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Europe Guide

Employment — Germany

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Eckhard Schmid and Oliver Simon
- 29 partners
- 65 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart

What the team is known for Market-leading team with a deep bench, handling the full range of employment matters. Regularly advises on restructurings and the implementation of new compensation models and is an extremely popular choice for the deployment of external staff and compliance audits. Serves a plethora of clients, particularly in regulated industries including financial services, energy and utilities.

Strengths The team attracts particular praise for its ability to set the client's expectations and understand the issue, as one source enthuses: "I have an extremely good impression. The lawyers listened, made no false promises and gave me recommendations that were very smart." A further source also says that the team "gives practical advice, is strong in negotiations and is supportive."

Another client values the department for its reliability and ability to think outside the box, saying: "The flow of information and knowledge is perfectly organised, due dates are always kept, and the lawyers have creative ideas to move things forward."

Work highlights Assisted Aurelius with the employment issues related to its acquisition of Coats' EMEA Crafts business.

Advised E.ON on various employment and co-determination matters as part of the group's separation.

Significant clients Volkswagen, Savills Group, Daimler, Telefónica, Siemens.

Notable practitioners  

The "very intelligent and impressive" Björn Gaul is widely acknowledged as "one of the key lawyers in Germany for employment law." His wide-reaching expertise encompasses outsourcing, corporate restructuring, collective bargaining agreements and the introduction of new policies and company systems.

Gerlind Wisskirchen's client base consists largely of international companies and she is noted in particular for her work for US clients. She regularly handles compliance matters and reorganisations.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

Notable practitioners

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.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Hans-Peter Löw
- 4 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Well-reputed team noted for its strength representing companies in negotiations with works councils and trade unions concerning industrial action. Boasts a vast international reach, which facilitates the co-ordination of international reorganisation projects out of its German offices. Offers specialist groups within the employment team focused on data protection, compliance and pensions.

Strengths One client calls the team "very responsive, trustworthy and reliable," with another praising the lawyers' "excellent knowledge of German labour law."

Sources also value the "concise and pragmatic advice" provided by Allen & Overy, citing the firm's "broad coverage of German and European labour law, social security and co-determination issues."

Work highlights Represented Allianz Deutschland before the German Federal Labour Court in proceedings regarding the calculation of holiday allowance.

Acted for Colfax Corporation on its expansion and securing of sites and negotiations with the German metal workers' union and works councils relating to changes in working hours and wages.

Significant clients ASG Technologies Group, Avaya, BSN medical, Deutsche Bahn, OC Oerlikon Corporation.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Ubber is famed for his skills in high-stakes negotiations with unions and works councils concerning the prevention of industrial action. He has drawn considerable acclaim for his ongoing representation of Lufthansa in numerous proceedings regarding proposed strikes by cockpit staff and flight attendants. One source remarks: "He's highly astute, commercial and pragmatic. You can always rely on what he says and he knows how to manage expectations."

Hans-Peter Löw focuses on remuneration and reorganisation issues, mainly acting for financial institutions. Clients praise the "time-efficient, client-oriented service" that he provides. He represented a financial services broker in negotiations with a works council for a new remuneration system.

Tobias Neufeld is noted for his expertise in pensions, data protection and HR compliance. Clients praise his "excellent client service" and mention his ability to "translate in-depth legal knowledge into cutting-edge advice." He advised a global asset management company on a group-wide reorganisation, including outsourcing and employee relocation.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Boris Dzida
- 7 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Highly regarded employment practice that frequently handles cross-border mandates, profiting from its global, full-service set-up. Utilises its renowned corporate and transactional expertise to assist with the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, entity conversions and company restructurings. Also advises on company pensions and internal investigations.

Strengths Clients praise the employment team's "great responsiveness and ability to offer highly practical solutions," and consider the advice to be "beneficial."

Another source appreciates the "deep knowledge, high level of experience and pragmatic advice" provided.

Work highlights Represented Primark in a dispute against a trade union over collective bargaining agreements.

Acted for Novartis on the creation of a new organisation consisting of the company's facility management, procurement, IT, HR and finance departments and the subsequent transfer of employees to the new site.

Significant clients REWE, HP, Ströer, Deutscher Fußball-Bund, Volkswagen.

Notable practitioners 

A long-standing pillar of German labour law, Heinz Josef Willemsen continues to act as an adviser to supervisory and executive boards. He also boasts a wealth of experience in negotiations with works councils and complex senior executive dismissals.

Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt is a leading light of the German employment scene and recently served as the firm's managing partner for Germany and Austria. He focuses on remuneration, as well as service contracts and dismissal issues related to senior executives. He also has expertise in pensions, restructuring and M&A matters. His highlights include advising Bertelsmann on a collective bargaining agreement and operating agreements for employees of its subsidiary Prinovis.

Thomas Müller-Bonanni often advises on remuneration systems, particularly in the financial services sector. He also works on the employment aspects of the formation of European public companies and international mergers. "He's very easy to work with," enthuses one client, before adding: "He's very solution-focused and quick, has a good understanding of what we need and his technical knowledge is excellent."

René Döring is a well-known expert in pensions law, with additional capabilities in restructurings and transactions. He assisted Airbus with pensions-related issues arising from the sale of its sensor, electronic warfare and avionics business. One commentator remarks that "he is tough but fair and really open-minded."

Timon Grau is praised by clients for his "excellent advice, outstanding client service and commercial awareness." Much of his practice is focused on cross-border employee data protection and data transfer, as well as pensions and benefits.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt

What the team is known for Specialist employment boutique with an impressive reputation. Handles the full range of employment matters, including restructuring, outsourcing and privatisation. Additionally attracts recognition for its skills in collective employment issues, where the team advises on collective bargaining agreements and co-determination law.

Strengths Numerous sources agree that Kliemt & Vollstädt is a leading specialised employment law firm in Germany. One describes the firm as "the most successful employment boutique," while another labels it "a real success story."

A satisfied client also says that the team "reacts very quickly, offers very practical solutions and suggestions, and is very clear in its legal statements."

Notable practitioners 

The "outstanding" Michael Kliemt maintains an excellent standing among peers in employment law. One source praises his visibility in the market, stating: "He runs a law firm with a national reputation and everyone knows him." Kliemt is noted for his expertise in collective labour law, while his practice also encompasses major reorganisations and post-merger integration.

Oliver Vollstädt handles a wide range of employment issues. He has considerable experience representing senior executives in termination cases and negotiations for contracts and redundancy packages. Clients value that he is "very clear, smart and really knows what he's doing."

Barbara Reinhard is well known for her experience as a labour court judge and advises on works constitutional law and collective labour law. Peers repeatedly mention the quality of her client base, saying that "she has good clients who really appreciate her."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Christian Reichel and Steffen Scheuer
- 9 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Regularly handles large-scale projects for international companies, including spin-offs, mass redundancies and post-merger integrations. Makes use of its integrated global network to advise on cross-border restructurings and the employment law components of M&A transactions. Additionally recommended for pensions, employee data protection and compliance issues.

Strengths Clients praise the "highly devoted lawyers" within Baker McKenzie's "very result-oriented, highly experienced team."

Sources also value the employment practice's "high flexibility and commitment, and good cross-border collaboration."

Work highlights Assisted Baxalta Deutschland with the election of a European works council across 22 jurisdictions and the subsequent negotiation of a European works council agreement.

Advised Gigaset Communications on the restructuring of its workforce, including 550 redundancies.

Significant clients Heraeus Holding, Knorr-Bremse, Hitachi Koki, Lanxess, ThyssenKrupp.

Notable practitioners

Guenther Heckelmann has a rich history in employment law and is best known for his experience in the automotive, industrial and healthcare sectors. He chairs the firm's global labour, employment and employee benefits practice group and is recognised for his track record in cross-border reorganisations and transactions.

Burkard Göpfert is acknowledged as "very visible in the market and engaged in prominent cases." He chiefly acts on compliance, data protection and anti-discrimination matters, as well as large-scale personnel reorganisations and resulting disputes. Among his work highlights was his advice to Unisys on the restructuring of its workforce and pension scheme. Clients say: "He is a very good negotiator and efficient."

Co-head of the firm's employment team, Christian Reichel has a broad practice that takes in pension schemes, works council agreements and outsourcings. He also regularly works on restructurings and transactions. Of late, he has assisted Qiagen with the employment aspects of the transfer of its EMEA master distributor to the Netherlands.

Alexander Wolff handles an array of employment matters, with a particular focus on reorganisations, restructurings, transfers of undertakings and works council negotiations. One client states that he is "always reliable and gives excellent advice," also praising his "strong cross-border knowledge and wide-ranging experience."

Gregor Dornbusch specialises in collective employment law and contentious cases. He represents large corporations in negotiations and disputes with works councils, trade unions and individual employees, additionally providing labour law advice in connection with transactions and restructurings.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Christopher Melms
- 32 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Well-resourced team with a commanding nationwide presence, operating out of most major German cities. Noted for its capabilities in employee leasing and negotiations with works councils. Also advises on collective bargaining issues and pensions, and assists domestic and international businesses with restructurings.

Strengths Clients are fond of the team's hands-on approach, saying that the lawyers "provide creative solutions."

Another source also praises the team's ability to view matters from a client's perspective, highlighting its "broad legal experience and an understanding of strategic matters and clients' daily needs" as key qualities.

Work highlights Provides ongoing advice to Asklepios Kliniken-Gruppe on a range of labour law matters, including collective bargaining and works constitutional law.

Represented Giesecke & Devrient in negotiations with works councils concerning a reconciliation of interests and redundancy packages in the context of a planned mass staff reduction.

Significant clients Abercrombie & Fitch, Coca-Cola, Deutscher Fußball-Bund, Dussmann Group, Flughafen München.

Notable practitioners

Wolfgang Lipinski has a diverse employment law practice which includes works constitutional and collective bargaining matters, employment disputes, restructurings and privatisations. One client comments that "he is creative and his technical knowledge is very good," before adding: "And what I like most is that he's fast and timely." He represented Sky Deutschland in proceedings concerning the presence of employee representatives on supervisory boards.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Stefan Lunk and Claudia Heins 
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Provides both standalone employment advice and support on cross-border transactions. Handles a wide range of restructuring projects, including insolvency proceedings, outsourcings, privatisations and redundancies. Also houses expertise in pensions, collective bargaining and advice to management boards. Boasts a large client base in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Strengths The team is praised by sources for its "very good availability, fast response time and in-depth understanding of customers' needs" and is considered a "strong partner in negotiations."

Another client enthuses: "We have an excellent impression of the quality, flexibility and expertise. This is a trusting relationship and an outstanding team performance."

Work highlights Advised Sandoz Industrial Products and Salutas Pharma on the negotiation of a reconciliation of interests and redundancy package following two plant closures within Novartis.

Assisted Siemens with the employment law aspects of the reorganisation of its healthcare division.

Significant clients DACHSER Group, Dow Chemical, Fiat, KraussMaffei Technologies, Merck.

Notable practitioners

Stefan Lunk is renowned for his strength in co-determination and participation rights, as well as downsizings and restructurings. He represented Airbus Group in negotiations with works councils and court proceedings as part of the group's restructuring. One client says: "It is a pleasure working with him. He is an outstanding lawyer and always capable of answering our questions at short notice, and always in a very polite and friendly way."

Claudia Heins focuses on cross-border restructuring projects, transactions, data protection and compliance. She advised Antin Infrastructure Partners on the employment aspects of its acquisition of a controlling share in amedes Holding from General Atlantic. Sources praise her for having "an extremely high level of knowledge in labour law."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andreas Butz 
- 21 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Frequently instructed by German listed and Mittelstand companies on restructurings and reorganisations. Additionally handles contentious matters, pension schemes and the employment aspects of transactions. Popular choice for advising on the harmonisation of working conditions, relocation of workforces and employee leasing. Present across numerous industry sectors, including aviation, retail and technology.

Strengths Clients value the employment team's commitment and identify its "profound technical know-how and high service orientation" as core capabilities.

Other sources positively comment on the department's speed and reliability, citing its "skilled staff, flexibility, quick responses and negotiation experience."

Work highlights Advised Air Berlin on its re-stationing of flight crews and the associated works council negotiations and court cases.

Assisted Capita with the employment aspects of its integration of newly acquired avocis.

Significant clients Arla Foods, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, Iberdrola, Jimdo.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Andreas Butz is a key contact for this practice area.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Kai Bodenstedt
- 8 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Noted for its international presence, advising on a range of collective and individual labour matters. Adds to its strength in the retail sector with a growing workload in the insurance industry. Handles internal investigations, compliance and disputes with works councils. Also covers corporate restructurings and is widely recommended for pensions and benefits affairs.

Strengths The team's cross-border capabilities attract praise from sources, who say: "The firm has a good employment team across the board that is very business-minded, and does a good job of making sure the dots are connected on an international level."

Clients are also quick to praise the lawyers' responsiveness, saying that "they react straight away and give you a complete answer."

Work highlights Advised Basler Versicherungen on the employment implications of its sale of its life insurance division to Frankfurter Leben Gruppe.

Acted for Becton Dickinson on its restructuring related to the disposal of a business unit.

Significant clients CareFusion, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, H&M, PVH Holdings, Qualcomm.

Notable practitioners

Kai Bodenstedt is the head of department and a contact for any queries.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Andreas Walle and Astrid Wellhöner
- 17 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Chemnitz, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart

What the team is known for Handles both collective and individual employment law matters. Retained on a long-term basis for employment advice by a number of German companies and regularly acts for executive board members. Also offers expertise in pension schemes and contentious matters.

Strengths Clients praise the team's "perfect service and good knowledge" of employment law. 

Another source describes the team as "very responsive."

Work highlights Assisted AL-KO Kober with the employment aspects of the sale of its vehicle technology division.

Advised the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support on the transfer of its communications and information technology, including considerable pensions issues.

Significant clients 1. FSV Mainz 05, Hugendubel, Janoschka.

Notable practitioners  

According to interviewees, Wilhelm Moll is "well known and has a good reputation in the market." He advises clients on pensions, work constitutional law and compliance matters.

Bernd Weller advises clients on a range of employment law matters, including restructurings and works constitutional law. One source describes him as "very impressive in his work and very good at communicating."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Kerstin Neighbour
- 8 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for International firm with a proven track record in cross-border restructurings and reorganisations. Notable for its significant client base in a range of sectors, including banking, insurance and life sciences. Growing capabilities in compliance and employee data protection, including expertise in the EU-US privacy shield and safe harbour. Additionally advises on company pensions matters.

Strengths Sources repeatedly identify Hogan Lovells' vast international footprint and high efficiency levels as major factors in the team's success. One client explains: "There are very good turnaround times and strong global capabilities, with consistent quality around the globe and good project management skills."

Another interviewee reports that "the team works very flexibly, has a deep knowledge of the newest court decisions and provides top input."

Work highlights Acted for Ball Corporation on the employment law aspects of the spin-off of its pension liabilities and the sale of various companies in Germany.

Assisted the Federal Ministry of Defence with the employment law issues arising from its acquisition of LH Bundeswehr Bekleidungsgesellschaft.

Significant clients Allianz, Amazon, AXA, BAT, Birkenstock Orthopädie.

Notable practitioners  

The experienced Eckard Schwarz has a broad practice covering collective employment law, restructuring and litigation. Much of his work involves acting on behalf of clients in the retail sector. One source observes: "He is a good person with a huge amount of knowledge." Among his recent standout matters was advising FLSmidth on redundancies and employee transfers as part of its restructuring.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tim Wißmann
- 11 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Cologne

What the team is known for Highly respected domestic employment boutique noted for its strength in the Rhineland area. Principal focus lies in restructuring, including outsourcings and offshoring issues. Well regarded for its experience acting for senior executives. Additionally capable in remuneration, pension schemes and the hiring of contractors. Diverse client roster includes multinationals and domestic companies.

Strengths One client is highly satisfied with the "excellent support" given by the firm, praising the "deep analysis of our legal position and excellently worded statements."

The team also attracts praise for its speed and dependability, as one source describes the lawyers as "very quick in their answers," while another considers them "extremely reliable."

Work highlights Advised Ford on the outsourcing of its pension liabilities.

Assisted Bundesverband der Deutschen Entsorgungs-, Wasser- und Rohstoffwirtschaft with contractual issues relating to memberships in employers' association.

Significant clients Allergan, Atlas Copco, Drekopf, Lekkerland, Nissan.

Notable practitioners  

A leading partner in the firm's employment law practice, Tim Wißmann is praised by peers for his "excellent legal knowledge, accessibility and service orientation." His practice centres principally on restructuring, while he also has experience handling a range of collective bargaining law and pension planning issues. He acted for Verbundnetz Gas on the restructuring of most of its subsidiaries.

Karl-Dietmar Cohnen advises clients on works councils negotiations, collective bargaining and compliance. He assisted the management board of Francotyp-Postalia Holding with the resignation of several subsidiaries from the employers' association. Market commentators say: "He is a very experienced practitioner with a balanced view."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Axel Braun
- 14 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart

What the team is known for Large domestic team with both transactional and standalone employment capabilities. Represents clients in collective bargaining matters and negotiations over strike action, as well as in a variety of court disputes. Large workload in the area of restructuring. Draws the bulk of its clients from the retail and logistics sectors.

Strengths Sources praise the team's responsiveness and availability. A client says: "We get quick responses to e-mails and requests, and the lawyers check things very quickly."

Work highlights Advised METRO on the implementation of a long-term restructuring plan for its largest sales division.

Represented Deutsche Bahn in negotiations for a reconciliation of interests and several social plans following the discontinuation of its European night rail service.

Significant clients Ericsson, Neckermann.de, Vivantes Netzwerk für Gesundheit, GEMA, Carcoustics Deutschland.

Notable practitioners  

Axel Braun heads the firm's employment law practice from his base in Cologne. He focuses on corporate reorganisations and collective law procedures. One source says of him that "he is a great colleague, nice to work with and has great knowledge of cross-border issues."

Robert von Steinau-Steinrück represents companies in a range of employment law matters, including dismissals, staff cutbacks and outsourcing. He advised Axel Springer on the transfer of employees following its acquisition of thads.media in a joint venture with Viacom. One source describes him as a "very good name in the market."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Guido Zeppenfeld
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf and Frankfurt

What the team is known for Offers standalone employment capabilities in addition to support for large cross-border transactions. Advises on HR data protection and outsourcing matters. Also represents clients in negotiations and disputes with works councils, while often advising on pensions issues. Visible in numerous regulated industries, including aviation, chemicals and financial services.

Strengths Clients value the team's "hands-on approach, business-oriented advice and the availability of team members at short notice." 

Work highlights Represented Avaya in a dispute over occupational pensions at all three levels of the German labour courts.

Provides ongoing advice to Macquarie Bank on a wide range of employment and data protection law matters.

Significant clients Albemarle, Beazley, Beijing Enterprises, Wells Fargo, Worldwide Flight Services.

Notable practitioners  

Guido Zeppenfeld specialises in restructuring, works constitutional law, executive compensation and employee data privacy. He regularly advises Goodyear on its data protection issues in the EMEA region. Sources praise his "broad knowledge" of employment law.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Gütersloh

What the team is known for German employment boutique noted by market commentators for its strength in North-West Germany. Focuses primarily on restructuring processes, pension matters and representing top executives before the Federal Labour Court. Acts on unfair dismissal and collective bargaining cases and reviews employment and service contracts.

Strengths The firm is described by sources as "an excellent boutique." 

Notable practitioners  

Susanne Clemenz handles a range of employment work for clients, including works council negotiations. Several sources remark upon her expertise representing executives and board members.

Johannes Schipp has a wealth of experience in employment law. He is especially recommended for pensions law matters, where sources praise his "strong reputation."

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Berlin, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Much-lauded boutique boasting a varied employment practice, praised by sources for its strength in the local markets of Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. Particularly adept in contentious matters, regularly trying cases before the Federal Labour Court. Offers additional capacity in collective bargaining agreements and employee leasing.

Strengths Market commentators acknowledge ALTENBURG's standing in the market, with one calling the firm "a very good boutique."

Notable practitioners  

The "very focused and very pragmatic" Anja Mengel specialises in labour law from her base in Berlin. She is best known for representing senior executives and is noted for her many academic contributions, particularly in the area of compliance.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Martin Nebeling
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Internationally capable employment team providing transactional and standalone employment advice. Handles a wide range of collective labour law issues, including negotiations and litigation with works councils and trade unions. Also assists with restructurings, often related to staff reduction. Offers a growing practice in the area of data protection. Represents a range of high-profile clients from the technology sector, where it enjoys a strong reputation.

Strengths Various sources praise the firm's international capabilities, with one stating that "cross-border advice is offered as one consistent service."

The team is also valued by clients for its "very good quality in terms of legal analysis, recommendations and pragmatic approach to solutions." 

Work highlights Advised ASICS on a range of employment matters, including restructuring and collective bargaining agreements.

Represented DRK Blutspendedienst in various works constitutional law disputes.

Significant clients LORD Germany, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Dwyer Group, Electronics for Imaging, Infosys.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Nebeling acts for both domestic and international clients on a range of collective employment law matters, as well as transactions. He advised Teleperformance on its works constitutional law issues, including negotiations with a conciliation committee.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Thomas Hey
- 3 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Full-service firm with an international reach, providing employment advice on a number of high-value transactions and restructurings. Particular adeptness in M&A deals and spin-offs and often negotiates with works councils regarding staff reduction measures and collective agreements. Most active in the pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors. 

Work highlights Advised Pfizer on the employment aspects of its restructuring, alongside wider labour law issues.

Advised on the employment law issues arising from the spin-off of Halla Group to Hanon Systems from Visteon and the subsequent formation of a new European works council.

Significant clients Coca-Cola, Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu, Fujifilm, ITW.

Notable practitioners  

"A reliable deal maker who knows his trade," Thomas Hey leads the firm's employment practice in Germany. He assists clients with restructurings and works council and supervisory board issues. One source adds: "He has a very broad and deep knowledge, and often publishes articles which are always very well written."

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Stefan Kursawe, Frank Achilles and Susanne Giesecke
- 7 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Acts on international reorganisations, contentious matters and collective labour law issues. Significant expertise in the area of company pension and remuneration schemes. Also covers data protection. Mainly advises large and mid-sized companies based both domestically and overseas.

Strengths The team is praised by clients for its "excellent support" and for being "pragmatic and solution-driven." 

Work highlights Advised Amundi Asset Management on the creation of a Luxembourg-based pension fund, serving company pension schemes in eight EU jurisdictions.

Assisted Smiths Medical with a Germany-wide reorganisation, including the relocation of the company's finance and customer service divisions to the UK.

Significant clients Versicherungskammer Bayern, Hoffmann Group, Amgen, Eaton Corporation, Sekisui Chemical.

Notable practitioners

Respected for his "pragmatic and good support," Rolf Kowanz specialises in a variety of pensions law issues and also advises on restructuring, outsourcing and collective bargaining. He represented Messe München in proceedings concerning its company pension scheme.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Mark Lembke and Jens-Wilhelm Oberwinter
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Frankfurt

What the team is known for Respected boutique with significant expertise in transactions, benefiting from a successful mid-market corporate practice. Specialises in reorganisation projects involving mass dismissals, trade union and works council negotiations and the reform of contracts and works agreements. Also regularly handles pension schemes and contentious matters, often on behalf of board members. Mainly active in regulated industries, including financial services. 

Strengths The team's "really service-oriented and friendly" approach is well received by clients. One interviewee says of the lawyers that "they have excellent labour law knowledge and they clearly communicate their suggestions and solutions."

Another client appreciates the "flexibility, instant support and reliable risk assessments combined with pragmatic advice."

Work highlights Advised Coty on the integration of the speciality beauty division of Procter & Gamble.

Assisted ING-DiBa with a range of employment issues, including the election of a new supervisory board.

Significant clients Koch Industries, CSL Behring, Nintendo of Europe, Flowserve Corporation, Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe.

Notable practitioners  

Clients regard Mark Lembke as "effective, commercially sensitive and very pragmatic in his advice." His practice encompasses labour and employment advice for senior executives and companies, as well as restructuring projects, transactions and disputes. He represented PIMCO in negotiations for senior executive contracts and various court cases. 

Jens-Wilhelm Oberwinter is widely praised for his skills in negotiations and disputes. One satisfied client explains: "He always has up-to-date knowledge of German court rulings, always sticks to dates, and I get very fast and efficient feedback from him which is also very clear. I feel very safe with him as he's a lawyer who can fight hard for the right thing." He also has experience in a range of restructuring projects and advised INVISTA Resins & Fibers on numerous mass redundancies.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Hendrik Bockenheimer, Christian Hoefs and Hans-Joachim Liebers
- 3 partners
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Utilises its vast corporate and M&A resources to advise on the employment aspects of high-end international transactions. Also assists with constructing and altering pension schemes in regulated industries. Additionally active in dealing with internal investigations and compliance issues. Scope of expertise also covers co-determination and cases involving senior executives.

Strengths One interviewee enthuses that "the team supported us in a very efficient manner. The lawyers have broad experience, not only supporting from the legal hard facts, but also in terms of communication. In view of tight time-planning they showed themselves to be extremely flexible and reliable in promises."

Clients also say of the lawyers that "we can really rely on them, and they're always up to speed."

Work highlights Advised Bosch Solar CISTech on works council and union negotiations relating to the business's closure.

Assisted Deutsche Bank with the employment issues arising from the Euribor and LIBOR investigations, including disciplinary action and termination of employment.

Significant clients Adam Opel, EY, Fidelity, GlaxoSmithKline, Magna Management. 

Notable practitioners  

Co-head of the firm's employment practice, Hans-Joachim Liebers has a track record of advising large international companies on major transactions, restructurings and post-closing integration. He assisted INOVYN with the employment implications of a site closure. Clients say that he is "very experienced and highly effective at streamlining the process."

The "very pragmatic" Christian Hoefs assists clients with a range of employment law issues, including transactions, reorganisations and compliance. He represented Standard Life in works council negotiations as part of its reorganisation in Germany. Sources highlight his "very pragmatic thinking, can-do mentality, customer focus and great attitude."

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Georg Annuß and Matthew Devey
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Highly recommended for cross-border work, providing employment advice to its clientele of international corporations. Advises on large transactions and restructurings, as well as remuneration systems. Additionally handles a range of contentious cases, including discrimination and senior executive disputes. Particularly visible in the financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Strengths The team's ability to find the best way forward for the client is highlighted by interviewees, as one says: "They offer high-quality services and propose pragmatic solutions that are in our interest."

Work highlights Advised Genting Hong Kong on the employment law components of its purchase of all shares in Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven and Lloyd Investitions- und Verwaltungs.

Assisted E.ON with employment matters connected to its restructuring into two listed companies.

Significant clients Adecco Management & Consulting, Deutsche Bank, Novartis, Bayer, Terra Firma.

Notable practitioners  

Popular among both clients and peers, Georg Annuß is described as "academically stellar" and "very responsive and pragmatic with a great business mind." He assists clients with matters ranging from restructuring and redundancies to compliance and transfer of undertakings. His highlights include assisting a leading oil and gas company with a major staff reduction. One source enthuses that "he has truly excellent technical knowledge, so he can analyse cases very quickly and come up with a way forward. "He is very clear and straight to the point, his advice is very focused and clear, and when there is a risk, he highlights it."

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Cornelia Marquardt 
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Makes use of its global network to act on cross-border transactions, including large mergers. Boasts considerable industry-specific capabilities, with lawyers focusing on the life sciences, transport, technology and financial services sectors. Increasingly active in the sphere of data protection, including compliance with EU regulations. Recommended for cases involving remuneration models and implementing worldwide guidelines and policies.

Strengths One client is enamoured by the team's speed and responsiveness, stating: "They're absolutely reliable in terms of availability and feedback, and I'm really surprised at how quickly they come back to you."

Work highlights Advised CeloNova BioSciences on the employment elements of the sale of its interventional radiology business to Boston Scientific Corporation.

Assisted BayernLB Capital Partner with the employment aspects of its sale of ISU Group to Actief Interim.

Significant clients AIG, Bilfinger, CACEIS Bank Deutschland, Generali, hagebau.

Notable practitioners

Cornelia Marquardt specialises in individual and collective employment law, including restructuring and works councils negotiations. She is particularly well known for her experience in the life sciences sector. "She is very committed, focused and always interested in the details," says one satisfied client.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Gilbert Wurth
- 5 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Cologne and Frankfurt

What the team is known for Full-service domestic firm which is recommended for covering German employment aspects of wider international projects. Mainly advises on reorganisations, transactions and outsourcing. Also frequently deals with collective bargaining law matters, with capabilities in co-determination issues and experience in dealing with European works councils. Draws much of its clientele from the automotive and insurance industries.

Strengths Sources praise the team's all-round strength, mentioning its "very deep knowledge of all relevant topics, flexibility, speed and good cross-border capabilities." 

Another client believes the employment offering to be a "very experienced team."

Work highlights Advised Douwe Egberts on the employment aspects of its joint venture with Mondelez coffee brands, including the partial closure of some German operations.

Acted for Deutsche Post on the employment issues arising from the sale of its entire stake in nugg.ad to Zalando.

Significant clients Johnson Controls, United Airlines, Deutsche Post, Wheelabrator Group, Linde Material Handling.

Notable practitioners  

Gilbert Wurth has a varied employment law practice which covers reorganisation, restructuring, employment litigation and company co-determination issues. He assisted TI Automotive Group with the restructuring of its subsidiaries and related employment matters. One client remarks: "He is easy to work with, and very fast and responsive ."

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tobias Pusch
- 8 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt

What the team is known for Dedicated team of employment specialists that has significantly expanded its bench and nationwide presence. Recommended for business restructurings including top-level management reorganisations, executive departures, mass lay-offs and branch closures. Additionally handles compliance and remuneration matters, also advising senior executives. Close relationships with partner firms overseas enable seamless advice on cross-border projects.

Strengths The team is described by sources as "very client-focused and responsive, with a high degree of flexibility." 

Another client comments in a similar vein, saying: "It's a very good, experienced team, with a really good international network and good resources."

Work highlights Advised Chubb Group and ACE on the employment aspects of their integration after the merger between the two.

Assisted Vortex Energy with the putting in place of an employee stock option program.

Significant clients Mainova, Ted Baker.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Tobias Pusch has a wide-ranging employment practice covering restructuring, litigation and advice to senior executives. He latterly assisted Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung with restructuring and management matters, as well as the centralisation of the organisation. One client observes:"He has a unique blend of technical knowledge and business acumen, outstanding commitment and a client service mentality."

Kara Preedy's practice centres on the negotiation of exit agreements for company executives and restructurings. She is a regular adviser to METRO on its cross-border employment issues, including compliance. Clients say that she is "very focused and effective, and brilliant at building rapport with consultation partners."

Thomas Wahlig has experience handling a variety of employment law issues. He advises board members and managing directors, as well as businesses on restructuring and transfer of undertakings. His work highlights include representing Gartner in a succession of litigation cases concerning dismissals. Clients like the fact that he is "always available when needed," while a market commentator calls him "a very knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyer." 

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Frankfurt

What the team is known for Well-regarded Frankfurt-based employment boutique that moves into the rankings on the back of positive feedback from peers. Handles a range of day-to-day issues for long-term clients in addition to negotiating with works councils and trade unions. Also handles co-determination matters, contentious cases, pensions and company reorganisations.

Strengths Sources agree that the firm has "a good reputation in the market." 

Notable practitioners  

Nicole Engesser Means acts for domestic and international companies on a range of employment law matters, including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, restructurings and downsizings. One market observer describes her as "a very pragmatic lawyer," before adding: "She is easy to deal with as she knows what she's doing, and always has the business interests of her client in mind." Means also advises clients on compliance and employment disputes.

Ulrike Schweibert advises on changes in working conditions, pensions and restructurings. She has experience representing clients with interests in Germany and overseas. Market commentators note: "She can be a really tough negotiator. She's really strong in representing the interests of her client."

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Marc André Gimmy
- 14 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Substantial full-service labour practice representing a range of employers. Covers flexible work structures and employee leasing, as well as the employment aspects of M&A transactions. Capable in co-determination issues, often as part of group restructurings. Additionally assists with compliance and internal investigations, including those relating to criminal offences.

Strengths Clients laud the team's "deep and current knowledge and broad experience in all labour law fields." The lawyers also attract positive feedback for their "pragmatic approach and quick reactions."

Work highlights Advised DaVita Deutschland on the employment aspects of its acquisition of the dialysis business of AWO Hannover, as well as pension negotiations.

Assisted LEIPA Georg Leinfelder with the employment law elements of its takeover of a paper mill.

Significant clients Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ALSO Deutschland, American Airlines, Borgers, CEVA Logistics.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Marc André Gimmy is the chief contact for enquiries.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf and Hamburg

What the team is known for Rapidly expanding employment law boutique with cross-border capabilities, enjoying close links to partner firms abroad. Clients range from small and mid-sized domestic enterprises to large multinationals, while the firm also represents senior executives. Standalone practice is complemented by the ability to advise on the employment aspects of corporate restructurings and transactions.

Strengths The firm is singled out by one client for its out-of-the-box thinking, saying: "They stood out as extremely creative, innovative and practical. They were also very flexible and came up with novel suggestions, which paved new ways for us in negotiations."

Another source values the "risk-based thinking" of the lawyers and describes them as "solution-oriented, commercially sensible and pragmatic." 

Work highlights Advised Allergopharma on the labour law aspects of its restructuring.

Assisted CinemaxX with the negotiation of its collective bargaining agreement.

Significant clients Asklepios Kliniken, CEMEX, ENGIE, Gedore Werkzeugfabrik, LEG Immobilien.

Notable practitioners  

Founding partner Thomas Griebe advises clients on a spectrum of employment law issues, including restructuring, collective bargaining, redundancies and employee participation. He represented Gruner + Jahr in negotiations with works councils arising from redundancy measures.

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Senior Statesmen

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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Senior Statesmen

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guenther Heckelmann has a rich history in employment law and is best known for his experience in the automotive, industrial and healthcare sectors. He chairs the firm's global labour, employment and employee benefits practice group and is recognised for his track record in cross-border reorganisations and transactions.

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Senior Statesmen

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

A long-standing pillar of German labour law, Heinz Josef Willemsen continues to act as an adviser to supervisory and executive boards. He also boasts a wealth of experience in negotiations with works councils and complex senior executive dismissals.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Popular among both clients and peers, Georg Annuß is described as "academically stellar" and "very responsive and pragmatic with a great business mind." He assists clients with matters ranging from restructuring and redundancies to compliance and transfer of undertakings. His highlights include assisting a leading oil and gas company with a major staff reduction. One source enthuses that "he has truly excellent technical knowledge, so he can analyse cases very quickly and come up with a way forward. "He is very clear and straight to the point, his advice is very focused and clear, and when there is a risk, he highlights it."

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Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

"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."

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "very intelligent and impressive" Björn Gaul is widely acknowledged as "one of the key lawyers in Germany for employment law." His wide-reaching expertise encompasses outsourcing, corporate restructuring, collective bargaining agreements and the introduction of new policies and company systems.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt is a leading light of the German employment scene and recently served as the firm's managing partner for Germany and Austria. He focuses on remuneration, as well as service contracts and dismissal issues related to senior executives. He also has expertise in pensions, restructuring and M&A matters. His highlights include advising Bertelsmann on a collective bargaining agreement and operating agreements for employees of its subsidiary Prinovis.

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Kliemt & Vollstädt

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "outstanding" Michael Kliemt maintains an excellent standing among peers in employment law. One source praises his visibility in the market, stating: "He runs a law firm with a national reputation and everyone knows him." Kliemt is noted for his expertise in collective labour law, while his practice also encompasses major reorganisations and post-merger integration.

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stefan Lunk is renowned for his strength in co-determination and participation rights, as well as downsizings and restructurings. He represented Airbus Group in negotiations with works councils and court proceedings as part of the group's restructuring. One client says: "It is a pleasure working with him. He is an outstanding lawyer and always capable of answering our questions at short notice, and always in a very polite and friendly way."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Ubber is famed for his skills in high-stakes negotiations with unions and works councils concerning the prevention of industrial action. He has drawn considerable acclaim for his ongoing representation of Lufthansa in numerous proceedings regarding proposed strikes by cockpit staff and flight attendants. One source remarks: "He's highly astute, commercial and pragmatic. You can always rely on what he says and he knows how to manage expectations."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Burkard Göpfert is acknowledged as "very visible in the market and engaged in prominent cases." He chiefly acts on compliance, data protection and anti-discrimination matters, as well as large-scale personnel reorganisations and resulting disputes. Among his work highlights was his advice to Unisys on the restructuring of its workforce and pension scheme. Clients say: "He is a very good negotiator and efficient."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans-Peter Löw focuses on remuneration and reorganisation issues, mainly acting for financial institutions. Clients praise the "time-efficient, client-oriented service" that he provides. He represented a financial services broker in negotiations with a works council for a new remuneration system.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Müller-Bonanni often advises on remuneration systems, particularly in the financial services sector. He also works on the employment aspects of the formation of European public companies and international mergers. "He's very easy to work with," enthuses one client, before adding: "He's very solution-focused and quick, has a good understanding of what we need and his technical knowledge is excellent."

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Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Axel Braun heads the firm's employment law practice from his base in Cologne. He focuses on corporate reorganisations and collective law procedures. One source says of him that "he is a great colleague, nice to work with and has great knowledge of cross-border issues."

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T/S/C Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht

From the Chambers Europe guide

Susanne Clemenz handles a range of employment work for clients, including works council negotiations. Several sources remark upon her expertise representing executives and board members.

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Schweibert Leßmann & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicole Engesser Means acts for domestic and international companies on a range of employment law matters, including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, restructurings and downsizings. One market observer describes her as "a very pragmatic lawyer," before adding: "She is easy to deal with as she knows what she's doing, and always has the business interests of her client in mind." Means also advises clients on compliance and employment disputes.

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Europe guide

Claudia Heins focuses on cross-border restructuring projects, transactions, data protection and compliance. She advised Antin Infrastructure Partners on the employment aspects of its acquisition of a controlling share in amedes Holding from General Atlantic. Sources praise her for having "an extremely high level of knowledge in labour law."

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SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mannheim-based Georg Jaeger of SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz handles a range of individual and collective labour law issues, including restructuring and the creation of service agreements for senior executives.

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GREENFORT Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients regard Mark Lembke as "effective, commercially sensitive and very pragmatic in his advice." His practice encompasses labour and employment advice for senior executives and companies, as well as restructuring projects, transactions and disputes. He represented PIMCO in negotiations for senior executive contracts and various court cases. 

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Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Europe guide

Co-head of the firm's employment practice, Hans-Joachim Liebers has a track record of advising large international companies on major transactions, restructurings and post-closing integration. He assisted INOVYN with the employment implications of a site closure. Clients say that he is "very experienced and highly effective at streamlining the process."

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Beiten Burkhardt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Lipinski has a diverse employment law practice which includes works constitutional and collective bargaining matters, employment disputes, restructurings and privatisations. One client comments that "he is creative and his technical knowledge is very good," before adding: "And what I like most is that he's fast and timely." He represented Sky Deutschland in proceedings concerning the presence of employee representatives on supervisory boards.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cornelia Marquardt specialises in individual and collective employment law, including restructuring and works councils negotiations. She is particularly well known for her experience in the life sciences sector. "She is very committed, focused and always interested in the details," says one satisfied client.

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Raue LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gernod Meinel of Raue LLP frequently advises companies on restructuring and collective bargaining issues and also represents board members. One client explains: "I appreciate his outstanding and comprehensive technical knowledge and his pragmatic, down-to-earth approach. He is also very experienced in dealing with works councils and unions, he really knows every trick in the book." He advised Hochland Deutschland on collective bargaining matters concerning flexible working hours.

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ALTENBURG

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "very focused and very pragmatic" Anja Mengel specialises in labour law from her base in Berlin. She is best known for representing senior executives and is noted for her many academic contributions, particularly in the area of compliance.

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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to interviewees, Wilhelm Moll is "well known and has a good reputation in the market." He advises clients on pensions, work constitutional law and compliance matters.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Co-head of the firm's employment team, Christian Reichel has a broad practice that takes in pension schemes, works council agreements and outsourcings. He also regularly works on restructurings and transactions. Of late, he has assisted Qiagen with the employment aspects of the transfer of its EMEA master distributor to the Netherlands.

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Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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T/S/C Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht

From the Chambers Europe guide

Johannes Schipp has a wealth of experience in employment law. He is especially recommended for pensions law matters, where sources praise his "strong reputation."

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Schweibert Leßmann & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ulrike Schweibert advises on changes in working conditions, pensions and restructurings. She has experience representing clients with interests in Germany and overseas. Market commentators note: "She can be a really tough negotiator. She's really strong in representing the interests of her client."

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Kliemt & Vollstädt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Oliver Vollstädt handles a wide range of employment issues. He has considerable experience representing senior executives in termination cases and negotiations for contracts and redundancy packages. Clients value that he is "very clear, smart and really knows what he's doing."

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gerlind Wisskirchen's client base consists largely of international companies and she is noted in particular for her work for US clients. She regularly handles compliance matters and reorganisations.

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Küttner Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

A leading partner in the firm's employment law practice, Tim Wißmann is praised by peers for his "excellent legal knowledge, accessibility and service orientation." His practice centres principally on restructuring, while he also has experience handling a range of collective bargaining law and pension planning issues. He acted for Verbundnetz Gas on the restructuring of most of its subsidiaries.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Wolff handles an array of employment matters, with a particular focus on reorganisations, restructurings, transfers of undertakings and works council negotiations. One client states that he is "always reliable and gives excellent advice," also praising his "strong cross-border knowledge and wide-ranging experience."

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff of Simmons & Simmons LLP is best known for his strength in contentious and compliance matters, often advising corporations on criminal proceedings against former executives and third parties. He assisted Dura Automotive Systems with its restructuring, including complex negotiations with works councils and trade unions. A client comments: "His strength is the strategic side. He is very good at thinking of how to organise the process of a negotiation, and in the negotiations themselves."

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Apitzsch Schmidt Klebe Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Apitzsch of Apitzsch Schmidt Klebe Rechtsanwälte has earned a strong reputation, in particular for his experience acting for the representatives of works councils and trade unions. Located in Frankfurt, he advises clients on a range of issues including employee share ownership.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

René Döring is a well-known expert in pensions law, with additional capabilities in restructurings and transactions. He assisted Airbus with pensions-related issues arising from the sale of its sensor, electronic warfare and avionics business. One commentator remarks that "he is tough but fair and really open-minded."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gregor Dornbusch specialises in collective employment law and contentious cases. He represents large corporations in negotiations and disputes with works councils, trade unions and individual employees, additionally providing labour law advice in connection with transactions and restructurings.

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

"A reliable deal maker who knows his trade," Thomas Hey leads the firm's employment practice in Germany. He assists clients with restructurings and works council and supervisory board issues. One source adds: "He has a very broad and deep knowledge, and often publishes articles which are always very well written."

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Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "very pragmatic" Christian Hoefs assists clients with a range of employment law issues, including transactions, reorganisations and compliance. He represented Standard Life in works council negotiations as part of its reorganisation in Germany. Sources highlight his "very pragmatic thinking, can-do mentality, customer focus and great attitude."

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andreas Mauroschat heads the German employment, data protection and compliance practice of Ashurst from his Frankfurt base. He advises on a range of matters, including compliance, compensation models, data protection and outsourcing. His highlights include advising DekaBank on the remuneration of board members. Clients say: "He has very broad and in-depth knowledge, and gives very pragmatic, helpful advice."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tobias Neufeld is noted for his expertise in pensions, data protection and HR compliance. Clients praise his "excellent client service" and mention his ability to "translate in-depth legal knowledge into cutting-edge advice." He advised a global asset management company on a group-wide reorganisation, including outsourcing and employee relocation.

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GREENFORT Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jens-Wilhelm Oberwinter is widely praised for his skills in negotiations and disputes. One satisfied client explains: "He always has up-to-date knowledge of German court rulings, always sticks to dates, and I get very fast and efficient feedback from him which is also very clear. I feel very safe with him as he's a lawyer who can fight hard for the right thing." He also has experience in a range of restructuring projects and advised INVISTA Resins & Fibers on numerous mass redundancies.

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Pusch Wahlig Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Tobias Pusch has a wide-ranging employment practice covering restructuring, litigation and advice to senior executives. He latterly assisted Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung with restructuring and management matters, as well as the centralisation of the organisation. One client observes:"He has a unique blend of technical knowledge and business acumen, outstanding commitment and a client service mentality."

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

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The experienced Eckard Schwarz has a broad practice covering collective employment law, restructuring and litigation. Much of his work involves acting on behalf of clients in the retail sector. One source observes: "He is a good person with a huge amount of knowledge." Among his recent standout matters was advising FLSmidth on redundancies and employee transfers as part of its restructuring.

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Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte

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Gilbert Wurth has a varied employment law practice which covers reorganisation, restructuring, employment litigation and company co-determination issues. He assisted TI Automotive Group with the restructuring of its subsidiaries and related employment matters. One client remarks: "He is easy to work with, and very fast and responsive ."

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Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner

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Wolfgang Bucksch co-leads the employment department at Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner. He has a wealth of experience in German employment law, with particular expertise in works councils negotiations and a track record advising on pension schemes. Among his standout work was his representation of ZiAG in multiple disputes concerning occupational pension law.

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Küttner Rechtsanwälte

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Karl-Dietmar Cohnen advises clients on works councils negotiations, collective bargaining and compliance. He assisted the management board of Francotyp-Postalia Holding with the resignation of several subsidiaries from the employers' association. Market commentators say: "He is a very experienced practitioner with a balanced view."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Friederike Göbbels of Jones Day represents clients in a variety of employment law issues, with particular experience in litigation, works council negotiations and restructuring. One client praises her approach, describing her as "technically very strong with good commercial awareness and timely responses."

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vangard Arbeitsrecht

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Thomas Griebe advises clients on a spectrum of employment law issues, including restructuring, collective bargaining, redundancies and employee participation. He represented Gruner + Jahr in negotiations with works councils arising from redundancy measures.

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Respected for his "pragmatic and good support," Rolf Kowanz specialises in a variety of pensions law issues and also advises on restructuring, outsourcing and collective bargaining. He represented Messe München in proceedings concerning its company pension scheme.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Nebeling acts for both domestic and international clients on a range of collective employment law matters, as well as transactions. He advised Teleperformance on its works constitutional law issues, including negotiations with a conciliation committee.

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ARQIS Rechtsanwälte

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The "focused and result-oriented" Andrea Panzer-Heemeier of ARQIS Rechtsanwälte has experience handling individual and collective labour law issues, representing clients in major restructurings. Her practice also incorporates data protection issues. She advised Kaiser's Tengelmann on its works agreements in the context of its proposed takeover by Edeka.

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Pusch Wahlig Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kara Preedy's practice centres on the negotiation of exit agreements for company executives and restructurings. She is a regular adviser to METRO on its cross-border employment issues, including compliance. Clients say that she is "very focused and effective, and brilliant at building rapport with consultation partners."

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Kliemt & Vollstädt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Barbara Reinhard is well known for her experience as a labour court judge and advises on works constitutional law and collective labour law. Peers repeatedly mention the quality of her client base, saying that "she has good clients who really appreciate her."

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Schütte & Kollegen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Reinhard Schütte is based at Schütte & Kollegen in Wiesbaden. Interviewees highlight his experience handling cases for employees and senior executives, describing him as "a very knowledgeable representative."

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Tepass - Kanzlei für Arbeitsrecht

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Described as "very knowledgeable and a smart craftsman," Michael Tepass is founding partner of specialist employment law firm Tepass - Kanzlei für Arbeitsrecht. He mainly advises companies on redundancies, restructurings and the establishment of European works councils.

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Robert von Steinau-Steinrück

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

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Robert von Steinau-Steinrück represents companies in a range of employment law matters, including dismissals, staff cutbacks and outsourcing. He advised Axel Springer on the transfer of employees following its acquisition of thads.media in a joint venture with Viacom. One source describes him as a "very good name in the market."

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Pusch Wahlig Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Wahlig has experience handling a variety of employment law issues. He advises board members and managing directors, as well as businesses on restructuring and transfer of undertakings. His work highlights include representing Gartner in a succession of litigation cases concerning dismissals. Clients like the fact that he is "always available when needed," while a market commentator calls him "a very knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyer." 

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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bernd Weller advises clients on a range of employment law matters, including restructurings and works constitutional law. One source describes him as "very impressive in his work and very good at communicating."

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guido Zeppenfeld specialises in restructuring, works constitutional law, executive compensation and employee data privacy. He regularly advises Goodyear on its data protection issues in the EMEA region. Sources praise his "broad knowledge" of employment law.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mark Zimmer heads the labour and employment practice group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He has extensive experience in compliance, advising clients on complex and often multi-jurisdictional investigations. One client reports: "He is very passionate about his work, with a good sense of new trends and what is important to companies."

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Up and Coming

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Up and Coming

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Timon Grau is praised by clients for his "excellent advice, outstanding client service and commercial awareness." Much of his practice is focused on cross-border employee data protection and data transfer, as well as pensions and benefits.

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