Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Thomas Winzer
- 10 partners
- 37 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart
What the team is known for Top-tier practice that is a regular fixture on the highest-profile employment law matters. Negotiates regularly with works councils and trade unions and advises on collective labour law and co-determination matters at the supervisory board level. Broad scope of expertise also covers reorganisations, compliance and investigations and contentious issues. Predominantly acts for prestigious corporations.
Strengths One interviewee praises the firm's collaborative approach, saying that "they work really strongly as a team, and partners work side by side on really large complex matters. They prioritise quality over everything else."
Another source finds the ease of working with Gleiss Lutz to be a particular positive, citing the fact that "the service level is very high, flexibility is very good and agreed actions are always delivered on time."
Work highlights Advised KKR on the employment aspects of its acquisition and subsequent integration of Bayer’s global diabetes care business.
Advised GE on all German employment law issues arising from its takeover of Alstom-Power and Alstom-Grid.
Significant clients HypoVereinsbank, BASF, Landesbank Berlin, ZF Friedrichshafen, Deutsche Börse.
Jobst-Hubertus Bauer primarily advises management and supervisory boards on senior executive contracts, including performance and termination. His expertise also covers negotiations with works councils and unions. Sources regard him as a "really famous partner in employment law."
"Brilliant lawyer" Martin Diller is at his most visible assisting clients with outsourcing, pensions and works constitution matters. One source says of him that "contact with him is comfortable, and he is very quick and solution-oriented."
A source notes that Ulrich Baeck "has a high level of knowledge, and offers practical solutions and direct contact." His broad employment practice is centred on works council negotiations, collective bargaining agreements, restructurings and transactions.
Gerhard Röder handles co-determination matters, transactional employment law and restructurings. Sources call him "an excellent and knowledgeable lawyer," and add: "He has a very strong business understanding, and understands the power of the workforce. He knows how to approach co-determination matters, and has an intelligent and sympathetic way of dealing with things, which helps to close deals and solve issues."
Christian Arnold regularly works on international company reorganisations and employment-related disputes, including collective bargaining. He also advises on service contracts for board members. His highlights include representing TUI in court proceedings regarding the compatibility of the German Co-determination Act with EU law.