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CMS is a respected player in the market, handling the full spectrum of individual and collective employment law including related social security issues. Co-heads Martina Hidalgo and Daniel Ludwig cover an equally broad array of matters, resulting in regular instructions from national and international companies to advise on employment law matters arising from transactions, reorganisations and restructurings. In this context, the team routinely advises on company demergers and transfers of undertakings alongside associated negotiations with works councils and trade unions pertaining to reconciliations of interests, social plans and transitional agreements. Hidalgo and Ludwig receive regular support from, among others, Björn Gaul, who, like Ludwig, routinely assists with the implementation and use of IT systems as well as the redesign of remuneration systems while also handling compliance and whistleblower system projects, and collective employment law expert Gerlind Wisskirchen. At the end of 2020, the practice lost Matthias Kappus, who is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious employment law, to michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte; in January 2021 counsel Jan Peter Schiller joined the same firm as partner at its new Düsseldorf office.

Practice head(s):

Martina Hidalgo;  Daniel Ludwig

Other key lawyers:

Björn Gaul; Gerlind Wisskirchen

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz's cross-practice cooperation makes the team a good partner for matters at various intersections such as data protection and M&A. Another focus lies on providing employment law advice on reorganisations and restructurings as well as on compliance, occupational pension schemes and Work 4.0. These core topics are also handled by team head Thomas Winzer, while Christian Arnold provides regular assistance with the conclusion and termination of employment contracts with board members and managing directors, which constitutes another key element of the practice, but he is also experienced in restructurings and corporate co-determination. Steffen Krieger is another key contact for restructuring-related work and has expertise in litigation alongside anti-discrimination and insolvency-related issues. Martin Diller has a specialism in occupational pension schemes.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Winzer


'' Extremely practical and responsive to the client. Out-of-the-box thinking and solution proposals. '

' Fast, efficient and reliable team. Technically very strong too. '

'' Excellent organization in the office: information, documents and briefs are always provided by the team in a timely and complete manner, reminded of upcoming appointments and deadlines in good time and preparatory meetings are suggested. The law firm's employees are always friendly and accommodating and work absolutely professionally and reliably. Promises are always kept. The lawyers are always committed and always excellently prepared. The pleadings are of a very high quality. In the case of substitution, the substitute is always very well instructed and continues the work of the colleague with the same quality. '

'The legal advice is always of a very high quality. As a company, you are not only provided with a legal opinion / legal opinion, (creative) solutions are also proposed or worked out together. Opportunities and risks are shown honestly. The lawyers are not afraid to take the more labor-intensive or “riskier” route if one so wishes. I have never seen her annoyed or tired, not even after hours of negotiations. In negotiations between the company parties (employer / works council), the lawyers act very competently, confidently and prudently. They clearly pursue the desired goal, but at the same time convey to the other side that they are working on a common goal and often succeed in avoiding or softening hardened fronts. In court appointments, the lawyers act confidently and competently and do not allow themselves to be disturbed by provocations by the other side. '

' Rut Steinhauser: High and quick comprehension, always excellently prepared, absolutely reliable, technically very competent and always up-to-date, works out alternative solutions very quickly, which she presents with opportunities and risks and thus supports the client in decision-making, a lot Structured negotiation, can give the other side an understanding of their opinion, but at the same time set very clear limits – represents the employer position in court with commitment and sovereignty '

'' Steffen Krieger: Confident in everything: Appearance, specialist knowledge, negotiation, dealing with various interest groups, high and quick comprehension, always excellently prepared, absolutely reliable, specialist knowledge goes beyond labor law, develops alternative solutions with opportunities and risks very quickly and thus supports decision-making, always conveys a realistic picture of the situation, very structured negotiation (in internal negotiations). Due to his calm and confident demeanor, he succeeds in creating trust and understanding on the other side and “taking them with him” on the way to the negotiation goal, but can clearly point out when the demands go too far – represents the employer position in court with commitment and sovereignty . '

' Thomas Winzer is outstanding. Working with him is great. '

' Thomas Winzer is a top lawyer: he has an incredible network and is very popular with his clients. '

' Thomas Winzer: brilliant lawyer who always offers practice-oriented solutions. '

Work highlights

  • Daimler: Advice on the labor law implementation of the adjustment of the group structure.
  • Society for Consumer Research (GfK): Advice on one of the first major national and international reorganizations in the world of work 4.0.
  • Robert Bosch: Advice on labor law in connection with the global carve-out and sale of your packaging division in a bidding process.


KLIEMT.Arbeitsrecht enjoys an excellent reputation in the market and, as an employment law boutique, covers the full range of employment law for an impressive client roster consisting of employers and employees. Clients also benefit from the firm's good national network based on five German offices. Together with Düsseldorf-based name partner Michael KliemtBurkard Göpfert in Munich regularly advises on restructuring measures, including various associated matters such as the adaptation of corporate and operational structures, changes to collective bargaining structures and working conditions as well as on the harmonisation of company pension schemes. In Frankfurt, Barbara Reinhard is a key contact for this space, demonstrating particular expertise in collective bargaining and industrial action law and advising on the agile transformation of companies. The Berlin office is led by Stefan Fischer, who advises his clients on the full range of works constitution and collective bargaining law matters. Providing assistance with outsourcing projects and the use of external staff is just as much part of the team's advisory portfolio as support with compliance investigations and management issues. Kliemt is the key contact for the latter segment. Katja Giese, experienced in international mandates and cross-border project work, made partner in January 2020, while the team lost healthcare sector expert Doris Kilg in December 2019.


'' Fast, committed and very competent implementation, but also the administrative support of the mandates. '

'' Outstanding technical competence, speed and a very practice-oriented approach. '

' Extremely courteous, extremely polite, great service, no waiting times. '

' Technical expertise and practical experience in the field of labor law are without equal in Germany. '

' Very practical approach. Very good understanding of processes in companies. '

' Every contact with the law firm is very pleasant and goal-oriented. Over the past 12 years I have worked with many different contacts in the law firm and all of them have distinguished themselves through their high level of competence and very cooperative and open communication. '

' I would particularly like to emphasize the excellent accessibility as well as the speed and the high quality of the support of any kind – be it advice, legal opinions or the accompaniment of legal disputes in individual as well as collective labor law. A high level of trust has developed over the period of cooperation – and a fine sense of humor is not neglected. I am extremely satisfied. '

' Very good accessibility, extremely short-term reaction and highly competent legal and solution-oriented advice. If necessary with a detailed written statement. '

' Excellent advice quality, both in terms of strategic and tactical advice, very practice-oriented. Excellent support and support in legal disputes and arbitration boards. Very good price / performance ratio. Very pleasant cooperation. Very good understanding of company and industry conditions. Very good relationships with individual partners, but also with associates who change from time to time. In summary: best employment law advice at fair prices. '

' Leading practice in labor law, which, however, like no other labor law practice, manages to fill interfaces to other areas of law (especially corporate). '

' Extremely friendly and attentive to calls via the central office, and has been for years. Fast and reliable. Internal communication works very reliably. '

' Pragmatic. Solution-oriented. Very good business understanding. '

' Competent, fast and absolutely success-oriented. '

'' Very high quality level throughout the labor law support before the labor courts. Quick accessibility and good, well-trained representation in case of vacation. Very detailed work in all briefs. '

' Very specialized in individual topics, yet very broadly positioned in all areas of labor law. International network ius laboris as a clear PLUS in the international corporate environment. '

' Practical solutions and very good availability. Very good coordination to explain complex labor law issues to international decision-makers. '

' At Kliemt, the first thing I notice is adherence to deadlines and the correctness of the legal statements. That is not always a given. Also, I don't want to pay for answers to questions I didn't ask. I've never experienced that at Kliemt either – always to the point. '

' Burkard Göpfert has many years of experience with labor law issues in large corporations with difficult political circumstances. In addition to his technical expertise, he has creative ideas and a very good insight into the industry. '

' Burkard Göpfert: Germany-wide and international expertise in labor law issues of relevance for large companies; excellent legal and tactical strategic recommendations for the approach. '

' The collaboration with Katja Giese is very efficient and practice-oriented. You very reliable and pleasant. '

' Katja Giese works very quickly in complex mandates. Particularly noteworthy are the pleadings, which are of the highest legal quality. '

' Stefan Fischer meets the negotiating partners on an equal footing and thus manages to develop pragmatic and at the same time legally sound solutions. '

' Michael Kliemt and Oliver Vollstädt are involved in more complex projects (restructuring, arbitration boards) and strategic advice. In addition, Mr. Vollstädt has excellent knowledge of IT / data protection. '

' Michael Kliemt: Competent advice, an eye for the essentials, realistic assessment, very forward-looking. '

' Michael Kliemt: Excellent responsiveness to client needs, very flexible, always available. '

' Assertive and' the 'leader of the firm – Michael Kliemt. '

' Markus Bohnau: Excellent specialist who finds business-related solutions even for complex issues. '

Key clients

A.T. Kearney


Adidas SE

Air Liquide



Atos Information Technology GmbH

Axel Springer




DB Regio


Deutsche Telekom






Hamburg Commercial Bank



Hewlett Packard

Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG

Hüls GmbH & Co. KG




Knorr Bremse AG

MAN Energy Solutions





Paul Hartmann AG


Procter & Gamble


Roland Berger




Schön Klinik SE


Siemens Healthcare GmbH

Stada (Lieferando)


Warth & Klein Grant Thornton

Westend Bank AG


Work highlights

  • Knorr brake: Support in negotiating the reconciliation of interests and the social plan including the arbitration board in connection with the closure of the Knorr Bremse Steering Systems GmbH (formerly Ford) site in Wülfrath with approx. 370 employees and the simultaneous spin-off of the engineering center to another subsidiary of the group in Düsseldorf.
  • (Lieferando): Comprehensive labor law advice on, among other things, the restructuring of the companies and works council structure.
  • Santander Bank: Support during the restructuring: cutting down up to 500 jobs and changing the organizational and management structure.


ADVANT Beiten's inclusion in the employment law alliance ELA in January 2020 enabled the firm to further internationalise its employment law practice which is of particular benefit to clients requiring assistance with cross-border matters. The practice however also makes use of its multidisciplinary and cross-office cooperation within Germany which is of particular help when advising on restructurings and business transfers. In this context, the team regularly advises on reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations with works councils, personnel adjustment measures and outsourcing projects as well as on related court proceedings. Handling matters on collective bargaining law and works constitution law - Christopher Melms is a key contact in this space - alongside issues pertaining to flexible working time regulations is another key strength of the practice led by Wolfgang Lipinski. Lipinski's focus lies on the strategic planning and implementation of restructuring and reorganisation measures.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Lipinski


In labor law, not only quantitatively, but above all qualitatively at the highest level.

Beiten Burkhardt is a very client-oriented law firm whose strengths lie in finding practical solutions. The team can be contacted at any time and has profound knowledge in all areas. All solutions are always targeted towards the respective problem.

Very high professional competence, precision and availability.

Wolfgang Lipinski: In addition to very good professional quality with a perfect instinct for specific and practicable solutions.

Key clients

AFH Germany GmbH (Abercrombie & Fitch)

Allianz SE

Asklepios Kliniken-Gruppe

AXA Assistance Deutschland GmbH

Bayerisches Rotes Kreuz

Burda Digital

Charité CFM Facility Management GmbH


Flughafen München

Getty Images Deutschland

Merck KGaA

Monster Worldwide Deutschland GmbH

Rogers Europe

SAP AG und SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG

Sky Deutschland AG samt Tochtergesellschaften


Work highlights

  • Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH: Restructuring support.
  • Media Saturn: Support in the strategic preparation and negotiation of two important staff reduction measures.
  • Thomas Cook Group (Germany): Employment law support in insolvency proceedings.

Allen & Overy LLP

The German employment law practice at Allen & Overy LLP is an integral part of the firm's global group with Hans-Peter Löw in Frankfurt heading the German practice and Markulf Behrendt in Hamburg leading the global team. As a result of this set-up, the team's focus lies on large cross-border projects such as restructurings and reorganisations; the latter segment often relates to the banking and financial services sector and regularly features Brexit-related issues. Other key elements of the practice include collective bargaining and industrial action law as well as remuneration and employee participation. These key strengths correspond with the expertise demonstrated by the co-practice heads: While Löw is particularly dedicated to work pertaining to remuneration, bonuses, incentive schemes and employee participation including related disputes, Behrendt is best known for his expertise in restructuring and compliance but he also handles litigation. Thomas Ubber is recognised for his expertise handling collective bargaining scenarios and defending against the threat of strike actions.

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Ubber


' Always friendly, efficient and competent. Good newsletters and events! '

' Unlike most other large law firms, A&O not only offers transaction-focused but also comprehensive employment law advice of the highest quality. '

' Thomas Ubber's team is very customer-oriented, quick and thorough. Urgent inquiries are also answered in a substantiated manner. In particular, on complex fundamental questions of labor and company law, the statements and reports are comprehensive and extremely helpful for decision-making. '

' Thomas Ubber has a profound knowledge of labor law, especially at the interface with corporate law issues and the GCGK. He is characterized by a special resilience, stress resistance and customer orientation. He understands very well the needs and constraints of various stakeholders in companies, also at the interface with politics. He also knows how to present complex legal issues in a way that is understandable for non-lawyers and to support them in their decision-making. '

' Thomas Ubber has been mandated by us for years on issues of collective and individual labor law. He has excellent expertise in his field. His advice is practical and solution-oriented. Inquiries are processed promptly. As a consultant in collective bargaining, he is also valued by the other side as a neutral expert. '

' Hans-Peter Löw is always available and speaks not only of an international network, but also really manages to set up an international team within a short time to solve cross-border challenges quickly and efficiently. '

' Hans-Peter Löw: Extremely accomplished partner. Pragmatic. Very good social skills. '

Key clients

Aminolabs Group NV


Bank of Communications Co.

BCS Automotive Interface Solutions/ Luxshare


ConvaTec (Germany) GmbH

Culligan International EMEA

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

Dentsu Aegis Network Germany GmbH

Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Lufthansa

Douglas GmbH

ECOBAT Technologies Ltd.

Finanz Informatik

Gerry Weber

Helios Kliniken GmbH



Müller – Die Lila Logistik AG


Oldenburgische Landesbank

OWNR Deutschland AG

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH


Société Générale


TE Connectivity

Vesuvius Plc

Yoozoo Games/Bigpoint Group

W.L. Gore

Work highlights

  • Gerry Weber: Advice on restructuring and insolvency proceedings; Comprehensive advice in all legal areas for restructuring and repositioning.
  • BCS Automotive Interface Solutions/ Luxshare: Advice on global restructuring with plant closings and reorganizations in Germany, UK, USA and Poland.
  • Worldwide market leading jeweler: Advising on a large number of cross-border mandates in the areas of global restructuring; Advice on long-term incentive programs and Covid-19 responses.


Its interdisciplinary set-up enables Noerr's employment law practice to handle a broad range of topics including matters at various intersections. This leads to regular instructions from companies on restructurings, including those in a reorganisation and insolvency setting, as well as on transactions and strategic restructurings. These segments are also key areas of expertise for practice head Andreas Butz. Recently, the practice has also been increasingly active in advising on the use of external staff, where Daniel Happ frequently takes the lead but he also counts HR and contractor compliance among his core areas. This offering is complemented by advisory capacities in the segments collective bargaining and employee data protection as well as employee participation, outsourcing projects and court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Butz


The team, led by Andreas Butz, often supports us with strategically important labor law projects as well as in connection with M&A projects and reorganizations (including negotiations with works councils). We appreciate the high-quality services and the creative approach in finding solutions. In addition, the team is responsive and always ready to support us. Andreas Butz and his team have in-depth knowledge of the retail sector and understand our economic interests.

Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater

During the research period, Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater built up a remarkable track record advising on nationwide and international restructurings and major projects, including post-merger integrations, acting for international corporations, DAX-listed companies, large medium-sized enterprises and family businesses. This is a specialist subject for founding partner Stefan Seitz, while he also demonstrates expertise in collective bargaining law and compliance. He jointly heads the team with restructuring experts Thomas Kania and Marc Werner. Kania and Werner are also well versed in works constitution law, and Werner in pensions and corporate co-determination. They receive regular support from counsel Maximilian Schmidt, who complements these skills with expertise in sports employment law, which means that the team's offering is also tailored to the needs of professional athletes. While the practice covers all sectors, recent highlights concerned the automotive, mechanical engineering and healthcare sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Esser; Maximilian Schmidt

Key clients




Signa Gruppe/ Karstadt, Kaufhof

Thyssenkrupp Elevator




Bayer AG


Jabil Inc.

GoDaddy Inc.

Flowserve Inc.

Nemak Group


Roche Pharma

Sony Europe

R&V Versicherung

Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller



Universitätsklinik Köln



AXA Versicherung AG

EA Electronic Arts


WKW Gruppe



Micro Focus

Work highlights

  • PSA / Opel: Advice on the integration into the network of the Groupe PSA combined with a downsizing of approx. 6,000 employees, collective bargaining with IG Metall and spin-off of the technology center to Segula (approx. 2,000 employees). In addition, relocation of the corporate headquarters of the PCD companies from Cologne to Rüsselsheim as well as legal advice on corporate co-determination issues.
  • Signa Group / Karstadt, Kaufhof: Support in the complete labor law project control and implementation of the merger of the two department store groups, affected approx. 30,000 employees, downsizing of approx. 5,000 employees in headquarters and branches, company pension, IT systems, corporate co-determination, collective bargaining, advice on matters of the supervisory board and the management.
  • Advent / Cinven / Thyssen Krupp Elevator: Thyssenkrupp sold its elevator division to a consortium made up of the private equity houses Advent and Cinven, the Abu Dhabi State Fund (ADIA) and the Essen-based RAG Foundation. The team advised investors Advent and Cinven on collective bargaining agreements and works agreements and took on the entire negotiation process in matters of co-determination law.

Baker McKenzie

Well versed in both employment and pension law, Baker McKenzie specialises in providing employment law support for reorganisations, restructurings and transactions, advising on staff reduction measures and post-merger integration issues. Munich-based Steffen Scheuer is a key contact in this space. He jointly heads the practice with Frankfurt-based Christian Reichel, who covers the full spectrum of employment law and demonstrates particular expertise in company pension schemes and litigation. When handling restructuring-related and transactional work, the team works closely with colleagues from the corporate, M&A and tax practices, the importance of which was underscored with the partner appointment of Matthias Köhler in July 2020, while its data protection law expertise is based on synergies with the firm's IT and data protection groups. This enables the team to handle mandates pertaining to digitisation and flexible working arrangements. Its portfolio also includes matters concerning the use of external staff and compliance.


' Extremely creative and practical. Very responsive and works tirelessly. I cannot recommend the team strongly enough. '

' The law firm is characterized by a very high level of knowledge and expertise as well as a very high level of problem-solving and result orientation. In addition, solutions are jointly developed that are based on practical requirements and fully meet operational requirements. Furthermore, the international positioning is very advantageous, especially for a globally positioned and active client. '

' The law firm knows how to manage international issues via a central contact person and to approach and solve the questions that are central to the practice with an excellent instinct without delving into legal theory. This is especially advantageous when there are many different countries that are addressed with central topics. '

' Our main contact is Christian Reichel. In addition to extensive expertise, he is particularly characterized by the fact that he is always looking for and finding solutions that are very practice-oriented. I have never experienced this before in more than 25 years of professional activity in various functions in the human resources area. Mr. Reichel is also a very experienced negotiator who establishes good contact with employee representatives, constantly develops new ideas and gives numerous, creative impulses with a view to the progress of negotiations. Here he is very determined, without losing sight of the negotiation situation. He is very natural, friendly and obliging to deal with and has an engaging demeanor. '

Work highlights

  • AbbVie: Advising on employment law on the $ 63 billion acquisition and global integration of Allergan.
  • SAP: Global employment law advice on the carve-out and sale of the digital voice business.
  • Capgemini: Advice on outsourcing Bayer AG's internal IT services.

Küttner Rechtsanwälte

Within the areas of individual and collective employment law, Küttner Rechtsanwälte specialises in advice on the preparation and implementation of restructurings, and places further emphasis on occupational pension schemes, works constitutions and the deployment of external staff. Key individuals in this space include, among others, Jürgen RöllerThomas Niklas and Tim Wißmann, while Wißmann is also a central contact for compliance investigations and Niklas for employee data protection. This results in a steady flow of mandates from employers, and to a lesser extent from managers, on a broad range of matters, including litigation, and has recently appealed to players in the banking, insurance, transport, automotive and telecommunication sectors in particular.

Key clients

ACV Automobil-Club Verkehr e.V.


B&H Bertschat & Hundertmark Unternehmensgruppe


Commerzbank AG

DB Privat- und Firmenkundenbank AG

Desoutter GmbH

Deutsche Post DHL

Deutz AG

DEVK Versicherungen


Forschungszentrum Jülich

Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG

GAV AG (German Assistance Versicherung AG)


Hefe van Haag GmbH & Co. KG


Japan Tobacco International

Kameha Grand Bonn und Maritim Hotel Bonn

LichtBlick SE

Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG

LSG Lufthansa Service

MeinAuto GmbH

NGN Netzgesellschaft Niederrhein mbH, Krefeld

Nissan Center Europe GmbH


PULSE Unternehmensgruppe

Saurer Spinning Solutions GmbH & Co. KG

Schlemmer Automotive


Schmidt + Clemens

Simon-Kucher & Partners Strategy & Marketing Consultants GmbH

SODECIA Powertrain Europe GmbH

Stadt Frechen

Städtische Kliniken Neuss – Lukaskrankenhaus GmbH


Volksbank Rhein-Erft

WDR mediagroup

WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk

Zurich Gruppe Deutschland GmbH

Work highlights

  • 1 & 1 Versatel: Accompaniment in front of the arbitration board for the replacement of a company agreement on voluntary benefits as well as ongoing advice on labor law on questions in day-to-day business
  • ACV Automobil-Club Verkehr eV: Ongoing labor law advice and representation in individual and collective labor law; Redesign of all working conditions taking into account labor law 4.0 and replacement of collective law regulations.
  • Bonnfinanz: Advice on the harmonization of collective and individual working conditions after the company was spun off from the Zurich Insurance Group.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Employers rely on Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's expertise in restructuring and reorganisation projects; a focus of practice head Paul Schreiner, among others, while he also advises on the restructuring of corporate groups from a co-determination law perspective, as well as on collective disputes between the company's social partners. In addition to restructuring work, during the research period, the team demonstrated its expertise in litigation in particular, most notably in the context of dismissal protection proceedings and proceedings pertaining to personnel leasing and collective bargaining law. This expertise is regularly called upon by companies as well as executives. Other regular work includes non-contentious collective bargaining law, agile working matters, remuneration structures and company pension schemes. The last-mentioned segment was further strengthened with the arrival of counsel Joachim Reichenberger in January 2020. He was previously at Flick Gocke Schaumburg and handles matters at the intersection with tax law and also brings experience in company social security. The logistics and healthcare sectors are a particularly important segment of its client base.

Practice head(s):

Paul Schreiner


Pragmatic, fast and practical.

Very solution-oriented and practical. If necessary, we can achieve very quick results across Europe in the shortest possible time.

Maintaining contacts with the individual clients and the in-house events. You always get the feeling that your colleagues are also interested in the everyday trimmings in order to provide us with better support. New colleagues in particular try to adapt this accordingly.

Always thinking in the interests of the client and acting in accordance with corporate goals. Extremely good and personal relationships of trust with individual people. Solution-oriented and sometimes uncomfortable in the question to get the best out of together.

‘The ability to grasp and work out what is relevant to us are unique. You always get to the point and don’t write legal treatises without practical relevance.

Axel Braun: Experienced, committed and well connected.

Axel Braun: Absolute professional – quickly competent and always solution-oriented.

Key clients

METRO Cash & Carry Deutschland GmbH


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



Deutsche Bahn AG

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe

Work highlights

  • All German companies from Amazon: Litigation: Germany-wide support with international involvement.
  • Deutsche Bahn AG: Accompaniment in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) due to the uniform collective bargaining law
  • Metro Germany GmbH: Advice on reorganizations in sales and the supply chain.

Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law

In addition to its offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and München, Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law opened a fifth office in Hamburg in autumn 2020. In this national set-up, the practice is well placed to provide assistance with corporate acquisitions and restructurings, which are routinely handled with Thomas Wahlig and Tobias Pusch in the lead. With the arrival of Alexander Lorenz in December 2019 from Baker Tilly Roelfs, the team gained additional clout in this space. Wahlig and Pusch are also among the key contacts for the drafting and negotiation of collective agreements, while, thanks to its cross-location cooperation, the team is also well equipped to guide clients through data protection matters; an advisory segment that was further strengthened with the arrivals of Tobias Brors and counsel Eva Trost, who joined the firm from Arqis Rechtsanwälte in November 2019 and February 2020 respectively. Another fixed component of the team's work is its support in court proceedings as well as advice on company pension schemes, strategic HR issues and compliance, including internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Pusch


' The specialization in one area of law ensures excellent specialist knowledge at all locations. Also convinces with a good network abroad. '

' The practice combines really outstanding specialist knowledge and, when it comes down to it, academic excellence with pragmatic advice that can really be implemented for a company. Pusch Wahlig combines internationality with excellent regional networking. Super efficiency and always state of the art. An innovative player in the field of new legal tech tools. '

' With Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law, we had excellent legal advice at our side. Immediately after the first exchange, a specialist team was put together that dealt intensively with our complex issues. Real consultation took place; We were shown options, taking into account possible opportunities and risks, which were precisely tailored to our legal situation. The schedule set up at the beginning was adhered to and gave us sufficient feedback / coordination loops. We knew where we were at all times. '

'' Excellent understanding of the issues and challenges; solution-oriented and always available promptly. '

' The good thing for us as customers is that the law firm / lawyers not only provide theoretical, legal explanations, but also clear solution approaches and risk assessments. This enables us to put the topics into practice quickly and with a clear cost assessment. '

' Personal contact person, you will not be passed on or referred to other lawyers without prior consultation. Quick individual advice, both pragmatic practical tips and carefully worked out recommendations. '

' The team is incredibly dynamic as well as being effective and efficient; However, this is always combined with a high degree of social competence towards external stakeholders. '

'' 7/24 hour service. Always up to date with the latest professional developments. Pragmatic, practice-oriented, very good client management. '

'' Fast processing of all concerns and distribution of topics nationwide. All lawyers are very quickly familiar with the individual issues and are always able to speak . '

' At Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law, you receive targeted advice that is appropriate to the corporate context. In contrast to other law firms, you don't have to fight your way through pages of memos (unless you wish) to understand the legal context, but still not get a recommendation for action. At the same time, meaningful representation is always ensured. '

' The combination of expertise and personal commitment and support from the partners is unique. Even smaller topics are usually dealt with with the highest professionalism in a short time. If topics require longer processing time, the law firm keeps the customer informed of the response time and offers alternative support if necessary. '

'' Very good practice-oriented advice; very short response times; very good preparation of court cases; safe and professional litigation. '

' Excellent teamwork and smooth communication. '

' Convinced in all topics of labor law, individually, collectively and also in matters of principle. Efficient and practical. '

' Committed partners, very fast response times and with all their hearts. '

' Great support, quick and uncomplicated feedback. '

' A lot of specialist knowledge and experience, pragmatic, uncomplicated and fast. Good thinking and looking for good solutions. '

'' Good accessibility, prompt, reliable feedback with pragmatic solutions. Obviously successful negotiation strategies. '

' The employees exchange content and expertise very well with one another. There are always two lawyers who know my cases, so that there is always a contact person available during vacation or sick leave. To us as customers, it seems as if there is a very good working atmosphere, the team works very well together and the mood is always positive. '

' Absolute experts in the field of labor law paired with a very good sense of the entrepreneurial relevance of labor law issues. '

' There are clear statements, we have controversial discussions, advantages and disadvantages are exchanged and weighed up. Because we have permanent contact persons, they know our group of companies, with the special features due to the structures but also due to the different clientele in the various areas. And don't forget, the mood is always positive and we laugh a lot together. '

'' Strong entrepreneurial mindset, pragmatic and efficient solutions. Very quick and effective support, especially for short-term issues and inquiries. '

'' Very good specialist knowledge of all areas of labor law. Working calmly; solution-oriented attitude; Problems are exposed but not brought to the fore; very good inclusion of corporate policy and tactical aspects in decision-making. '

' Top quality in labor law paired with modern teamwork and empathy for the customer is what distinguishes the PWW Legal team from partner to associate. '

' The team is very well organized and structured and is very familiar with the management of labor court processes in particular. '

'' Reliable, fast, empathetic and solution-oriented. '

'' Excellent level of service and virtually continuous availability with short response times. '

' At the partner level, PWW Legal is not only characterized by excellent quality, but also by outstanding interpersonal skills and a down-to-earth attitude that is convincing for the customer. Something that is otherwise unrivaled !! '

' Long-term collaboration with Alexander Lorenz. He convinces with an efficient, calm professional way of working with a great deal of specialist knowledge, without getting lost in details. Especially in questions of restructuring and the associated balance of interests and social plan negotiations. '

' I recently worked extremely well, especially with Alexander Lorenz on a restructuring project. The high degree of professionalism in technical and methodical competence, perseverance and calm, with which Mr. Lorenz acts, is impressive and strongly encourages future cooperation. '

' Tobias Pusch: Very strategic, highly intelligent, very forward-looking, very focused on legal as well as business issues, trustworthy. '

' The personal high availability and legal as well as tactical negotiation advice from Tobias Pusch was particularly impressive. '

' Pusch Wahlig has a unique combination of profound competence in labor law and social security law and proximity to the Berlin start-up scene. Tobias Pusch works for his company to advance the digitization of the world of law firms and thus has a lot of understanding and empathy for the world of an entrepreneur. The information and statements are balanced between completeness and pragmatic recommendation. '

' Tobias Pusch: Entrepreneur and founder himself, thinks strategically, is very solution-oriented. '

' Britta Alscher: Deep competence in labor law, very comprehensive advice, gets to the bottom of things, is always quick and binding with agreed timelines. '

' Britta Alscher: Always available or get back to you promptly, binding information that takes into account the special features of your own company / industry; Information about the company remains available so that you do not have to describe all the circumstances from the beginning again in each case. '

' Jochen Keilich is our longstanding and reliable contact with the highest quality of advice. We also work with the likeable Britta Alscher. '

' Jochen Keilich always reacts incredibly quickly and appears confident in court proceedings. '

' Jochen Keilich: Very good understanding of the basic situation and situation of an HR person; Very good all-round view, so that conflicts with peripheral issues of labor law are not lost. '

' I experience Jochen Keilich as highly committed, competent, flexible and precise.'

' Thomas Wahlig: in addition to the highest professional qualifications (and also a fair reference to non-applicable specialist areas), the holistic approach / overall context is remarkable, beyond the original question. '

' Tobias Brors is particularly outstanding: technically top-class and with an impressive technical understanding. I have never seen anyone who can resolve confrontations with a works council with technical expertise and a feeling for opportunities and lines of compromise as he can. Especially when the works council hides behind its technical experts, Mr. Brors breaks open camp. An absolute top negotiator. In a situation like the corona pandemic, in which companies are dependent on the rapid introduction of new software, this ability can be a real game changer. '

' Tobias Brors' advice is characterized by his pragmatic approach and creative solutions. In addition, it is his down-to-earth attitude that is why one likes to get Mr. Brors' opinion on legal issues or even to discuss complicated legal constellations with him. '

' The whole team around Tobias Brors worked its way through a large number of company-specific documents in a very short time. Each and every one of them is an expert in his or her field and has given us the best advice, taken up topics pro-actively and prepared them in a structured and understandable manner. The exchange was uncomplicated (by email or phone) and very flexible in terms of time. With a high degree of solution orientation, everyone showed healthy pragmatism. '

' Holger Thomas: Very good knowledge of labor law restructuring projects. '

' The cooperation is always friendly, always very pleasant and personally enjoyable. We actually always come to joint assessments and good to very good results. Even in the greatest tension, Holger Thomas keeps track of things. He is unpretentious and never loses his calm. '

' We are continuing and intensifying our professional cooperation even in the difficult Corona fairway. As one of the TOP boutiques, PWWL covers the entire spectrum of labor law. Already always active throughout Germany, all major cities are now covered by their own offices. The quality is consistently high. The approach is pragmatic. The PWWL colleagues can be reached at short notice at any time. Working with associates on simpler court dates is also gratifying. PWWL has a good youth policy and is growing organically there. PWWL has a consistently good to high level and also offers good package solutions for cases for which a partner assignment is not absolutely necessary. PWWL has to follow all trends at its level and is adept at self-marketing. But where it counts, quality is delivered – and that's what counts. The quality of the typesetting is consistently high. '

Key clients

Carl Zeiss AG


Edmond de Rothschild


flaschenpost SE

Gartner Deutschland GmbH

infinIT Services GmbH


Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba)


Mc Donald’s


Reemtsma/Imperial Tobacco

Rolls Royce




Work highlights

  • Federal Association of System Gastronomy (BdS): Advice on the collective agreement for the short-time work caused by the Corona crisis as well as advice to McDonald’s on the design of the possibility that employees can work at Aldi quickly and unbureaucratically in the event of short-time work at McDonald’s.
  • RWE Renewables International GmbH (vormals E.ON Climate & Renewables GmbH): Advice on the change from E.ON to RWE Group and on preparing the complex transfer of operations to RWE Renewables GmbH together with innogy SE's Renewable Energies division in 2020.
  • bottle post SE: Advising the start-up on all labor law matters. Lastly, advice on data protection, compliance issues, occupational health and safety issues and questions of labor law 4.0.


At the beginning of 2020, employment boutique vangard significantly expanded its partner roster with the appointment of Jan-Ove Becker and Tobias Berdesinski to equity partners and Thorben Klopp and Antje Peterhänsel to salary partners. Becker shares a focus on works constitution law with Berdesinski and a specialism in co-determination law with Peterhänsel, while Peterhänsel also advises on employment law-related data protection, and Becker also provides assistance with restructurings including post-merger integration. Berdesinski is also experienced in company pension schemes, while Klopp advises on employment relationships with executives as well as on reconciliation of interests and social plan procedures. This broad range of topics corresponds to the firm's broad offering of individual and collective employment law matters. Thus, companies rely on the team's expertise for ongoing issues but also instruct the practice to assist with project work and nationwide litigation. In January 2021, Sebastian Maiß and Peter Hützen left the firm to launch the new michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte office in Düsseldorf.

Key clients

AccorInvest Germany GmbH Nein

AFH Germany GmbH (Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister)

CinemaxX Gruppe

Dachser SE

Generali Gruppe


LifeFit Gruppe (Fitness First, smile x, Elbgym u.a.)

Merlin Entertainments

Group Deutschland GmbH


Radisson Deutschland

Western Union (Frankfurt, Wien, London, Denver)

Work highlights

  • AccorInvest Germany GmbH: Ongoing advice, including conducting all legal proceedings.
  • AFH Germany GmbH (Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister): Permanent advice on labor law.
  • General Group: Advice on company pension schemes.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises national and international companies on various individual and collective employment law matters and, thanks to its multidisciplinary and cross-location cooperation, the team is well equipped to guide clients through matters at various intersections such as restructurings and transactions. Within this space, the expertise of practice head Kai Bodenstedt is frequently called upon but he also regularly acts for clients in disputes with employees and works councils in court, including the Federal Labour Court, and before conciliation boards. Other key areas of expertise include occupational pension schemes, compliance and employee data protection. In August 2019, the practice lost Sascha Morgenroth to Simmons & Simmons, where he now heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Kai Bodenstedt

Other key lawyers:

Jens Kirchner, Marco Arteaga; Pascal Kremp; Volker von Alvensleben; Bernd Borgmann;  Eva Einfeldt


' The legal analysis is very thorough and the post-processing precise. '

' Good international cooperation. Consultants from different countries have known each other for many years and work closely together across borders. '

' DLA consultants are very familiar with the latest legislative changes and requirements, current market conditions and the sector in which they operate. The team is responsive and has excellent assertiveness. '

' The team is a great source of information and has years of experience. '

' The DLA Piper team was characterized in particular by: rapid familiarization with hitherto little-known and niche topics, very fast response times, broad internal network of specialist lawyers in a variety of directions, very fair pricing and contract design, excellent access to authorities and ministries, quick, honest and unvarnished legal assessments. '

' Kai Bodenstedt is combative, practical and always brings his advice to the point. The advice goes exactly to the needs of the company. '

' Jens Kirchner: Pragmatic, clear and very focused in terms of content. '

Key clients

Bird Rides

BorgWarner Inc

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Etihad Airways

Emirates Airlines

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA


Gruppe Ceramiche Ricchetti S.p.A.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

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


PVH (Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein)

SoftwareOne AG

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

Work highlights

  • Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA: Advice on various national and international labor law issues.
  • Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: Advice on the comprehensive package of measures announced by the company to increase profitability.
  • SoftwareOne AG: Advice on labor law issues in over 80 jurisdictions; controlled from Hamburg.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland assists clients with national and international projects, including cross-border restructuring and reorganisation projects, regularly working with colleagues in the M&A practice. Alongside this type of work, Frank Achilles advises on the implementation of new remuneration models and systems. He jointly heads the practice with Stefan Kursawe, who is well versed in works constitution law and collective bargaining disputes. Clients, including many national and international automotive and supplier groups, manufacturing and consumer goods companies, also regular instruct the practice to assist with ongoing employment law matters such as data protection and the use of external staff.

Practice head(s):

Frank Achilles;  Stefan Kursawe


' Great response time, competent and prompt. '

'' Extremely supportive and pragmatic approach, always adapted to the respective situation. '

' The team complements each other very well, and the law firm network provides competent support across disciplines and internationally. What we also really appreciate is the focus on employer representation. '

' Bernd Pirpamer impresses with his high level of expertise, a very good understanding of the issues in the company and a professional and calm appearance in court. '

' Stefan Kursawe is very careful to put together a team for cooperation that harmonizes very well and is generally always open to requests for improvement. '

Key clients

AR Packaging

Avery Dennison


Hörmann Industries


Messe München

Philip Morris



Stiftung Attl


Work highlights

  • Golder: Advice on labor law issues in connection with the Covid 19 pandemic.
  • Hörmann Industries: Advice on the conclusion of the social plan for Hörmann Automotive Penzberg GmbH.
  • AR Packaging: Long-term advice on various labor law issues.


National and international companies as well as high-ranking executives instruct the team at  Greenfort to handle various individual and collective employment law matters, including labour disputes. In the non-contentious space, this mostly involves M&A transactions and reorganisation measures, including related works council negotiations, as well as assistance in drafting and negotiating collective agreements. With Mark Lembke and Jens-Wilhelm Oberwinter jointly heading the practice, the team also handles the implementation of IT systems as well as compliance investigations, including the assertion of claims for damages against executive bodies and employees.


' Fair price-performance ratio: top quality, well organized, but not an exaggeratedly large team for each case, but exactly appropriate. '

'' Very practical and flexible way of working, very quick response times, a perfectly coordinated team. '

'' Strong team, manages to discuss complex topics in a very short time, to develop solutions and to create implementable / complete drafts, for example social plans / reconciliation of interests or company agreements. Active participation in the negotiations and excellent representation of the respective position. The employees are also characterized by the fact that they work in a solution-oriented manner in representing the interests of the respective party and clearly indicate to the client what is legally possible and what can realistically be enforced in the negotiation. As a result, this leads to good quick solutions. '

' Very strong team. Excellent briefs. Outstanding focus on results and proposed solutions. Also outstanding expertise in labor law. '

' A young and modern law firm.'

' All labor law attorneys are highly qualified. They act quickly and flexibly and deal intensively with minority interests, sound out all possible ways of settling disputes and provide excellent expertise on each individual case. Overall, the labor law team at the top with Mark Lembke is extremely homogeneous. '

' Regardless of the question, no matter how complex or urgent – Greenfort as a team always provides us as clients with competent and prompt support – regardless of individual contact persons. '

' Outstandingly competent, personal support – from the initial inquiry to a challenge to the signature of the contract / judgment and beyond. At any time! '

' Young, dynamic team. '

' Jens-Wilhelm Oberwinter: Excellent expert in labor law; extremely good advisor; good assessment of what is feasible and achievable; also tells the client what the limits of what is feasible and feasible are, even if the client does not want to admit it; thinks solution-oriented. He understands and accepts the business topic / problem and develops solutions. Instead, many lawyers explain why there is no solution instead of being creative. '

' Jen-Wilhelm Oberwinter: He not only impresses with his professional qualifications and presence in the market, but above all, he fits in perfectly with our needs personally. Mr. Oberwinter helps us very well in labor law and meets our requirements for personal advice at the highest level. '

' Mark Lembke: Can't think of a better lawyer and advocate. Always to the point. Innovative solutions. Stuck in the depths of the case. Always maintains complete control of the procedural development. Always one step ahead of the other party. '

' Mark Lembke: Very well structured, extremely helpful from the first minute and always available. '

Key clients

Abbott Medical GmbH

Austin Fraser GmbH


Braskem Europe GmbH

CBRE Global Investors Germany GmbH; CBRE Global Investment Administration Germany GmbH

Controlware Holding GmbH; Dimetis GmbH; iCognize GmbH


CSL Behring GmbH

Degussa Bank AG

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

Gas-Union GmbH

Gorenje Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

GTA Reisen GmbH; Kuoni-Gruppe

Information Bridge GmbH


InnoEnergy GmbH

INVISTA (Deutschland) GmbH; INVISTA Resins & Fibers GmbH; INVISTA Textiles Germany GmbH

John Zink KEU GmbH

Korn Ferry (DE) GmbH

MDH AG Mamisch Dental Health

Molex Elektronik GmbH; Molex Connectivity GmbH; Molex Deutschland GmbH; FCT elektonic GmbH

Molex CVS Dabendorf GmbH

Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe GmbH


PIMCO Deutschland GmbH

Planon GmbH


Skrill Services GmbH

Stratasys GmbH

Travelport Deutschland GmbH; Travelport-Gruppe

Value Trust Financial Advisors SE

Work highlights

  • Coty: Advice on reorganization measures including the closure of a production site; Advice on corporate participation; Advice and representation in the separation of managing directors; Advice on works constitution law matters including representation in legal disputes and arbitration proceedings.
  • ING-DiBa AG: Advice and representation in negotiations with trade unions about a new future collective bargaining agreement, and other collective bargaining issues (in particular collective bargaining system) as well as issues related to strike issues and organizational changes. Also advice and representation in labor disputes.
  • CSL Behring: Comprehensive advice on labor law and representation in labor courts, including contesting the election of the representative for severely disabled employees (2nd instance); Drafting numerous company agreements; Labor law support for an internal compliance investigation.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

In April 2020, Ulrich Fülbier took over the lead of GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB's employment law practice from Marcus Richter, which specialises in employment-related restructurings of large national and international corporations but the team is also well placed to handle general employment and social security law matters on an ongoing basis, including associated litigation. Fülbier regularly assists with internal investigations alongside negotiations of reconciliations of interests and social plans, while Richter, as well as advising on restructurings, also handles acquisitions alongside outsourcing and integration projects.

Practice head(s):

Ulrich Fülbier


A strong team that coordinates with each other on a regular basis so that information is available even when someone from the team is not present. Overall, the team is always up to date with the latest case law.

Competent and friendly team.

‘In addition to his experience and extremely strong rhetoric in negotiation situations, Thomas Bezani also always has the latest labor law knowledge and passion .’

Key clients


AVIA Gruppe

Bank of America / Merrill Lynch

Borgers SE & Co. KGaA (Johann Borgers GmbH & Olbrich GmbH)

Deutsche Post DHL

DURA Gruppe

Getty Images Gruppe

Hamburger Hochbahn


Hologic Gruppe

Ingersoll Rand

KfH Kuratorium für Dialyse und Nierentransplantation e.V.

Konika Minolta

Kraftanlagen München GmbH

Marquard&Bahls AG

Mizuho Group / Trilux

M Plan GmbH

Otto Kind Gruppe

P&I Personal & Informatik AG


The KaDeWe Group GmbH

Tropical Island Gruppe

Veolia Gruppe

Vorwerk Unternehmensgruppe


Zeitfracht Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Johann Borgers GmbH and Olbrich GmbH: Restructuring under labor law, including the management of dismissal protection processes or the accompaniment of restructuring collective bargaining and negotiations of reconciliation of interests and social plans.
  • DURA Automotive Body & Glass Systems GmbH / DURA Automotive Plettenberg Leisten und Blenden GmbH: Advice on labor law and support in reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations, including arbitration proceedings, with regard to the closure of three companies with a total of around 1,000 employees.
  • Kraftanlagen München GmbH: Advice on labor law when checking compliance issues.

Schweibert Leßmann & Partner

Schweibert Leßmann & Partner is dedicated to providing M&A-related employment law advice as well as handling restructuring mandates. Rüdiger Hopfe is one of the team's key advisors on national and international transactions but he also provides wide-range assistance with occupational pension issues, while Ulrike Schweibert regularly takes on restructuring work and acts in disputes before the Federal Labour Court and the ECJ. Anja Mengel also specialises in restructuring-related employment law and demonstrates expertise in drafting terms and conditions of employment, including remuneration systems, company agreements, collective bargaining law and company pensions. She also advises on compliance matters such as employee data protection, which constitutes a key area of expertise for the practice. Other work includes handling management matters for both corporates and executive bodies; recently, the team advised a number of executives on the establishment and termination of service and employment contracts.


' If the attorney in charge is absent, a well-trained team colleague is available as a contact person. '

'' Very practical, always implementable consulting services, intensive industry knowledge, immediate contact and availability in timely projects, qualitatively homogeneous advice. '

' The law firm is extremely client-oriented and provides intensive support beyond what is usual in the development of strategic considerations and the holistic assessment of the consequences. The main skills of the law firm are the evaluation of individual and collective law options, taking into account the overall context and goals to be achieved. We have had excellent experiences with the team throughout, and the high level in individual cases was also maintained in the case of substitution. '

'' Very competent team in all questions of labor law; very good advice; Very high flexibility; very good results that are also practical and can be implemented in the company; A lot of experience in corporate politics. '

' Competence paired with very good communication skills and pragmatism. '

' Cooperation with the team runs smoothly and is very trusting, even across offices. Even if the practice is rather lean in comparison, there were no problems in the context of a sometimes highly demanding transaction, not even in the area of resources. '

'' Professional employment law advice at the highest level. The team is very efficient and solution-oriented. '

' The team is (stayed) young, friendly, helpful and competent. You can tell that the team likes to work together! '

'' Special competence at Ulrike Schweibert and Rüdiger Hopfe: Practical, implementation-oriented consulting approach. '

' Ulrike Schweibert: A very dynamic and positive person who is looking for creative solutions and who is always attentive to people and content. Legally excellent, highly experienced and well-versed, recognized and respected in the market. '

' Ulrike Schweibert: Outstanding lawyer who has a lot of experience in advising companies; Consulting is particularly characterized by the fact that it is targeted and can also be implemented in corporate practice. Not only the legal points, but also the challenges of a company are taken into account. Ms. Schweibert always shows great commitment and can also deliver very good results under great time pressure. '

'The main contacts for us are Ulrike Schweibert and Christoph Herrmann. Both have excellent technical skills, but also a high level of negotiating skills, with which they were able to successfully lead critical situations in an individual, collective operational and collective bargaining context. '

' Nicole Engesser is experienced and assertive (in all directions). We appreciate your clear words, also outside the box. Working with her is also beneficial on a human level. '

' Anja Mengel is an outstanding colleague who is also fun to work with personally. '

' Anja Mengel works quickly, pragmatically and to the point with an understanding of the particularities of labor and social security law in charitable organizations and foundations. '

' Anja Mengel: Very high level of specialist knowledge that leads to a target-oriented result for the client and stakeholders in the international economic area. '

Key clients

Allianz SE

Apax Capital Partners

Aviation Passage Service Berlin GmbH/WISAG Gruppe

Bain Capital / Cinven

Banque Europèenne du Crédit Mutiel

BNP Paribas S.A. Niederlassung Deutschland

Citigroup Global Markets Deutschland AG

CSL Behring GmbH

CSL Plasma GmbH

Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank

Deutsche Kreditbank

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Deutsche Radiologie Holding GmbH

Deutscher Raiffeisenverband e.V.

Deutsche Wertpapier Bank

Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners Management GmbH

Fresenius Gruppe

Foodora / Lieferando / Delivery Hero

I.K. Hoffmann GmbH

Investitionsbank Berlin

KfW Bankengruppe

Kirkland & Ellis

Pöllath + Partner

Landesbank Berlin und Gruppe

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH

Sartorius Gruppe

Sparkasse Bremen

Sparkasse Hochfranken

Solaris Bank AG

TAKATA AG / Joyson Safety Systems

Triumph Motorrad Deutschland

Unilever Deutschland AG

Volkswagen Financial Services AG / Volkswagen Bank

WISAG Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Apax Capital Partners: Advice on labor law on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Adco Group (Dixie, Toi Toi).
  • Aviation Passage Service Berlin GmbH & Co: Advice on the design of a social plan in connection with the closure of passenger operations at the airports in Berlin and Brandenburg.
  • BNP Paribas SA: Comprehensive advice on individual and collective law issues, in particular on the rights of co-determination of the works council, advice on and conclusion of collective agreements on different rights of co-determination; Advice on restructuring.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing's employment, pensions & mobility (EPM) group is best known for providing restructuring advice - for which practice head Marc André Gimmy is a key contact - and HR compliance advice as well as handling matters pertaining to the use of external staff and works constitution law. Typically, these mandates stem from HR service providers and players in the technology, media and communications, consumer goods and, increasingly, healthcare sectors, who benefit from the team's cooperation with various other offices and colleagues from the TMT and M&A groups, among other practices. This collaboration is also called upon when advising on Work 4.0., which includes not only digitisation matters but also various niche areas such as gamification and microchipping of employees.

Practice head(s):

Marc André Gimmy

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Bertram


' Taylor Wessing has several employees in labor law with a high level of expertise, so that a competent contact person who knows our company and processes and can represent us competently is also available for holidays, etc. The quality of the briefs stands out positively from other briefs from the past. '

'' Good cross-location and cross-border cooperation within the law firm. High scalability, ie also for topics that require a short-term and rapid expansion of capacities, TW is able to map this requirement. High quality advice across the entire team. '

'' Every law firm expects / requires very good professional skills. TaylorWessing, however, managed to take our individual corporate culture (which had changed drastically in a very short time due to the change of management) into account in every legal consultation and to offer us appropriate, pragmatic alternatives . '

'' Quick accessibility, discussion at eye level, practical and efficient approach; Service concept. '

' Good balance between legal requirements and pragmatism, which is often so important in operational practice. '

' Legal advice is practical and can therefore be used very well in the company. '

'' Good, smooth cooperation with other specialist disciplines (such as corporate and M&A) and clients. Friendly atmosphere, at the same time determined in negotiating with the other side. Pragmatic solutions. '

' The practice is international, friendly and professionally very broad. The processing lawyers work in a team and are easy to reach, even in Corona times. You notice the experience in the team in dealing with difficult topics, so that successes can often be achieved before the negotiation. The advice is always cooperative and goal-oriented, so you get a result quickly. '

' The employees were able to score points on the basis of a broad experience base, with well-qualified examples that were appropriate to the topic and resulting from practice. The contact persons were always able to provide targeted help on our topics. '

' Top service with a personal and absolutely pragmatic touch. Always close to the legal areas with an eye on what is feasible. Discussions at eye level . '

' On the one hand, the TW team is always up to date with the latest case law and finds workable solutions. There is almost no such thing as 'impossible', but ways are shown how it could work. The advice is very practice-oriented. '

' Marc André Gimmy: Pragmatic Consulting Approach. '

' Marc André Gimmy: Maintains his calm manner even in difficult situations. He is very competent and obliging and also has the humor that is sometimes necessary .'

Key clients


American Airlines

Bostonair Recruitment

Cobalt Recruitment



DEKRA Arbeit








LMT Group


Michael Page





Transparency International

TTI Inc.

ÜSTRA Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe

W. L. Gore & Associates

Zeppelin Group

Work highlights

  • TTI Inc.: Permanent advice on labor and immigration law in various European countries.
  • Hays: Permanent employment law advice for the personnel service provider.
  • Transparency International: Advice on internal investigations as a result of a prominent article in the Guardian about alleged compliance-relevant misconduct by management.

act AC Tischendorf Rechtsanwälte

The employment law practice at act AC Tischendorf Rechtsanwälte is regarded as a good contact for medium-sized companies that require assistance with restructurings and cross-border projects but it also handles the full spectrum of day-to-day employment law. In the transactional space, the practice was able to further expand its work for private equity firms. Matters at the intersection between employment law, restructuring and M&A, which constitute a key element of the practice, are regularly handled by co-heads Sven Tischendorf and Stephan Schwilden, among others, while Schwilden also covers occupational pensions. Other work includes compliance matters such as those pertaining to working hours and social security.

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Block


Very pragmatic, very flexible, able to respond to specific problems very quickly. Very structured, reliable and competent.

Fast, solution-oriented, successful deals.

The team is characterized by a high level of creativity, economic thinking and thorough working methods. The results are great and usually exceed expectations!

Stephan Schwilden: Grand master of the restructuring.

Thomas Block: Very trustworthy consultant with top results.

Thomas Block: Very competent, very quick in the head, very structured and at the same time creative. Develops fast and practicable solutions.

Key clients



All4Labels Gruppe


AVS Verkehrssicherung

Baden Board GmbH

Bitotest AG

Bisnode Group

CWS-boco Deutschland GmbH

Daiwa Capital Markets GmbH

Deutsche Bahn Telekommunikationstechnologie

Flyeralarm Gruppe

Galata Chemicals Gruppe


HSE24 Gruppe

Huber Packaging Group Deutschland GmbH

i@d Germany GmbH

ID Logistics

IHK Darmstadt

Kelvion Group


Marc Cain

Norma Group SE


Onlineprinters GmbH

Pond Security Group


Studsvik Germany GmbH

Talis Group

Tempton Group

UDG Gruppe

Vossloh-Schwabe Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Marc Cain: Advice on the labor law restructuring of the processes at the headquarters in Bodelshausen and in the stores in Germany; Advice from the conception of the measure to its operational implementation.
  • Hallhuber: Advice on restructuring under labor law and support in the reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations in connection with the nationwide store and shop closings.
  • HSE24 group: Comprehensive advice on all day-to-day labor law business, especially in connection with difficult separation situations and in negotiating complex company agreements.

Altenburg Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht

With offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, Altenburg Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht provides wide-ranging employment law advice to national and international clients. Its service portfolio ranges from data protection and compliance to reorganisations and restructurings all the way to litigation. Munich-based Stephan Altenburg is the key contact.

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Altenburg

Arqis Rechtsanwälte

Arqis Rechtsanwälte has undergone an internal transformation process following the arrival of Tobias Neufeld in March 2020, who led the global employment practice at Allen & Overy LLP until the end of 2018 and worked independently before joining, and has since built up the firm's pensions group. He heads the practice together with works council remuneration and data protection expert Andrea Panzer-Heemeier, which is in close exchange with the firm's data protection, IP and corporate colleagues, thus placing advice at these intersections at the heart of its client work. This set-up also enabled the team to introduce the advisory segment digital ethics, which aims to assist companies with digital ethics processes, while remuneration ordinance for institutions and compliance are other key topics. Tobias Brors, whose focus lies on advising SMEs, moved to Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law in September 2019 and Eva Trost, who handles various individual and collective employment law matters, followed in February 2020 and joined as counsel.


' Arqis takes the special requirements of family businesses into account. '

' Compared to other law firms, Arqis impresses with target and solution-oriented advice with a high level of agility, very good industry knowledge and trusting cooperation. '

' Andrea Panzer-Heemeier impresses with a high degree of goal and solution orientation, strong customer orientation, trusting cooperation, proactivity and excellent knowledge of restructuring projects, labor and data protection law; In addition, negotiating skills and abilities, very good industry knowledge (retail). '

' Andrea Panzer-Heemeier works in detail into the facts and works together to develop proposals for solutions that are not just short-term and are individually tailored to the situation. '

Key clients

Konzernbetriebsrat der Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen car. SW Org Wolfsburg AG

Metro AG

Triumph Controls Germany GmbH

LexFox GmbH

Allianz Global Investors

Allianz Real Estate

McKinsey & Company, Inc.


Hochland Deutschland GmbH; Hochland SE

L’Oréal Deutschland GmbH

Tengelmann Twenty-One KG

Ornua Deutschland GmbH

International School of Düsseldorf

St. Georges International Schools

CWS boco International GmbH

C. Thywissen GmbH

HSP Schwahlen GmbH

HUK Coburg WaG

ON Semiconductor Germany GmbH

Vesuvius GmbH (Vesuvius PLC)

Work highlights

  • Volkswagen AG: Strategic advice to the group works council on works council remuneration and on cooperation with the US monitor Larry Thompson, including related data protection issues.
  • LexFox GmbH: Advice on the development of a new legal tech labor law service K-Score for the preventive assessment of the risk of termination under labor law.
  • Volkswagen car. SW Org Wolfsburg AG: Advice in connection with the SE conversion, participation agreement and the drafting of structural collective agreements.

Hengeler Mueller

At Hengeler Mueller, employment law advice often takes place in the context of M&A transactions, which is not least due to the close interaction with respective colleagues, but the team also handles standalone employment law work such as board of directors, managing director and executive matters, which make up a significant part of its workload. Hendrik Bockenheimer and Christian Hoefs are among the key contacts for both segments, while Hoefs also focuses on the set-up and adjustment of pension schemes as well as on corporate co-determination.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Providing ongoing employment law advice, which spans a wide range of matters, including the representation in court and conciliations proceedings, constitutes a reliable pillar of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's business. In other work, the practice provides advice on restructurings, often with Martin Reufels in the lead, as well as on the implementation of compliance measures. Recently, Andreas Walle assisted a number of companies with disputes under business and constitutional law as well as with the parting of high-ranking employees. He jointly heads the practice with Bernd Weller. In November 2020, the firm was strengthened by the arrival of former Dentons co-head Utz Andelewski, who joined together with three of his colleagues.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Walle;  Bernd Weller

Other key lawyers:

Martin Reufels; Utz Andelewski


Fast, efficient and entrepreneurial.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Working in close cooperation with various offices and practice groups, Hogan Lovells International LLP puts significant emphasis on cross-border work, most notably restructurings and transactional projects, as well as on matters at the intersection with compliance and data protection such as mandates pertaining to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and employee data protection. The team is also well versed in occupational pension schemes and demonstrates particular sector expertise in automotive - with practice head Tim Gero Joppich being a key figure in this space - alongside insurance, pharma, energy and chemicals as well as in finance. Kerstin Neighbour heads the global employment law practice and focuses on transactional employment law issues and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Tim Gero Joppich


'' Very good specialist knowledge, also in related areas of law; Access to experts in other areas of law; Client interests are in the foreground. '

' The team is characterized by great experience, expertise, tactical negotiation skills and a sense of momentum. '

' The problem described is understood and recorded very quickly; very fast response times; Answer exactly matches the question asked; very quick, competent but easy to understand answers. In short: advice at the very highest level. '

'' Broad expertise in labor law and also in the field of company pension schemes. '

' Eckhard Schwarz also offers comprehensive and pragmatic solutions for medium-sized companies. The law firm's international network is very good and inquiries are processed very quickly. '

' Eckhard Schwarz: Always available, very good specialist knowledge, acts in the interests of the clients, very quick processing. '

Work highlights

  • Generali Germany AG: Advice on the restructuring of SSYtoLead and representation in defending against claims for additional benefits from the volunteer program and social plan. Advice on negotiating the remaining measures and the works council structure adapted to the new structure.
  • IDUNA SIGNAL: Advice on labor law issues relating to the group-wide transformation program VISION2023 and in negotiations with employee representatives.
  • Ford Motor Company: Advised Volkswagen on a $ 2.6 billion investment in Ford's autonomous vehicle platform company, Argo AI (Argo).

JUSTEM Rechtsanwälte

JUSTEM Rechtsanwälte focuses on matters at the interfaces with data protection and contractor compliance as well as on remuneration matters in the banking sector, while the team has recently been particularly active in providing employment law advice on separation scenarios, including dismissal protection proceedings. Handling board of directors and managing director matters constitutes a key area of expertise for Caroline Bitsch, who, like Thilo Mahnhold, is also well versed in the reorganisation and restructuring space, while Mahnhold assists with issues at the compliance interface and with the digitalisation of work procedures. Daniel Klösel, who was elevated to the partnership in January 2020, also advises on employee data protection and provides assistance with internal investigations alongside employee leasing matters. Henning Reitz is experienced in labour court litigation.


' The partners and employees of the law firm combine a distinctly high level of legal expertise with a special feel for what can be practically implemented. Good mix of ages and a high level of service. Always my first choice in labor law. '

' All of the JUSTEM partners are technically outstanding. You act as a homogeneous team. In essence, it doesn't matter which of the outstanding partners is handling the mandate. Everyone who works with the firm can feel this. '

' Both Caroline Bitsch and Thilo Mahnhold are excellent lawyers with a great deal of expertise in labor law. '

' Caroline Bitsch has many decades of experience, especially in collective labor law. She can count, is very assertive, service-oriented and technically brilliant. Thilo Mahnhold combines professional brilliance with youthful charm and persuasiveness. Henning Reitz brings the experience of a former labor judge to the table. '

' Caroline Bitsch: I don't know anyone who runs an employment law boutique with such care and quality. She is a role model in every respect. '

' Thilo Manhold: Outstanding restructurer, calm, prudent and technically excellent. '

' Henning Reitz: Very good litigator, especially in matters of principle. '

' Daniel Klösel: Serves the interface between labor law and IT in an exemplary manner. '

Key clients


ALANTRA Deutschland GmbH

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (BBVA)

Bethmann Bank AG

Branson Ultraschall


Handwerkskammer Rheinhessen

Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers AG

National Westminster Bank plc (vormals Royal Bank of Scotland plc)


R.A.T.H. Gruppe (VIAS Rail GmbH, Rurtahlbahn GmbH u.a.)

Rethink Legal

Technogroup Unternehmensgruppe

Tempo-Team Personaldienstleistungen GmbH (Randstad-Gruppe)

Universal Investment

Work highlights

  • Tempo-Team Personaldienstleistungen GmbH: Support in investigations into systematic violations of trade secrets by senior employees and external parties in connection with a planned move to a competitor.
  • Universal Investment: Comprehensive advice on labor law on individual and collective law issues, including questions on regulation and corporate co-determination, strategic advice on the introduction of labor law guidelines and negotiations with the works council on remuneration issues. In addition, representation in individual cases and separation scenarios and advice on the introduction of Covid-19-induced measures.
  • Technogroup group of companies: Comprehensive labor law advice on individual and collective law issues; strategic advice and litigation in separation scenarios against several executives, including preliminary investigation.


Laborius advises clients on the full range of individual and collective employment law and represents them in various disputes such as proceedings resulting from mass redundancies. Its non-contentious work frequently pertains to restructuring-related issues such as the negotiation of reconciliations of interests and social plans as well as the implementation of various personnel measures. While the team's focus lies on advising companies, its client portfolio also includes high-ranking executives, who receive advice on matters arising from the termination of employment. Peter Schrader is one of the key contacts for the representation of executives but he also handles restructuring measures and works agreement negotiations.

Key clients

Bahlsen GmbH & Co.KG

Meravis Immobiliengruppe

Meravis Wohnungsbau-und Immobilien GmbH

Sitech Sitztechnik GmbH

Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen AG (Werk Emden)

Volkswagen Automobile Hannover GmbH

Volkswagen Automobile Region Hannover GmbH

Work highlights

  • Helmstedter Revier GmbH / MIBRAG: Representation in proceedings in connection with the mass layoffs associated with the closure of the Buschhaus power station and the Schöningen open-cast lignite mine.
  • Meravis Immobiliengruppe: Advice on, among other things, the new and redesign of company agreements and drafting of employment contracts.
  • Br. Brasseler GmbH & Co. KG: Advice on the company-wide introduction of short-time working in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP demonstrates particular expertise in advising on transactions and restructuring measures, including those involving insolvency, and in handling negotiations with works councils and trade unions. Due to its global network, the practice plays out its strength in the context of cross-border mandates in particular. The team can draw on a similar wealth of experience in representing clients in court proceedings, which frequently arise from compliance investigations pertaining to unauthorised personnel leasing and false self-employment. Practice head Tobias Leder is a regular fixture in this space, while he also plays a key role in the non-contentious arena.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Leder

Other key lawyers:

Anne Kleffmann


' Extremely friendly, fast and very competent execution, but also the administrative support of the mandates. '

' The Latham & Watkins labor law team impresses with its very close personal contact. '

' Tobias Leder is characterized by a very forward-looking and meticulous way of working, which gives the client the security of always achieving the maximum result from the respective legal position. '

' Tobias Leder gets to grips with complex mandates extremely quickly and is always focused on the essentials. Particularly noteworthy are the legal documents that are of the highest legal standard and are well worth reading. '

Key clients

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH


CVC Capital Partners

DuMont Mediengruppe

EMH Partners


Hexal AG



Medifox / DAN

Novartis Pharma AG


Swiss Re Europe S.A. – Niederlassung Deutschland

Triton – Renk AG

RWE, PreussenElektra, EnBW, Vattenfall

Work highlights

  • Airbus Defence and Space GmbH: Representation in various labor court proceedings.
  • To identify: Employment law advice on the sale of part of her IT healthcare portfolio in Germany and Spain to CompuGroup Medical SE (CGM).
  • CVC Capital Partners: Advice on labor law on the planned sale of ThyssenKrupp's elevator division.


Linklaters attaches great importance to cross-practice collaboration, resulting in particular strength handling matters at various intersections such as data protection, corporate law and M&A, and translating into regular instructions involving national and international transactions, reorganisations and restructurings. Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, the team has also been increasingly active in the areas of crisis management and compliance including internal investigations. Timon Grau is a key contact in this space. Together with practice head Matthew Devey, he also routinely takes the lead in transactions, outsourcings and reorganisations as well as remuneration mandates.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Devey

Other key lawyers:

Timon Grau


Oppenhoff assists national and international companies with the full range of employment law issues, including out-of-court and in-court disputes with employees, works councils and trade unions; this contentious work is a primary focus of the team. In the non-contentious space, the focus lies on providing assistance with projects, most notably restructurings. Practice head Jörn Kuhn and Alexander Willemsen, who was elevated to the partnership in January 2020, are particularly active in this segment. Corporate transactions and providing ongoing advice on, among other issues, compliance, corporate co-determination and occupational pension law are also part of the team's offering. The practice covers various sectors but has expanded its work in the automotive, IT, trade and insurance sectors particularly.

Practice head(s):

Jörn Kuhn


' A very networked team, which not only consists of labor lawyers, but also related areas of law are supported in an exemplary manner by other colleagues from other teams. '

' Jörn Kuhn as the contact person has enormous specialist knowledge and can answer most of the questions directly without the need for lengthy checks, which means that costs can be kept as low as possible. His negotiating skills with works councils are unmatched, so even difficult topics with challenging works councils are in the best of hands with Jörn Kuhn. '

Key clients

Ineos Gruppe

UL Gruppe

Yanfeng Europe Automotive

Work highlights

  • Ineos Group: Ongoing employment law advice and representation of various group companies.
  • German companies of the UL group: Comprehensive employment law advice and litigation, especially in connection with restructuring.
  • Yanfeng Automotive: Advice on the implementation of several restructurings and support in dismissal protection proceedings.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke regularly advises companies on the implementation of transformation processes, which often fall within the digital framework and the intersection with data protection and include national and cross-border restructuring and post-merger integration procedures. Frequently, this work includes strategic HR issues, which are an area of particular expertise for practice head Thomas Leister, such as the deployment of external staff and the implementation of flexibility and agility concepts (agile work). Other work pertains to corporate co-determination where Anke Freckmann is particularly experienced but she also focuses on national and cross-border transactions and restructurings and handles compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Leister


' Excellent accessibility, always friendly and interested in finding solutions. '

' Always commercial and professional advice on various topics and always demonstrates integrity and helpfulness. '

' Annabel Lehnen: Broad and deep technical expertise, extremely helpful, creative solutions, remains friendly, persistent and very goal-oriented in negotiations. '

Key clients


MBO Partners, Inc.


Automobili Pininfarina GmbH/Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

WW (Weight Watchers)



edding AG

Birlasoft Solutions GmbH

Wipro Technologies GmbH

HCL GmbH und HCL Technologies Germany GmbH

Greenworks Tools Europe GmbH

Kiilto Family Oy und KiiltoClean Oy

Moventas Gears GmbH

VÖB service GmbH

HappyOrNot GmbH und HappyOrNot Oy

KPIT Technologies GmbH

Larsen & Toubro Infotech GmbH

Nagarro GmbH und Nagarro Software GmbH

Cellent GmbH

L&T Technology Services Ltd.


Haema AG

Weiss Umwelttechnik GmbH

Subway International B.V.

Quest Software GmbH

Bruker Gruppe Deutschland (Bruker EAS, Bruker HTS, Bruker BioSpin, RI Research)

Sodexo Beteiligungs B.V. & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Eastridge Workforce Solutions: Strategic advice; Creation and implementation of complex managed services providing projects according to German law.
  • Bcom Customer Service Center Germany GmbH: Advice on all individual and collective labor law issues, in particular in negotiating company agreements and accompanying processes and arbitration boards. Currently advice on resuming business operations (post-Covid-19 advice).
  • User Group Deutschland: Advice on various labor law issues. Most recently, among other things, support for collective bargaining and advice on the conception of the entire remuneration system and on working hours, as well as support in negotiations for the introduction of a company agreement for short-time work.


Specialising in employment law, SCHRAMM MEYER KUHNKE's cornerstones are long-term employment law advice on one hand and project support on the other. The three name partners Nils Schramm, Holger Meyer and Michael Kuhnke provide wide-ranging advice on restructurings and corporate takeovers as well as on the introduction of working time and remuneration models alongside compliance issues. Providing litigation support is an integral part of the firm's work and is often associated with separation scenarios. When handling cross-disciplinary and cross-border projects, the team draws on a network of national and international boutiques.

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kuhnke; Holger Meyer; Nils Schramm


' Always competent, fast and practice-oriented advice from the partners, associates and the very friendly and helpful team. '

' Outstanding professional advice; very good representation arrangements; very good accessibility; Fast reaction time; excellent results; confident demeanor; very good negotiating skills; good risk assessment and recommendation management; Spontaneity; exact and skilful formulations. '

' Absolutely competent and practical. '

' I can say the following about the employees of the law firm, with whom I have already worked personally. Legally very competent but still practical. Very flexible and customer-oriented. You not only get standard solutions here, but also customized options. '

' In contrast to larger law firms, the partners are very easy to reach personally. Even if the associates (of course) provide support in the background, the partners themselves are always on the ball and are also very familiar with the details. '

' Holger Meyer: Very easy to reach, gives quick feedback and gives very practical advice. '

' Thanks to his extensive experience, his high level of competence and his very practice-oriented approach, Holger Meyer always helps to achieve success. '

' The collaboration takes place primarily with Michael Kuhnke. He has excellent, always up-to-date specialist knowledge, a feeling for the situation and needs of the company as well as very good accessibility and excellent communication. '

Key clients

Allianz Deutschland AG

Allianz Technology SE


Bilfinger SE

BNP Paribas REIM



Continental AG


Edel SE

FUCHS Schmierstoffe GmbH

Funk Gruppe

Greenpeace Energy


Hawesko Holding AG


Laverana-Gruppe (Lavera Naturkosmetik)

Ontex Gruppe

PERI Gruppe

SSI Schäfer

tesa SE

Travelite GmbH & Co. KG



Villeroy & Boch AG


Work highlights

  • Bilfinger SE: Advice to the permanent client; Most recently, accompanying the dismissal dispute with the former head of the investigation department.
  • Continental AG: Comprehensive and nationwide advice in the context of various restructurings.
  • IBM group: Advising the long-standing client on labor law projects, most recently for example the Germany and group-wide introduction of the IT programs Workday and Slack; advising on outsourcing projects abroad; the introduction of collective agreements in societies that were previously not bound by collective agreements; Projects to change working conditions and working time regulations and currently a workforce reduction project. In addition, advice and advice in individual cases and labor law judgment and decision-making procedures.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

With the arrival of Philipp Byers in January 2020, who was previously at LUTZ | ABEL RECHTSANWALTS PARTG MBB, Watson Farley & Williams LLP was able to further expand its capabilities advising on employee data protection and employment law compliance. This complements its offering focusing on restructurings and reorganisations as well as on the negotiation of innovative working time models. Practice head Nikolaus Krienke has a specialism in works constitution and collective bargaining law and also assists clients with employee data protection and employee leasing matters.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Krienke

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Wiegreffe; Philipp Byers


' Very good and efficient communication within the team and with the client. Delivers very good results; very reliable. '

' VERY friendly team and customer-oriented; works very quickly and efficiently. '

' Very easy to reach, quick and pragmatic suggestions. '

' Very nice team, very quick and pragmatic support, all topics are dealt with in a trusting and extremely satisfactory manner. Always available. '

' Philipp Byers: Very competent, friendly, extremely experienced and pragmatic in the tips, always available by phone or very promptly. '

' Philipp Byers is very active, highly professional and a top labor lawyer! '

' We especially work with Philipp Byers. We particularly appreciate his commitment and reliability as well as his direct or at least very short-term personal availability. In addition to his high technical qualifications, Mr. Byers distinguishes himself through his ability to adapt to a wide variety of interlocutors and situations. '

Work highlights

  • ADAC Group: Comprehensive labor law support for the entire restructuring process with downsizing, including in particular the strategic design, coordination with management consultants and close coordination of the project with management and the board of directors as well as redesign of the working time model for breakdown assistance.
  • Autobahn Tank & Rast Group: Representation in negotiations of various local company agreements. Comprehensive daily advice on all collective labor law and individual labor law issues as well as comprehensive representation before labor courts.
  • Megatech Group: Representation in negotiations on various new company agreements, including those relating to IT systems and remuneration.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's employment law practice has particular strength handling matters at the insolvency interface, which results from the close integration of these two practices, while also working closely with colleagues from the M&A and corporates teams as well as, increasingly, with the firm's energy and PE groups. Based on these synergies, its client portfolio not only includes large corporates but also energy companies and private equity investors. Hendrik Röger is a key individual for energy sector work but he is also experienced in the aviation and automotive sectors and, as well as handling insolvency-related employment law matters, he routinely advises on compliance issues and disputes with board members, managing directors and employees. Practice head Frank-Karl Heuchemer predominately applies his employment law expertise in corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Frank-Karl Heuchemer

Other key lawyers:

Hendrik Röger


' We had issues that affected the most diverse areas of expertise of individual lawyers. There was an excellent network here and we felt competently looked after at all times. Regardless of the focus. '

' In particular, our direct contact person is always available and if his schedule does not allow him to answer, we always receive interim information. We feel extremely competent, prompt and highly professional. There is also a willingness to discuss the topics controversially – a rarity that we do not see often. '

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG



Abellio Deutschland


ADO Properties S.A.

Polish Aviation Group (PGL)

DIC / Sun Chemical

Production Ressource Group AG

Amprion GmbH

FMC / Maybach Medical

Direct Maintenance GmbH

JD Norman Industries

Thyssengas GmbH


Feilo Sylvania Germany GmbH

Siegfried Boecker GmbH + Co. KG

Ernst Koch GmbH & Co. KG



DIC Asset AG



Tradegate Exchange

IK Investment Partners

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Pernod Ricard

Work highlights

  • Polish Aviation Group (PGL): Advising the owners of the Polish airline LOT on the planned takeover of the German Condor Flugdienst GmbH (Condor) by way of an insolvency plan in protective shield proceedings.
  • EWE AG and Ems-Weser-Elbe Supply and Disposal Association (EWE Association): Advice on labor law on the sale of 26% of the shares in EWE AG.
  • DIC Corp. and Sun Chemical Corp.: Employment law advice to the Japanese fine chemicals company and the US subsidiary on the takeover of BASF's global pigments business – BASF Colors & Effects (BCE).

Bird & Bird LLP

As part of the European employment law team, Bird & Bird LLP's German practice is regularly involved in cross-border projects. Thus, international employers make up a significant part of the team's client portfolio besides national companies. The team covers various sectors but has been particularly active in the IT, telecoms and retail sectors, handling negotiations of works agreements, reconciliations of interests and social plans as well as collective bargaining negotiations with trade unions. Practice head Martin Nebeling regularly uses his expertise in individual and collective employment law to assist with transactions.

Practice head(s):

Martin Nebeling

Key clients

1. FFC Frankfurt e.V.

Arcserve Germany GmbH

Bodycote Wärmebehandlung GmbH

DS Dichtungstechnik GmbH


LORD Germany GmbH

Metro AG/Real GmbH

Page Group

Papier Union GmbH

Pfizer Inc.

Philip Morris GmbH

Planview Gruppe



Springer Nature AG & Co. KGaA

Tech Mahindra GmbH

Teknor Apex Gruppe

Work highlights

  • LivePerson: Advice on setting up pan-European HR structures and support for mass layoffs.
  • Metro AG/Real GmbH: Advice on employment law on the establishment of global joint ventures with Mylan and GSK.
  • Philip Morris GmbH: Advice on an almost complete plant closure.

CBH Rechtsanwälte

Covering a broad field of employment law, CBH Rechtsanwälte is an attractive partner for medium-sized and large companies as well as for executives. Recently, managing partner André Ueckert has been particularly active in representing executives and executive bodies in various proceedings, while the team also handles transformation processes and restructuring. Alongside Ueckert, Ernst Eisenbeis is a key contact in this space.


' Professional, friendly, committed and appreciative .'

'' Quick and always competent feedback, even at times that are not typical for the office. Involvement of specialized partners. '

'' A high degree of professional competence characterized by many years of professional experience. '

Key clients

Adolphe Binder

Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben (BImA)


Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Carglass GmbH

DINEA Systemgastronomie GmbH

Dumont Mediengruppe



KEC Kölner Eishockey Gesellschaft „Die Haie“ GmbH

Landesbetrieb Straßenbau NRW (Straßen.NRW)

Miltenyi BV & Co.KG

Ministerium für Verkehr NRW


Otto Röhrig Gesenkschmiede GmbH

top it services AG

Toyota Deutschland GmbH

Volksbank Köln Bonn eG

Zagope S.A.

Work highlights

  • Prosegur: Advice on industrial action; Advice and representation on collective bargaining disputes as well as decision-making procedures and works agreements.
  • International body: Advice on the termination of the contractual relationship with a cosmetics company.
  • Zagope SA: Comprehensive advice on the structure of labor law as part of an international project to receive funding.


As well as advising national and international companies, many of which stem from the healthcare sector, Dentons also advises executives on the full range of employment and social security law, including disputes under collective bargaining law, and regularly does so in cooperation with various other practice groups and offices. This resulting interface expertise is primarily called upon in the context of transactional employment law, including insolvency-related transactions, and restructurings. In addition, the team is well versed in occupational pension law but lost its niche expertise in church employment law with Utz Andelewski's move to Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in November 2020. He led the practice together with Markus Diepold, who has recently been most active handling collective employment law and major restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Markus Diepold

Other key lawyers:

Sascha Grosjean; Frank Lenzen

Key clients


Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer in Deutschland e. V.

NWD Nordwest Dental GmbH & Co. KG

Unser Heimatbäcker Unternehmensgruppe

Work highlights

  • Acquisition company: Advice on taking over the bakery chain Unser Heimatbäcker (Lila Bäcker) from bankruptcy; Labor law issues related in particular to the transfer of several hundred employees to the acquiring companies.
  • Internationally active healthcare group: Advice on downsizing as a result of automation and the relocation of part of production to Asia, and on various individual collective law issues, such as the drafting of company agreements and approval replacement procedures before the labor court and regional labor court in Berlin. In addition, supervision of individual labor law disputes.
  • International logistics group: Advice on various restructurings and the associated downsizing. In addition, advice on various collective law issues at various locations in Germany and on labor law issues at subsidiaries abroad.


As a boutique specialising in employment law, Fringspartners counts not only companies but also board representatives and executives among its clients, who receive wide-ranging employment law advice including support in labour court proceedings. The core team includes restructuring specialist Michael Bogati, whose practice includes negotiating with employee representatives and dealing with collective bargaining issues, works constitution law expert Ulrich Wahlers, who also handles complex litigation, and name partner Arno Frings. He advises and represents managing directors and board members in various employment relationship matters including related liability issues.


' Very service-oriented law firm that produces outstanding briefs overnight, especially in legal emergencies. Even in difficult negotiation situations in court with media support, the law firm representative was always cool, analytical and very prudent. Strategically elaborated plans for the procedure are explained very well and were viable and successful. Side effects – for example of a social law nature – of labor law measures are always taken into account. Dealing with opposing colleagues in settlement negotiations was absolutely professional. '

' Highly flexible, very easy to reach, always friendly, reliable and competent. '

' Almost family-like, very competent and reliable, technically absolutely top notch, flexible, also available outside of the classic opening times, confident and determined appearance in negotiations with the works council and in court. '

' Extremely pragmatic approach, helping people to help themselves, everything on a very well-founded and always up-to-date professional basis. '

' Michael Bogati: Systematic and analytical, not limited to legal aspects, but always with the overall solution in mind. '

' Michael Bogati has extensive expertise and has evidently seen almost everything in his life as an employment lawyer, so nothing disturbs him. He is characterized by precise briefs that dispense with unnecessary polemics, but get to the point. '

Key clients

Ministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz des Landes NRW

igus GmbH

FrieslandCampina Germany GmbH

Diesel Technic SE

GvW Graf von Westphalen

GvW Graf von Westphalen's Frankfurt office including practice head Philipp Wiesenecker is best known for advising banks on employment law but, together with the firm's Hamburg office, also advises many medium-sized and large companies. These clients frequently instruct the team to provide ongoing employment law assistance with issues such as dismissal protection, works constitution law and collective bargaining negotiations. When handling transactional work, the team cooperates with colleagues from the M&A practice. Its offering also includes compliance and data protection. In October 2020, the firm expanded its geographical reach by opening an office in Stuttgart, for which it was able to gain collective employment law expert Axel Klasen from Heussen.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Wiesenecker


' Extremely pronounced service concept. Quick reactions. Reliability of the highest level. Professionally well-versed. '

' Very good support in labor law, restructuring and business law. '

Key clients

Brady GmbH

Bundesstadt Bonn

Degussa Bank AG

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

equensWorldline SE sowie Worldline Germany GmbH

Kasseler Verkehrs- und Versorgungs-GmbH

LBBW Asset Management Investmentgesellschaft mbH

Stiftung Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

T-Systems International GmbH

Vereinigung Cockpit e.V.

Volkswagen Financial Services AG

WIBO-WERK GmbH Hamburg

DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH

TCI Transformation Consulting International GmbH

Barnes Group SE

Work highlights

  • Brady GmbH: Ongoing employment law advice on dismissal protection procedures and remuneration issues. In addition, advice on a company agreement, bonus payments and representation in the arbitration board.
  • Degussa Bank AG: Long-term advice, especially in dismissal protection and resolution procedures as well as in arbitration boards.
  • DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale: Ongoing advice on labor law, in particular on staff representation law and works constitution law. In addition, advice and representation in arbitration boards and in court, negotiation of reconciliation of interests and social plan.

Hoffmann Liebs

Hoffmann Liebs' advisory approach is tailored to the needs of medium-sized companies, which instruct the team to assist with ongoing employment law matters but also with various projects such as restructurings and M&A transactions. Heiko Langer regularly takes the lead in the last-mentioned segment, and, together with Wolfgang Bucksch, he also represents companies in reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations. Bucksch is also well versed in occupational pensions, while Jörg Podehl assists companies as well as executives in drafting employment contracts, establishing and terminating employment relationships and with restructurings. The appointment of Michael Klipp in January 2020 adds another works constitution law expert to the partner roster. Julia Reinsch is a key contact for the representation of employers in court proceedings.

Other key lawyers:

Michael Klipp; Julia Reinsch


' I find the firm's services to be very professional and flexible. I work outside of Germany and find German labor law very complicated. HL always advises me quickly and precisely. '

' The people I have been in contact with have a very high work ethic. They demonstrated a thorough understanding of the situation and showed clear options for how to proceed. They have always mastered complicated and threatening situations flawlessly and achieved the best possible solution for our company. '

Key clients


CGI Deutschland

Grohe AG

Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science GmbH



Symrise AG

technotrans SE

Versorgungswerk der Apothekerkammer Nordrhein

1st solution

Ministerium für Arbeit, Gesundheit und Soziales des Landes Nordrhein Westfalen

Brütsch/Rüegger Tools

Burckhardt Compression AG

Work highlights

  • 1st solution GmbH: Ongoing advice on labor law, including the deployment of external staff, layoffs, occupational safety, compliance with labor law, dealing with former managing directors and competition disputes.
  • Grohe AG: Ongoing advice; Most recently, this concerned termination issues with extensive forensic disputes.
  • CGI Germany: Advice on various special labor law issues, including in connection with the legal consequences of company transfers on the works council structure.

Jones Day

Jones Day's German employment law practice is an integral part of the firm's global team and thus puts significant emphasis on cross-border work alongside national mandates. Alongside its cross-location cooperation, the team's collaboration with various other practice groups also plays a key role when handling transactions and restructuring measures as well as general employment law and HR matters. This focus reflects the expertise of practice head Friederike Steininger, who is also well versed in representing clients in court. She shares this expertise with European counsel Maximilian Baur, who is also experienced in representing companies in negotiations with works councils and trade unions. Baur joined the practice in early summer 2019 from McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP as did Paul Melot de Beauregard, who boosts the team's restructuring and transactional capabilities in particular but also handles individual and collective employment law proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Friederike Steiniger


' Jones Day is internationally positioned and can support us in other areas of law in addition to labor law. '

' What we appreciate about the lawyers with whom we work directly is their pragmatic approach to our problems. In a stressful day-to-day work environment, we need actionable suggestions on how to proceed and no far-fetched 'if-then' suggestions. '

' Global network; capable legal practitioner without frills. '

' Diverse knowledge; high familiarity. '

'' High standard of knowledge; absolutely trusting; always time for questions and support; competently; polite. '

' Fast, pragmatic, precise and extremely service-oriented. '

' Excellent sparring partner with high commitment. Very service-oriented with maximum competence and a holistic consulting approach. '

' Friederike Steininger: Calm and purposeful query of the initial legal situation and a clear assessment of the situation with a description of the various options for action that exist in a difficult initial situation. The consideration goes far beyond the purely labor law assessment and also includes the consequences of decisions and procedures. Very good feeling for a negotiation situation and the behavior corresponding to this situation in the interests of the client. '

'Even in hectic and sometimes insulting negotiation situations, Ms. Steininger keeps a cool head in order to then optimally pursue their goals together with the negotiating partners at the table. The urge to self-portrayal, which is often present in top lawyers, is not necessary for her, she convinces with knowledge and skillful approach to the matter, for example in an arbitration board. '

Key clients

Amadeus FiRe AG

DMK deutsches Milchkontor GmbH

Micron Semiconductor Deutschland GmbH


Enpal Sales GmbH

Expedia Group

Kia Motors Deutschland GmbH

SUSE Linux GmbH

Allianz deutscher Produzenten Film & Fernsehen e.V.


Work highlights

  • Amadeus FiRe AG: Employment law advice to the personnel service provider on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in the retraining specialist ComCave Holding GmbH.
  • DMK German Milchkontor GmbH: Advice and extensive representation in various collective bargaining proceedings before various labor and regional labor courts.
  • Pandox: Advice on labor law on the acquisition of 13 hotels; Advice on measures to be taken in the Covid 19 crisis, such as the introduction of short-time work.


Medium-sized and listed companies as well as public employers often form long-term client relationships with Loschelder and benefit from the team's in-depth expertise in employee data protection and modern forms of work for which Detlef Grimm is a key figure. In other work, the team assists clients with restructuring projects as well as with the use of external staff, remuneration systems and company pension schemes. This wide-ranging service portfolio includes representation in litigation. Sebastian Pelzer is a key contact for board and managing director matters.


'' Individual and targeted advice with a high understanding of the business situation. '

'' Excellent and fast information, sometimes proactive daily updates, on the subject of labor law around Corona. '

' Very well coordinated team. '

' Excellent company-oriented practice with a broad spectrum and holistic advice. '

' Excellent technical and human competence. '

'' Almost permanent availability and accessibility and excellent technical and human competence. '

'' A high level of professionalism, easy accessibility, rapid support and friendly and uncomplicated handling. Expertise is available from several lawyers, and this is used well and situationally in order to support us as a client in the best possible way. '

' The ability to professionally prepare, accompany and implement complex reorganization and closure issues together with us as a client is both strategically and tactically skillful, taking into account several stakeholders. Sebastian Pelzer has a pronounced ability to change perspectives and thus to exert a constructive and solution-oriented influence on the various stakeholders. '

' Sebastian Pelzer successfully advised us on the development of a strategy under economic aspects and its implementation. '

'In labor law, we work first and foremost with Sebastian Pelzer, and have done so for many years. Dr Pelzer is very solution-oriented and always gives us good advice on upcoming issues and draws our attention to existing risks, which we then assess together in order to plan the next steps. His support with drafts of contracts and M&A issues (here of course the labor law side) are always expedient and excellent from our point of view. Communication is always very respectful, but also very personal. We very much appreciate the support from Mr. Pelzer. '

' Detlef Grimm: Outstanding legal knowledge and brilliant legal analysis. '

' What we definitely appreciate is the extensive advice on a topic, ie we also look left and right and we always try to find an economical solution. Issues are dealt with promptly and most matters can be finalized by email or conference call. We also really appreciate the newsletter with current labor law topics. '

Key clients

AOK Systems GmbH

Basalt AG

CompuGroup Medical SE (einschließlich Betreuung der Tochtergesellschaften, insbesondere der LAUER-FISCHER GmbH)


Deutsche Forfait AG

Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH

Mazda Motor (Deutschland) GmbH und Mazda Motors Europe GmbH

Raiffeisen Warenzentrale Rhein-Main eG

COGNOS AG / Hochschule Fresenius

Cube Real Estate

Work highlights

  • AOK Systems: Complete restructuring of business operations.
  • AOK Systems GmbH: Advice on the organization of work on Sundays and public holidays on the legally secure basis of the ArbZG and the BetrVG.
  • CompuGroup Medical SE: Ongoing advice on labor law including litigation. Accompaniment of separations and issues related to works constitution.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP strengthened its employment law team at the Frankfurt and Munich offices with the arrivals of Christian Rolf from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Philipp Schäuble, previously counsel at Pusch Wahlig Worklplace Law, in autumn 2019. Both handle the full range of individual and collective employment law with particular emphasis on the latter. Based on this, practice head Volker Teigelkötter assists his clients with restructurings and reorganisations as well as with negotiations and disputes with works councils and trade unions. Matters pertaining to employee leasing, data protection and remuneration systems are also part of its workload.

Practice head(s):

Volker Teigelkötter

Other key lawyers:

Christian Rolf;  Philipp Schäuble


' Very experienced, well-coordinated team. Very short response times, absolutely professional and pleasant cooperation. '

'' Technical expertise – customer orientation – professionalism. '

' Always very solution-oriented. Legal advice close to the case and not just based on theory. Technically outstanding. Very good at negotiating. '

'' A high level of commitment, trustworthiness, broad specialist knowledge, each with very deep specialist knowledge, can also convey complex issues in a clearly understandable manner. '

'' Excellent advice in the field of German labor and works constitution law. Pragmatic approach, always solution-oriented and not looking for security-oriented advice from the law firm as compared to other law firms. McDermott finds solutions quickly. '

' Christian Rolf is a top lawyer in the field of German labor and works constitution law. He advises on the basis of the current (higher) court rulings, which he always has at hand when advising and has the extraordinary ability to think and advise entrepreneurially and strategically outside the field of law. He always finds the balance between consensus-based solutions and court decisions. Especially when dealing with (European) works councils and trade unions, he has an extraordinary feeling for strategy and conflict resolution. Mr. Rolf finds quick (international) solutions for extreme situations. Its fast response time to inquiries and emails should also be emphasized. '

' Christian Rolf is a very good negotiator in both individual and collective law matters. He is technically outstanding, but can also put this knowledge into practice very well for the benefit of the clients. '

' Philipp Schäuble: Above-average in-depth and extensive technical expertise (even on peripheral topics such as company pension schemes / regulatory issues); excellent customer orientation and a solution and practice-oriented approach; very professional and at the same time humane and trust-building appearance; able to establish and advise on a trusting relationship with all levels of an organization – from management to the works council. '

' Volker Teigelkötter: High level of commitment, trustworthiness, broad expertise with very in-depth specialist knowledge, can also convey complex issues in a clearly understandable manner, quick to very fast response time, comprehensive view of the respective facts. '

Key clients

1&1 Versatel-Gruppe

ALMATEC Maschinenbau GmbH

Arval Deutschland GmbH


Bauerfeind AG

BayernLB (Gesamtpersonalrat)


DESTACO Deutschland

Die TUM Campus Heilbronn gGmbH

DMG MORI – Gruppe

dtv Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG


Halfen GmbH

International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen

KIA Motors Deutschland GmbH

Leybold GmbH

Mars Deutschland/Wrigley


MIPS Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe GmbH

Praxair Surface Technology Inc.

Robert Half Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Salzgitter Mannesmann Handel GmbH

Savills Immobilien Beratungs-GmbH

trivago N.V.

Union Investment

United Internet-Gruppe

VR-Leasing Gruppe (Eschborn)

Wüsthof GmbH


Yazaki Europe Limited

Work highlights

  • 1 & 1 Versatel Group: Permanent advice on labor law; Supervision of reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations for two parallel large-scale projects. In addition, advice on employee data protection.
  • CENTER GROUP: Long-term employment law advice, in particular advice on individual law issues.
  • DMG MORI Group: Permanent advice; Advice on, among other things, temporary employment, data protection and working hours regulation.

michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte

michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte is well placed to provide ongoing individual and collective employment law advice and handles projects alongside associated matters, resulting in a broad client spectrum consisting of companies and executives. Founding and name partner Marcus Michels is dedicated to these two cornerstones and, in addition to providing ongoing advice, focuses on restructurings and reorganisations as well as on the deployment of external staff. Founding partner Gunther Mävers is responsible for international mandates, assisting clients with employment law matters arising from their inbound and outbound business, and is also experienced in labour migration law. At the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, the firm was able to strengthen its practice considerably: In November 2020, Matthias Kappus, who has experience in contentious and non-contentious employment law, joined from CMS, while the firm expanded its geographical reach by opening an office in Düsseldorf in January 2021, for which it was able to recruit Sebastian Maiß and Peter Hützen from vangard and Jan Peter Schiller from CMS. Also in January 2021, Jannis Kamann made equity partner; he advises clients from Germany and abroad on the full spectrum of employment law and handles matters at the interface with the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Michels; Gunther Mävers


' The law firm knows how to adopt the company's perspectives and to bring in the strengths of the individual lawyers in the best possible way – be it with pragmatic or scientific approaches. The law firm is characterized by short response times, high quality work results and constant availability. '

' Boutique, which specializes in labor law, impresses with its specialist lawyers who convince both professionally and personally. The processing of the concerns takes place immediately with the highest quality and on very fair and transparent conditions. '

' Marcus Michels is an experienced labor lawyer who not only has an excellent reputation among fellow lawyers, judges or company representatives, but also trains colleagues in specialist lawyer courses. Scientifically sound work with pragmatic approaches and a fast implementation speed make him a business partner for companies. It is accepted by employer and employee representatives and exudes trust and objectivity in difficult negotiations. '

' Ulrich Kortmann is an excellent specialist who represents the interests of companies with the necessary consistency and who acts on a scientifically sound basis. He is also able to develop new ideas and simplify complex issues. '

' Tilman Isenhardt has been a very competent and successful partner for more than ten years. He convinces with his very high level of professionalism, his speedy processing and his very pleasant human nature. I have recommended him umpteen times and the feedback confirms my previous experience. '

Key clients

Adler TS GmbH

Avenso GmbH

Brauerei zur Malzmühle Schwartz GmbH & Co. KG

Brüder Schlau Gruppe

Dachser SE

Duisburger Hafen AG


Reuter Gruppe

UFA Show & Factual GmbH

Work highlights

  • Dachser SE: Permanent advice on labor law; Representation in two resolution procedures on the dismissal of works council members; Advice and representation of a branch in a fundamental procedure regarding the scope of the right of direction.
  • Duisburger Hafen AG: Long-term employment law advice including subsidiaries; Advice on the restructuring of a bulk goods terminal, advice on taking over services / delimitation of temporary workers.
  • KONE GmbH: Permanent employment law advice on numerous digitization issues, such as Workday Phase 2. In addition, negotiation of numerous general works agreements on new IT tools used throughout the group, litigation against SOKA Bau for KONE Automatiktüren GmbH (2nd instance) and advice on GBV Home Office / Mobile Office.

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte has restructuring, employee data protection and employee leasing at its core. This focus is based not least on the expertise of the two practice heads Guido Matthey and Simon Grosse-Brockhoff, who advise employers, most notably medium-sized companies, on restructurings, personnel adjustments and works constitution law matters. The team also represents clients in litigation.


' Very competent lawyers, efficient cooperation also across disciplines, very flexible and good communication and availability. '

' Extremely deep subject knowledge. Very good and pragmatic, as well as solution-oriented consulting approach. Very experienced in representation before courts and authorities! '

' In labor law, Simon Grosse-Brockhoff and his team are extremely competent contacts who always consider and solve a situation comprehensively and in the interests of the client. '

Key clients

AO Deutschland Limited

bofrost* Gruppe

DYWIDAG – Systems International GmbH

Elopak EQS GmbH

Elopak GmbH

Ericsson Deutschland

Flatex AG (vormals FinTech Group AG) und Beteiligungsgesellschaften

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft und Konzernunternehmen


Kiekert AG

Kondrauer Mineral- und Heilbrunnen GmbH & Co. KG

Konecranes GmbH / Demag Cranes & Components GmbH

Mazars GmbH & Co KG

Meyer Burger AG

Outokumpu Deutschland mit Konzerngesellschaften

Siemens Industry Software GmbH

SMS group GmbH

Tadano Demag Germany GmbH (zuvor Terex Cranes Germany GmbH)

Tadano Faun GmbH

thyssenkrupp elevator AG

TOMRA Sorting GmbH

VDM Metals Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • GEA Group AG: Advice and representation in negotiations with the group works council for the conclusion of the group reconciliation of interests and group social plan CREATE as well as other collateral agreements under collective law.
  • GEA Group AG: Ongoing advice and representation on domestic downsizing with the group works council; Advice on restructuring program for group reorganization.
  • Kiekert AG: Restructuring advice, including negotiations with the works council to conclude a reconciliation of interests and a social plan.

Pinsent Masons Germany LLP

Pinsent Masons Germany LLP's individual and collective employment law practice focuses exclusively on representing employers in litigation, out-of-court negotiations with works councils and compliance investigations. Handling non-contentious matters constitutes another key portion of its workload, which, alongside strategic personnel measures, includes restructuring projects and transactions and, increasingly, insolvency-related employment law matters. Manfred Schmid heads the practice and focuses on restructurings and know-how protection alongside employment and criminal law matters arising from infringements.

Practice head(s):

Manfred Schmid


' The PM Germany team is a reliable and friendly partner for our company. The team consists of many different characters and specialists, so that an answer is found for every question. Good coordination among colleagues is particularly helpful (when on vacation or sick). '

' Our two main contacts at PM Germany are Joel Hoffmann and Manfred Schmidt. Both are characterized by their high ability to be solution-oriented, so far we have come out of every meeting / phone call with a functioning solution. In addition, both are always available to us and very flexible when it comes to making appointments. '


Raue has recently handled individual and collective employment law issues as part of ongoing and strategic mandates in particular, including matters pertaining to working time regulations and company pension schemes, which are mostly handled by Judith Heyn. She jointly heads the practice with Sascha Herms, who provides assistance with restructurings, transactions and data protection law issues. Both practice heads are also well versed in litigation and in collective bargaining negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Judith Heyn; Sascha Herms

Other key lawyers:

Gernod Meinel

Staudacher Annuss Arbeitsrecht.

Employment law boutique Staudacher Annuss Arbeitsrecht. divides its offering into two main segments: Peter Staudacher puts his focus on advising executives, while Georg Annuß leads the practice advising companies. Thematically, the team covers the full spectrum of employment law such as reorganisations, business transformations and transactions as well as matters pertaining to corporate co-determination and litigation. With Jan Rudolph, the firm also has special expertise in the area of European employee participation. Its client portfolio includes prominent names in the automotive, retail, insurance and financial sectors.

Practice head(s):

Peter Staudacher; Georg Annuß

Other key lawyers:

Jan Rudolph

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH provides ongoing individual and collective employment law advice to medium-sized companies and large international groups. These close client relationships translate into a steady flow of restructuring-related mandates, while handling matters pertaining to remuneration systems, separation scenarios and the secondment of employees are also part of its regular workload. Klaus Heeke heads the practice from Düsseldorf and represents clients in and out of court.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Heeke

Other key lawyers:

Marc Spielberger


' Good networking among the team. '

'' Uncomplicated and fast advice, good specialist knowledge with a lot of practical relevance and market knowledge. '

'A broad-based law firm that always processes short-term inquiries very quickly and very well. '

' Very broad and well-founded knowledge and nevertheless good, practical and solution-oriented suggestions, the implementation of which has always led to the desired results. '

Key clients

AECOM Deutschland GmbH

Allplan Development Germany GmbH

Allplan GmbH

Andreas Lupold Hydrotechnik GmbH

Bencard Allergie GmbH

Borek media GmbH

Datacolor Kommunikation GmbH

Dorling Kindersley Verlag GmbH

Dr. Wieselhuber & Partner GmbH Unternehmensberatung

EMT Ingenieurgesellschaft Dipl.-Ing. Hartmut Euer mbH

Konrad Kleiner GmbH & Co. KG

Kontron S+T AG

Kontron Europe GmbH und Kontron S+T AG

Maisberger Gesellschaft für strategische Unternehmenskommunikation mbH

SieMatic Möbelwerke GmbH & Co. KG

Schweitzer Fachinformationen oHG

Softing AG


wontec GmbH

Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions GmbH

Syntax Systems GmbH & Co. KG

Hoser & Mende KG

human4farma GmbH


Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Bayerns

Keil KTM GmbH

Kerst + Schweitzer oHG

EL Net Consulting GmbH


Natuvion GmbH

Heuschkel Druckguß GmbH

FERBEDO Kinderfahrzeuge GmbH

Global Management Service GmbH

Stricker GmbH & Co. KG

Rapak GmbH

DS Smith Packaging

Deutschland Stiftung & Co. KG

Goethe & Schweitzer GmbH

Schweitzer Sortiment oHG

Thomas Sabo GmbH & Co. KG

TSJ Holding GmbH

Bedenk GmbH

Gerry Weber International AG

K-tronik GmbH

Lensing Media GmbH & Co. KG

Toyota Boshoku Europe N.V. Munich Branch

Work highlights

  • AECOM Germany: Permanent advice on labor law; Advice in connection with various operational restructuring measures.
  • SieMatic Möbelwerke GmbH & Co. KG: Restructuring advice and permanent employment law advice.
  • EL Net Consulting GmbH: Advice on labor law on setting up a transfer company and drafting contracts.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Flick Gocke Schaumburg handles the full remit of individual and collective employment law, translating into regular instructions not only from companies but also from public sector employers. Bonn-based practice head Tobias Nießen typically takes the lead in this type of work and applies his employment and social security law expertise in matters at the intersection with corporate and group law, resulting in regular mandates on restructurings and staff reduction measures, but he also provides assistance with ongoing issues. These include collective bargaining and employee leasing as well as disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Nießen


' Professionally very good. '

' Constantly growing team. High professional competence. Fast, on-time processing of mandates, sometimes at very short notice. Pragmatic and economical good approaches that make it easy for management to make decisions. Involvement of young lawyers with the support of the partners. Young, innovative team led by experienced partners. Excellent network with international law firms. In the course of our cooperation, we have used the network so that partner law firms have advised in various areas of law in various countries and, in some cases, advised them permanently. '

' Tobias Nießen: Absolute expert in labor law. Very high adherence to deadlines. Efficient and economically good solutions. High level of commitment and closeness to clients. '

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Soziales, Familie und Jugend

Fränkische Rohrwerke Gebr. Kirchner GmbH & Co. KG

Gasnetz Hamburg GmbH

Hansewerk AG


Kienbaum Consultants International GmbH

Deutsche Telekom AG

Schleswig Holstein Netz AG

QTRADO Presse-Grossisten

Robert Bosch GmbH

Ryanair-Gruppe (Ryanair DAC, Ryanair Ltd, Malta Air Ltd, Laudamotion GmbH)

Wirtgen Group Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ryanair Group: Long-term advice in the field of labor and social security law, including support in legal disputes.
  • Haribo Group: Permanent advice on labor law.
  • Robert Bosch GMBH: Support with personnel measures at various locations throughout Germany.

FRAHM KUCKUK HAHN Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB

With offices in Stuttgart and Berlin, FRAHM KUCKUK HAHN Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB advises companies as well as executives, and covers the full spectrum of collective and individual employment law. Much of its recent work pertains to short-time work and collective bargaining, but with Sebastian Frahm, the team is also well versed in handling restructurings and in providing advice on measures to reduce personnel costs, and with Meike Kuckuk, it has experience in litigation. Kuckuk also advises on alternative forms of employment, most notably in the public and education sectors, and stands out for her niche in stage employment law. Working time issues are regularly handled by Claudia Hahn.

Key clients

Paragon Partners GmbH

ATB Austria Antriebstechnik – Wolong Gruppe China

Läpple Gruppe

MAPAL Dr. Kress

WOLONG EMEA (Germany) GmbH

Elero GmbH

Universität Stuttgart

Böhmler Einrichtungshaus

Stadt Freiburg

Vinzenz von Paul Kliniken gGmbH


Die Staatstheater Stuttgart

Bayerische Staatsoper

Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel Residenztheater München

Deutscher Bühnenverein Bundesverband der Theater und Orchester L

Deutscher Bühnenverein Landesverband

Bayern Deutscher Bühnenverein Landesverband Baden-Württemberg

Schwabe-Gruppe (Karlsruhe)

Baden-Württembergische Spielbanken GmbH & Co. KG

DHL Solutions

DHL Freight GmbH

Work highlights

  • Cb Christian Bauer GmbH + Co. KG: Representation in company collective bargaining negotiations for personnel cost adjustments.
  • Laserpluss AG: Advice on closing the company with around 70 employees.
  • Baden-Württembergische Spielbanken GmbH & Co. KG: Advice and representation on labor law issues arising from the officially ordered closure in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic.

KPMG Law in Germany

KPMG Law in Germany knows how to combine its employment law expertise with compliance work and is therefore regularly entrusted with matters pertaining to false self-employment and employee leasing, including corresponding labour court proceedings, as well as those relating to the German Remuneration Ordinance for Institutions (Institutsvergütungsverordnung) and the use of external staff. Team head Stefan Middendorf regularly takes the lead in advising corporates and family offices on these matters but he also leads the team on restructurings. Handling occupational pension schemes is another key area of expertise, while the team has also expanded its contentious skillset thanks to its increased involvement in mediations.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Middendorf


'' Short response time, high level of expertise across teams, central contact person. '

' A very broad team that has experience from several industries and can also add further legal expertise in-house. Very practical advice. '

' Alexander Insam convinces with enormous professional competence, broad experience from various industries, a very practice-oriented consulting approach, as well as, last but not least, an empathic demeanor as well as a very skilful communication of advice suggestions and solutions, so that all stakeholders can easily follow the approaches. '

Work highlights

  • Colep Bad Schmiedeberg GmbH: Support in negotiations on the initial conclusion of a comprehensive in-house collective agreement with IG BCE and advice on the implementation of collective agreements in the company.
  • Activity as a mediator: Between Lufthansa and UFO regarding cooperation issues.
  • Selux AG: Advice on labor law in the event of further restructuring to avoid insolvency and to enable the sale of the Selux Group; Negotiations on reconciliation of interests, social plan, collective dismissals, preparation of terminations and representation of the client in subsequent disputes regarding termination.

MAINWERK Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

MAINWERK Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB provides ongoing advice to both medium-sized companies and large international groups, which, in addition to restructuring work, forms the focus of the team's workload. The arrival of Henning Wiehe, previously founding partner of the now defunct firm Wiehe & Scharm, in January 2020 has strengthened the restructuring segment in particular. He is part of the core team together with, among others, Oliver Driver-Polke, who advises on staff reduction measures and remuneration systems, and Ulla Rupp, who stands out for her financial industry expertise and the particularities of remuneration systems in this sector and is also a key contact for litigation.


' The Mainwerk colleagues are passionate about employment law – sharing this passion makes them a strong team. '

' The law firm has very good expertise in labor law and mediation, as well as support with arbitration boards. '

' Pragmatic, snappy, aggressive. Very quick response. '

'' Broad perspective and deep experience. Good tactical intuition and feeling for situations and developments. '

' Labor law boutique. High-level employment law advice with economic understanding and pragmatism. '

' The team has a high level of expertise in labor law. This is paired with detailed knowledge of what makes companies tick. All in all, this results in advice that is very tailored to the legal departments. No major reports, but clear recommendations for action. And at Mainwerk this is received within a very short time. '

' The team is pragmatic, responsive and thinks extremely economically. A competent contact person is available at any time, even for complex questions. '

' Mainwerk delivers results to the point. They manage that better than other law firms we have worked with. No vague results are provided, but concrete recommendations and support are given. '

' A primarily young team of practice-oriented labor lawyers who act precisely and efficiently with a great deal of understanding for the respective framework and the need for action. '

' We feel we are represented very competently by Mainwerk at all times – the advice and briefs are of excellent quality. In addition, the law firm's partners, in particular our contact person Oliver Driver-Polke, always meet us at eye level: facts are always communicated in an understandable manner and never in legal gibberish. Although we are a medium-sized unit, the law firm always contributes with great commitment, creative solutions and a lot of pragmatism. The law firm Mainwerk brings a lot of service and customer orientation: We receive immediate answers to inquiries. We can also certify that the Mainwerk law firm is extremely reliable and punctual. '

' Oliver Driver-Polke is characterized by a very high level of service and customer orientation. In our cases, Mr. Driver-Polke always puts himself in our position: As a non-lawyer, I have seldom been able to exchange ideas with a lawyer as well as with him. He communicates with us in a very understandable way. Due to his high quality standards and his will to represent us as well as possible, we feel that we are in good hands with him. Even in difficult situations, Mr. Driver-Polke is looking for creative and sustainable solutions and has already guided us safely and successfully through some critical situations . '

' Oliver Driver-Polke is experienced and very well-versed. '

' Most important to us: Oliver Driver-Polke distinguishes business proximity and pragmatism .'

' Oliver Driver-Polke: Very experienced, creative in finding solutions, can listen. '

' Oliver Driver-Polke: Technically strong, thinks strategically and finds good creative solutions. '

' Ulla Rupp is a very experienced and pragmatic lawyer at the same time. She can capture facts – even complex ones – very quickly and then, for example, use them in writing. She achieved good results in settlement negotiations. It also has good judgment when it comes to assessing the appropriateness of solutions and makes clear recommendations. '

' Henning Wiehe combines his knowledge of dealing with international clients, transactions and commercial matters with in-depth knowledge of works council negotiations and court representation. That's a strong combination and makes his advice very credible. '

' Henning Wiehe is success-oriented and dynamic, but at the same time committed and reliable. '

' Sebastian Scheffzek: Hard in the matter, but always fair. Has extreme specialist knowledge and knows all the tricks. In doing so, Mr. Scheffzek always provides pragmatic answers that can also be used in practice. His many years of experience as an employment lawyer working in the company will certainly help him again. '

' Kai Golücke is one of the few outstanding labor lawyers with whom a company can find the desired solutions and results. '

' Kai Golücke: The availability, response time and quality of the labor law advice is excellent. He knows how to combine legal scope and realpolitik well and thus to deliver very practical and solution-oriented results. '

' Kai Golücke: Expertise in IT matters. '

Key clients

AGC Biologics GmbH

Beck & Kaltheuner Feuerfeste Erzeugnisse GmbH & Co. KG

Capri Sun Gruppe

Coca Cola European Partners GmbH

Düker GmbH

FoamPartner Gruppe (deutsche Unternehmen) – Teil des Schweizer Conzetta-Konzerns

Franklin Templeton


IHK Pfalz

Justspices GmbH

Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Hessen

LSG Sky Chefs-Gruppe

ProMinent Gruppe (Heidelberg)

Pühl GmbH & Co. KG

SSP Deutschland GmbH

Technogym Germany GmbH

Teknos Deutschland GmbH

United Grinding Gruppe (deutsche Unternehmen) – Teil der Schweizer BZ-Bank Gruppe

Volks- und Bausparverein Frankfurt

Work highlights

  • Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Hessen: Assistance with the restructuring of collective wage regulations as well as representation in labor court proceedings; Ongoing advice and representation on labor law.
  • Prominent group: Ongoing advice on works constitution and individual law matters; including management of decision-making procedures.
  • thyssenkrupp Group: Advice on the restructuring of a collectively agreed remuneration system at a group company in southern Germany, including the implementation of an arbitration board procedure and the conclusion of supplementary, company-related collective bargaining agreements.