very good execution.

Key clients

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

BorgWarner Europe GmbH

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Emirates Airlines

Etihad Airways

Francois-Blanc-Spielbank GmbH Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe

Georgsmarienhütte

H.I.G. Capital

H & M Hennes & MAURITZ VB.V. & Co. KG

Holzverpackung Hüfingen Gmbh & Co. KG

JDA Software, Inc.

Milacron Gruppe

Newell Brands Inc.

QSC AG

Qualcomm Gruppe

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

SoftwareOne AG

Zwilling J. A. Henckels AG / Zwilling J. A. Henckels Deutschland GmbH

Work highlights

  • Introduction of a new provision plan and transfer of existing plans for Airbus Defence and Space GmbH.
  • Advice on extensive restructuring of the BorgWarner Europe GmbH including multiple transfer companies as well as a complex sale of business.
  • Advice to SoftwareOne AG regarding the integration of the Comparex Group into 88 jurisdictions with main management in Hamburg.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland's clients benefit from the firm's international network and from the team's cooperation with its US offices in particular. Its focus lies on advising corporate groups on restructuring and reorganisation projects as well as on collective bargaining agreements and works constitution law. The team co-led by Frank Achilles and Stefan Kursawe has particular sector expertise in manufacturing and automotive and includes Manuela Rauch, who made partner in spring 2019. She has particular expertise in transactional matters and employee secondments.

Practice head(s):

Frank Achilles; Stefan Kursawe

Other key lawyers:

Manuela Rauch

Testimonials

‘The team is very well equipped and communication is always warranted.

‘Manuela Rauch offers clear as well as efficient solutions and is particularly competent and helpful.

Key clients

AR Packaging

Avery Dennison

Celenus-Kliniken

Hörmann Industries

Knorr-Bremse

Messe München

Philip Morris

Ricoh

Securitas

Tenneco

Work highlights

  • Advised Philip Morris on court proceedings, ongoing matters regarding employment law as well as employee data protection.
  • Advised German automotive supplier Hörmann Industrie on resctructuring of Hörmann Automotive Penzberg.
  • Advice to pay TV-channel Sky Deutschland on employment law during the acquisition of telemarketing-specialist @Friends.

Greenfort

Greenfort advises on a wide range of individual and collective employment law matters and also represents clients in court and out-of-court proceedings. Handling reorganisation measures, including redundancies and TUPE, as well as negotiations with works councils on social plans and the reconciliation of interests are key elements of the practice. The team co-led by Mark Lembke and Jens-Wilhelm Oberwinter predominately acts for employers but also advises managers and assists with the design of incentive schemes as well as with co-determination and works constitution law matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lembke; Jens-Wilhelm Oberwinter

Testimonials

‘Äußerst kompetent und dabei sehr praxisorientiert, hohes Fachwissen, gepaart mit einem sehr pragmatischen Ansatz.’

‘The team exhibits strong instincts, also in precarious conflicts.

‘Large team including many friendly and skilled specialists.

‘Mark Lembke impresses with high technical competence and result-orientation. He conveys clarity even in complex issues.

‘Mark Lembke creates an atmosphere in which a truly trusting cooperation emerges.

Key clients

Abbott Medical GmbH

Austin Fraser GmbH

BIO BREADNESS GmbH

Braskem Europe GmbH

CBRE Global Investors Germany GmbH

CBRE Global Investment Administration Germany GmbH

Controlware Holding GmbH

Dimetis GmbH

Coty

CSL Behring GmbH

D.O.R.C. Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (International) B.V.

Degussa Bank AG

Gas-Union GmbH

Gorenje Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

GTA Reisen GmbH

Kuoni-Gruppe

Information Bridge GmbH

ING-DiBa AG

INVISTA (Deutschland) GmbH

INVISTA Resins & Fibers GmbH

INVISTA Textiles Germany GmbH

John Zink KEU GmbH

InnoEnergy GmbH

KIC InnoEnergy SE

homeandsmart GmbH

Duschkraft GmbH

Korn/Ferry International GmbH

Futurestep Germany GmbH

Hay Group GmbH

MDH AG Mamisch Dental Health

Molex Elektronik GmbH

Molex Connectivity GmbH

Molex Deutschland GmbH

FCT elektonic GmbH

Natur & Heilen GmbH & Co. KG

Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe GmbH

Parzeller-Gruppe

PIMCO Deutschland GmbH

Planon GmbH

Pulse Electronics GmbH

Pulse Electronics Corporation

RTL Interactive GmbH

Shopify

Skrill Services GmbH

Stratasys GmbH

Travelport Deutschland GmbH

Travelport-Gruppe

Value Trust Financial Advisors SE

Warner Chilcott Deutschland GmbH

Actavis Inc.

World Childhood Foundation

World Hotels AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Coty on employment law, in particular after the purchase of the Speciality Beauty Business of Procter & Gamble and the subsequently following measures of integration and reorganisation.
  • Representation and advice to the GTA Reisen GmbH of the Kuoni group regarding employment law matters, i.e. dismissal of directors and also including pension issues.
  • Advised the ING-DiBa AG regarding dismissals of employees, negotiations with the trade union and matters concerning collective agreements.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's international cooperation across offices and practices also characterises its employment law work. The team receives frequent instructions on restructurings, employee data protection, IT projects and employment law compliance. Kerstin Neighbour, who is particularly experienced in coordinating multijurisdictional mandates, has been leading the global group since March 2019. Consequently, Tim Gero Joppich, who specialises in co-determination law and right of termination matters, took over the lead of the German employment law team.

Practice head(s):

Tim Gero Joppich

Other key lawyers:

Kerstin Neighbour; Eckard Schwarz

Work highlights

  • Supported the Axa-group throughout the project Ambition 2020, including the negotiation of a key points agreement, the negotiation of settlement of interests and of a social compensation plan.
  • Supported the Chr. Hansen GmbH in all matters regarding individual and collective agreements including legal representation.
  • Advised the Dörken-group on several international restructuring processes and individual processes.

Laborius

Hanover-based boutique Laborius handles the full range of employment law, including restructurings, company pension schemes, collective bargaining and litigation. Peter Schrader and Jens Siebert are the main contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Peter Schrader; Jens Siebert

Latham & Watkins LLP

The employment law practice at Latham & Watkins LLP focuses on high-end work and on restructuring and reorganisation measures in particular. New arrival Anne Kleffmann from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, who joined the team in March 2019 following the retirement of Claudia Heins and Stefan Lunk at the end of 2018 has particular expertise in this segment. The practice is led by Tobias Leder, who represents national and international clients in contentious matters and also has expertise in occupational pension provisions. The healthcare, pharmaceutical and chemical industries are significant industry sectors for the firm.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Leder

Other key lawyers:

Anne Kleffmann

Key clients

Airbus Group

Autogrill

Broadcom / Brocade / Avago

Callaway Golf Company

DACHSER GmbH & Co. KG

EnBW, PreussenElektra, RWE, Vattenfall

Hexal AG

Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals

Novartis Pharma AG

Sandoz

Siemens

Swiss Re Europe S.A. – Niederlassung Deutschland

ZF Friedrichshafen

Work highlights

  • Advice and representation of the Airbus Group regarding matters of employment law as well as legal representation.
  • Provided ongoing advice to Autogrill and legal representation.
  • Employment law advice to the US-American Callaway Golf Company regarding the acquisition of German outdoor-supplier Jack Wolfskin.

Linklaters

Linklaters' employment law practice gained momentum in March 2018 thanks to the arrival of Timon Grau from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and recently also added several associates to its ranks. In strong cooperation with its colleagues from the M&A team, the practice led by Matthew Devey now handles the full spectrum of employment law and focuses on high-end work. Devey has particular experience in Brexit-related employment law matters and Grau primarily deals with complex restructurings and reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Devey

Other key lawyers:

Timon Grau

Testimonials

‘The team understands to initially wait for the matter presentation in order to then provide advice with caution and increasing intensity.

‘Timon Grau is a really serious advisor who also has the necessary ease for a technically sophisticated cooperation.

‘Patrick Flockenhaus is technically outstanding and simultaneously understands to contribute to the advice of internal experts within the company.

Key clients

thyssenkrupp

NORD/LB

MUFG

TenneT

Brambles Limited

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

LG Electronics, Inc. (LG)

Linde AG

Montagu Private Equity LLP

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing's employment law team specialises in the deployment of external personnel, HR compliance, restructuring and works constitution law and frequently advises US companies and recruitment industry clients. Marc André Gimmy heads the team as well as the Spanish Desk and focuses on transaction-related structuring work. This focus is shared by the frequently recommended Kilian Friemel. Advising on Work 4.0 matters such as crowdfunding, scrum and microchipping of employees is another key element of the practice. In February 2019, Sascha Grosjean moved to Dentons to set up its Düsseldorf office.

Practice head(s):

Marc André Gimmy

Other key lawyers:

Kilian Friemel

Testimonials

‘Very good mix of technical competence, industry and company know-how.

‘Bundled knowledge across all employment matters with very practical solutions.

‘Kilian Friemel is legally always up-to-date and always delivers fast, friendly and high-quality feedback.

‘Kilian Friemel stands out for his high reliability, his proven high competence and fastness. We’ve rarely had such a competent and collaborative partner by our side.

‘Marc-Andre Gimmy is a distinguished expert in the field of employment law. He heads his practice very efficiently and communicates in a very comprehensible manner.

‘Klara Pototzky is a thriving lawyer with deep knowledge.

Key clients

Adecco

TTI, Inc.

W. L. Gore & Associates

Hays

Michael Page

Hyundai

Rewe

Panasonic

DEKRA

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Freelance.de

JR Beteiligungs GmbH

ID Logistics

Rabobank

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Adecco, particularly on issues of personnel leasing law.

AC Tischendorf Rechtsanwälte

AC Tischendorf Rechtsanwälte advises employers on all aspects of employment law with a focus on restructuring measures. Thanks to the continental European network of law firms, act legal, the team co-led by Sven Tischendorf and Stephan Schwilden also has an international footprint and is increasingly involved in cross-border mandates. Both practice heads focus on restructuring work with particular emphasis on relocations, redundancies and the reorganisation of company pension schemes. Thomas Block is particularly active in GDPR, with a focus on employee data protection, while new arrival Thomas Altenbach, who was previously at Deutsche Bank, has been expanding the team's compliance offering since spring 2019.

Practice head(s):

Sven Tischendorf; Stephan Schwilden

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Block; Thomas Altenbach

Testimonials

‘ACT has a specialist at the firm for any topic.

‘Very good team work, high quality of results and always a very good availability.

‘Sven Tischendorf is the head and engine of the firm. Very experienced, ambitious and precise.

‘Stephan Schwilden is a good strategist with perspective and feel for pragmatic solutions.

‘Friederike Jawad is very competent in employment law, supports efficiently and is pretty much available 24/7.

Key clients

Acciona Airport Services

ADAC

Agaplesion

Arvos

AVS Verkehrssicherung

Baumer Group

Bitotest AG

Bisnode Group

CWS-boco Deutschland GmBH

Deutsche Bahn Telekommunikationstechnologie

Dr. Kade Pharmazeutische Fabrik

Flyeralarm Gruppe

Galata Chemicals Gruppe

Gusswerke Saarbrücken/Leipzig

GWH Gruppe

Hamba Gasti GmbH

Huber Packaging Group Deutschland GmbH

IMA Dairy & Foods

Kelvion Group

KEYMILE Gruppe

Lowell Gruppe

MHI Gruppe

Mühlhoff Umformtechnik

NanoTemper

Pond Security Group

Putzmeister

Talis Group

Tempton Group

UDG Gruppe

Univativ Gruppe

Universal Investment

VDE e.V.

Veltec Group

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive overall advice to AVS Verkehrssicherung on employment law concerning the day-to-day business, in particular on transitioning from full-time to part-time employment and the requirements for the set-up of homeoffices.
  • Advised Bisnode on the relocation of business operations of a group company and the merging of business sites.
  • Advice to the DB Kommunikationstechnik GmbH in diffcult and complex cases of redundancies of employees.

Altenburg Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht

Acting from its three German offices in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin, Altenburg Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht advises national and international clients on various employment law matters, including social security law issues, compliance and matters pertaining to Work 4.0. Name partner Stephan Altenburg is the key contact.

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Altenburg

Arqis Rechtsanwälte

In cooperation with its IP and IT practices, Arqis Rechtsanwälte puts particular focus on expanding its data protection offering, while handling co-determination issues from a company perspective constitutes another key element of the practice led by Andrea Panzer-Heemeier. She acts for employers and selected employee representatives and also handles contentious matters. Works council expert Tobias Brors joined Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law in October 2019, while Tobias Neufeld, who is particularly known for his interface competence between employment and data protection law, will strengthen the team as of March 2020. He was with Allen & Overy LLP until the end of 2018 and has acted independently in the meantime.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Panzer-Heemeier

Other key lawyers:

Eva Trost; Tobias Neufeld

Testimonials

‘Arqis offers practical and legally always sound solutions.

‘The Arqis team is always very competent and very good to reach even late in the evening.

‘Arqis, and particularly Andrea Panzer-Heemeier, impresses with constructive and goal-oriented solution proposals, high legal and advice competencies and above-average response times.

Key clients

Audi Gesamtbetriebsrat

CWS boco International GmbH

JSP International GmbH & Co. KG

Lebenshilfe Lübbecke e.V.

McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Ornua Deutschland GmbH

Pago Etikettiersysteme GmbH / Fuji Seal Gruppe

Statkraft Gruppe

UNIQLO Germany GmbH

Volkswagen AG Konzernbetriebsrat

Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH / Traton SE – Arbeitnehmervertreter

Stadtwerke Dortmund AG

Navico Holdings AS

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice on employment law to Tier 2-automotive supplier JSP International GmbH regarding the change from production to product development.
  • Comprehensive advice to the Statkraft Group on reorganisation and implementation of a cost-cutting programme throughout the group.
  • Advice to the employee representatives of MAN and SCANIA on the SE-conversion.

Dentons

Dentons advises corporate groups, companies and executives on the full spectrum of employment and social security law. The team has significant expertise in the healthcare, services, transport and logistics sectors as well as the finance, insurance, metal and electronics industries, including automotive. Co-team head Markus Diepold has experience in collective employment law and in restructuring-related matters, which frequently feature multijurisdictional aspects, while co-head Utz Andelewski has an excellent niche in ecclesiastical employment law and advises various charitable institutions. Since February 2019, Sascha Grosjean, who joined from Taylor Wessing, has been in charge of setting up the firm's Düsseldorf office. He predominantly handels pensions-related work.

Practice head(s):

Utz Andelewksi; Markus Diepold

Other key lawyers:

Sascha Grosjean

Testimonials

‘A team of very experienced employment lawyers.

‘Frank Lenzen is a very nice and competent contact. His assessments and recommendations are very practical and he is very committed.

‘Frank Lenzen knows how to deescalate even the most difficult situations and therefore keeps his client’s damage as low as possible.

Key clients

BG Kliniken – Klinikverbund der gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung

Paracelsus-Kliniken

ERGO Group AG

Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer in Deutschland e. V.

IOTA Foundation

NWD Nordwest Dental GmbH & Co. KG

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB advises DAX corporations, medium-sized companies and financial investors on various individual and collective employment law matters. Special attention is paid to conciliation committee proceedings and restructurings, including reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations. Practice head Marcus Richter focuses on collective bargaining and works constitution law matters as well as on employment law compliance, while Axel Dahms has particular expertise in insolvency-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Richter

Other key lawyers:

Axel Dahms

Testimonials

‘Competent and quickly available.

‘Axel Dahms has a lot of experience, is very practical and provides distinct recommendations on how to act.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek represents clients in negotiations with the works council and in various other employment law proceedings and also assists with redundancies and the development of compliance guidelines. Bernd Weller and Andreas Walle jointly head the team, which also provides the firm's transactions practice with related employment law advice.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Walle; Bernd Weller

Other key lawyers:

Martin Reufels

Testimonials

‘The international orientation and broad setup of the firm is special.

‘Martin Reufels’ pragmatic approach and his extremely deep and always up-to-date legal knowledge are very valuable.

‘Bernd Weller is a technically very well-versed as well as personally very pleasant lawyer. Especially during workshops he outstandingly understands how to convey legal content to non-lawyers in a comprehensible and practical way.

Key clients

1. FSV Mainz 05 e. V.

DB CargoEurasia GmbH

Deutscher Fußball Bund e. V

Ensys GmbH

Falck Notfallrettung und Krankentransport GmbH

G-Rock

Hawesko-Gruppe

Land Berlin

Marché Mövenpick Deutschland GmbH

RBH Logistics GmbH

S.C. Johnson & Son., Inc., Racine, USA

UNIPER SE

Work highlights

  • Advice to Ensys GmbH on staff reduction.
  • Advised and represented Falck Notfallrettung und Krankentransport GmbH on matters of employment law, including negotiations with the company board of directors on a company framework agreement.
  • Supported G-Rock on matters of employment law concerning the development of a new bank in Germany, including the drafting of internal compliance guidelines.

Jones Day

Jones Day advises companies on the full remit of employment law, including works council negotiations, data protection issues and contentious matters. Practice head Friederike Steininger complements this offering with expertise in company pension schemes and false self-employment. In May 2019, the Düsseldorf office welcomed Paul Melot de Beauregard and counsel Maximilian Baur from McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP, who strengthened the team's restructuring offering alongside its ongoing employment law advice capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Friederike Steininger

Testimonials

‘Paul Melot de Beauregard is an excellent coach and sparring partner, especially for tactical and strategic issues and decisions in the employment practice.

‘Maximilian Baur exhibits very good competence as well as high service orientation and commitment.

Key clients

Bartec GmbH

Kia Motors Deutschland

Toyota Material Handling

Expedia Group

Synthomer GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice on employment law to Kia Motors Deutschland.
  • Ongoing advice on employment law to Toyota Material handling.
  • Ongoing advice on employment law to the Expedia Group.

JUSTEM Rechtsanwälte

Caroline Bitsch, Thilo Mahnhold and Henning Reitz jointly head the team at JUSTEM Rechtsanwälte, which specialises in advising employers, and has particular expertise in dealing with matters at the intersection with employee data protection and contractor compliance. Bitsch is well versed in company reorganisations and restructurings, while Mahnhold is the main contact for compliance, and Reitz mainly handles contractual work. Julia Schweitzer, whose expertise in Work 4.0 leads to a steady stream of social media and mobile work-related instructions, left for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Bitsch; Thilo Mahnhold; Henning Reitz

Testimonials

‘The firm understands specific issues of clients, also with foreign backgrounds, and can therefore advise in a goal-oriented manner and provide solutions.

‘All partner stand out for having broad practical experience and for providing useful and practical solutions.

‘Very good expertise in tariff law and advice competencies in tariff negotiations.

‘Thilo Mahnhold contributes a lot of experience and routine.

‘Thilo Mahnhold is always available. Furthermore he offers prompt advice and efficient inclusion of other legal expertise.

‘Julia Schweitzer is a very good support and experienced in the health sector.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

ASCO Numatics GmbH

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (BBVA)

Bethmann Bank AG

Branson Ultraschall

Colorcon Ltd.

Tescom Europe Management GmbH & Co. KG

ODDO BHF AG

Royal Bank of Scotland

Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt am Main

Work highlights

  • Advised Bethmann Bank AG on restructuring and modernisation including changes to the organisation and work processes.
  • Comprehensive advice on employment law to Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. including contract drafting, company pension schemes and recently the increase of flexibility concerning regulations on homeoffice.
  • Supported Branson Ultraschall on employment law regarding reorganisation and conduct of a case in connection with trade and business secrets.

Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown LLP provides the full range of employment law advice combined with particular expertise in the automotive, chemical and financial sectors. This includes the modification and harmonisation of working conditions, pension law, HR data protection and outsourcing. Guido Zeppenfeld heads the practice and predominantly handles restructuring and reorganisation measures, assisting with transactions on a national and international level. In May 2019, Hagen Köckeritz joined from Baker McKenzie, deepening the team's expertise in corporate restructuring and mergers.

Practice head(s):

Guido Zeppenfeld

Other key lawyers:

Hagen Köckeritz

Key clients

Albermarle Corporation

Federal-Mogul

GKN Driveline

Lear Corporation GmbH

Tenneco Inc.

Accenture Dienstleistungen GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice to Albermale Corporation on data protection law.
  • Supported Federal Mogul Bremsbelag GmbH on measures of increased productivity concerning employment law.
  • Advice to Tenneco on restructuring of the Aftermarket business in the EMEA-region.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

The team at McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP regularly advises on the acquisition of technological companies, which frequently take place in a regulated environment and involve cross-border elements. Volker Teigelkötter's team also focuses on restructurings and the deployment of external personnel with Gudrun Germakowski being a key contact for the latter. Sandra Urban-Crell assists with outsourcing measures, collective redundancies and disputes under works constitution and collective bargaining law. Teigelkötter focuses on transactional employment law and advises on employment contracts, pension plans and bonus programmes.

Practice head(s):

Volker Teigelkötter

Testimonials

‘Sämtliche Teammitglieder sind ausgezeichnete Fachleute. Stets zu erreichen, geben innerhalb kürzester Zeit Feedback und sind untereinander gut synchronisiert.’

‘Exzellente Expertise in der arbeitsrechtlichen Beratung von Outsourcing-Projekten.’

‘Gudrun Germakowksi is technically outstanding, very pragmatic and business-oriented.

‘Gudrun Germakowski and Sandra Urban understand how to advise beyond the limits of one respective matter and to keep an eye not only on short-term success, but also on medium- and long-term consequences.

‘Volker Teigelkötter is outstanding and has the rare gift to get to the heart of his client’s thoughts and matter within the shortest amount of time.

Key clients

Crown Iron Works-Gruppe

DMG Mori-Gruppe

Finatem

FUJIFILM Europe GmbH

Gestamp Umformtechnik GmbH / Gestamp Griwe Westerburg GmbH

GWS Gesellschaft für Warenwirtschafts-Systeme mbH

International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen

Leybold GmbH

Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe GmbH / BABCOCK Fertigungszentrum GmbH

Praxair Surface Technology Inc.

Rubicon Partners

United Internet-Gruppe

VR Equitypartner

Work highlights

  • Advised the Crown Iron Works-group on restructuring of the company in Germany.
  • Ongoing advice to International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen concerning among others collective agreements and matters of employment law, which are specific to public service.
  • Ongoing advice to Praxair Surface Technology Inc. and its German subsidiary companies on restructuring and changes to different global divisions with immediate impact on the management level in Germany.

White & Case LLP

The employment law team at White & Case LLP works closely with the firm's M&A practice but is also intensifying its cooperation with the energy practice. Handling insolvency-related employment law work is another demonstration of the team's cross-departmental approach. Frank-Karl Heuchemer heads the team and is particularly active in transactional TUPE matters, while Hendrik Röger primarily advises clients from the aviation, automotive and energy sectors and also represents them in disputes.

Practice head(s):

Frank-Karl Heuchemer

Other key lawyers:

Hendrik Röger

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

Fosen Nordseewerke GmbH

Duisburg Special Tubes GmbH

Tetenal Europe GmbH

FABO Flowers

Beluga Spielwaren GmbH

Battery Ventures

Outbrain Inc.

Europe Arab Bank plc.

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to the Deutsche Telekom AG on concept development and subsequent implementation of staff-related measures.
  • Support to the Fosen Nordseewerke GmbH on restructuring and the sale of business to a Norwegian investor.
  • Brexit-related advice to the Europe Arab Banc plc on the transfer of the entire German branch office of the London-based bank to a newly founded group company in France, including the transfer of all employment agreements following the business transfer.

Buse Heberer Fromm

Buse Heberer Fromm provides clients with ongoing employment law advice on day-to-day issues and transactional matters as well as assistance with court proceedings. Thomas Geißler combines his corporate law expertise with experience in collective and individual employment law, where he advises, among other matters, on the structuring and negotiation of reconciliations of interests and social plans. Alexander Otto also handles work at this interface and specialises in litigation but also provides employment law advice on the acquisition and sale of companies. Sabine Feindura heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Sabine Feindura

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Geißler; Alexander Otto

Testimonials

‘Buse Heberer Fromm presents itself as a well-functioning association of specialist lawyers.

‘Thomas Geißler is very competent and advises quickly, thoroughly and tailored to our needs.

‘Thomas Geißler particularly stands out for his deep experience and expertise. He pairs this with a very friendly and personal demeanour and very fast response times.

Key clients

Jung von Matt

tesa SE

Intelligent Apps GmbH

AEP AG

Varroc Lighting GmbH

Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf

Sojitz Europe GmbH

Lemonaid Beverages GmbH

Laird Gruppe und Untergesellschaften

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Work highlights

  • Advice to the AEP AG on the appointment of management board and board of directors as well as on the conclusion of employment contracts.
  • Defended the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf against discrimination claims by professors.
  • Ongoing advice on employment law to the Lemonaid Beverages GmbH.

CBH Rechtsanwälte

As part of the firm's Human Resources and Social Affairs group in Berlin and Cologne, CBH Rechtsanwälte Cornelius, Bartenbach, Haesemann & Partner advises clients on the full range of employment law. Strategic reorganisations, restructurings and day-to-day HR matters are significant elements of the practice. André Ueckert represents managing directors as well as members of executive and supervisory boards, while Ernst Eisenbeis deals with works constitution and co-determination matters. Thomas Ritter also covers compliance, dismissal protection and ecclesiastical employment law.

Key clients

Adolphe Binder

DuMont

Heimbach

KEC “Die Haie”

Miltenyi Biotec GmbH

Otto Fuchs

FRAHM KUCKUK HAHN Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB

Since the departure of Stefan Nägele in October 2018 and the subsequent founding of NAEGELE RECHTSANWÄLTE at the end of the same year, Naegele Kanzlei für Arbeitsrecht has been operating under the name FRAHM KUCKUK HAHN Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB. The three name partners co-head the practice and deal with a wide range of employment law matters such as collective bargaining, data protection and alternative forms of employment. Sebastian Frahm is particularly well versed in restructurings and advises on matters pertaining to reducing personnel costs. Claudia Hahn handles complex working hours matters, while Meike Kuckuk specialises in stage employment law.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Frahm; Meike Kuckuk; Claudia Hahn

Testimonials

‘Sebastian Frahm has broad expert knowledge in the fields of restructuring and Employment Protection Act.

‘Sebastian Frahm always tries to find pragmatic solutions, which are sometimes unconventional, but always effective.

‘Meike Kuckuk is particularly well versed in the fields of contract personnel use and employee transfer.

Key clients

Paragon Partners GmbH

ATB-Gruppe

Wolong EMEA (Germany) GmbH

Datagroup Business Solutions GmbH

Läpple-Gruppe

MAPAL Dr. Kress

Thales Deutschland

Hengstenberg GmbH & Co. KG

DHL Freight GmbH

Elero GmbH

TII-Group

Universtität Hohenheim

Universität Stuttgart

Böhmler Einrichtungshaus GmbH

ComCave College GmbH

Vinzen von Paul Kliniken gGmbH

Bernd-Blindow-Gruppe

Die Staatstheater Stuttgart

Bayerische Staatsoper

Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel Residenz München

Deutscher Bühnenverein Bundesverband der Theater und Orchester

Deutscher Bühnenverein Landesverband Bayern

Deutscher Bühnenverein Landesverband Baden-Württemberg

Vector Informatik

Klinikum Ingolstadt

Work highlights

  • Legal representation and advice to ATB Nordenham in the course of the withdrawal from the employer’s association Nordmetall and renegotiation of all company agreements.
  • Advised the DATAGROUP Business Solutions GmbH on  the outsourcing of a subsidiary company.
  • Nationwide project for five sites of the DHL Freight GmbH concerning working hours.

Hengeler Mueller

Handling high-end work pertaining to restructurings, co-determination, pensions and remuneration, most notably in regulated industries, constitutes Hengeler Mueller's main area of expertise. Co-head Christian Hoefs regularly advises on executive board, managing director and executive-related matters. Transactional instructions such as employment law issues pertaining to the acquisition and sale of companies as well as restructurings are predominately handled by co-team head Hendrik Bockenheimer.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hoefs; Hendrik Bockenheimer

Testimonials

‘High quality of work, very experienced and very good know-how.

‘No other firm combines legal depth and comprehensive understanding so perfectly as Hengeler Müller.

‘Christian Hoefs is a brilliant employment lawyer and a very good and clear communicator, who manages to convey all legal issues and solutions in a way that is suitable for committees.

Key clients

Axel Springer SE

Cerberus Capital Management, L. P. Headquarter

Ericsson AB

Generali Deutschland AG

GfK SE

IBM

METRO AG

Vodafone Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Ongoing Advice on employment law to the Axel Springer SE concerning matters of the senior management.
  • Advised the Cerberus Capital Management on employment law aspects regarding the privatisation of the HSH Nordbank, in particular matters of the executive board and salaries.
  • Advised the Generali Deutschland AG on employment law aspects concerning the sale of a majority stake in the Generali life inscurance to the Viridium Group.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP focuses on employment law issues that arise from cross-border restructurings and on cross-departmental projects such as internal investigations and employee data protection. Brexit-related business restructuring work constitutes another key element of the practice. Team head Moritz Kunz regularly drafts employment contracts and assists with remuneration systems and various HR matters. Associate Anja Lingscheid advises on acquisitions, reorganisations and restructurings as well as employer-focused co-determination issues.

Practice head(s):

Moritz Kunz

Other key lawyers:

Anja Lingscheid

Testimonials

‘The team always delivers very fast and binding responses.

‘Highly professional, consistently very good and binding advice.

Key clients

Altra Industrial Motion Corp.

Australia and New Zealand Bank

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Limited

Dr Reddy’s

betapharm Arzneimittel GmbH

profine Group

SGL CARBON SE

Ningbo Jifeng

Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited

Orange Group

iCON Infrastructure

Hays

Veritas

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group concerning the dismissal of the data protection officer and the subsequent conduct of the case at the first and second level of jurisdiction.
  • Ongoing advice to the profine Group concerning all employment law matters, including legal representation in dismissal protection proceedings and disputes concerning company pensions.
  • Ongoing and comprehensive advice to the SGL CARBON SE, including legal representation in court regarding dismissal proceedings of the top-management as well as advice on restructuring measures.

Hoffmann Liebs

Thanks to the arrival of Jörg Podehl and two of his associates from Mütze Korsch Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in November 2018, Hoffmann Liebs's employment law practice is now considerably more active in the market and also covers matters at the interface with various other practice areas. Its offering consists of the three pillars litigation, ongoing employment law assistance and restructuring, and is specifically aimed at manufacturing clients as well as telecommunications and banking sector clients. Wolfgang Bucksch and Heiko Langer co-head the team with new arrival Podehl. Julia Reinsch is experienced in restructurings, reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Bucksch; Heiko Langer; Jörg Podehl

Other key lawyers:

Julia Reinsch

Testimonials

‘An experienced team that delivers precise individual solutions that suit the company.

‘At Hofmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner one feels in safe hands. All lawyers are competent and have a deep, comprehensive knowledge and a great wealth of experience.

Key clients

Air Products GmbH

Bank für Sozialwirtschaft AG

CGI BV & Co. KG

Genossenschaftsverband – Verband der Regionen e.V.

Grohe AG

Hitachi High-Technologies Europe GmbH

Kauth-Gruppe

MBN Bau AG

OXEA-Gruppe

Versorgungswerk der Apothekerkammer Nordrhein

Vodafone Group

MediClin AG

Biorasi GmbH

Vestas Deutschland GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to the Grohe AG,  i.e. advice on elections of board of directors, on employee representatives and complex dismissal procedures at managing level and marketing staff level.
  • Advised the MediClin AG in connection with the dismissal of a staff member of human resources due to disparagement.
  • Advice to the Vodafone Group on a complex concillation procedure regarding the publication of staff profiles.

KPMG Law in Germany

KPMG Law Germany primarily advises clients on day-to-day employment law matters and benefits from the individual specialisations of its team members. Team head Stefan Middendorf predominantly advises on social security law and HR analytics, while Thomas Wolf focuses on international secondments and immigration law, where Brexit-related work plays a significant role. Handling regulatory remuneration issues, most notably in the financial services industry and in connection with the German Ordinance on the Supervisory Requirements for Institutions' Remuneration Systems (Institutsvergütungsverordnung) are areas of particular expertise for Alexander Insam.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Middendorf

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Wolf; Alexander Insam

Testimonials

‘Very competent, solution-oriented advice as well as successful judicial and extrajudicial representation.

‘In the field of international employee transfers, KPMG’s team is a helpful partner and service provider due to its global presence and expertise.

‘The cooperation is open, friendly and collegial.

‘Sabine Paul is always available, acts legally sound and quickly.

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Selux AG on employment law regarding restructuring, including closure of a business branch with site closure, settlement of interests and social compensation plan.
  • Comprehensive advice on employment law to a US-American company concerning the integration of businesses purchased in Germany, among other things the alignment of existing compensation schemes as well as working conditions and subsequent negotiations with the workers’ council.
  • Advice to Belimed AG on the clossure of a production site and the relocation abroad.

Lutz Abel Rechtsanwalts PartG mbB

Employee data protection, employment law compliance and external personnel deployment are Lutz Abel Rechtsanwalts PartG mbB's main areas of expertise. In Hamburg, the team including key contact Henning Abraham focuses on the renewable energy, healthcare, venture capital and public sectors. Following the move of team head Philipp Byers and associate Kathrin Wenzel to Watson Farley & Williams LLP at the beginning of 2020, Abraham was tasked to rebuild the team and took over its lead. As as first step, employee data protection expert Thomas Müller joined the Munich office from Ecovis in January 2020, while, at the same time Claudia Knuth was made partner and left Hamburg for the firm's newly opened office in Berlin.

Practice head(s):

Henning Abraham

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Müller; Claudia Knuth

Testimonials

‘The employment practice at Lutz | Abel is characterised by the fact that its dynamic partners advise their clients mostly themselves and therefore achieve excellent results.

‘Henning Abraham is the practice head at the Hamburg-based employment practice. He is very knowledgeable and has strong negotiation skills.’

‘The law firm Lutz | Abel has a broad range of legal experts at its disposal, who all specialise in different practice areas. It is important to be supported by a team with a broad network, particularly if complicated negotiations take place such as regarding privatisation procedures with a pending EU-decision of EU competition authorities. The practice enabled us as the first ever to get an appointment with the EU competition commission. The practice also supported us at appointments with the finance ministry regarding GDPR very professionally.

Key clients

Ahlstrom-Munksjö

Amcor Flexibles Singen GmbH

AvePoint Deutschland GmbH

Bayerische Verwaltungsschule

Bechtle GmbH

Betriebsrat A.I.G

Betriebsrat des Verlags C.H. Beck

Betriebsrat Sky Deutschland GmbH

Big.Cube GmbH

BioNTech AG sowie Tochtergesellschaften

biosyn Arzneimittel GmbH

BMW Group

CWind Ltd.

Deutsche Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH

Dreamlines GmbH

Dynport GmbH

E.V.A. Energie- und Verkehrsgesellschaft Aachen

Stadtwerke Aachen AG

Aachener Straßenbahn und Energieversorgungs-AG

Gesamtbetriebsrat einer Tochtergesellschaft der Hamburg Commercial Bank AG

Getränke Waldhoff GmbH & Co. KG

GOVECS AG

Hamburg Commercial Bank AG (ehemals HSH Nordbank)

Hindustan Computer Limited GmbH (HCL)

HV Holtzbrinck Ventures Adviser GmbH

JobandTalent

Kemptener Kommunalunternehmen

KET Karosserie Entwicklung Thurner GmbH

Klambt-Style-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

klarx GmbH

Konzernbetriebsrat der HSH Nordbank AG

LAB Management GmbH

Lloyd’s Register EMEA

LR Deutschland GmbH

Lundbeck GmbH

Magic Event- & Medientechnik

Med-El GmbH

Mediengruppe Klambt

Montessori Schulen

Nordex SE

Occhio GmbH

Onpex GmbH

Orbis AG

Pyrolyx AG

Raffinerie Heide GmbH

regio iT Gesellschaft für Informationstechnologie mbH

Schwarz Cranz GmbH

soffico GmbH

Sparda Bank München

Stadtwerke Norderstedt

Telelingua Deutschland GmbH

Teleson Gruppe

Westküstenkliniken Brunsbüttel und Heide gGmbH

Work highlights

  • Legal representation of the Sky-workers’ council at the OLG Munich concerning the formation of a governing body under the Co-Determination Act.
  • Advised the corporate group of Energieversorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft Aachen concerning the implementation of digitisation under the Co-Determination act.
  • Supported the entire workers’ council of the HCOB Facility Management group on settlements of interest and negotiations concerning social compensation plans in the course of the proportionally biggest case of personnel reduction in the history of the HSH Nordbank / Hamburg Commercial Bank.

michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte

michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte provides companies of all sizes with nationwide employment law advice, while founding partner Marcus Michels also assists board members, managing directors and executives with various employment law matters. Gunther Mävers is a key contact for international mandates and advises foreign clients on local employment law issues as well as German companies on projects abroad. Jannis Kamann, who was elevated to the partnership in January 2019, is well versed in handling matters at the intersection between employment and health law. This area of expertise is shared by Ulrich Kortmann, who also represents hospitals in proceedings with funding agencies. Other key members of the team include Markus Pillok, who has particular expertise in advising construction, retail and mineral oil industry clients as well as IT companies, and Tilman Isenhardt, who covers the full spectrum of individual and collective employment law.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Michels; Markus Pillok; Gunther Mävers; Ulrich Kortmann; Tilman Isenhardt; Jannis Kamann

Key clients

Dachser SE

DTM Deutsche Tele Medien GmbH

Duisburger Hafen AG

INEOS Automotive Ltd

KONE GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice on employment law to the Avenso GmbH with regards to organs, including advice in the course of establishing a new workers’ council.
  • Ongoing advice on employment law and conduct of a case to the Dillenburger Group, in particular on working time schemes.
  • Comprehensive advice to the DTM Deutsche Tele Medien GmbH on epmloyment law and restructuring.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright combines the employment law expertise from the firm's international network with local employment law know-how. Team head Cornelia Marquardt specialises in strategic advice on restructuring and works council negotiations as well as corporate transactions. The practice also puts emphasis on individual sector focuses of its team members: Frank Weberndörfer has many years of experience in advising clients from the transport and financial services industries, while counsel Claudia Posluschny, in addition to her litigation work pertaining to dismissals and works council disputes, has a focus on advising consumer goods industry clients.

Practice head(s):

Cornelia Marquardt

Testimonials

‘Always very competent and short-term information by lawyers who also see the bigger picture.

‘The employment team stands out for its very high expertise and professionally, combined with emotional intelligence and benevolence. The client’s interest are always in the foreground.

‘Cornelia Marquardt has an outstanding grasp and is extremely competent.

‘Claudia Posluschny is an outstanding employment lawyer. She has a good feel for how a company operates.’

‘Frank Weberndörfer is an employment lawyer through and through, who is skilled across all areas of employment law.

Key clients

Bayerische Motorenwerke AG

Daiichi Sankyo

Energizer Brands, LLC

IMI (IMI Hydronic Engineering, IMI Germany Holding)

Ingram Micro Holding GmbH

QBE

Beiersdorf AG

Hagebau GmbH & Co KG

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice on transactions of Energizer brands, LLC in connection with the acquisition und resale of the battery-business of Varta.
  • Comprehensive advice on transactions of the Canopy Growth Corporation in connection with the acquisition of the cannabis-business of natural remedies company Bionorica.

Ogletree Deakins LLP

As a specialised employment law firm, Ogletree Deakins LLP's Berlin-based team provides advice on collective bargaining law and restructurings. Thanks to its close cooperation with its US parent company, the team's client portfolio contains several well-known global players, who also make use of the team's business immigration services. Managing partner and team head Ulrike Conradi has extensive experience in redundancies and privatisations, while counsel Anja Becher focuses on company pension schemes.

Practice head(s):

Ulrike Conradi

Other key lawyers:

Anja Becher; Eva von Muellern

Testimonials

‘A powerful team in Berlin which is available for any issues concerning a company’s structures in the HR field and that always advises outstandingly.

‘Ulrike Conradi is as pragmatic as she is technically excellent.

‘Ulrike Conradi works in a very practical, solution-oriented, competent and quick manner.

‘Ulrike Conradi belongs to the strongest employment lawyers altogether. She is smart, creative and assertive.

‘Eva von Muellern is very flexible and available. Her advice is competent and happens fast.

‘Anja Becher stands out for her fast availability, competence and a high degree of expertise in employment law, specifically in industrial constitution law.

Key clients

Syniverse Technologies

EVANA AG

Silence Therapeutics

Berliner Wasserbetriebe

dunnhumby Germany GmbH (vormals sociomatic labs GmbH) & Dunnhumby Limited

Tesla Motors

Omega Pharma Deutschland GmbH

Airbnb

Ivanti Group

StoneTurn

Technicolor/Deutsche Thomson OHG

Beveridge & Diamond P.C

VDE-Verlag GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Airbnb Germany GmbH on all employment law matters.
  • Advice to the Berlin Wasserbetriebe on ongoing matters of employment law.
  • Advised the Tesla Germany GmbH on a comprehensive case of dismissal protection proceedings and other employment law questions.

Oppenhoff & Partner

Oppenhoff & Partner's employment law advice focuses on the automotive, IT, manufacturing and insurance sectors. Restructurnings, co-determination, compliance and internal investigations are key elements of Gilbert Wurth's practice. Wurth is well versed in mediating in internal conflict situations and regularly acts for employers in conciliation board and court proceedings. Company pension law matters, most notably in the context of M&A transactions, are frequently handled by Jörn Kuhn.

Practice head(s):

Gilbert Wurth

Other key lawyers:

Jörn Kuhn; Alexander Willemsen

Testimonials

‘The practice is very service- and most of all solution-oriented combined with an excellent legal expertise and strategic foresight.

‘Alexander Willemsen is able to assess situations quickly both while giving advice and in negotiations, as well as to develop sound and practical legal assessments.

Key clients

Emons-Gruppe

Manuka Health

Naga Brands HK Limited

Nederman Holding AB

P van de Velde

Senvion

Simpson Technologies-Gruppe

UL GmbH

Yanfeng Europe Automotive Interior Systems Management Limited & Co. KG

3i Deutschland Gesellschaft für Industriebeteiligungen

ALTEN Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Emons-group regarding the business closure of a subsidiary company, including mass dismissals and defence of multiple dismissal protection lawsuits.
  • Restructuring aid and support on dismissal protection proceedings regarding the redundancies at the European corporate headquarters of the Yanfeng Group.
  • Advised Simpson Technologies-Group on entering the German market and the purchase of all shares in the Webac Gesellschaft für Maschinenbau as well as two subsidiary companies.

Osborne Clarke

The employment law practice at Osborne Clarke is well equipped to guide clients through the requirements of the changing world of work and therefore regularly advises on transformation processes pertaining to digitalisation such as flexible working time and workplaces as well as outsourcing. Handling restructuring and post-merger integration procedures constitutes another key element of the practice led by Thomas Leister. He routinely advises on the implementation of flexibility and agility concepts, while Anke Freckmann focuses on the deployment of external personnel and IT usage-related employment law matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Leister

Other key lawyers:

Anke Freckmann

Key clients

AirCanada

Automobili Pininfarina GmbH

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Claas KGaA mbH

DAIKIN Airconditioning Germany GmbH

Dassault Systems Deutschland GmbH

(Deutsche) Sodexo-Gruppe

Diageo plc

Dyson Germany GmbH

edding AG

Ferrero MSC GmbH & Co. KG

Greenyard Fresh Germany GmbH

Groupe Alphyr

Kelly Services

Quest Software GmbH

TechMahindra

Wipro Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the Bcom Customer Service Center Germany GmbH on the merging of both sites in Berlin.
  • Advice to the CLAAS KGaAmbH on collective agreements concerning all matters under the right of co-determination, as well as advice on the new company agreements for the IT-department.
  • Advice to the German Sodexo-Group on a restructuring project including a settlement of interests and social compensation plan.

Pinsent Masons Germany LLP

Restructuring projects, know-how protection matters as well as employment and social insurance law compliance are key strengths of Pinsent Masons Germany LLP's team. Led by Manfred Schmid, it has a focus on the technology, life sciences, energy, financial services and real estate sectors and benefits from the application of industry-specific legaltech solutions. Schmid also advises on outsourcing und technology transactions, while Peter Christ routinely represents clients in negotiations and court proceedings. Kathrin Brügger, who made partner in May 2019, is dedicated to personnel leasing matters.

Practice head(s):

Manfred Schmid

Other key lawyers:

Kathrin Brügger; Peter Christ

Testimonials

‘The team offers comprehensible advice aimed at solving problems during preliminary stages and therefore avoiding judicial proceedings.

The cooperation with Pinsent Masons is trusting.

‘Manfred Schmid impresses with a sympathetic demeanour combined with deep expertise.

‘Joel Hofmanns availability is always exemplary. He exhibits deep expertise, is sympathetic and has a practice-oriented approach towards topics. 10 out of 10!

Raue

Raue provides ongoing employment law advice to medium-sized companies, public and ecclesiastical employers as well as associations. The firm also assists its national and international clients with restructuring matters and employee data protection issues as well as collective bargaining and works agreements. Representing clients in litigation constitutes another key element of Judith Heyn's team. She has particular expertise in the healthcare and hospital sectors. Gernod Meinel is also well versed in personnel representation law.

Practice head(s):

Judith Heyn

Other key lawyers:

Gernod Meinel

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has extensive expertise in regulatory requirements applicable in the asset management and investment fund sectors alongside the financial services, life sciences, technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Clients from these industries receive regular advice on individual and collective employment law matters, including those arising from restructuring scenarios. In August 2019, Sascha Morgenroth joined the firm with his team from DLA Piper and took over the lead of the practice. His predecessor and head of the firm's litigation practice Hans-Herrmann Aldenhoff is the main contact for employment law proceedings against former executives and third parties.

Practice head(s):

Sascha Morgenroth

Other key lawyers:

Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff

Testimonials

‘Good and practical advice, always with an eye on the situation within the company and the requirements.

‘Alexander Greth is very responsive and always advises with an eye on the entire context of the respective project and the company.

Key clients

Ferrostaal GmbH

Larry Thompson

Stage Entertainment

Wayzata Investment Partners / Propex Fabrics

Willis Towers Watson

Dubai International Capital / Doncasters Group

ASB Lehrerkooperative e.V. (Gesellschaft des Arbeiter Samariter Bundes)

Toshiba Memory Europe GmbH

Zahnärztekammer Nordrhein

Work highlights

  • Legal representation of the Lehrerkooperative GmbH in negotiations regarding company agreements with trade unions Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW) and Ver.di.
  • Advice to Wayzata Investment Partners / Propex Fabrics with regards to the outsourcing of production to Hungary.
  • Legal representation of the Ferrostaal GmbH at the labour court defending against claims from retired employees for increased pensions and in the course of a pilot scheme, against a former board member at the Higher Regional Court (OLG) Hamm.

Staudacher Annuss Arbeitsrecht.

Internal investigations, transactional advice as well as assistance with  converting a stock corporation into a SE are key elements of Staudacher Annuss Arbeitsrecht.'s portfolio of services. Alongside its industry focus on insurance and financial services, the firm also continues to build up further expertise in the automotive and retail sectors. Peter Staudacher advises board members, managing directors and executives on contract structuring and contract termination, while also providing assistance with the enforcement of and defence against claims. Georg Annuß, who co-heads the team with Staudacher, specialises in advising board members and supervisory boards on various board matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Staudacher; Georg Annuß

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP provides large groups and companies with employment law support with complex restructuring and reorganisation measures, such as large-scale staff reduction projects. Team head Nikolaus Krienke focuses on works constitution and collective bargaining issues and also handles data protection work. Andreas Wiegreffe deals with employment law aspects arising from transactions as well as those pertaining to the restructuring of companies. Anne Kleffmann moved to Latham & Watkins LLP in mid-March 2019, while Philipp Byers joined the team in January 2020 from LUTZ | ABEL RECHTSANWALTS PARTG MBB. Together with two new associates, he will further strengthen the firm's restructuring practice in Munich.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Krienke

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Wiegreffe; Philipp Byers

Testimonials

‘Technically very sound and simultaneously practical employment law concepts are delivered in short time.

‘Very good communication and matter lead by Andreas Wiegreffe.’

‘Philipp Byers possesses very wide-ranging competencies and broad expertise, which – combined with a very pleasant personality – creates great fun even when dealing with the driest matters.

‘Philipp Byers has a very good understanding of the Mittelstand, is always available, absolutely reliable and aims for good solutions.

‘Philipp Byers has an incredibly quick grasp and business acumen. For details, one can rely on his technically excellent and prompt statements.

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive support on employment law concerning the entire restructuring of the ADAC Group including staff reductions.
  • Legal representation of the Apple Retail Germany B.VY & Co in at times more than ten simultaneous concillation proceedings involving the local workers’ council as well as the general workers’ council.
  • Advice to the German Dimension Data Group on reorganisation concerning more than 2,000 employees at the next stage of a comprehensive redundancy scheme in Germany.