THE FIRM This German giant consolidates its top-tier position in the employment market thanks to impressive work highlights and numerous client wins. It recently opened a new office in Hamburg, giving it even greater domestic coverage. The team has an incredible depth of expertise, covering pension issues, restructurings, and governance and compliance matters. It is also adept in contentious issues, as demonstrated in its work for BayernLB on the closure of pension funds for civil servants, which included 300 court cases and an appeal to the Federal Labour Court. Other notable clients include Nokia Siemens, Procter & Gamble, Opel and Siemens Hausgeräte.
Sources say: "The market leader by quite some margin - it combines strength in depth and expertise. Consistent quality."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Widely acknowledged as a "leading name" in employment law, Jobst-Hubertus Bauer handles individual and collective employment law issues, with particular strength in negotiations with works councils and unions.
Martin Diller remains a highly visible employment lawyer. He wins praise for his expertise in company pensions.
Ulrich Baeck's wide-ranging practice covers labour issues relating to corporate transactions, negotiations with works councils and trade unions, and collective bargaining.
Stuttgart-based Gerhard Röder typically advises on employment issues related to corporate work and restructurings.
Clients enthuse about Burkard Göpfert, saying: "He's always there when you need him and has so much experience in restructuring issues; his advice is measured and thought out." Key areas of focus include anti-discrimination, data protection and cross-border litigation work.