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Employment — Germany


Allen & Overy LLP - Employment Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Enters the top band following strong client endorsements and a number of high-profile mandates within the employment law field. Has an outstanding reputation for representing companies in negotiations with works councils and trade unions concerning industrial action. Particularly popular among clients from the healthcare and financial services sectors, including new client win Credit Suisse. Highly regarded for advice on data protection, compliance and pensions issues. Often assists clients with collective bargaining and employee transfers. Boasts a vast international reach, which facilitates the co-ordination of international reorganisation projects out of its German offices.

Strengths Clients enthuse that the team is "exceptionally skilled, highly practical with good communication skills and very responsive."

Commentators highlight that it is "an excellent team for disputes with labour unions."

Work highlights Acted for DB Cargo on works council negotiations concerning the reduction of 2,000 jobs as part of a reorganisation project.

Assisted Deutsche Telekom with the introduction of a new worldwide compensation programme.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Ubber is a long-standing leader in the field of collective bargaining and industrial action, representing employers in negotiations with works councils and trade unions. He is particularly active for clients from the transportation and healthcare industries. Market commentators enthuse that he is "a real expert for strike work and a really smart guy." He represented Zalando in collective bargaining matters and industrial disputes.

The "excellent" Hans-Peter Löw is particularly highlighted by sources for his work on remuneration issues. He frequently assists clients with the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, including advising Sanofi on the transfer of 400 employees as part of its EUR21.8 billion asset swap with Boehringer Ingelheim. He also has a number of clients from the financial services sector.

Tobias Neufeld rises in the rankings on the back of positive feedback and excellent work for high-profile employers. Neufeld assists banking clients with pensions issues and also advises on cross-border reorganisations and outsourcing projects. He is particularly singled out for his work on the employment law aspects of data protection, with one client reporting that he is "very good for data privacy matters." Notable mandates include advising Allianz Global Investors on the implementation of an investment and reorganisation programme and a cross-border outsourcing project.

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CMS - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Large, highly respected team with a strong focus on employment law matters. Particularly sought after by employers in regulated industries, such as financial services, energy and utilities, for advice on the employment and deployment of external personnel. Notable activity on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, post-merger integrations, restructurings and reorganisations. Well regarded for its capabilities in implementing new compensation and benefits models, as well as pensions law advice. Remains a popular choice for compliance audits and governance structure advice, and frequently represents clients in employment litigation cases. Also assists with the employment law aspects of EU privacy regulations and with German co-determination legislation.

Strengths Clients enthuse that the team is "very customer-oriented, focused, clear in the evaluation of the request and fast in its responses."

Clients also appreciate that the lawyers are "very responsive" and deliver "quick answers and implementable solutions."

Work highlights Acted for the management boards of Volkswagen and Audi on personnel and employment issues among the senior management levels following the diesel emissions investigation.

Assisted Drees & Sommer with its transition from a public limited company to a European Stock Corporation, particularly advising on the employee participation procedure.

Notable practitioners

A long-standing leader in the German employment market, Björn Gaul is described by commentators as an "outstanding individual" and a "renowned partner." He is popular among both domestic and international companies for advice on corporate restructurings and collective bargaining agreements. He also has a strong reputation in the areas of outsourcings and staff deployment, and frequently assists clients with employment compliance and whistle-blowing policies.

Several market commentators highlight Gerlind Wisskirchen for her work on international mandates, reporting that she is "good for cross-border employment law." She assists companies and their management boards with the employment aspects of corporate reorganisations, and advises on both domestic and international employment compliance.

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Gleiss Lutz - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Long-standing market leader in the German employment law field. Highly regarded by prestigious corporations for advice on collective labour law and co-determination matters. Represents management board clients in negotiations with works councils and trade unions, as well as in court disputes. Has a strong presence on the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, frequently acting on reorganisations, and a growing focus on the impact of digitalisation on employment law matters. Notable expertise also lies in personnel leasing and other temporary employment issues, as well as employment law compliance and investigations. Increasing active in remuneration systems following changes to financial sector regulations.

Strengths Market commentators note that "from an academic and intellectual viewpoint, they are the benchmark and they are always constructive to work with."

Further interviewees enthuse: "It is a pleasure to work with them. You can rely on them to be good partners, and everything is always clear and to the point."

Work highlights Represented Daimler in a dispute concerning personnel leasing and fictitious contracts.

Advised Bosch on the employment law aspects of its acquisition of ITK Engineering.

Notable practitioners

Jobst-Hubertus Bauer has a notable reputation for advising supervisory boards on the termination of contracts for top-level executives. He also has considerable experience representing management boards in negotiations with works councils.

Stuttgart-based Martin Diller is highly regarded by sources, with one enthusing that he "writes clear and well-developed memos and is very intelligent." Diller is particularly lauded for his advice on outsourcing and works constitution mandates, and also has an excellent reputation in the field of pensions law. He assisted the supervisory boards of Volkswagen and Audi with the employment law issues arising from the diesel emissions investigation.

Ulrich Baeck assists clients with collective and individual employment law mandates, with a particular focus on co-determination issues and restructuring. He also represents clients in negotiations with trade unions and collective bargaining matters. He advised DZ Bank on social plan negotiations and reconciliation of interests as part of its merger with WGZ Bank.

According to clients, Gerhard Röder is "very strong in restructuring mandates and a good strategic partner in negotiations." He represents companies in negotiations with works councils and trade unions concerning corporate restructurings. Based in Stuttgart, he is also active on co-determination matters and broader collective and individual labour law issues.

Stuttgart-based Christian Arnold rises in the rankings following some excellent feedback, including the following comment: "He is very pleasant to work with, organised and really wants to get the deal through." He assists with employee reorganisations, co-determination issues and collective bargaining, and represents clients in negotiations of board member contracts and industrial disputes. Highlights include representing TUI in court proceedings before the ECJ on the compatibility of the German Co-determination Act with EU law. Commentators also report that he is "very sharp, smart, friendly, open, calm and able to get right to the point."

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Whether restructuring measures or negotiations with trade unions and works councils, remuneration systems, company pensions, working time arrangements, or termination agreements – Gleiss Lutz has long been recognised as one of Germany’s leading firms for employment law.

We advise and represent national and international companies in all areas of labour and employment law, in complex projects and negotiations, before the courts, and in ongoing legal issues. Clients benefit from our high quality standards, unrivalled experience, pragmatic attitude and our extensive specialisation and interdisciplinary approach.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its strength in company pensions advice, as well as assistance with remuneration systems for clients from the financial services sector. Frequently represents clients in internal investigations, industrial tribunal disputes and works council negotiations. Utilises its renowned corporate and transactional expertise to assist with the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, entity conversions and company restructurings. Also acts for companies on labour leasing issues. Clients particularly benefit from the firm's global, full-service set-up and ability to handle cross-border mandates.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers are "skilled and very flexible, with considerable awareness for clients, and are always working to find the correct solutions."

Clients are also keen to highlight the team's "in-depth knowledge of the market and the regulators" and add: "The team offers clear and precise advice."

Work highlights Acted for BayernLB on a number of industrial tribunal disputes arising from the restructuring of its pension scheme.

Advised Alcon on the transfer of the staff of its ophthalmic pharmaceuticals division to Novartis.

Notable practitioners

Heinz Josef Willemsen has notable experience advising companies on restructurings and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. He also assists with pensions issues and senior executive contracts.

Based in Hamburg, Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt is particularly well regarded for remuneration schemes, as well as advice on senior executive contracts and terminations. He often represents clients in negotiations with employee representatives and the employment aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including acting for Otto Bock HealthCare on the labour law issues of its merger with an Austrian company. Interviewees praise him as "a great guy who is very good for corporate restructurings."

Thomas Müller-Bonanni mainly assists clients from the banking sector with remuneration schemes and negotiations with union representatives. Clients highlight that he "is very skilled and knowledgeable, and takes a pragmatic and hands-on approach." He also advises companies on labour law compliance matters and the employment aspects of cross-border mergers.

According to clients, René Döring is a "highly skilled lawyer with broad experience who is very supportive and client-focused." He has a particular focus on pensions and benefits matters, acting for both employers and IORPs. Further expertise lies in employment issues arising from corporate transactions, where he latterly assisted Boehringer Ingelheim with the labour law aspects of its asset swap with Sanofi.

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KLIEMT.HR Lawyers - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Specialist employment boutique that has bolstered its presence through the lateral hire of Burkard Göpfert to help open a new office in Munich. Handles the full range of employment matters for clients from the TMT, life sciences, chemicals and consumer goods sectors, with notable activity in the fields of 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 Clients enthuse that the team is "extremely well versed in all aspects of German employment and union law" and that the lawyers are "fanatical about preparation in advance of potential disputes or litigation."

Several sources describe the firm as "the strongest boutique" and the "number one boutique employment law firm."

Work highlights Advised Dura Automotive Systems on restructurings and collective dismissals affecting 1,000 employees, which included representation in negotiations with works councils and unions.

Assisted Hewlett-Packard with a number of employee transfer mandates, including representation in works council negotiations and dismissal proceedings in the context of several spin-offs.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe Michael Kliemt as a "key figure in the market" who is "well respected and well regarded," while clients highlight his "excellent client service and great relevant expertise" and regard him as someone they turn to for "the most complex and critical matters." He is highly sought after for advice on reorganisations, post-merger integrations and collective agreements.

New arrival at the firm Burkard Göpfert is described by market commentators as "definitely one of the really big names for restructuring," while clients appreciate that he is "creative and solution-focused." In addition to his strength in reorganisations, he often advises clients on employee data protection matters and represents them in compliance investigations.

Oliver Vollstädt advises board members, directors and managerial staff on contract terminations and redundancy schemes. Market commentators describe him as a "smart lawyer with a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach." He also assists with restructurings and employee data protection matters.

Commentators describe Barbara Reinhard as "very good and very active." She advises companies on remuneration models and pension plans, as well as negotiations of redundancy packages and collective bargaining agreements.

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Baker McKenzie - Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boasts an integrated global network that allows the firm to act on cross-border restructurings and assist international companies with the employment law components of M&A transactions, including spin-offs, mass redundancies and post-merger integrations. Additionally recommended for advice on works council structures, pensions, employee data protection and compliance issues. Has a number of clients from the transportation sector, including recent client win Hapag-Lloyd.

Strengths Clients report that the lawyers "are available at any time, fast in their execution, pragmatic and have excellent knowledge."

Several clients highlight the team's efficiency, noting that the lawyers offer "very fast and precise answers."

Work highlights Advised Adient on the negotiations with works councils and trade unions following the closure of five production sites.

Assisted Baxter Deutschland with an internal reorganisation.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, Guenther Heckelmann "is knowledgeable, approachable, friendly and gives you clear guidance." He has a particular focus on the employment law aspects of cross-border mergers, assisting with post-merger integrations and reorganisations. Heckelmann also has considerable experience advising on the hiring and termination of managerial employees.

Joint head of department Christian Reichel is a recognised expert in the field of pensions and benefits law. Market commentators particularly highlight his ability to "explain complex pension structures in a way that people can understand." Alongside his focus on pensions work, Reichel also advises on outsourcing projects and reorganisations.

Berlin-based Alexander Wolff advises on transfer of business, restructurings and works council negotiations. Clients appreciate his "very pragmatic approach, fast answers and ability to understand what the client needs," and add that he is "very pleasant to work with." He is also active on employee benefits, outsourcing and mass dismissal matters, often within the transportation sector. Notable mandates include assisting British Airways with the outsourcing of its customer service operations in Germany.

Gregor Dornbusch frequently advises companies on hiring and terminating employees as part of site closures or plant relocations. He also assists with the drafting of service agreements for managing directors and board members, and represents clients in disputes with employee representatives and negotiations with works councils. Further expertise lies in employment law issues emerging from corporate transactions, including post-merger integration.

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Beiten Burkhardt - Employment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Has a strong presence across Germany and has been expanding several of its offices in recent years. Has a particular focus on employment law issues within the healthcare sector. Assists domestic and international companies with restructurings, transfers of undertakings and collective bargaining mandates, including representation in works council negotiations. Also advises on social security law and sports labour law matters, as well as employment law compliance, co-determination legislation and pensions.

Strengths Clients stress that the team "has outstanding expertise in collective and individual labour law, and offers concise solutions."

According to other clients, the team's lawyers are "real experts for pensions topics."

Work highlights Acted for Flughafen München on the outsourcing of a department to a newly established subsidiary and the ensuing collective bargaining issues and employment litigation.

Assisted DODUCO Holding with the employment aspects of a corporate restructuring, including negotiations with the works council to finalise a social plan for a staff reduction.

Notable practitioners

Wolfgang Lipinski recently advised Media-Saturn-Gruppe on collective and individual employment law issues. Clients report that he has "good expertise putting theory into practice, and good negotiation skills." He assists clients with restructuring measures, redundancies, outsourcing projects and the development of working hours models, and offers representation in employment litigation and collective bargaining disputes.

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Labour & Employment

BEITEN BURKHARDT has one of the biggest labour and employment law teams in Germany and the experts are also ready to assist you at an international level - in China and Russia. The firm provides cross-sector legal advisory services for all areas of labour law. In Germany, the firm advises companies on collective labour law issues (“from the beginning to the termination of an employment relationship”) as much as on works constitution law and collective bargaining issues. The firm is proven expert on restructuring measures and have considerable knowhow in transaction-related labour law.
        


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Latham & Watkins - Employment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises clients on a wide range of restructuring projects, including those arising from insolvencies, as well as outsourcings, privatisations and redundancies. Frequently represents companies in employment law disputes and compliance investigations. Also houses expertise in pensions, collective bargaining and advice to management boards. Boasts a large client base in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, including new client win Astellas Pharma. Able to provide both standalone employment advice and support on cross-border transactions.

Strengths Clients report positively on the department's international capabilities, saying: "It is a well-performing team with cross-border experience."

Clients also highlight the team's responsiveness, saying: "The responsiveness is very quick, we get replies on the same day."

Work highlights Advised Dow Chemical on an employment reorganisation as part of its merger with DuPont.

Acted for Royal Caribbean International on the employment aspects of its Europe-wide restructuring.

Notable practitioners

Based in Hamburg, Stefan Lunk is highly esteemed for his advice on works council matters and cross-border reorganisations. He also acts on employee leasing and co-determination mandates. Clients enthuse that he "is always available and brings added value to our negotiations." He represented Airbus Group in negotiations with works councils and various employment law disputes.

Clients report that Claudia Heins is very good for transactional employment law matters and restructurings. She is particularly active in the pharmaceutical industry, where she advises clients on the employment law aspects of transactions, as well as negotiations of redundancy schemes and reconciliations of interests. Highlights include assisting Novartis with the harmonisation of its onboarding and recruiting processes in Europe.

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Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH - Employment Department

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Band 3

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Domestic team with both transactional and standalone employment capabilities, which rises in the rankings on the back of considerable client support. Large workload in the area of restructuring, and has co-operated of late with local insolvency administrators on the employment law aspects of several restructuring mandates. Represents clients in collective bargaining matters and negotiations over strike action, as well as in a variety of court disputes. Draws the bulk of its clients from the retail sector.

Strengths Clients praise the team's "very quick responses, detailed answers and availability at short notice," and add: "We would recommend them anytime."

Clients are also impressed by the team's "broad knowledge and experience, quick reaction times, flexibility and ability to offer solutions according to our needs," while the lawyers attract further praise for being "extremely flexible and client-oriented."

Work highlights Represented ZTE Deutschland in arbitration proceedings concerning a reconciliation of interests and redundancy plan.

Advised Alliance Healthcare Deutschland on the negotiation of a reconciliation of interests and redundancy plan, as well as collective bargaining disputes arising from staff cuts and operational changes.

Notable practitioners

Based in the firm's Cologne office, Axel Braun is described by interviewees as a "very friendly guy" and a "very good" employment lawyer. He assists clients with restructurings, collective bargaining agreements and social compensation plans. He advised Rittal on the employment law aspects of three factory closures and the development of a new factory.

Robert von Steinau-Steinrück is based in the firm's Berlin office and advises clients on the full range of employment law matters, including co-determination, restructurings, outsourcing and compliance. He also represents parties in employment law disputes and assists with collective bargaining law issues, recently acting for Deutsche Bahn on an arbitration case concerning collective bargaining agreements.

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Noerr - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Popular among large and mid-sized domestic companies for advice on restructurings and reorganisations. Often assists with the employment law aspects of transactions, as well as remuneration schemes and collective bargaining. Also recommended for advice on pension schemes, relocation of workforces and employee leasing, and represents clients in employment disputes and compliance investigations. Clients hail from the automotive, insurance, healthcare and technology sectors.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's "wide range of experience in labour law."

Sources report that the team has "built a good reputation" in the field of employment law.

Work highlights Advised trivago on co-determination structures, employee benefit programmes and executive bonus agreements as part of the company's IPO.

Acted for Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter on the conclusion of a collective bargaining agreement with a works council.

Notable practitioners

Hans-Christoph Schimmelpfennig enters the rankings thanks to excellent feedback from clients, who highlight his "deep commercial awareness, effectiveness and good client service." Another interviewee affirms: "He listens carefully and develops a plan, and is always able to give good advice that helps me." He has a number of clients from the aviation sector that he assists with collective bargaining, employee-management relations and restructuring mandates. Highlights include advising ERGO on a large-scale restructuring project affecting over 1,000 employees.

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DLA Piper UK LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Frequently acts for clients from the retail and insurance sectors on collective and individual employment law matters. Represents companies in internal investigations law disputes with works councils. Also covers corporate restructurings, as well as pensions and benefits affairs. Works closely with the firm's TMT team to advise on employee data protection matters. Clients benefit from the firm's international presence.

Strengths Clients are particularly impressed by the firm's "good cross-border capabilities" and appreciate that "working with DLA Piper makes it easy to have one relationship around the world, and we get a good level of service."

Another interviewee praises the firm's bench strength, saying that it has an "outstanding depth of resources."

Work highlights Assisted the Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs with its proposal to spread corporate pension provisioning through the social partner model scheme.

Advised Etihad Airways on restructuring matters and works council negotiations.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Kai Bodenstedt is a key contact within the firm's employment law team.

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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Advises both German companies and executive board members on collective and individual employment law matters. Represents clients in employment disputes and negotiations of collective bargaining agreements. Also acts on pensions and benefits law matters. Assists a number of clients from the sporting and publishing arenas, including new client win Aquila.

Strengths Clients appreciate "how quick the responses are" and the fact that the team "is extremely reliable and has a down-to-earth approach."

Another client describes the team as "customer-oriented" and particularly highlights its "very good knowledge in labour law and fast responses."

Work highlights Represented FSV Mainz 05 in an employment law dispute concerning the contracts of professional football players and officials.

Assisted DATAGROUP with the employment aspects of its transformation into a European public company, including the employee participation procedure.

Notable practitioners

Bernd Weller assists clients with employment law compliance and restructuring matters, with a particular focus on the publishing sector. One satisfied client reports: "What I liked about him was that he was available, prioritised the important topics and made us feel very important. His advice is very pragmatic and well thought through."

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The Practice Group Employment consists of lawyers specializing in employment law, providing advice to and representing national and international companies in all areas of employment law. 

Moreover, they also advise management boards, directors and employees who expect excellence in legal counsel in issues requiring expertise in services and employment law, in particular in issues involving the establishment and dissolution of service and employment relationships. 

Our support services include activities in creating expert reports and drafting legal documents as well as asserting our clients’ interests in court.

For more information see here: https://www.heuking.de/en/practice-groups/legal-consulting/employment.html

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Employment Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Assists companies from a number of sectors, including financial services, TMT and life sciences, with cross-border restructurings and reorganisations. Acts for clients on employment law compliance and employee data protection issues, with extensive expertise in the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Additionally advises on company pensions matters and the leasing of temporary workers. Clients benefit from the firm's broad international network.

Strengths One client enthuses: "The team is very thoughtful, thinks about larger implications, can be quick and thorough, and identifies issues that are very helpful for our planning process."

Clients also appreciate that the team "was well organised and collaborated across offices in a very good way to support us internationally."

Work highlights Advised LH Bundeswehr Bekleidungsgesellschaft on the employment aspects of a restructuring.

Acted for Dell on the employment law aspects of its sale of Dell Services to NTT Data.

Notable practitioners

Eckard Schwarz is based in the firm's Hamburg office and assists clients from the retail industry with restructurings and collective employment law matters. He represented BAT in works council and trade union negotiations for a social compensation plan and reconciliation of interests following the closure of its largest production plant. Schwarz also represents clients in employment law litigation.

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Küttner Rechtsanwälte - Employment Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected domestic employment boutique noted for its strength in the Cologne area. Highly regarded for its experience representing senior executives in individual mandates. Principal focus lies in restructuring and outsourcing mandates for clients from the telecommunications, logistics and automotive sectors. Also advises on pensions and bonus schemes, as well as employee data protection matters, and often represents companies in employment law disputes and social plan negotiations.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers are "very practical and get to the point quickly" and describe the advice offered as "specific and practical."

Several commentators highlight the lawyers' strength acting for employees and individual clients, with one particularly describing them as "well-known advisers to individuals."

Work highlights Assisted 1&1 Versatel with the employment law aspects of its restructuring and the reorganisation of its group-wide performance management.

Represented BuyIn in disputes with the works council and various other collective employment law matters.

Notable practitioners

According to interviewees, Tim Wißmann has "an excellent reputation," is "constructive" and "knows what he can ask for." He assists clients with restructuring matters and collective bargaining mandates, and often represents parties in employment law disputes and arbitration. He acted for Zurich on the reorganisation of its works council structure and a number of relocations. His practice also takes in pension plans and executive service agreements.

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Pusch Wahlig Legal - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dedicated team of employment specialists that has continued its expansion of late and rises in this year's rankings thanks to continued impressive client feedback. Recommended for business restructurings, including top-level management reorganisations and the implementation of alternative employee representation structures. Additionally handles compliance and remuneration matters, and represents clients in employment litigation. Close relationships with partner firms overseas enable seamless advice on cross-border projects.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the team offers "exceptional value on content and guidance for all employment law topics and timely responses."

Clients also highlight that the lawyers "can use the appropriate language with whomever they are talking to in the company and look for the right solution for us."

Work highlights Advised ACE on the employment law aspects of its post-merger integration.

Assisted Uniper with restructuring issues following its separation from E.ON.

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Kara Preedy moves up in the rankings following several client endorsements such as: "She has a strong customer focus, looks for solutions and responds quickly." She advises international and domestic clients on restructurings and high-level exits, as well as compliance and remuneration schemes.

According to clients, Tobias Pusch "provides a helicopter view with a strong commercial outlook, and constantly looks for the best outcome for the client." He represents companies in employment litigation, including workplace bullying allegations and claims against board members, and in collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Pusch also advises on post-merger restructurings and exits at management and board level.

According to clients, Verena Braeckeler-Kogel is a "calm and experienced team player who knows the market and responds quickly." She has a particular focus on the employment aspects of M&A transactions. She also advises clients on social plans and pension law matters.

Thomas Wahlig advises companies, board members and managing directors on employment law compliance and collective agreement negotiations. Clients report that he has "a deep knowledge in individual and collective labour law" and is "always calm and effective." He also acts for clients on restructurings and transfer of undertaking issues.

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T/S/C Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Notable strength in North-West Germany. Popular with directors, chief executives and senior managers for advice on unfair dismissal and collective bargaining cases, as well as representation before the Federal Labour Court. Acts for large and medium-sized German companies on restructuring mandates and pensions schemes. Also assists with the review of employment and service contracts.

Strengths Market commentators report that the firm has "a high reputation," particularly in the field of pensions law.

Notable practitioners

Johannes Schipp is particularly recommended by market sources for his work in employment disputes and pensions law mandates. One commentator in particular describes him as "a very good labour law litigator, doing a lot of Federal Labour Court work."

Susanne Clemenz advises clients on pensions and benefits mandates, including those concerning bonus schemes. She also offers representation in contract negotiations.

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vangard Arbeitsrecht - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Rapidly expanding employment law boutique at both partner and associate level, which moves up in the table following recommendations by a range of sources. Particularly popular among German clients, but also able to handle cross-border mandates thanks to close links to partner firms abroad. Acts for companies of all sizes and senior executives on both individual and collective law matters, and advises on compliance mandates as well as the employment aspects of corporate restructurings and transactions.

Strengths Clients report that the lawyers have "good knowledge of the practical aspects of employment law" and are "eloquent and responsive."

Interviewees describe the firm as "a success story," while another commentator feels that the firm is "performing well and is on the rise."

Work highlights Advised C&A Group on the severance of top management and the restructuring of its administration and IT division, including representation in redundancy scheme negotiations and litigation.

Represented Altigi in negotiations with employee representatives during two rounds of staff cutbacks.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Griebe is based in Hamburg and represents small and mid-sized companies in disputes with employees and works councils. One source reports that he "does a very good job," adding: "I enjoy working with him." He advised ZEISS on various issues arising from the secondment of an employee from Germany to the USA. Another client notes: "He understands what the client is looking for and is very good in both advisory and litigation matters."

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ALTENBURG - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Strong employment law boutique boasting a varied practice, offering particular strength in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, with further experience in cross-border employment mandates. Active on contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, representing clients both before the Federal Labour Court and in negotiations for collective bargaining agreements. Also advises companies on employee leasing.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's "great commercial awareness" and "flexibility and helpfulness."

Sources describe ALTENBURG as "a really specialised firm that is doing a really good job."

Notable practitioners

Described as "a very well-known employment lawyer," Anja Mengel is based in the firm's Berlin office. She has a particular focus on employment law compliance issues, but is also highlighted by sources for her work on co-determination matters.

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Clifford Chance - Employment Department

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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. Often negotiates with works councils regarding staff reduction measures and collective agreements. Assists companies from the financial services sector, such as new client win Credit Suisse, with the transfer of employees between locations. Also advises on bonus option programmes and remuneration schemes, as well as employee data protection mandates.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's "deep knowledge of labour law and very good knowledge of how to communicate sensitive topics" and describe the lawyers as "good advisers on risk and opportunities."

Sources also highlight the firm's international network as an advantage, saying that the team has "very good cross-border capabilities."

Work highlights Advised the supervisory board of Westdeutsche Spielbanken on the compliance of an early retirement programme with social security regulations.

Assisted Acino Holding with the employment law elements of the sale of its transdermal patch and implant business to Luye Pharma Group.

Notable practitioners

Stefan Simon is a key contact for the practice.

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GREENFORT Rechtsanwälte - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Frankfurt-based team handling both contentious and non-contentious mandates. Advises clients from regulated industries, including financial services, on reorganisation projects involving mass dismissals and transfer of business. Frequently represents companies and board members in negotiations with trade unions and works councils concerning social plans, reconciliations of interests and works agreements. Also assists with pension and benefit schemes, and acts regularly for clients on employment litigation mandates, often before the Federal Labour Court.

Strengths According to clients, GREENFORT's employment department is "a team of talented lawyers who understand the needs of clients and provide impeccable and timely advice."

Another client reports that the lawyers are "very experienced, reliable and good at delivering on time."

Work highlights Advised Koch Industries on the negotiation of a social plan and reconciliation of interests for INVISTA employees, and on the closure of Molex and ensuing redundancies.

Acted for Korn Ferry on the termination of employment relationships and applications for employee leasing permits.

Notable practitioners

Mark Lembke assists companies and senior executives with regulations concerning the use of external workforce, remuneration schemes and employee data protection issues. He also represents clients in collective bargaining agreement negotiations and employment disputes. Interviewees highlight his ability to "ensure that all stakeholders feel included" and describe him as "solution-oriented." He advised Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe on social plan negotiations with works councils as part of a restructuring project.

Jens-Wilhelm Oberwinter represents clients in negotiations with trade unions and in labour law disputes, and additionally advises on pension schemes. Clients highlight that he is "strong in negotiations with labour councils, keen to help both parties reach a solution and good at looking for a compromise." He assisted Degussa Bank with works council negotiations over new pension and remuneration schemes. Oberwinter also frequently acts for senior executives.

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Hengeler Mueller - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Collaborates closely with the firm's market-leading corporate practice to advise on the employment law aspects of high-end international transactions. Represents clients in employment law litigation, as well as in negotiations with works councils and trade unions. Assists with the formation and adjustment of company pension and remuneration schemes in regulated industries, and is additionally active dealing with internal investigations and compliance issues. Scope of expertise also covers co-determination and cases involving senior executives.

Strengths Clients say that the team "has a very flexible and hands-on mentality, and can go deep into the detail if required," and add that the lawyers are "solution-oriented."

Work highlights Assisted Intel with the employment law aspects of its divestment of the McAfee business.

Represented Hugo Boss in dismissal protection proceedings and other labour law disputes.

Notable practitioners

Christian Hoefs acts on the employment and pensions law aspects of M&A transactions, and often represents employers in negotiations with trade unions and works councils. Of late, he assisted Eaton with the employment law issues arising from a part-closure of the group's site in Germany. Clients particularly appreciate his "pragmatic and state-of-the-art advice." His practice also covers employment compliance and internal investigations.

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Whether you reorganize your business to increase its competitiveness in the market, grow through acquisitions or seek to obtain assistance for your HR department from our experienced team: Hengeler Mueller can advise you in all employment related matters, covering both collective and individual employment law aspects.

We have particular expertise and experience in complex and sensitive matters – from strategic planning right up to completion or implementation, be it a domestic or international project, an acquisition or other transactions. We correspond and negotiate with employees, works councils and other employee representatives and provide you with representation in any labour court litigation or conciliation proceedings. We can also advise with regard to your existing remuneration system and any adjustments you may consider.

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Linklaters - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Particularly strong in cross-border matters, collaborating closely with other offices in the firm's network to represent international clients, most notably from the financial services sector. Advises on the employment law aspects of large transactions and restructurings, and assists with employee transfers. Additionally handles a range of contentious cases, including discrimination and senior executive disputes, as well as cases concerning whistle-blowing and restrictive covenants. Has gained several new clients in the energy sector, such as the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and ENGIE.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's responsiveness and international reach, saying that the lawyers are "very quick and able to handle US and Asian law matters."

Work highlights Acted for Cerberus on the employment law aspects of the acquisition of Staples by one of its subsidiaries.

Advised Deere & Company on the employment elements of its acquisition of Wirtgen Group.

Notable practitioners

Clients enthuse that Georg Annuß is "really outstanding and a brilliant academic scholar" who will "dig deep into things but come back with short and complete answers." He assists clients with transfer of undertakings and collective labour law mandates, while also advising on board member issues and reorganisations.

Timon Grau rises in the rankings on the back of positive client feedback, including praise such as: "He listens, is responsive and quick to learn about our company, and couches his guidance with that in mind." He acts for clients on restructurings and collective bargaining matters, as well as remuneration systems issues. Grau also has a strong focus on employee data protection, internal investigations and whistle-blowing systems.

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Mayer Brown LLP - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Particular focus on the harmonisation of working conditions following M&A transactions. Advises on HR data protection and outsourcing matters, and represents clients in negotiations and disputes with works councils. Also active in the areas of pensions law, employee participation programmes and remuneration schemes. Visible in numerous industries, including aviation, automotive, chemicals and financial services. Clients benefit from the firm's broad international network for assistance with cross-border mandates.

Strengths Clients underline that the lawyers are "very business-minded and service-oriented" and can be "very thorough without getting lost in the details."

Other interviewees add that the team offers "good-quality" advice.

Work highlights Acted for Drew Marine on the partial closure and restructuring of a company group.

Advised Albemarle on restructuring and the implementation of new remuneration systems as part of the integration of the German business of Rockwood Group.

Notable practitioners

Guido Zeppenfeld is highlighted by one client as a strong choice for "complex labour law issues." He advises clients on a broad range of employment law matters, including executive compensation and restructurings, and additionally assists with outsourcing and employee data privacy mandates. He acted for Wells Fargo on the employment law aspects of its acquisition of parts of GE Capital, as well as ongoing pensions law issues.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Acts for clients from a range of industries, including the life sciences, transportation, technology and financial services sectors, on restructurings and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. Active in data protection, including compliance with EU regulations. Also advises on pensions and remuneration schemes, as well as co-determination and outsourcing mandates. Clients benefit from the firm's global presence for cross-border mandates, such as the implementation of worldwide guidelines and policies.

Strengths One client particularly appreciates that the lawyers have a clear understanding of their business needs.

Work highlights Assisted hagebau with the dismissals of managing directors of its subsidiaries.

Advised Rosatom on the transfer of pension liabilities.

Notable practitioners

Cornelia Marquardt assists clients with restructuring mandates, and offers representation in negotiations with works councils concerning social plans, as well as in court disputes. She advised Veritas on the conversion of its pension fund into a provident fund.

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Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Full-service domestic firm, with an employment law team that has made numerous hires of late. Assists clients from the automotive and insurance industries with reorganisations and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. Advises on bonus programmes and outsourcing projects, and frequently deals with collective bargaining law matters, with capabilities in co-determination issues and negotiating with European works councils. Often represents parties in employment law disputes.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's innovative solutions and highlight its responsiveness and availability.

Work highlights Advised Senvion on a reorganisation of its German operations, including the closure of three sites resulting in mass redundancies, as well as the restructuring of other departments.

Advised INEOS Styrolution on a range of employment and employee benefits law issues.

Notable practitioners

Gilbert Wurth advises companies on restructurings and reorganisations following acquisitions. He also assists with collective bargaining agreements and social plans, and represents clients in employment law disputes and co-determination issues. He assisted Larry Thompson as the independent monitor overseeing Volkswagen with German employment law and data protection issues.

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Schweibert Leßmann & Partner - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded Frankfurt-based employment boutique representing clients in negotiations with works councils and trade unions. Acts for clients from a range of industries, including financial services, healthcare, retail and aviation. Also assists with employment disputes, pensions issues and company restructurings. In addition to advising companies, the firm also acts for management-level individuals.

Strengths Sources regard the fledgling boutique as "a real success story."

Another interviewee describes the firm as "a boutique that does excellent work."

Work highlights Acted for BASLER Fashion on the closure of several divisions and a restructuring with collective redundancies.

Assisted United Internet with the employment law aspects of the acquisition of Strato from Deutsche Telekom.

Notable practitioners

Nicole Engesser Means advises on restructurings and negotiations with works councils, acting for both companies and senior executives. She often represents clients in internal investigations, employment disputes and compliance mandates. Means has further capabilities assisting financial institutions with remuneration systems matters, and latterly advised BNP Paribas on the Remuneration Ordinance for Institutions regulation.

Ulrike Schweibert advises financial institutions and corporations on restructurings and outsourcing mandates. She also acts for board members and directors on pension matters and changes to terms of employment. Schweibert represented Aviation Passage Service Berlin in a litigation case with a number of employees following the closure of business operations.

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Seitz Partnerschaftsgesellschaft - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Cologne-based team that enters the rankings as a result of excellent feedback from market sources. Advises on domestic and international restructuring and collective bargaining agreements. Also assists with temporary employment contracts, outsourcing and regulations concerning the deployment of external staff. Represents clients in employment law disputes and compliance mandates, and has a niche focus on church labour law and employment law within the sporting sector.

Strengths Market commentators are impressed by the firm's recent progress, with one saying that it "has been on the rise," while another says that the firm is "really doing a good job and making immense progress."

Interviewees also describe the firm as "a good boutique firm" that has "really great lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Stefan Seitz is a key contact within the firm.

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Taylor Wessing - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service firm with a strong international network advising domestic and global employers, such as new client wins REWE and Mitsui. Assists with the employment law aspects of M&A transactions, as well as group restructurings and co-determination issues. Acts for clients on flexible work structures and employee leasing, and works closely with the other departments within the firm to handle employee data protection issues. Additionally assists with compliance and internal investigations, including those relating to criminal offences.

Strengths Clients report that the lawyers are "well informed on the key questions" and add: "We enjoy working with them."

Another client highlights the team's "excellent know-how, experience and litigation skills."

Work highlights Advised Michael Page on various issues arising from the reform of the German law on temporary workers.

Represented Hays in a number of proceedings concerning the determination of employment status.

Notable practitioners

Munich-based Marc André Gimmy is the head of the firm's employment, pensions and mobility team and a key contact for clients.

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Senior Statesperson

Jobst-Hubertus Bauer

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jobst-Hubertus Bauer has a notable reputation for advising supervisory boards on the termination of contracts for top-level executives. He also has considerable experience representing management boards in negotiations with works councils.

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Senior Statesperson

Guenther Heckelmann

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Guenther Heckelmann "is knowledgeable, approachable, friendly and gives you clear guidance." He has a particular focus on the employment law aspects of cross-border mergers, assisting with post-merger integrations and reorganisations. Heckelmann also has considerable experience advising on the hiring and termination of managerial employees.

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Senior Statesperson

Heinz Josef Willemsen

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Heinz Josef Willemsen has notable experience advising companies on restructurings and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. He also assists with pensions issues and senior executive contracts.

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Band 1

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients enthuse that Georg Annuß is "really outstanding and a brilliant academic scholar" who will "dig deep into things but come back with short and complete answers." He assists clients with transfer of undertakings and collective labour law mandates, while also advising on board member issues and reorganisations.

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Band 1

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stuttgart-based Martin Diller is highly regarded by sources, with one enthusing that he "writes clear and well-developed memos and is very intelligent." Diller is particularly lauded for his advice on outsourcing and works constitution mandates, and also has an excellent reputation in the field of pensions law. He assisted the supervisory boards of Volkswagen and Audi with the employment law issues arising from the diesel emissions investigation.

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Band 1

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

A long-standing leader in the German employment market, Björn Gaul is described by commentators as an "outstanding individual" and a "renowned partner." He is popular among both domestic and international companies for advice on corporate restructurings and collective bargaining agreements. He also has a strong reputation in the areas of outsourcings and staff deployment, and frequently assists clients with employment compliance and whistle-blowing policies.

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Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Based in Hamburg, Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt is particularly well regarded for remuneration schemes, as well as advice on senior executive contracts and terminations. He often represents clients in negotiations with employee representatives and the employment aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including acting for Otto Bock HealthCare on the labour law issues of its merger with an Austrian company. Interviewees praise him as "a great guy who is very good for corporate restructurings."

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Band 1

KLIEMT.HR Lawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe Michael Kliemt as a "key figure in the market" who is "well respected and well regarded," while clients highlight his "excellent client service and great relevant expertise" and regard him as someone they turn to for "the most complex and critical matters." He is highly sought after for advice on reorganisations, post-merger integrations and collective agreements.

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Band 1

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Europe guide

Based in Hamburg, Stefan Lunk is highly esteemed for his advice on works council matters and cross-border reorganisations. He also acts on employee leasing and co-determination mandates. Clients enthuse that he "is always available and brings added value to our negotiations." He represented Airbus Group in negotiations with works councils and various employment law disputes.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Ubber is a long-standing leader in the field of collective bargaining and industrial action, representing employers in negotiations with works councils and trade unions. He is particularly active for clients from the transportation and healthcare industries. Market commentators enthuse that he is "a real expert for strike work and a really smart guy." He represented Zalando in collective bargaining matters and industrial disputes.

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KLIEMT.HR Lawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

New arrival at the firm Burkard Göpfert is described by market commentators as "definitely one of the really big names for restructuring," while clients appreciate that he is "creative and solution-focused." In addition to his strength in reorganisations, he often advises clients on employee data protection matters and represents them in compliance investigations.

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Band 2

GREENFORT Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mark Lembke assists companies and senior executives with regulations concerning the use of external workforce, remuneration schemes and employee data protection issues. He also represents clients in collective bargaining agreement negotiations and employment disputes. Interviewees highlight his ability to "ensure that all stakeholders feel included" and describe him as "solution-oriented." He advised Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe on social plan negotiations with works councils as part of a restructuring project.

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Band 2

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "excellent" Hans-Peter Löw is particularly highlighted by sources for his work on remuneration issues. He frequently assists clients with the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, including advising Sanofi on the transfer of 400 employees as part of its EUR21.8 billion asset swap with Boehringer Ingelheim. He also has a number of clients from the financial services sector.

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Band 2

Thomas Müller-Bonanni

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Müller-Bonanni mainly assists clients from the banking sector with remuneration schemes and negotiations with union representatives. Clients highlight that he "is very skilled and knowledgeable, and takes a pragmatic and hands-on approach." He also advises companies on labour law compliance matters and the employment aspects of cross-border mergers.

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Band 3

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ulrich Baeck assists clients with collective and individual employment law mandates, with a particular focus on co-determination issues and restructuring. He also represents clients in negotiations with trade unions and collective bargaining matters. He advised DZ Bank on social plan negotiations and reconciliation of interests as part of its merger with WGZ Bank.

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Band 3

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Based in the firm's Cologne office, Axel Braun is described by interviewees as a "very friendly guy" and a "very good" employment lawyer. He assists clients with restructurings, collective bargaining agreements and social compensation plans. He advised Rittal on the employment law aspects of three factory closures and the development of a new factory.

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Band 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, René Döring is a "highly skilled lawyer with broad experience who is very supportive and client-focused." He has a particular focus on pensions and benefits matters, acting for both employers and IORPs. Further expertise lies in employment issues arising from corporate transactions, where he latterly assisted Boehringer Ingelheim with the labour law aspects of its asset swap with Sanofi.

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Band 3

Nicole Engesser Means

Schweibert Leßmann & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicole Engesser Means advises on restructurings and negotiations with works councils, acting for both companies and senior executives. She often represents clients in internal investigations, employment disputes and compliance mandates. Means has further capabilities assisting financial institutions with remuneration systems matters, and latterly advised BNP Paribas on the Remuneration Ordinance for Institutions regulation.

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Band 3

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients report that Claudia Heins is very good for transactional employment law matters and restructurings. She is particularly active in the pharmaceutical industry, where she advises clients on the employment law aspects of transactions, as well as negotiations of redundancy schemes and reconciliations of interests. Highlights include assisting Novartis with the harmonisation of its onboarding and recruiting processes in Europe.

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Band 3

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Based in Mannheim, Georg Jaeger of SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz is described by commentators as "very good with executive contracts." He also advises on the remuneration of executives and managers, and assists clients with both individual and collective employment law mandates concerning company restructurings.

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Band 3

Wolfgang Lipinski

Beiten Burkhardt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Lipinski recently advised Media-Saturn-Gruppe on collective and individual employment law issues. Clients report that he has "good expertise putting theory into practice, and good negotiation skills."  He assists clients with restructuring measures, redundancies, outsourcing projects and the development of working hours models, and offers representation in employment litigation and collective bargaining disputes.

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Band 3

ALTENBURG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Described as "a very well-known employment lawyer," Anja Mengel is based in the firm's Berlin office. She has a particular focus on employment law compliance issues, but is also highlighted by sources for her work on co-determination matters.

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Band 3

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tobias Neufeld rises in the rankings on the back of positive feedback and excellent work for high-profile employers. Neufeld assists banking clients with pensions issues and also advises on cross-border reorganisations and outsourcing projects. He is particularly singled out for his work on the employment law aspects of data protection, with one client reporting that he is "very good for data privacy matters." Notable mandates include advising Allianz Global Investors on the implementation of an investment and reorganisation programme and a cross-border outsourcing project.

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Christian Reichel

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joint head of department Christian Reichel is a recognised expert in the field of pensions and benefits law. Market commentators particularly highlight his ability to "explain complex pension structures in a way that people can understand." Alongside his focus on pensions work, Reichel also advises on outsourcing projects and reorganisations.

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T/S/C Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht

From the Chambers Europe guide

Johannes Schipp is particularly recommended by market sources for his work in employment disputes and pensions law mandates. One commentator in particular describes him as "a very good labour law litigator, doing a lot of Federal Labour Court work."

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Ulrike Schweibert

Schweibert Leßmann & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ulrike Schweibert advises financial institutions and corporations on restructurings and outsourcing mandates. She also acts for board members and directors on pension matters and changes to terms of employment. Schweibert represented Aviation Passage Service Berlin in a litigation case with a number of employees following the closure of business operations.

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Oliver Vollstädt

KLIEMT.HR Lawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Oliver Vollstädt advises board members, directors and managerial staff on contract terminations and redundancy schemes. Market commentators describe him as a "smart lawyer with a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach." He also assists with restructurings and employee data protection matters.

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Gerlind Wisskirchen

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Several market commentators highlight Gerlind Wisskirchen for her work on international mandates, reporting that she is "good for cross-border employment law." She assists companies and their management boards with the employment aspects of corporate reorganisations, and advises on both domestic and international employment compliance.

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Küttner Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to interviewees, Tim Wißmann has "an excellent reputation," is "constructive" and "knows what he can ask for." He assists clients with restructuring matters and collective bargaining mandates, and often represents parties in employment law disputes and arbitration. He acted for Zurich on the reorganisation of its works council structure and a number of relocations. His practice also takes in pension plans and executive service agreements.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Berlin-based Alexander Wolff advises on transfer of business, restructurings and works council negotiations. Clients appreciate his "very pragmatic approach, fast answers and ability to understand what the client needs," and add that he is "very pleasant to work with." He is also active on employee benefits, outsourcing and mass dismissal matters, often within the transportation sector. Notable mandates include assisting British Airways with the outsourcing of its customer service operations in Germany.

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Band 4

Wolfgang Apitzsch

Apitzsch Schmidt Klebe Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Apitzsch of Apitzsch Schmidt Klebe Rechtsanwälte advises employees, works councils and trade unions, particularly from the construction and manufacturing sectors, on strike action and lockouts.

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Band 4

T/S/C Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht

From the Chambers Europe guide

Susanne Clemenz advises clients on pensions and benefits mandates, including those concerning bonus schemes. She also offers representation in contract negotiations.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gregor Dornbusch frequently advises companies on hiring and terminating employees as part of site closures or plant relocations. He also assists with the drafting of service agreements for managing directors and board members, and represents clients in disputes with employee representatives and negotiations with works councils. Further expertise lies in employment law issues emerging from corporate transactions, including post-merger integration.

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Band 4

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Hey of Bird & Bird advises clients from the banking, life sciences and retail sectors on restructuring matters, and also assists with pensions and remuneration issues, collective bargaining agreements and employment contracts. He also represents clients in anti-discrimination litigation. Sources highlight his "pragmatic ability to close matters."

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Band 4

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Hoefs acts on the employment and pensions law aspects of M&A transactions, and often represents employers in negotiations with trade unions and works councils. Of late, he assisted Eaton with the employment law issues arising from a part-closure of the group's site in Germany. Clients particularly appreciate his "pragmatic and state-of-the-art advice." His practice also covers employment compliance and internal investigations.

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Band 4

Cornelia Marquardt

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cornelia Marquardt assists clients with restructuring mandates, and offers representation in negotiations with works councils concerning social plans, as well as in court disputes. She advised Veritas on the conversion of its pension fund into a provident fund.

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Band 4

Andreas Mauroschat

Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andreas Mauroschat of Ashurst has a broad employment law practice, advising clients on outsourcing, executive remuneration and severance agreements. Clients underline that he "listens very carefully, analyses the situation and comes straight to the point," adding that he is "extremely available and pragmatic."He often acts on data protection issues within the field of employment law, including assisting LafargeHolcim with the employment law aspects of the implementation of the EU GDPR.

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Band 4

Raue LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Berlin-based Gernod Meinel of Raue LLP assists clients with collective agreements, restructurings and employment disputes. Clients particularly appreciate his skills in negotiations, reporting that "he has good negotiation skills, is empathetic in negotiations and is good at anticipating what will happen." He represented Mundipharma in negotiations with the works council to agree a social plan and reconciliation of interests as part of the company's restructuring.

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Jens-Wilhelm Oberwinter

GREENFORT Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jens-Wilhelm Oberwinter represents clients in negotiations with trade unions and in labour law disputes, and additionally advises on pension schemes. Clients highlight that he is "strong in negotiations with labour councils, keen to help both parties reach a solution and good at looking for a compromise." He assisted Degussa Bank with works council negotiations over new pension and remuneration schemes. Oberwinter also frequently acts for senior executives.

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Band 4

Pusch Wahlig Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kara Preedy moves up in the rankings following several client endorsements such as: "She has a strong customer focus, looks for solutions and responds quickly." She advises international and domestic clients on restructurings and high-level exits, as well as compliance and remuneration schemes.

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Pusch Wahlig Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Tobias Pusch "provides a helicopter view with a strong commercial outlook, and constantly looks for the best outcome for the client." He represents companies in employment litigation, including workplace bullying allegations and claims against board members, and in collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Pusch also advises on post-merger restructurings and exits at management and board level.

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Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Gerhard Röder is "very strong in restructuring mandates and a good strategic partner in negotiations." He represents companies in negotiations with works councils and trade unions concerning corporate restructurings. Based in Stuttgart, he is also active on co-determination matters and broader collective and individual labour law issues.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eckard Schwarz is based in the firm's Hamburg office and assists clients from the retail industry with restructurings and collective employment law matters. He represented BAT in works council and trade union negotiations for a social compensation plan and reconciliation of interests following the closure of its largest production plant. Schwarz also represents clients in employment law litigation.

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Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gilbert Wurth advises companies on restructurings and reorganisations following acquisitions. He also assists with collective bargaining agreements and social plans, and represents clients in employment law disputes and co-determination issues. He assisted Larry Thompson as the independent monitor overseeing Volkswagen with German employment law and data protection issues.

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Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff of Simmons & Simmons LLP focuses on compliance and investigations, including matters relating to white-collar crime and fraud. He also advises clients on restructurings and pensions law, and represents parties in social plan negotiations and disputes. Highlights include acting for Propex Fabrics as defendant on a number of claims for unfair dismissal.

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Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stuttgart-based Christian Arnold rises in the rankings following some excellent feedback, including the following comment: "He is very pleasant to work with, organised and really wants to get the deal through." He assists with employee reorganisations, co-determination issues and collective bargaining, and represents clients in negotiations of board member contracts and industrial disputes. Highlights include representing TUI in court proceedings before the ECJ on the compatibility of the German Co-determination Act with EU law. Commentators also report that he is "very sharp, smart, friendly, open, calm and able to get right to the point."

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Verena Braeckeler-Kogel

Pusch Wahlig Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Verena Braeckeler-Kogel is a "calm and experienced team player who knows the market and responds quickly." She has a particular focus on the employment aspects of M&A transactions. She also advises clients on social plans and pension law matters.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Timon Grau rises in the rankings on the back of positive client feedback, including praise such as: "He listens, is responsive and quick to learn about our company, and couches his guidance with that in mind." He acts for clients on restructurings and collective bargaining matters, as well as remuneration systems issues. Grau also has a strong focus on employee data protection, internal investigations and whistle-blowing systems.

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vangard Arbeitsrecht

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Griebe is based in Hamburg and represents small and mid-sized companies in disputes with employees and works councils. One source reports that he "does a very good job," adding: "I enjoy working with him." He advised ZEISS on various issues arising from the secondment of an employee from Germany to the USA. Another client notes: "He understands what the client is looking for and is very good in both advisory and litigation matters."

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Magotsch joined Bryan Cave LLP in 2017 and frequently advises companies on the employment aspects of restructurings and mergers and acquisitions. He has a number of clients from the TMT, aviation, automotive and chemical sectors.

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Andrea Panzer-Heemeier

ARQIS Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients value Andrea Panzer-Heemeier of ARQIS Rechtsanwälte for her "strong technical knowledge, commercial awareness and strategic thinking, her solution-oriented approach and high degree of effectiveness." She advises clients on employee data protection matters and the employment law aspects of reorganisations. She assisted the supervisory board of Audi with the dismissal of its former director of technical development.

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KLIEMT.HR Lawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Commentators describe Barbara Reinhard as "very good and very active." She advises companies on remuneration models and pension plans, as well as negotiations of redundancy packages and collective bargaining agreements.

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Hans-Christoph Schimmelpfennig

Noerr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans-Christoph Schimmelpfennig enters the rankings thanks to excellent feedback from clients, who highlight his "deep commercial awareness, effectiveness and good client service." Another interviewee affirms: "He listens carefully and develops a plan, and is always able to give good advice that helps me." He has a number of clients from the aviation sector that he assists with collective bargaining, employee-management relations and restructuring mandates. Highlights include advising ERGO on a large-scale restructuring project affecting over 1,000 employees.

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Reinhard Schütte

Schütte & Kollegen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Reinhard Schütte of Schütte & Kollegen frequently represents employees, board members and works councils in negotiations. Based in Wiesbaden, he has considerable experience of handling employment law mandates.

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Friederike Steininger

Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Friederike Steininger of Jones Day "is always accessible, completely reliable and has great expertise." She represents clients in both contentious and non-contentious mandates, with a particular focus on benefits issues and the negotiation of works council agreements and social plans.

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Robert von Steinau-Steinrück

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Robert von Steinau-Steinrück is based in the firm's Berlin office and advises clients on the full range of employment law matters, including co-determination, restructurings, outsourcing and compliance. He also represents parties in employment law disputes and assists with collective bargaining law issues, recently acting for Deutsche Bahn on an arbitration case concerning collective bargaining agreements.

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Pusch Wahlig Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Wahlig advises companies, board members and managing directors on employment law compliance and collective agreement negotiations. Clients report that he has "a deep knowledge in individual and collective labour law" and is "always calm and effective." He also acts for clients on restructurings and transfer of undertaking issues.

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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bernd Weller assists clients with employment law compliance and restructuring matters, with a particular focus on the publishing sector. One satisfied client reports: "What I liked about him was that he was available, prioritised the important topics and made us feel very important. His advice is very pragmatic and well thought through."

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guido Zeppenfeld is highlighted by one client as a strong choice for "complex labour law issues." He advises clients on a broad range of employment law matters, including executive compensation and restructurings, and additionally assists with outsourcing and employee data privacy mandates. He acted for Wells Fargo on the employment law aspects of its acquisition of parts of GE Capital, as well as ongoing pensions law issues.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mark Zimmer heads the employment law team of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He acts for clients on the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, on both the buy and sell sides. Interviewees describe him as "client-focused and eloquent." He assisted UPS with the German employment law implications of its acquisition of Marken. Zimmer also advises on employment compliance mandates.

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