Firms To Watch: Employment

Under the leadership of Ines Keitel, the team at Clifford Chance advises on restructuring and reorganisation and further assists with day-to-day matters, pensions, employee data protection as well as litigation.
SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft's team around practice head Katharina Steinbrück handles traditional issues of individual and collective employment law, employee data protection, compliance as well as advice to and representation of governing bodies.

Employment in Germany


CMS' sizeable and thematically broad employment practice covers the whole array of individual and collective employment law. Domestic and foreign corporations, DAX companies and governing bodies can rely on teams from a total of eight German locations that frequently act in cross-border matters; as does Gerlind Wisskirchen, who specialises in advising international corporations. Key themes include restructuring and associated business transfers, staff reductions as well as reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations, while collective bargaining law, corporate co-determination, outsourcing, transformations and advising executives also form part of its core offering. The group acts with a sectoral focus on the automotive, energy, technology, real estate and life sciences industries and is jointly led by restructuring expert Daniel Ludwig and Amelie Schäfer, who is experienced in compliance and the use of external personnel. The latter recently took over co-practice group management from Martina Hidalgo (restructuring and transaction support), who will remain with the team. Alexander Bissels is a key contact for external personnel deployment issues, which saw an uptick in instructions in the recent past; he is part of the core team alongside Björn Gaul (restructuring, outsourcing and more flexible personnel deployment), counsel Saskia Pitzer (restructuring, contracts, termination disputes) and senior associate Kai Roters (company agreements, reconciliation of interests and social plans). In January 2023, Benedikt Forschner (design and implementation of sustainable compensation systems) made partner, while Eckhard Schmid (board and managing director consulting; compensation systems) retired in the summer of 2023.


‘The team has several highly qualified experts, all of whom evaluate goal-oriented solutions and also suggest alternative solutions. They provide comprehensive advice and consider all conceivable alternatives and cases. At CMS you feel like you’re in good hands.’

‘Uncomplicated, technically outstanding, fast.’

‘Competence – reliability – reliability – always an open ear.’





Bechtle AG

Brenntag SE

Carl Zeiss AG


Schwarz Gruppe

Telefónica Deutschland



Alliance Healthcare


  • Employment and pension law support for STEAG GmbH in the legal and operational separation of a group into two independent companies. As part of various business transfers, 2,000 employment relationships were transferred to the target companies. Successful conclusion of reconciliation of interests and transitional company agreements, establishment of new collective bargaining groups to establish collective bargaining agreements and design of new collective bargaining works council structures.

  • Advising Leoni AG and coordinating an international pilot project for the digitalization of managing director employment contracts in a total of 23 jurisdictions in which the LEONI Group operates.

  • Preparation of an expert opinion for EnBW on legal pitfalls and possible solutions for constellations in which employees of German group companies of EnBW AG with residence abroad, in particular France, permanently or partially work remotely from their foreign country of residence for German group companies of EnBW AG.

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz is one of the top addresses for German employment law and demonstrates particular strengths in assisting with restructurings and reorganisations, company pensions schemes as well as in advising executives of large German and international corporations. Transaction-related employment advice represents another mainstay, while practice head Thomas Winzer, among other matters, covers the insolvency law interface and applies his relevant expertise in restructuring and reorganisations. Here, he is further supported by Steffen Krieger, who also represents employers in disputes with employees, works and staff councils as well as with unions. The team regularly demonstrates its expertise in out-of-court and in-court disputes in landmark proceedings. The key team also features litigation lawyer Rut Steinhauser in Berlin, who specialises in technology and digital issues, and Christian Arnold in Stuttgart, who is experienced in executive compensation (according to ARUG II). Jens Günther in Munich covers issues pertaining to works constitution and collective bargaining law and places a further focus on the digitalisation of working life. In October 2023, Matthias Böglmüller (company pension provision, compliance, transaction support) joined Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater.


Thomas Winzer 


‘Legal quality and confident negotiations with, among others, works councils and unions. The briefs are focused on the essentials without unnecessary emotions. You can see the approach of all the lawyers in the firm.’

‘Thomas Winzer, Steffen Krieger and Katrin Haußmann are all leading lawyers in employment law in Germany, who calmly and confidently control the discussions in a very legally sound and tactically clever manner, even in heated negotiation situations with works councils, and bring them to success.’

‘Gleiss Lutz has been one of the employment law firms that have regularly advised us for many years.’


  • Advising Deutsche Telekom AG on employment matters in the context of the bidding process for the sale of a majority stake of 51% in its radio tower business GD Towers to a bidding consortium consisting of the Canadian investment company Brookfield and the US infrastructure investor DigitalBridge.

  • Advising several listed companies on their remuneration system, including advice on ESG criteria in executive board remuneration.

  • Advising several DAX companies on employment aspects of major strategic projects.


With its diverse team across five locations, employment boutique offering KLIEMT.Arbeitsrecht is a renowned address in Germany and advises on all facets of individual and collective employment law. In addition to national and international players, the group is increasingly advising start-ups for whom Martin Eisenbeis, who made partner in January 2024, is a key contact. Central practice pillars include restructuring and transformations, which also mirrors the focus of practice heads Michael Kliemt in Düsseldorf, Barbara Reinhard in Frankfurt, Burkard Göpfert in Munich and Stefan Fischer in Berlin. Reinhard complements this with expertise in collective bargaining law and industrial dispute rights and Fischer with experience in works constitution law and litigation, while Kliemt is also experienced in advising bodies and boards of directors – another mainstay of the practice. Recent instructions further included transaction-related employment matters, ESG, compensation and compliance issues, including internal investigations, as well as matters pertaining to company pension schemes, corporate co-determination and employee data protection. The importance of whistleblowing and whistleblower protection advice was underlined with the promotion of Anja Dachner to the partnership in January 2023. In August 2023, Christoph Seidler (restructuring, collective employment law) joined Osborne Clarke.


A.T. Kearney



Air Liquide





Axel Springer





Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Telekom







Hewlett Packard





K+S Aktiengesellschaft

Knorr Bremse


MAN Energy Solutions



Procter & Gamble


Roland Berger





Siemens Energy

Siemens Healthinieers AG


Takeaway / Lieferando






  • Employment law support for Axel Springer SE pertaining to its group restructuring, including strategic advice; Design of the volunteer program and the social plan in the event of staff reductions in the media divisions as well as company splits and mergers.

  • Advising Lanxess on the intended layoff of around 1,000 employees with site closures in Germany. Negotiations with the Chemical Industry Union (IGBCE) with the aim of waiving claims for additional salary payments in 2023.

  • Advising Ernst & Young GmbH on the company split in connection with the restructuring of numerous jobs; including negotiation of the upstream volunteer program and reconciliation of interests.

Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater

With locations in Cologne, Munich, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt and a rapidly growing team, Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater focuses its employment law advice on restructuring and large-scale projects. Most recently, it was particularly the team's growth that made headlines: at the beginning of 2023, a team of over twenty people joined from ADVANT Beiten, including Christopher Melms (works constitution law, collective bargaining law, industrial dispute rights), Wolfgang Lipinski (restructuring, transformation, remuneration and working time models), Daniel Hund (restructuring, transformation, deployment of external personnel), Stefan Lochner (restructuring, collective bargaining law, collective employment law), Kathrin Bürger (collective bargaining law, flexible working time models, compensation models) and Christina Kamppeter (restructuring, transformation, compliance, employment litigation), while Matthias Böglmüller (company pension provision, compliance, transaction support) also joined from Gleiss Lutz in October 2023 as salary partner. As a result, the practice is thus able to provide advice on the entire spectrum of employment law as well as on related corporate and insolvency matters, which it recently demonstrated in the restructuring of Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof;  counsel and litigator Maximilian Schmidt also has expertise in employment-related sports matters. The team is led by name partner Stefan Seitz, who is experienced in collective bargaining, company constitution law expert Thomas Kania, and Marc Werner, who is also experienced in collective bargaining. In January 2023, Hannah Krings (group restructuring, collective employment law), Andreas von Medem (restructuring, insolvency-related advice, collective bargaining and industrial dispute rights) and Piero Sansone (restructuring, transformation, insolvency-related issues) made partners.


‘One of the most renowned law firms in the field of employment law; especially in the case of restructuring.’

‘Hannah Krings and Marc Werner offer a high level of commitment and creative ideas in restructuring.’

‘Collegial exchange at eye level.’

‘Very competent team with a strong focus on operational practice and implementable solutions.’

‘Marc Werner: Excellent lawyer; moves at all management levels; deep knowledge of labor law; not a self-promoter; ideal partner for solving complex, national and international problems and issues.’

‘Piero Sansone: Very committed lawyer who is not afraid to get into the details of the company he advises and consistently implement the agreed path. Andreas von Medem: Very experienced lawyer who makes comprehensive use of all design options to achieve the desired results.’

‘Excellent advice with a pragmatic approach, very service-oriented and quick to listen to the client.’

‘Very deep understanding of business contexts; international experience; extremely customer oriented; “on hand” at any time; high level of competence in terms of employment law; High level of understanding in the interaction with employee representatives, unions and their effects.’


Alstom Group

Apleona Group


Amphenol Group


Borbet Group

Bayer AG

Biofrontera AG

Bundesrepublik Deutschland (BMF und BMBD)





clickworker GmbH

Covestro AG

Deutz AG

Deutsche Telekom AG – Konzernbetriebsrat

Dormakaba Gruppe


Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. (DFB)

Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB)

DKV Mobility Service Group

DuMont Mediengruppe


EA Electronic Arts

Eintracht Frankfurt

Flowserve Inc

Fritzmeier gruppe


Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof / Signa

Galvanoform Gesellschaft für Galvanoplastik mbH

GoDaddy Group

Gothaer Group


Huawai Group

Infineon AG

Ista Gruppe

Jabil Inc.

JAMESTOWN US-Immobilien-Gruppe

LAYA Group

Deutsche Lufthansa Group

MicroFocus Group

Morphosys AG

Müller Gruppe

Nemak Gruppe

Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group

real GMBH

Rheinische Redaktionsgemeinschaft GmbH

Roche Pharma

R+V Versicherung


Swarovski Group


Segula Technologies

Sony Europe

Stadtwerkekonzern Köln


Ströer SE

Talem Group

ThyssenKrupp AG

Tosoh Gruppe

Tier Mobility

TK Elevator

Universitätsklinik Heidelberg

Universitätsklinik Köln, Tarifgemeinschaft der Unikliniken NRW

WKW Automotive

Zeiss Group

Zooplus AG


  • Advising Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof on its restructuring ; among other things, staff cuts of around 7,000 employees with 52 location closures and in subsidiaries; further staff cuts at 80 locations; also supporting the collective agreement negotiations with ver.di/NGG in all group companies.

  • Employment law and strategic advice for all companies in the Stellantis Group in Germany; including restructuring issues, workforce reductions, setting up a new sales company, compliance, supervisory board issues, litigation, pensions and employee data protection.

  • Advice on employment law for the Alstom Group on the post-merger integration of Bombardier’s railway division into the Alstom Group and advice on the restructuring project.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Mainly assisting with collective employment issues, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH applies a full-service approach and is regularly instructed to advise on restructuring and reorganisations, staff reductions, including volunteer programs, balance of interest negotiations and social plans, as well as company pension schemes and collective bargaining law issues. Practice head Paul Schreiner has a similar focus and is particularly active in restructuring under co-determination law. Robert von Steinau-Steinrück is one of the key contacts for outsourcing, compliance, employment disputes, works constitution and collective bargaining law, while cross-border projects are often handled by Axel Braun; he is also experienced in operational reorganisation. In July 2022, Kerstin Gröne (restructuring, litigation) and Paul Gooren (collective bargaining law, workforce reductions, compliance, works constitution law) made partners.


Paul Schreiner


‘Top professional, uncomplicated, fast.’

‘High expertise, very good service, work cooperatively with the in-house units. Integrate into operational teams; offer full service on labor law issues; Very broadly and competently positioned, especially when it comes to company closures and restructuring.’

‘Klaus Thönißen and his team work extremely precisely for companies, have a high level of operational understanding, and have a good feel for political contexts.’

‘Very fast, friendly, pragmatic, solution-oriented, competent.’

‘The team provides comprehensive advice on legislation and possible solutions. Think entrepreneurially and offer quick support!’

‘Fast support, comprehensive information, easy-to-use templates.’

‘Absolute experts in employment law. Solutions are pragmatic and in no way theory-heavy.’

‘Klaus Thönißen: Has extensive, in-depth knowledge and always finds a pragmatic solution to legal issues without exception.’


Unternehmen der METRO-Gruppe


Euler Hermes

Unternehmen der Rethmann-Gruppe

Lowell Group

Friedhelm Loh Group

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

Alloheim Senioren-Residenzen SE

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.


CROCS Germany GmbH

Edelweiss GmbH & Co. KG

HELIOS Kliniken

Schmitz Cargobull AG

Daikin Chemical Europe GmbH

Banco Santander S.A.


Deutsche Bahn AG

Rituals Cosmetics B.V.

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals

Chugai Pharma Germany GmbH

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

Verizon Deutschland GmbH

Cisco Systems GmbH

R&V Lebensversicherung AG

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.


Unternehmen der Majorel Gruppe

Ottobock MedicalCare GmbH


  • Advising R+V Lebensversicherung AG on the conception and implementation of a social partner model in the chemical industry as well as on contract drafting.

  • Advising METRO Logistics Germany GmbH on staff reductions and tariff changes following the sale of the Real stores.

  • Ongoing employment law advice to Verizon Deutschland GmbH, the subsidiary of the US group Verizon, on individual and collective employment law issues.


Noerr impresses with expertise in restructuring, transactions, collective agreement negotiations and operational changes, including reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations, as well as in pension obligations and co-determination issues. In the contentious and preventive sphere, the practice advises on employment law compliance and associated internal investigations and assists with court and conciliation board proceedings that are based on management separations, among other matters. Competences in outsourcing, data protection, the use of external personnel and company pension schemes complement the group's offering; Stefan Schwab and Benjamin Jahn are among the key contacts for the latter, although both are also experienced in transactional support. Practice head Andreas Butz in Düsseldorf and Patrick Mückl focus on restructuring and reorganisation, while Mückl also handles insolvency-related issues. Boris Blunck (regulated remuneration, termination of employment and service relationships with managers and board members) made partner in January 2024.


Andreas Butz


‘Very short response times, professional focus and historical knowledge of us as clients built up through long-term cooperation. Appropriate team strengths depending on the problem.’

‘Very practical advice with consistent solution management.’

‘Expertise and specialist knowledge are a given. The team is consistently very committed and has an extremely good reaction speed. Last but not least, the collaboration is also very pleasant on a personal level.’

‘Stefan Schwab: Extremely committed, you always receive prompt feedback. Andreas Butz: Very experienced and tactically clever negotiator.’

‘Andreas Butz: Good overview, with deep detailed knowledge; Very cooperative approach, clear on the matter.’

‘Mareike Götte: Meticulous work, focusing on the essentials; Always keeps a cool and clear head, even in stressful situations.’

‘Benjamin Jahn: Expert in company pension schemes; thorough and practical work results; practical solutions.’

‘The collaboration with Stefan Schwab has been excellent for many years. He not only impresses with his professional skills, but also with his extremely flexible and, above all, quick work. Even under the greatest time pressure, it delivers top results. He makes everything possible for his clients and is also extremely pleasant as a person. I have never experienced such a commitment to work on behalf of its clients from any other team.’

Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law

Employment law boutique Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law, which operates from six German locations, offers comprehensive advice on all individual and collective employment issues and hereby focuses on the financial services, IT, healthcare, energy, logistics, manufacturing and service industries; in addition to established companies, the group also advises start-ups. Verena Braeckeler-Kogel is among the key contacts for players in the financial services and insurance sectors, while Jan Rudolph is experienced in supporting automotive and chemical companies. The practice's thematical range is similarly broad and includes company pension schemes and co-determination management as well as HR compliance, restructuring, collective agreements, data protection and company agreements. Name partner Thomas Wahlig is an experienced advisor for transaction-related employment issues and practice head Tobias Pusch is adept in advising executives, while Jochen Keilich as well as of counsel Georg Annuß have deep expertise in assisting governing bodies. Thorben Klopp, who is experienced in restructuring and company constitution issues, joined the team in March 2023 from vangard | Littler.


Tobias Pusch


‘PWWL always has its finger on the pulse and knows the regulations and scope for the IT industry. The collaboration is always on an equal footing and is simply fun!’

‘The team actually works as a team – when assigning colleagues, we look at who has the best competence and capacity across locations. The internal coordination across Germany is very good and has no complications.’

‘Great team, very responsive, personable, friendly, competent. Among the best in labor law.’


Carglass GmbH


everphone GmbH

flaschenpost SE

Flink SE und Tochtergesellschaften

Gartner Deutschland GmbH

GetYourGuide GmbH

IDnow GmbH

Imperial Brands PLC

Interhyp AG

Lanxess and Advent Envalior

Ludwig Görtz Gruppe (Ludwig Görtz GmbH, Görtz Retail GmbH, Görtz Logisitk GmbH)

Mandarin Oriental Munich GmbH

McDonalds Deutschland LLC

McMakler GmbH

momox SE and momox Holding SE

Noventi Health SE


RWE Renewables GmbH

Sixt GmbH & Co. Autovermietung KG

Stage Entertainment GmbH

Vattenfall Wärme AG


  • Advising Magna International Germany GmbH at several locations in Germany on adapting to the structural change in the automotive industry, including a reduction of 2,000 jobs and negotiations with IG Metall.

  • Advising Ludwig Görtz Group (Ludwig Görtz GmbH, Görtz Retail GmbH, Görtz Logistik GmbH) on a comprehensive restructuring and insolvency employment law (closure of almost 80 branches).

  • Employment law support for the joint venture Envalior (joint venture between Lanxess and Advent International) during a post-merger integration, including the appointment of new managers and changes to works constitution law.


Under the leadership of Markus Künzel, ADVANT Beiten's employment team advises on the full spectrum of individual and collective employment issues with a focus on restructuring and reorganisation as well as transactions and collective bargaining issues. While Mark Zimmer (transaction support, employment compliance) joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in October 2023 and Andreas Imping from Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner in early 2024, the reporting period was marked by numerous departures: in October 2022, Andreas Reuther (restructuring, transaction support, business transfers) joined POELLATH, followed by the departure of a team of more than twenty lawyers at the beginning of 2023 to Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater, including Christopher Melms (works constitution law, collective bargaining law, industrial dispute rights), Wolfgang Lipinski (restructuring, transformation, remuneration and working time models), Daniel Hund (restructuring, transformation, deployment of external personnel), Stefan Lochner (restructuring, collective bargaining law, collective employment law), Kathrin Bürger (collective bargaining law, working time and remuneration models) and Christina Kamppeter (restructuring, transformation, compliance, litigation).


Markus Künzel


‘Markus Künzel: Top experience, extremely good at communication, strong at implementation, top employment lawyer.’

‘Reliable coordination within the team, every case is handled professionally and addressed and followed up in a structured manner. The team is always available.’

‘Our contact person always manages to explain legal processes and make recommendations in a way that even a non-lawyer can understand – the cases are looked at strategically and not reduced to individual cases, so that we always stay true to our strategy, especially when repeating them.’

‘Always make reliable, punctual and competent statements.’

‘A strong team of lawyers specializing in employment law.’

‘Erik Schmid: Always available immediately or within a very short time to answer questions competently and without shyness. His briefs are concise and characterized by his many years of experience. His conduct in court is objective and targeted.’

‘Gerald Müller-Machwirth: An extremely reliable, likeable and pragmatic consultant whose work results are legally flawless and can be implemented excellently in practice. He has a good memory of past joint projects that have already been completed, which is extremely helpful, especially in a widely branched company with many stakeholders involved, and is not a given when compared to the market.’

‘Team of full professionals who cover the entire employment law context.’


Aenova Holding GmbH


Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG

FTI Touristik GmbH

Gate Gourmet

Johanniter Unfallhilfe e.V.

MM Packaging Group


Saarbrücker Zeitung Medienhaus GmbH

Sappi Europe S.A.

thyssen Steel AG

Uniper SE

MTU Aero Engines AG

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP extensively assists with individual and collective employment matters and is also experienced in employment litigation. Advice focuses on temporary employment, collective bargaining and industrial disputes, regulated remuneration, employee data protection and company co-determination as well as transactional support. Recently, the group has also been frequently instructed to assist with working time laws and whistleblower issues. Restructuring expert Markulf Behrendt in Hamburg leads the team, which also includes Thomas Ubber, who is experienced in collective bargaining as well as in averting strike action. Peter Wehner complements the practice with longstanding experience in company pension schemes, particularly in the structuring of pension systems within a transactional context.


Markulf Behrendt


‘The team is great. The collaboration is very nice and the quality is extraordinary.’

‘Extremely high level of service understanding; excellent accessibility; very good order clarification, which leads to high efficiency in processing the legal issue; very approachable lawyers and partners.’

‘Exceedingly binding process support from order clarification to completion. Binding advice from a single source across the entire team.’



BCS Automotive Interface Solutions / Luxshare

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Nynas AB

REWE Markt GmbH

Lekkerland SE


  • Advising AGV MOVE on preventing a 50-hour strike and on the agreement between the employers’ association AGV MOVE and the EVG union on May 12, 2023.

  • Advising BCS Automotive Interface/ Solutions/ Luxshare on the termination of an existing collective agreement to secure employment and on reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations for the closure of the location.

  • Supporting Deutsche Lufthansa AG in collective bargaining with the Vereinigung Cockpit eV; in the preliminary injunction proceedings against strike measures before the ArbG Munich and in the examination of damages claims due to illegal strike measures.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie demonstrates special expertise at the corporate interface and thus in employment matters pertaining to transactions and post-merger integrations as well as to restructuring and reorganisations. In this context, advice on personnel costs, staff reductions and pension law issues was increasingly called upon in the recent past. The practice has further expertise in data protection, digitalisation, the use of external personnel and compliance, including internal investigations, for which Bernhard Trappehl and Steffen Scheuer rank among the key contacts; Scheuer jointly heads the team with Christian Reichel, who is adept at works council and union negotiations, as is Alexander Wolff. The significance of outsourcing advice was underlined with the promotion of Katja Häferer  (also transactional support) to the partnership in the summer of 2022. Christian Koops (restructuring, mass layoffs, use of external workers) made partner at the same time.


‘Very service minded; Client-oriented, timely feedback to our questions, even if they are often complex.’

‘Very competent team. Strong in cross-departmental collaboration, such as labor, corporate and insolvency law.’

‘Christian Reichel works in a highly professional and always client-oriented manner.’



Dentsply Sirona

Klöckner Pentaplast



Thales S.A.


Colt Technology Services

Foot Locker


Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing's employment advice focuses on restructuring, compliance, data protection, mobile work and corporate co-determination issues. Most recently, the team also acted before the ECJ and the BAG in precedent proceedings regarding temporary employment agreements; here, Oliver Bertram and Anne Förster are the key contacts as well as for matters regarding the compliant use of external personnel. Other recent key topics included works council remuneration, the Evidence Act as well as working time recording. The team is led by Kilian Friemel, who is experienced in developing concepts for personnel, pay and working time flexibility, and includes restructuring expert Marc André Gimmy. Jan-Patrick Vogel (HR compliance and corporate compliance) made partner in May 2023.


Kilian Friemel


‘Gold standard – advice is very practical and business-oriented and avoids unnecessary, overly complicated solutions. Offer specific solutions and are incredibly responsive.’

‘Legally very competent; precise and comprehensive processing of the facts in question; timely feedback; Showing “feasible” solutions even in complex situations – all of this applies to individual labor law as well as collective labor law, and this applies in particular to Kilian Friemel.’

‘Oliver Bertram: Excellent expert on temporary employment, absolutely legally professional with great affinity for practice.’

‘Distinctive team culture. Extremely professional and trusting as well as very successful cooperation. Clients receive the best possible care here.’

‘High expertise in the IT sector.’

‘Very high commitment and a very high level of service. Concerns are always handled with the utmost professionalism. It is particularly important to emphasize that agreed deadlines and delivery dates are usually not only met, but as a client the results are usually available 1-2 days before the agreed date. Communication is always clear and accurate, so you feel like you’re in good hands.’

‘Christian Maron: Easy to work with, always responsive, commercial and business focused, provides detailed estimates, incredibly experienced.’

‘Michael Johannes Pils’ expertise in the area of ​​labor law is unique.’




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American Airlines


Enterprise Rent-a-Car


Froneri (Schöller)





Techtronic Industries



Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

DKB Grund


Graphite Cova


ID Logistics


IU Group


Luminar Technologies




TimePartner Personalmanagement

Zeppelin Group


  • Compliance advice for Audi pertaining to possible criminally relevant ‘false remuneration’ as a result of the BGH ruling on works council remuneration at VW.

  • Advising Graphite Cova on the closure of a production facility due to the energy crisis (restructuring).

  • Successful representation of TimePartner Personalmanagement GmbH across all instances, including the ECJ and BAG, in the Schindler matter, a procedure initiated by the Däubler campaign to establish that temporary employment collective agreements were illegal under European law.

vangard | Littler

vangard | Littler covers all individual and collective employment issues, including restructuring, the introduction of IT systems and associated data protection issues, remuneration, working time recording and occupational health and safety as well as compliance issues. Due to its international network, the practice is also well positioned to assist with cross-border matters such as global mobility. Skills in the contentious sphere range from separation and conflict management to mediation; Thomas Griebe specialises in the latter. The practice acts with a sectoral focus on pharmaceuticals, transport, insurance and telecommunications, while it recently also assisted companies from the consumer goods sector with forensic issues. Key contacts include Jan-Ove Becker and Dagmar Lessnau (both restructuring, co-determination and works constitution law) and Dennis Lüers (restructuring projects, especially in the automotive sector). Matthias Pallentin (occupational safety, compliance, mediation) and Christoph Kaul (restructuring, works constitution law, separation and conflict management) made salary partners in January 2023. In March 2023, Thorben Klopp (restructuring, works constitution law) joined Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law.


‘The team is extremely approachable and competent. They proactively keep me updated on any changes. Since we have been working together for a long time, they know the company and our business very well and can implement needs immediately.’

‘The partners can always be reached directly; flat hierarchies, team and partners act at eye level. The team quickly recognizes special features of a client and knows how to take these into account in subsequent projects. In addition, there are almost never team changes, so you know your contacts very well.’

‘All-encompassing, smart advice on closing multiple locations.’



AstraZeneca GmbH

easyJet Airline Company Ltd.

AccorInvest Germany GmbH

C&A Mode GmbH & Co. KG

CWT Beheermaatschappij B.V. Deutschland

Maersk Deutschland A/S & Co. KG

Olympus SE & Co KG

OneFootball GmbH

RTL AdConnect Germany GmbH

Thyssenkrupp AG


  • Project-related advice to Albireo Pharma, Inc. as part of the acquisition by Ipsen Pharma as well as pan-European management of the project, in particular when rolling out policies of the US parent company.

  • Advising New Work SE on the cross-border restructuring at the beginning of 2023, including international project management for the layoffs in Spain and Portugal and leading the international negotiations with New Works Employee Committee; also ongoing employment law advice.

  • Employment law support for Serrala on collective issues in connection with the relocation of its Hamburg headquarters and approximately 400 employees as well as in the development of global guidelines. Additionally, ongoing global employment law advice.


At ARQIS, transformation and restructuring projects, including outsourcing and staff reduction measures, represent a central area of ​​expertise, also for practice head Andrea Panzer-Heemeier, who places a further focus on works council remuneration. This central pillar is complemented by experience in employment matters relating to IT, data protection and compliance; here, Lisa-Marie Niklas and Tobias Neufeld, who is also adept at company pension schemes, are among the key contacts. The client base includes medium-sized companies and DAX companies, which also recently sought advice on compensation issues. Counsel Anja Mehrtens is also part of the core team and often applies her knowledge of pension schemes and employment law compliance within a transactional context.


‘In our long-standing and successful collaboration with Arqis, we particularly appreciate the very competent and, above all, binding advice in all employment matters. This is paired with great personal commitment and a very good knowledge of the specific requirements of our industry. In addition, Arqis is able to seamlessly integrate various experts into more complex issues.’

‘Andrea Panzer-Heemeier: She impresses with her competence, strategic foresight, commitment and the ability to advise up to supervisory board level.’

‘Tobias Neufeld: Long-time confidant and important advisor to our company; exceptional professional and advisory expertise that goes well beyond purely legal topics. Proactive support in all facets of employment law.’

‘Lisa-Marie Niklas: Very well-founded specialist knowledge, excellent and, above all, practical advice; very experienced negotiator; very pleasant and reliable contact person.’

‘Very practically oriented consulting approach that can be used directly. Good ratio of effort to performance through good integration of different seniority levels of lawyers.’

‘Lisa-Marie Niklas: High level of professional competence and experienced negotiator, very well structured and clear in communication. Leads very objectively and competently through complex processes.’

‘Andrea Panzer-Heemeier has the great ability to explain legally complex issues in an understandable manner in the operational context. What stands out is her problem-solving skills.’

‘The team works hands-on, orients their communication and language to the needs of the client and explains complex legal issues in a way that is understandable for non-lawyers.’

DLA Piper

With a focus on collective employment law, DLA Piper routinely assists with restructuring, transactions, outsourcing, social plan and reconciliation of interests negotiations, works council matters, bonus regulations design as well as with the introduction of IT tools. The practice is also experienced in operational integration management and personnel deployment planning. At the turn of the year 2022/23, Henriette Norda, who is experienced in restructuring and reorganisations, took over the practice lead from Kai Bodenstedt (restructuring and reorganisation, bAV), who remains with the team. Jens Kirchner is considered an expert for company pension schemes, compliance and internal investigations, while renowned financial sector expert Hans-Peter Löw advises on regulatory- and data protection-related employment issues as well as on regulated remuneration.


Henriette Norda


‘The team works very efficiently and conveys the feeling that advising our company is their top priority – although the work is completed quickly, it is always clear that it has been done with care and consideration and with the company’s objectives in mind. ‘

‘Henriette Norda provides clear, commercial and pragmatic advice – she is incredibly responsive and helpful.’

‘High expertise and pragmatic solutions.’


Alliance Healthcare Deutschland GmbH / GEHE Pharma Handel GmbH

Bank of Communication


Borg Warner Inc.

British Airways Plc

Credit Suisse Deutschland AG

H&M Hennes & Mauritz Logistik

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


Merlin Entertainments

PriceWaterhouseCoopers GmbH


Swiss Steel


  • Ongoing employment law advice for BASF, including advice on collective bargaining law, works constitution law, individual employment law and pension law issues.

  • Advising Borg Warner Inc. on restructuring measures, various individual and collective employment law issues and employment law compliance in Europe.

  • Advising Qualcomm on a company agreement on artificial intelligence and co-determination rights in matrix structures.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland's employment law support focuses on project-based advice on one hand and on ongoing assistance on the other. Key collective employment issues include collective bargaining law (Marco Ferme), negotiations with works councils and unions, reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations, works agreements, working time regulations and remuneration models; the latter represents a focus for practice head Frank Achilles who also assists with restructuring and transactional matters. Most recently, instructions in the transactional context particularly related to post-merger integrations, including personnel adjustment measures and the harmonisation of working conditions, while other matters concerned working time recording and the Evidence Act. In May 2023, Andreas Krause (employment disputes, restructuring, board advice) made partner, while Susanne Giesecke (individual and collective employment law) left in July 2023 and now practices under perpuls legal.


Frank Achilles


‘Competent cross-disciplinary support.’

‘Very good accessibility and short-term feedback.’

‘The short-term availability. Professional knowledge in the field of employment law. The collaboration takes place quickly and just in time.’


Brückner Group

Hannover Aviation Ground Services GmbH

Johnson Matthey

Krauss Maffei

Meritor Inc.

Knorr Bremse Gruppe



  • Advising Johnson Matthey on the sale of Johnson Matthey Piezo Products GmbH to a subsidiary of Hoerbiger Holding AG, including negotiations with the works council regarding the previous company split.

  • Ongoing advice from Krauss Maffei on individual and collective employment law; Advice and representation in workforce reductions.

  • Advising Securitas on cooperation with works council committees and on processes; In addition, ongoing advice and representation in restructuring, dismissal protection proceedings (site closure) and contract drafting.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB's expertise covers both restructuring and reorganisation, including the conception and negotiation of reconciliation of interests and social plans, as well as classic areas of employment law. However, alongside its transactional support, the group's advice on temporary employment as well as collective bargaining and works constitution law form part of its core competencies. Thomas Bezani, Dirk Freihube and practice head Ulrich Fülbier are also experienced in litigation; Fülbier is increasingly applying his forensic skills in connection with compliance violations. This offering is complemented by expertise in advising governing bodies, company pension schemes as well as insolvency-related issues and social security law. In May 2023 Alexander Insam (mediation, remuneration) joined as equity partner and Martin Hörtz (compliance, deployment of external personnel) as local partner from GSK Stockmann.


Ulrich Fülbier


‘Regarded law firm with high professionalism.’

‘Very competent and goal-oriented. Good teamwork.’

‘Strong team that not only has legal expertise but also focuses on practical implementation.’

‘Ralf Hottgenroth: High solution orientation combined with pragmatic approaches and a good eye for what is possible; is accepted in/by business as an expert and partner on an equal footing; extremely committed, always available.’

‘Marcus Richter: Always available for us and quick callback. Very competent and quick to implement. Some contracts could be made available as drafts in a very short time.’

‘Excellent know-how, extremely competent and capable lawyers.’

‘Competent, reliable, pleasant and friendly. The best I know.’





Select World

Superior Industries Production Germany GmbH

VELUX Deutschland GmbH

Deutsche Post

Hologic Group

Lufthansa Global Tele Sales GmbH

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Commerzbank AG mit Tochtergesellschaften

LG Electronics Deutschland GmbH

Hollister, Inc.


Landesbank Hessen Thüringen (Helaba)


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)


  • Advising HUK-COBURG on employment law related to its investment in the pitstop workshop chain.

  • Taking over all employment law advice for VELUX Deutschland GmbH’s companies in Germany (over 1,000 employees).

  • Supporting Thermo Fisher Scientific in the nationwide management of various decision-making procedures on issues of co-determination of the works council within matrix organizations.


Greenfort advises national and international companies as well as high-ranking managers on the whole array of employment issues This includes in-court and out-of-court representation as well as restructuring and reorganisations, including staff reductions, business transfers, social plan and reconciliation of interests negotiations, and transactional support. Expertise in works constitution law, company co-determination and the drafting and negotiation of collective agreements complement the offering, which also mirrors the focus of practice heads Mark Lembke and Jens-Wilhelm Oberwinter.

Weitere Kernanwälte:

Annika Nielsen; Pascal Ludwig


‘Very uncomplicated and direct communication with practical recommendations. A law firm that can empathize with the company’s situation and present risks and opportunities well.’

‘Very competent and short-term answers. Practical and tailored to your needs. No pages-long reports, but rather concisely highlighting what is important. This means that non-lawyers can also process the feedback.’

‘Greenfort combines outstanding professional skills with modern and completely digital client work; From the initial contact to billing, Greenfort is a beacon for maximum effective cooperation in the matter and maximum efficient processing.’


3D Systems GmbH

Abbott Medical GmbH

Alnatura Produktions- und Handels GmbH

alwitra GmbH / Naxicap Deutschland GmbH

AML RightSource

Arbeiterwohlfahrt Kreisverband Wiesbaden e.V.

Beckmann Handel & Beratung GmbH


Braskem Europe GmbH

Controlware Holding GmbH; Dimetis GmbH, iCognize GmbH

CSL Behring GmbH

Degussa Bank AG

Gas-Union GmbH

HIRO Lift Hillenkötter + Ronsieck GmbH


InnoEnergy GmbH

Institut Allergosan Deutschland (privat) GmbH

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

John Zink KEU GmbH

Kienzle Automotive GmbH

Korn Ferry (DE) GmbH


Licharz GmbH

M+W Müller Weyand Dental GmbH

MDH AG Mamisch Dental Health

Molex CVS Dabendorf GmbH, Molex CVS Bochum GmbH; Molex CVS Hildesheim GmbH

Molex Elektronik GmbH; Molex Connectivity GmbH; Molex Deutschland GmbH; FCT elektronic GmbH

Nothern Data AG

Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe GmbH

Panasonic Business Support Europe GmbH

Panasonic Connect Europe GmbH

Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH


PIMCO Europe GmbH

Planon GmbH

Primonial REIM Germany AG / Primonial REPM Germany GmbH


Stratasys GmbH

Thing Technologies GmbH

Wella Company

World Childhood Foundation (Foundation of Queen Silvia of Sweden)

World Hotels AG


  • Advising Wella in disputes with the works council.

  • Supporting AWO Wiesbaden in dealing with the AWO scandal.

  • Compliance advice to HIRO Lift.

Küttner Rechtsanwälte

Cologne-based employment boutique Küttner Rechtsanwälte covers all facets of employment law. Central areas of expertise include restructuring and reorganisation, which are frequently handled by Thomas Niklas - who is also experienced in the outsourcing sector -,  company pension schemes as well as collective bargaining and works constitution law; matters related to New Work and AI as well as working time recording and the Whistleblower Protection Act represent additional areas of expertise, while data protection issues are handled by Thomas Faas, among others. Associate Maren Henseler is experienced in implementing compliance and whistleblower systems as well as conducting internal investigations. Thomas Köllmann (New Work, use of AI in working life) and Michel Hoffmann (advice to public sector employers) made partners in January 2023.


‘Küttner is up to date with case law and legislation and offers a high level of expertise on all labor law issues in German-speaking countries.’

‘100% availability; same-day response; IT and remote tools are state-of-the-art.’

‘Excellent employment law expertise; very responsive! Very fast and very good quality.’


Land Nordrhein-Westfalen

ADAC Nordrhein e.V.


Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk

Cloetta Deutschland GmbH

UPL Ltd.

Simon-Kucher & Partners Strategy & Marketing Consultants GmbH

FiZ Frankfurter Innovationszentrum Biotechnologie GmbH

Medinorm Medizintechnik GmbH

Technische Universität Dortmund


  • Advising and representing BASF before the Federal Labor Court in collective bargaining disputes affecting the company’s entire workforce.

  • Advising Norgine GmbH on employment law in a global restructuring process.

  • Supporting SCHLOSS BURGER GmbH (Burger King Franchise) in works constitution proceedings that are currently pending at the Federal Labor Court.

Schweibert Leßmann & Partner

Schweibert Leßmann & Partner covers the entire spectrum of employment law: transactions are often accompanied by Christoph Herrmann and Rüdiger Hopfe, while Ulrike Schweibert and Simone Kühnast are among the key contacts for large reorganisation projects and restructurings; this usually involves the design and negotiation of collective agreements, advice on company transfers and staff reduction measures, the design and amendment of employment and service contracts as well as co-determination rights and remuneration issues. Contentious competencies span the representation before employment and civil courts as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings. Expertise in employee data protection, company pension schemes and board consulting complement the advice portfolio. Elif Hoffmann-Remy (restructuring, works council compensation) joined Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater in October 2023.


‘Very strong team.’

‘Great expertise in legal matters while taking operational circumstances into account. Absolutely reliable feedback in terms of time and content.’

‘Legally top, always to the point, no endless reports, but concise statements. Excellent conduct of legal proceedings. Always solution-oriented, friendly, humorous and at eye level.’


Alvara Holding GmbH

Amadeus Fire AG

AOK-Verlag GmbH

Apax Partners GmbH

APO Data-Service GmbH

apoDirect GmbH

Arab Banking Corporation SA

Avoxa – Mediengruppe Deutscher Apotheker GmbH

BNP Paribas Gruppe

Capco – The Capital Markets Company GmbH

Capitell Vermögens-Management GmbH

Casper Topco B.V.


Corza Medical GmbH

CryLas Crystal Laser Systems GmbH

CSL Behring GmbH

DAL Deutsche Anlagen-Leasing GmbH & Co. KG

DB Vertrieb GmbH

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank eG

Deutsche WertpapierService Bank


Ernst Zeiss GmbH

Frank Mattes Baggerbetrieb GmbH & Co. KG

Fresenius Gruppe

Gersfelder Metallwaren GmbH

GFT Technologies SE

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Global Brand Concepts GmbH

Hassia Mineralquellen GmbH & Co. KG

ifp Privates Institut für Produktqualität GmbH


Joyson Safety Systems Aschaffenburg GmbH

Gordon Brothers

KfW Bankengruppe

Kirkland & Ellis

KomPart Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

KRINGS Unternehmensgruppe

M56 Group

Mesalvo GmbH

Michael Page International (Deutschland) GmbH

mittemitte GmbH

Page Contracting GmbH

PEPCO Germany GmbH

Sesotec GmbH


Smiths Detection Germany GmbH

Stonebranch GmbH

Swiss Life Gruppe

Wealthcap Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mBH

Wiesbaden Congress & Marketing GmbH

WISAG Gruppe


Zentrum für internationale Friedenseinsätze gGmbH


  • Advising XXXLutz KG on employment law in connection with the public takeover through share acquisitions in Home24.

  • Advising Fresenius Medical Care Group on a project to introduce a new global operating model.

  • Advising WISAG Group on the restructuring of ground handling services (company closures, partial business transfers and mass layoffs).

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller's employment practice focuses on reorganisations and restructuring as well as transaction-related advice; this includes temporary pay cuts and remuneration matters as well as issues relating to staff reductions, short-time work, corporate co-determination and company pension schemes. The latter two subjects form part of Christian Hoefs' advice offering, who jointly leads the practice with Hendrik Bockenheimer, who is experienced in structuring, planning and implementing employment law projects as well as in advising governing bodies. The group also has forensic skills which it applies in internal investigations. Christian Häumer (restructuring, transaction support) joined KLIEMT.Arbeitsrecht in September 2023.


Heuking covers a wide range of individual and collective employment law matters, which encompass transactional support, restructurings and reorganisations, including mergers and business transfers, as well as advising on personnel downsizing in the event of site closures. Practice heads Astrid Reich and Bernd Weller, who are further experienced in ​​compliance and works constitution law, also focus on these topics. Clients additionally benefit from the firm's external whistleblower protection system, which is used to analyse reported violations. In January 2023, Torsten Groß (data protection law, works constitution law) made salary partner, while Alexander Bork (restructuring and reorganisation, advice on executives contracts) and Volker Voth (restructuring, board advice) were promoted to the equity partnership.


Bernd Weller; Astrid Reich

Hogan Lovells International LLP

As an integral part of its global network, Hogan Lovells International LLP's German employment practice has a particular focus on restructuring and reorganisation in the insurance, life sciences, automotive and financial services sectors. Matters are often of cross-border nature and usually led by practice head Tim Gero Joppich, who is also experienced in introducing new HR IT systems. Other team members include Kerstin Neighbor and Eckard Schwarz, both of whom are well versed in facilitating reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations with works councils, while Schwarz also assists with employment litigation.


Tim Gero Joppich


‘Quick and highly professional handling of instructions. Throughout the entire process you always feel informed and therefore have a good feeling about the progress and the outcome.’

‘Very capable, always available team. Great expertise.’

‘Very professional cooperation. Above-average service and availability. Very high level of expertise and good networking on issues in neighboring legal areas.’

‘Eckard Schwarz: Great competence, very good understanding of company contexts, very high personal availability and also very pleasant personally.

‘Bernd Klemm : speed, extraordinary specialist knowledge, unique competence.’

‘Kerstin Neighbor is highly qualified and can provide advice at short notice if required. I appreciate her commercial thinking, which enables her to deal with legal issues in a practical manner.’

‘Matthes Schröder was an important pillar of the project team and not just a lawyer advising on legal issues. He has always provided well-considered legal advice and recommendations. High level of commitment even during evening hours, weekends and holidays when necessary.’

‘Lars Mohnke impresses not only with his labor law expertise, but also with his understanding of the business model and operational requirements. The collaboration is extremely pleasant and flexible. We would certainly not have achieved certain successes if we had not been able to rely on Mr. Mohnke’s competent advice at all times and without restrictions.’


Aluminium Oxid Stade

Banijay Germany

BNP Paribas

Digital Transformation Capital Partners







Revvity (vormals PerkinElmer)


Signal Iduna

Stadtwerke Aachen



  • Advising investment manager Digital Transformation Capital Partners (DTCP) on employment law issues related a large-volume investment in German co-location data center operator maincubes.

  • Advising Revvity (formerly PerkinElmer) on the sale of its Applied, Food and Enterprise Services divisions to investment company New Mountain Capital, including employment law advice on the demerger, transfer of employees and accompanying negotiations with the European Works Council and local employee representatives.

  • Ongoing advice to Stadtwerke Aachen on individual and collective employment law issues, including representation before employment courts and advice on company pension schemes.

JUSTEM Rechtsanwälte

Employment boutique JUSTEM Rechtsanwälte covers the entire range of individual and collective employment advice, with particular emphasis on restructuring and reorganisation, compliance, data protection and internal investigations. Among other matters, Thilo Mahnhold assists with HR compliance issues pertaining to the use of external personnel and, alongside sports employment lawyer Daniel Klösel, is also experienced in data protection law; Klösel further represents clients in contentious separation scenarios. Henning Reitz and Caroline Bitsch are among the key contacts for advising banks and securities institutions; Reitz often assists with employment and regulatory issues, while Bitsch is well versed in compensation systems.


‘The JUSTEM team is characterised by the high level of commitment of its partners. In short, the advice is honest, precise and to the point.’

‘Special mention goes to Thilo Manhold and Daniel Klösel, who both have excellent specialist knowledge.’

‘An outstanding team in which partners handle the matters themselves. When working as a team, you immediately notice that they understand each other!’



ALANTRA Deutschland GmbH

Aramark Gruppe, u.a. Aramark Holding Deutschland GmbH

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (BBVA)

CAA Base Ltd. (CAA Gruppe, Base Soccer)

Dürr AG

Emerson Gruppe


FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH

Hauck Aufhäuser Lampe Privatbank AG

Hollmann International



R.A.T.H. Gruppe

Technogroup Unternehmensgruppe

Tempo-Team Personaldienstleistungen GmbH

Universal-Investment Unternehmensgruppe

vdp Verband der Pfandbriefbanken


Link Group

Vier Pfoten International


  • Advising Bethmann Bank AG and ABN AMRO Bank NV on employment issues relating to the cross-border merger of Bethmann Bank AG into ABN AMRO Bank NV.

  • Accompanying plant closures for Emerson Group (Emerson Electric Co.).

  • Supporting Universal Investment Group in the implementation of an international matrix structure.


At Linklaters, restructuring, transaction-related employment issues, crisis management, compliance and company pension schemes stand at the heart of its practice; in the latter area, ongoing advice plays as much a role as disputes and transaction-related issues pertaining to pension buyouts. Financial services industry expert and practice head Matthew Devey advises on carve-outs, outsourcing transactions, business transfers and company pension issues and is thereby increasingly active in cross-border matters. He is supported, among others, by Timon Grau, who is experienced in litigation and advising governing bodies. Peter Gumnior (advising financial services players on contract drafting and compensation issues) joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in February 2024.


Matthew Devey


‘Highest competence, quality and reliability paired with excellent comprehension and pragmatic solution finding for very complex topics and problems.’

‘Matthew Devey is the best employment lawyer I have worked with in recent years. He is a very competent, intelligent, approachable and reliable lawyer coupled with a great personality.’

‘Yukiko Hitzelberger-Kijima is a very competent lawyer who provided us with excellent support in our very complex employment law matter.’


  • Advising Carrier Global Corporation on employment law on its takeover of Viessmann Climate Solutions.

  • Advising Audi AG on employment law in connection with its entry into Formula 1, including the establishment and equipping of the Formula 1 company with an operational business and the transfer of the personnel who will work for the Power Unit in the future.

  • Advising Uniper SE on corporate governance and novel remuneration issues as part of the federal rescue package. Employment law aspects included questions of contractual and new legal remuneration requirements (EnSiG) for the board of directors, board members of group companies, the supervisory board and executives.


Oppenhoff's employment expertise covers all individual and collective law issues, with a focus on restructuring, transactions and reorganisations. This is complemented by competencies in out-of-court and in-court settlement of disputes with employees, works councils and unions which also mirrors the skills ​​of Jörn Kuhn, who, alongside restructuring and reorganisations, further handles collective arbitration proceedings and proceedings before company conciliation boards as well as company pension schemes issues.


Jörn Kuhn


‘Well-coordinated employment law team – responds quickly and offers very good practical solutions.’

‘Alexander Willemsen has a very profound knowledge of labor law and a lot of practical expertise.’

‘Alexandra Groth is extremely qualified and offers bespoke business and strategy solutions.’


Adient Ltd. Co. KG

Bergfreunde GmbH

CBRE GWS IFM Industrie GmbH

Finanz Informatik GmbH & Co. KG

Corsair GmbH

Danone Deutschland GmbH

INEOS Styrolution Group GmbH

LoQu Optical Group GmbH

UL International Germany GmbH

Viatris-Gruppe (vormals Mylan-Gruppe)

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke places New Work and digital transformation at the centre of  its employment advice. Thus, instructions pertaining to the use of AI often entail discrimination protection and employee protection issues, while the group applies its expertise in New Work and Global Mobility in the context of compliance, use of external personnel and home office matters. David Plitt, who is experienced in New Work, Green HR and works constitution law, recently took over the practice management from Thomas Leister, who is well versed in temporary employment and HR compliance. Christoph Seidler (restructuring, collective employment law) joined from KLIEMT.Arbeitsrecht's Hamburg office in August 2023.


David Plitt


‘I am absolutely satisfied with the collaboration and rate it as extremely positive. Advice in general was TOP!’

‘Viktoria Winstel: She is an extremely competent lawyer. She is available at any time and has helped our organization with many difficult cases. Fast results without having to wait long for a response. Furthermore, her expertise enabled many cases to be resolved without the hassle of court proceedings, for which we are very grateful.’

‘Professional in support and assistance.’

‘My long-standing collaboration with Thomas Leister is unique; he is very client-oriented and flexible in terms of time. I appreciate Mr. Leister’s knowledge of our culture and organization in order to find the right solutions for us in terms of labor law, without much explanation on our part. This is time-saving and efficient. The professional advice is perfect. Working together is simply fun, despite the often challenging topics. I look forward to further long-term collaboration with him!’

‘The OC team is always up-to-date with the legal situation. They inform us proactively. For any request, they will also forward it internally if we have not contacted the correct contact person immediately. The answers are always prompt and absolutely understandable.’

‘Timo Karsten is a super competent contact, always available and up-to-date with our legal cases. It’s just all around fun to work with him. It almost feels like in-house legal advice because it works so well in partnership.’

‘We receive impressively quick feedback from OC. We are now represented by OC in a variety of legal areas. The lawyers are human, but still technically experienced.’

‘The team is very quick with solutions. At the same time, it covers detailed aspects and possibilities.’


Haema AG

HCL Technologies Germany GmbH

Lumberg Connect GmbH

Wipro Business Services GmbH (vormals METRO-nom)

Wipro Technologies GmbH

Borealis Hotel Group

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

CrownPeak Technology Inc.

Cruise LLC (Cruise Munich GmbH)

DAIKIN Airconditioning Germany GmbH


  • Advising Haema AG on a restructuring project due to the closure and relocation of a laboratory, including negotiations on a balance of interests/social plan with the works council.

  • Advising HCL Technologies Germany GmbH in connection with various master service agreements; as well as ongoing employment law advice.

  • Assisting Lumberg Connect GmbH with the transformation of a production company in Germany, including advice to the management, management training, advice on implementation towards the works councils and on compliance.


Employment boutique SCHRAMM MEYER KUHNKE applies its expertise in projects as well as in ongoing advice, while cross-border matters are handled with the help of a best friends network. In the project sphere, Michael Kuhnke oversees mergers, takeovers, outsourcing and corporate restructuring, while Holger Meyer is experienced in assisting with related negotiations on collective bargaining, reconciliation of interests and social plans with unions and works councils. Insolvency-related issues are handled by Matthias Lodemann, while Nils Schramm is experienced in litigation. The importance of its employment disputes practice was underlined with Nina Tholuck's promotion to the partnership in January 2023.


‘Very good and pragmatic legal advice. Hands-on mentality. Very good specialist knowledge.’

‘Holger Meyer: Easily accessible, quick response times, practical advice.’

‘Long-term collaboration with Matthias Lodemann. This one is very pragmatic and to the point. Very good specialist knowledge paired with a hands-on mentality. Also very clear communication without too many “ifs and buts”.’


Allianz Technology


Bilfinger SE


Continental AG


Edel Gruppe

IFF Group

Körber AG

Leiser Group

tesa SE




  • Advising Continental AG on restructuring.

  • Advising Bilfinger SE on employment aspects of its restructuring.

  • Ongoing employment law advice to Colgate-Palmolive as well as in connection with restructuring.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP's employment team focuses on restructuring and reorganisation advice and therefore routinely assists with staff reduction measures, negotiations on interest and social plan agreements, the introduction of new group structures and associated works council structure adjustments; Andreas Wiegreffe and practice head Nikolaus Krienke usually lead here. Expertise in the representation before conciliation bodies complements its service offering. Philipp Byers (compliance, employee data protection) joined Dentons in May 2023.


Nikolaus Krienke

Weitere Kernanwälte:

Andreas Wiegreffe


‘Well coordinated and committed partner-led teams with particular expertise in the areas of restructuring and works constitution law.’

‘WFW provides a clear perspective and prospect of success for all issues or proceedings from the outset, which has always been correct or, through good litigation, has sometimes led to significantly better results than the facts of the case actually permitted.’

‘In my opinion, there are no weaknesses in the firm at all, but WFW does an excellent job in all necessary areas. This is always tailored to the customer’s wishes and the price-performance ratio is right. Even as a smaller customer you feel very well taken care of; WFW is always available.’


ADAC Gruppe

Akro Plastic GmbH

Ambient Solution GmbH


Audi AG

Biesterfeld Gruppe

BayWa r.e.

BioNTech SE und Tochtergesellschaften

BNP Paribas S.A.

Becker & Aliyeva Partnerschaft SPFH

Belimed GmbH

Bentley Motors Ltd.

Bilacon GmbH

Bracco Imaging GmbH

Capgemini Deutschland GmbH

CCC Germany GmbH

Columbia Shipmanagement GmbH

Covivio Immobilien GmbH

DooYano GmbH

ENERVIE – Südwestfalen Energie und Wasser AG

econnext GmbH & Co. KG

Elbe-Werkstätten GmbH

Ellecom GmbH

Empolis Information Management GmbH

e-shelter security GmbH

Evos Hamburg GmbH

EDF Renewables Deutschland Gruppe

Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH und weitere Fujitsu Tochtergesellschaften in Deutschland wie Fujitsu Services GmbH und Fujitsu TDS GmbH


Fissler GmbH

FDW Ventures GmbH

Frasers Hospitality Germany GmbH

Fuji Europe GmbH

Gefasoft Beteiligungs GmbH

GFT Technologies SE

Gems Sensors Inc.

GenoTec GmbH

Global Maritime Deutschland GmbH

Grabarz & Partner Gruppe

HR Group GmbH & Co. KG

HausVorteil GmbH

Hoegh LNG AS

HGH Hotelgesellschaft mbH

HR Group GmbH & Co. KG

Inreal Technologies GmbH

Investa Holding GmbH

IK Umwelt Gruppe

K.D. Feddersen Hol-ding + KD. Feddersen GmbH & Co. KG

Kienbaum Consultants International GmbH

Kleffmann Digital RS GmbH

Liacon GmbH

LPA Lucht Probst Associates GmbH

Lego GmbH

MAHAG Automobilhandel und Service GmbH & Co. oHG

Macquarie Gruppe

Manpower Gruppe

Mediaopt GmbH

Markert Filtration GmbH

MECo Bau GmbH

MES solutions Verwaltungs GmbH


München Klinik gGmbH

NTT Germany AG & Co. KG

NTT Global Data Centers GmbH (vormals e-shelter facility Germany)


Neef + Stumme GmbH

Oceanbulk Maritime Deutschland GmbH

Otto Markert & Sohn GmbH

Patrizia AG

Provinzial Holding AG sowie sämtliche Konzerntochtergesellschaften

Protofy GmbH

Skyborn Renewables offshore solutions GmbH

PSD Bank Nord eG

Sparda Bank München

Autobahn Tank & Rast Gruppe


Quality Services GmbH

Reafina AG

Real I.S. AG Gesellschaft

Rechtsanwälte Banff & Graf Egloffstein PartmbB

Reederei Thomas Schulte GmbH & Co. KG

Reliable Fire Sprin-kler GmbH

Rheinmetall Electro-nics GmbH

Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited

SAF-Holland SE

Sandbox Interactive GmbH

Schaltbau Holding GmbH

Sportfive Germany GmbH (früher Lagardère Sports Germany GmbH)

Stabilus GmbH

Stadt Oldenburg

Stadtsalat GmbH

Tentamus Group GmbH

Tektronix Inc.

TITAN Wind Energy GmbH

TUI Cruises GmbH

UniCredit Bank AG

United Planet GmbH

Vonovia SE


Vesta GmbH


Viking River Cruises AG


WindMW GmbH

Yaskawa Europe GmbH



  • Advising and managing all employment law negotiations for the integration of Deutsche Wohnen SE Group into the Vonovia SE Group, including negotiations with various employee committees, implementation of the integration and job cuts.

  • Advising Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH on restructuring and reorganisation; including the creation of a completely new works council structure, the transfer of employees within the group and the negotiation of new works agreements.

  • Advising Orsted Services A/S on collective bargaining with IG Metall; IG Metall called for a recognition collective agreement with regard to the association collective agreements as well as the negotiation and conclusion of a special offshore collective agreement; Supervision of the current negotiation of a company collective agreement.

act AC Tischendorf Rechtsanwälte

With a focus on medium-sized businesses, act AC Tischendorf Rechtsanwälte assists with the whole array of individual and collective employment law issues and makes use of a European law firm network for cross-border matters. Central pillars consist of restructuring and transactions on one hand, and ongoing advice as well as New Work and compliance on the other. Furthermore, the group has an employment criminal law expert in Thomas Block. Name partner Sven Tischendorf often acts in restructuring and transaction matters, including distressed ones, and jointly leads the practice with Stephan Schwilden, who is experienced in the reorganisation of company pension systems.


‘Quickest response. Partners care. High professional and social skills.’

‘Extremely pragmatic and competent team. Fast and efficient as well as high diversity.’

‘What’s unique is how the team always keeps the goal in mind. No “getting bogged down” with endless legal questions – just problem solving. Speed ​​and thoroughness are particularly ensured by the fact that work is done very collaboratively. And despite all the professionalism, the atmosphere is almost family-friendly – which makes it an extremely pleasant collaboration on a personal level too.’



All4Labels Gruppe



BME Group


Edscha Gruppe

Fürstliche Castell’sche Bank

Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH

Gestamp Gruppe



Howden Turbo GmbH

HSE Gruppe

Huber Group

ID Logistics Deutschland

KMD Group

Loparex Germany GmbH



Sage Automotive Interiors GmbH

Prodyna SE


Talis Group


Tempton Group

Pond Security Group

Vossloh-Schwabe Gruppe



  • Advising healthcare service providers McKesson and PHOENIX on the negotiation of post-merger integration into the Phoenix Group, the harmonisation of structures and location relocations.

  • Advising British fashion group Belstaff on day-to-day employment law matters, in particular on individual contract design, on the issue of working hours and data protection as well as on the standardisation of working conditions.

  • Advising Huber Group on a comprehensive restructuring project affecting more than 300 employees.

Altenburg Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht

Employment boutique Altenburg Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht, which exclusively specialises in employer advice, operates from three German locations and assists with individual and collective employment issues; cross-border matters are handled via an international network. Key contacts include Charlotte Beck, who is experienced in works constitution law, company pension schemes and co-determination issues, and Axel Schmädicke, who focuses on restructuring and reorganisation as well as on associated staff reductions and company transfers.


‘I experience a smooth collaboration within the law firm, without me as a client having the feeling that my issues are being pushed from one person to another. The know-how on our specific features appears to be sensibly prepared and available to everyone, which ensures a consistently high quality of cooperation.’

‘Eva Stark impresses with her very detailed way of working in the difficult environment of co-determined digitalization. She is also able to skillfully manage the sometimes very different moods within our group of companies.’

‘Charlotte Beck: Outstanding lawyer in labor law as well as in theory and in court. Confident and with integrity. Comprehensive knowledge that is quickly put into practice.’


Loyalty Partner

MILES Mobility

OSF Services Berlin

Allgeier Group

PPRO Group

Sony Music Group

Storengy Deutschland (engie Group)

ALTEN Technology

Siematic Möbelwerke

SWARCO Traffic Holding

ONYX Generation Management

ProSiebenSat.1 Group

Oldendorff Carriers




  • Advising MILES Mobility on employment matters pertaining to the acquisition of WeShare, a subsidiary of Volkswagen.

  • Advice on employment law to Allgeier Group, from long-term advice to reorganisations and restructuring; also nationwide representation before the employment courts.

  • Advice on employment law to Gerry Weber International AG in a national and international context as well as advice on restructuring issues.

Bird & Bird

The employment law experts at Bird & Bird LLP advise national and international companies as well as supervisory boards and managing directors on all areas of individual and collective employment law, including associated issues related to social security law. The group exhibits particular expertise in negotiations with works councils and unions in the context of transactions, restructurings, company relocations and company closures. This also reflects practice head Barbara Geck's compentencies, who focuses her advice on the IT, technology, metal processing, automotive, banking and financial services sectors. Artur-Konrad Wypych (board advisory, transactions, restructuring) made partner in May 2023.


Barbara Geck


Champion Deutschland GmbH


Funke Mediengruppe GmbH & Co. KGaA

Inapa Deutschland GmbH

Itron, Inc.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions GmbH


Michael Page International (Deutschland) GmbH

Nur Die Germany GmbH


Omnicom Media Group Germany

Pfizer Inc

W.I.S. Sicherheit + Service GmbH & Co. KG


  • Europe-wide, project-based and day-to-day employment advice to CommScope.

  • Advising Pfizer Inc. on the acquisition and integration of Global Blood in Europe.


Dentons' focus on collective employment law leads to regular instructions related to operational changes, co-determination and the establishment of employee representatives. The practice also advises on New Work, including on matters such as external staff compliance, HR compliance and employee data protection; the central importance of this subject was underlined with the arrival of employee data protection and HR compliance expert Philipp Byers from Watson Farley & Williams LLP in May 2023. Sascha Grosjean is also adept in the New Work sphere and jointly leads the team with restructuring expert Markus Diepold.

Weitere Kernanwälte:

Frank Lenzen; Philipp Byers


‘The Dentons team works in a professional manner so that our concerns are always dealt with quickly, competently, understandably and, of course, with the appropriate friendliness and politeness. The recommendations and legal background are always transparent. Alternatives are clearly articulated and advantages and disadvantages are clearly shown. The Dentons team represents us professionally even if we deviate from legal advice.’

‘High competence, quick reactions, pragmatic but at the same time practical solutions.’

‘Markus Diepold is available to us at any time. We always receive very practical assessments or formulations from him that take the actual circumstances into account in addition to the legal situation.’


Axel Springer Porsche GmbH & Co. KG

Landesbank Berlin AG

Qualitas Energy

Slate Asset Management

Solaris SE (vormals Solarisbank AG)

Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (einschließlich der Tochtergesellschaft Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH)

AeroGround Flughafen München

Allgäuer Zeitungsverlag

Stabilus SE



BG Kliniken Ludwigshafen und Tübingen gGmbH / BG Kliniken – Klinikverbund der gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung gGmbH


Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer e.V.


Lactalis S.A.

SKODA AUTO Deutschland GmbH

Tagueri AG


Provinzial Holding AG und Konzerntochtergesellschaften

BioNTech SE und Tochtergesellschaften

BNP Paribas S.A.

Sparda Bank München


Handwerkskammer München

Occhio GmbH

Lebensversicherung von 1871


  • Advising SKODA AUTO Deutschland GmbH on questions and disputes relating to works constitution law, including conciliation bodies and labor court resolution procedures; also representation in individual legal disputes/dismissal protection proceedings.

  • Advising Provinzial group on employment aspects of the merger between Provinzial Rheinland and Provinzial NordWest; Negotiations with ver.di about the group-wide harmonisation of working conditions through company collective agreements as well as negotiations about numerous reconciliations of interests.

  • Advising Stabilus on the employment aspects of its change of legal form to a European stock corporation (SE) and the subsequent transfer of its registered office from Luxembourg to Germany.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

In close cooperation with its corporate and M&A practice groups, Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner's employment practice focuses on restructuring, reorganisations and transactions, while ongoing employment law advice represents another mainstay. From three locations, the group focuses on different areas: Sabine Schröter's team in Frankfurt is adept in assisting hospitals and medical care centres with outsourcing and restructuring measures; In Freiburg, under the leadership of Christoph Fingerle and Stefan Daub, the practice primarily advises medium-sized companies in the context of transactions and restructuring; and in Cologne, under the leadership of Sven Köhnen, the team is experienced in nationwide employment court proceedings; he previously co-led the office with Andreas Imping, who joined ADVANT Beiten as local partner in early 2024.

Weitere Kernanwälte:

Annette Rölz; Stephanie Mayer


‘The unique thing about this law firm is the people, for us especially Sabine Schröter.’

‘The firm tackles every problem with full commitment and treats all issues, big or small, with the same seriousness. The law firm is also always directly on board when it comes to time-critical issues.’

‘The law firm’s employees are very empathetic. As a medium-sized employer, we feel very well taken care of and advised.’

‘Sabine Schröter and Annette Rölz are our contacts. Both are very committed and give us great security in the labor law issues we deal with. Thanks to their support, we have been able to bring some difficult issues to a balanced and good conclusion.’

‘Expertise in a wide range of legal areas, coupled with a strong client orientation.’

‘Sabine Schröter and Annette Rölz are able to provide comprehensive, timely information on any question; well connected in the market and successful approach to achieving the goals.’



DEDON GmbH, Lüneburg

Enphase Energy

Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Freiburg

Evangelische Sozialstation Freiburg

Evangelisches Stift Freiburg

Evangelisches Sozialwerk Wiesental e.V.

Medizinischer Dienst Baden-Württemberg

Orden der Barmherzigen Schwestern vom heiligen Vinzenz von Paul

Schulstiftung der Erzdiözese Freiburg

Stiftung Katholische Freie Schule (Rottenburg-Stuttgart)

Studierendenwerk Freiburg


GLOSTER Furniture GmbH, Lüneburg

Handwerkskammer Freiburg, Freiburg

Haus Baden (Dr. Albert Speck & Haus Baden GbR)

Heritage B. Zug (Schweiz)

Hutchinson GmbH

Hutchinson Aerospace GmbH

Hutchinson S.A.


Isola US Corp./Isola GmbH

Kaiser Modehäuser GmbH & Co KG, Freiburg

KTN Kunststofftechnik Nobitz GmbH



OLUTEX Oberlausitzer Luftfahrttextilien GmbH

Paracelsus Klinken Deutschland GmbH & Co. KGaA

Peterhoff-Gruppe, Düren

Ralf Bohle GmbH, Waldbröl

Samvardhana Motherson Innovative Autosystems B.V. & Co. KG, Michelau

Schölly Fiberoptic GmBbH

SMP Deutschland GmbH, Bötzingen

SMRC Smart Interior Systems Germany GmbH, Teltow

Tec-log GmbH, Parsberg



Wahl GmbH

Wuppermann AG

Xilinx Inc.

Yello Strom GmbH, Köln

Zeppelin-Gruppe, Garching b. München


  • Advising and representing Hutchinson SA on employment aspects of relocation processes within Germany, the EU and worldwide.

  • Advising Paracelsus Klinken Deutschland GmbH & Co. KGaA on the closure of the Paracelsus Clinic Bad Ems.

  • Advising motherson Group on restructuring processes of its German companies.


Düsseldorf-based boutique offering Fringspartners specialises in advising companies and bodies as well as their representatives. Board members of large German and international corporations frequently instruct the practice with the conclusion or termination of employment relationships. The team also handles collective employment law matters, including negotiations with employee representatives in the context of restructuring, which are often led by Michael Bogati. Ulrich Wahlers complements this with expertise in litigation and works constitution law.

Weitere Kernanwälte:

Michael Bogati; Ulrich Wahlers 


Immowelt GmbH

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


igus GmbH

FrieslandCampina Germany GmbH

Diesel Technic SE

Mitsubishi Electric

Mango Textilhandel

HELMA Eigenheimbau AG

Dörken Gruppe

Rieter Gruppe


  • Supporting HELMA Wohnungsbau AG and subsidiaries in the restructuring process, including negotiation and implementation of staff reductions through a volunteer program, reconciliation of interests and social plan; In addition, parallel support in litigation against a CEO who was terminated for extraordinary reasons.

  • Advising PAYONE Group on the implementation of various restructuring and operational changes, including negotiations with various BR committees and the group-wide introduction of software systems. In addition, Germany-wide representation in court proceedings.

  • Advising igus GmbH on management contracts, cooperation with employee representatives and on employee data protection; also advice on individual personnel measures and related litigation.

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Start-ups, medium-sized companies, financial institutions and DAX companies instruct Greenberg Traurig Germany‘s employment team with various individual and collective employment law issues and benefit from the group’s special expertise in works constitution law, co-determination law  and employment dispute law as well as in restructuring and compliance. Former practice head Kara Preedy, who also acts within the restructuring and transactional environment, moved to KLIEMT.Arbeitsrecht in March 2024.

Weitere Kernanwälte:

Holger FaustSonja Günther


‘Successful combination of large law firm and employment law boutique. In addition to larger projects (restructuring, labor law M&A), this provides an excellent service in everyday labor law matters. The team is characterized by a high proportion of women and appreciation of diversity.’

‘In addition to their technical expertise, the collaboration on a human level is very pleasant. Being friendly is also very important to us in our negotiations with works councils and unions.’

‘Pragmatic, close to the client – hard work, focused – good understanding of how HR works in practice, unpretentious.’


Die Autobahn GmbH des Bundes

Hello Fresh

Diebold Nixdorf Gruppe

Hübner GmbH & Co. KG

Studiocanal GmbH

Erste Abwicklungsanstalt


  • Advising the federal Autobahn GmbH on works constitution law.

  • Legal representation of the federal Autobahn GmbH in legal proceedings against ver.di in connection with the strike on the Elbe tunnel.

  • Advising the management of HelloFresh SE on the establishment of a works council.

GvW Graf von Westphalen

GvW Graf von Westphalen covers the whole array of individual and collective employment issues; on the collective level, the group recently experienced an increase in instructions related to restructuring, also pertaining to negotiations before conciliation bodies. Expertise further includes banking employment law and advice to public bodies. This mirrors the expertise of practice head Philipp Wiesenecker, whose team was strengthened by the arrival of equity partner Thomas G.-E. Müller (employee data protection, executive consulting) and salary partner Andreas Kössel (individual and collective employment law, litigation) in November 2023, who both came from LUTZ | ABEL RECHTSANWALTS PARTG MBB. Additionally, Hans Georg Helwig (collective employment law, employee data protection, compliance) joined from Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein in January 2024.


Philipp Wiesenecker


Audio-Technica Ltd. und Audio-Technica Deutschland GmbH

Biteno GmbH

Brady GmbH

Degussa Bank AG

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

econtech GmbH – Systempartner Netzbau


Ginkgo Management Consulting China Co Ltd

hoerl Information Management GmbH

Interplex NAS Electronics GmbH

Kasseler Verkehrs- und Versorgungs-GmbH

LimeSurvey GmbH

Lombard Medical Technologies GmbH

LPA Group Plc|Excil Electronics Ltd.

MVZ Medizinisches Versorgungszentrum für ganzheitliche Diagnostik und Therapie Esslingen GmbH

Nahverkehrsservice Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH| Regionalverband Großraum Braunschweig| Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig| Thüringer Landesamt für Bau und Verkehr

PETER-LACKE Shanghai Co. Ltd.

profine GmbH

Rotho Kunststoff GmbH

SARIA International GmbH

SpanSet Axzion GmbH


Vitafill GmbH

WEBER Automation China Co. Ltd SE

Hoffmann Liebs

Hoffmann Liebs applies its individual and collective employment skills within restructuring and reorganisation contexts, including advice on social plan and reconciliation of interest negotiations, collective bargaining, compliance and insolvency-related topics. This also represents the focus of practice heads Heiko Langer and Jörg Podehl, while Langer has further expertise in works constitution law and termination scenarios, including mass layoffs, and Podehl is experienced in supporting companies and managers in contract negotiations. Michael Klipp (downsizing measures, false self-employment, international employment law) returned to PETERS Rechtsanwälte in March 2023.


Heiko Langer; Jörg Podehl


‘Holistic advice: It is not just about a purely legal perspective, but pragmatic approaches and effects on the entire company are also taken into account at all times.’

‘Every exchange is positive and goal-oriented. They really try to understand the company. The collaboration makes our work much easier and we develop good solutions.’

‘Heiko Langer: Reliability, high level of legal expertise, good ideas, finds a solution in every situation, can build good relationships with lawyers on the other side, very good negotiation skills. Jana Riech: Reliability, good solutions, high level of professional expertise.’


Air Products GmbH

Aurich Textilien Gruppe

Bank für Sozialwirtschaft AG

Dometic GmbH

Deutsche Teilkauf GmbH

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Gruppe


LUSH manufacturing GmbH

MediClin AG

Montanhydraulik GmbH

NextClinics Group

OCULUS Optikgeräte GmbH

OQ Deutschland Gruppe

OXG Glasfaser GmbH

ZTK Zahnärztliche Tageskliniken GmbH


  • Advice and representation of Dometic GmbH in the negotiations of a reconciliation of interests and social plan for the gradual production shutdown at the plant in Siegen, including volunteer program, mass layoff notice, dismissal protection proceedings and proceedings before the integration office and the district government.

  • Advising Aurich Group on restructuring.

  • Advising Interroll Group on the reorganisation of individual product areas, including the reorganisation of management structures.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's employment practice has restructuring measures, including insolvency-related restructuring, at its heart, which is not least due to the close cooperation with its M&A and private equity teams. In addition to cross-practice cooperation, its employment advice is often characterised by cross-location and cross-border support. Practice head Tobias Leder usually leads on these matter, and also represents companies in litigation before employment and civil courts. The industry focus lies on healthcare and life sciences.


Tobias Leder 


‘Friendly, extremely competent and responsive team, which enables a very pleasant collaboration.’

‘Tobias Leder is a highly accomplished and extremely pleasant representative of his métier.’


Novartis und Sandoz

TeamViewer AG

Salutas Pharma GmbH

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

Star Alliance

Swiss Re Europe S.A., Niederlassung Deutschland


Loschelder advises medium-sized and listed companies, public employers, hospitals, church-related institutions and public corporations on restructuring-related issues and the entire spectrum of day-to-day matters; these include digitalisation, employee data protection, the use of external personnel and modern forms of work as well as variable remuneration systems, know-how protection and company pension schemes. Key contacts include Detlef Grimm (employee data protection, digitalisation, modern forms of work), Sebastian Pelzer (organisational advice, negotiations with employee representatives), Martin Brock (employment of external personnel, company pension plan) and Stefan Freh (contract drafting, termination disputes, works constitution and company law), who made partner in January 2023.


‘High level of expertise with recommendations for action that can also be implemented in practice, extreme presence – always available.’

‘Very high flexibility within the team, even with ad hoc requests. One is always served. High level of expertise, also in neighbouring areas of law.’

‘The employment law team seems well attuned to its clients. No unnecessarily long explanations and essays, but advice that is given on the specific matter in question.’

‘Sebastian Pelzer: Extremely competent, extremely committed, quick reaction. Focuses on the client in a very personal way. Pragmatic proposals with an economic and entrepreneurial perspective. Very quick response time, very good work on the matter.’

‘Martin Brock is very professionally competent. Special expertise in fake self-employment and business transfers.’

‘Detlef Grimm: Great wealth of experience and advice is pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

‘Stefan Freh provides precise advice on all individual and collective employment issues.’

‘High professional expertise in a wide range of areas combined with a great deal of human touch from partners and associates.’


AOK Systems GmbH

Atlas Copco Gruppe


Carl Remigius Fresenius Education AG (vormals COGNOS AG) / Hochschule Fresenius

DSGF Deutsche Servicegesellschaft für Finanzdienstleister mbH

Erich Utsch AG

Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH

Mazda Motor (Deutschland) GmbH

Metro AG

Raiffeisen Warenzentrale Rhein-Main eG



  • Advising STRABAG AG on employment law in connection with the acquisition of Bockholdt GmbH & Co. KG.

  • Advising Atlas Copco Group on employment law in connection with company acquisitions; recently advised on the acquisition of the Wangen pump factory and CVS Group.

  • Advice on employment and service contract law for Mazda Motors (Deutschland) GmbH related to field working hours.

MAINWERK Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

Employment boutique MAINWERK Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB's dual focus spans ongoing employment law advice on one hand and restructuring support on the other. This includes, among other matters, negotiations with works councils and unions as well as management separation. Henning Wiehe, who is experienced in international transactions and restructurings, financial sector expert Ulla Rupp, Kai Golücke (works constitution law, restructuring, IT codetermination, data protection), Oliver Driver-Polke (restructuring) and litigator Kerstin Panhorst are among the key contacts.


AGC Biologics GmbH

Beck & Kaltheuner Feuerfeste Erzeugnisse GmbH & Co. KG

Burger King Deutschland

Capri Sun Group


Coca Cola Europacific Partner GmbH

Düker GmbH

Equistone Partners GmbH

Gienanth Group


IHK Pfalz

Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Hessen


ProMinent Group (Heidelberg)

Technogym Germany GmbH

Teknos Deutschland GmbH

United Grinding Group

United Initiators Group

Volks- und Bausparverein Frankfurt

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP's focus on collective employment law is evident in its routine support of reorganisations, restructuring and associated staff reduction and outsourcing issues as well as social plan and reconciliation of interests negotiations. Practice head Volker Teigelkötter frequently leads on these matters, which often entail cross-border aspects. Other recent matters included temporary employment, working time recording and remuneration.


‘Outstanding service provider on all employment law issues in a global corporate environment. Extremely short feedback times, pragmatic approach, extremely professional and competent, always friendly and at eye level. Very cooperative. Collaboration is a joy.’

‘The MWE team is exceptional! Work was flawless and exceeded my expectations at every stage of the process.’

‘Volker Teigelkötter: High level of commitment and reliability – high speed – high analytical skills and ability to think in an inter-connected, solution-oriented manner – courage to make recommendations and courses of action that go beyond legal assessments – up-to-date know-how on current case law.’

‘Thomas Gennert gave us excellent advice and proved that he is an expert in all areas of German employment law. His quick response time and balance between legal intent and practical impact were very valuable and I have nothing but the highest praise for the services we received from him.’

‘MWE has a very good understanding of the industry thanks to its many years of advice in the banking sector and is very familiar with legal issues relevant to the financial sector. MWE is characterized by a very high level of reliability and responsiveness.

‘Christian Rolf is a razor-sharp analyst and excellent team player.’

‘Consistently top performance at a high level. High conciseness in all activities. Short response time. Preparation of error-free documents of all kinds. Tailor-made solutions.’


Borgers Group/Dr. Frank Kebekus


DMG MORI Vertriebs und Service GmbH

Federal Employment Agency

Global Savings Group (GSG)


Jumeirah International LLC


Mitsubishi Power Europe GmbH

Teleperformance Germany S.à.r.l. & Co. KG

trivago N.V.

United Internet Group


  • Advising Global Savings Group (GSG) on employment law on its merger with (Pepper).

  • Advising IONOS Group on the structuring of a compensation system for its board of directors and the revision of contractual compensation regulations for top management in the course of the IPO.

  • Advising the insolvency administrator of Borgers Group on negotiations regarding the implementation of Autoneum Group’s acquisition concept for Johann Borgers GmbH iI and Borgers Süd GmbH iI.

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte's advice portfolio spans the entire spectrum of individual and collective employment law with a focus on restructuring, IT system implementation, company pension schemes and the use of external personnel. The practice is led by Guido Matthey (additional expertise in board advice and litigation) and Simon Grosse-Brockhoff (focus on restructuring and works constitution law), both of whom are extensively active in employment matters. Lukas Stähler (individual and collective employment law, litigation) joined STUDIO LEGAL Rechtsanwälte in May 2023.


‘Orth Kluth’s employment law team is always available, legally excellent and very pleasant to deal with.’

‘Pragmatic solutions are offered and bespoke solutions are developed, including legal IT tools. Very transparent billing.’

‘Guido Matthey has been our advisor in difficult restructuring projects for many years. He is always legally up-to-date, impresses with his negotiating skills and understanding of economic peculiarities of respective projects.’


bofrost* Gruppe

Bolt Operations OÜ

Deutsche Fußball Liga

Ericsson Deutschland und Konzerngesellschaften

GEA Group AG und Konzerngesellschaften

Gorillas Technologies


Konecranes / DEMAG

Melitta Group

Nestlé Versorgungsträger

Outokumpu Deutschland mit Konzerngesellschaften

QVC Deutschland und Konzerngesellschaften

Siemens Industry Software GmbH

Stabilus GmbH

Stadtwerke Krefeld AG

Sporthilfe NRW e.V.

Sun Chemical Group / BASF Colours & Effects GmbH

Tadano Deutschland

Valeo eAutomotive Germany GmbH

VDM Metals Holding GmbH


  • Supporting QVC Call Center GmbH & Co. KG in the closure of its location with the transfer of over 600 employees to a virtual working world; dissolution of the company and allocation of all employees/assets to other QVC companies by way of a split according to the Conversion Act.

  • Advising Siemens Industry Software GmbH on the reorganisation of the DACH operating structure as well as on the merger/relocation/closure of individual locations.

  • Advising GEA Group AG on the use of external personnel.

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB

With a sector focus on energy, technology and life sciences, the employment team at Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB recently handled numerous matters pertaining to mobile work and employee data protection, including the negotiation of company agreements for cloud-based software, as well as company agreements, internal investigations and cross-border restructuring. The global head of its employment practice Manfred Schmid also leads the German team and complements the group's competencies with expertise in know-how protection and the handling of employment and criminal law violations.


Manfred Schmid 

Weitere Kernanwälte:

David Stoppelmann; Peter Christ


‘Very quick response and processing of questions/cases; very personal contact.’

‘The team arrives at practicable and flexible solutions that make sense and can be easily implemented for us as a company.’


  • Advising a large international retail chain on the Europe-wide introduction (28 countries) of cross-border remote working.

  • Advising an American listed company on employment law for process control instruments in connection with the acquisition of a global leader in specialty chemical processes as well as the implementation of long-term incentive plans and stock option programs.

  • Advising a large regional energy supplier on issues pertaining to works constitution, company co-determination and collective bargaining law, among other matters.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's employment expertise particularly often shows in transactions, reorganisations and restructurings, which are frequently of cross-border nature due to the group's integration into the international network. The cross-practice cooperation with corporate, insolvency and private equity experts provides further skills in distressed transactions. The team is led by Hendrik Röger, who applies himself extensively in transaction- and restructuring-related matters. Sebastian Stütze, who is experienced in insolvency and PE-related issues, made partner in January 2023.


Hendrik Röger

Weitere Kernanwälte:

Sebastian Stütze




OfficeCentre (Staples)


Deutsche Telekom / T-Systems


Enpal GmbH

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Duke Street


Ludwig Görtz Gruppe (Görtz)

Heinrich Huhn GmbH + Co. KG


Curata Gruppe

Pflegezentrum Cakir


Nordic Capital



  • Advising an American machine and vehicle manufacturer on the discontinuation of its engine production at plants in Kiel, Rostock, Henstedt-Ulzburg and Hamburg; Negotiation of reconciliation of interests and social plan agreements with the IGM union and several works councils; employment law support for the sale of certain businesses and parts of businesses to investors.

  • Advice on employment law and litigation representation for TUI Group airline before several employment and state employment courts in over 100 cases in connection with the restructuring of the company in March 2021.

  • Advice on employment law in connection with insolvency proceedings of OfficeCentre GmbH (Staples), including negotiation of the sell-off with works councils and the implementation of around 700 dismissals.

CBH Rechtsanwälte

CBH Rechtsanwälte covers all individual and collective employment law matters, including negotiations with works councils and employee representatives, conciliation board procedures, restructuring and remuneration issues as well as advice to governing bodies and employment law litigation. Instructions predominantly come from medium-sized companies, church employers and public sector players. Kamil Niewiadomski (contracts, litigation) made partner in January 2023.


‘Friendly, engaging atmosphere. Good accessibility and also proactive contact when there are changes to existing matters.’

‘Advice is on point – quick, uncomplicated and reliable.’

‘Jörg Laber: collegiality, very good specialist knowledge, problem-oriented approach.’


BBT Gruppe

Chefs Culinar

Die Autobahn GmbH

Trei Real Estate

Wolters Kluwer Gruppe

Zagope S.A.

Azelis Gruppe

Bergisch-Rheinischer Wasserverband in Haan


Carglass GmbH

Caritas e.V.

Chargecloud GmbH

Eishockeyverband NRW



Hochschule für Polizei & öffentliche Verwaltung in NRW

KEC Kölner Eishockey Gesellschaft “Die Haie” GmbH

Kraftfahrt Ausbildung Rettig GmbH

Landkreis Kaiserslautern

Miltenyi BV & Co.KG


Oder-Spree Krankenhaus GmbH


Otto Röhrig Gesenkschmiede GmbH

Rettungsdienst im Landkreis Oder-Spree GmbH


sab GmbH

SAS (Scandinavian Airline System)

Schäfer Shop Cube GmbH & Co.KG

Siewert & Kau Gruppe

Stadt Monheim am Rhein

Tennant Company

TÜV Rheinland AG

Stadt Düren

Stadtwerke Bonn Verkehrs-GmbH

Volksbank Köln Bonn eG


wewole Stiftung


  • Representation and advice to Sparda Bank West in disputes with corporate bodies; In addition, ongoing employment law advice and representation (individual and collective employment law).

  • Advice on employment law and co-determination law (individual and collective employment law) for Katharina Kasper ViaNobis GmbH (subsidiary of Alexianer Aachen GmbH) as well as litigation and restructuring.

  • Ongoing employment law advice and representation of Die Autobahn GmbH in individual and collective employment law as well as litigation representation.

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH applies its individual and collective employment expertise to ongoing advice on restructuring and reorganisations as well as on company pension schemes, employee data protection and the posting of employees. Klaus Heeke (restructuring, employee posting) leads the team, which welcomed Rafael Hertz (employee data protection) from kallan Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in April 2023 and saw Nathalie Polkowski (employee data protection, employee posting) join WTS.


Klaus Heeke

Weitere Kernanwälte:

Charlotte Sander; Lars HinrichsRafael Hertz


‘Competent, pragmatic, broad market knowledge, allows for very good company-specific advice.’

‘Deloitte Legal is very broadly positioned and can provide competent and reliable advice in all areas.’

‘We have been working with Klaus Heeke in the human resources department for more than 10 years. The collaboration works very well and, above all, is very trustworthy. Mr. Heeke understands our needs very well and can offer very good solutions.’


AECOM Deutschland GmbH

Allplan GmbH

Arvato Financial Solutions

Bencard Allergie GmbH

BestFit Group

BF direkt AG

Borek media GmbH

Brill Deutschland GmbH

Crown Gabelstabler GmbH & Co. KG

d&b audiotechnik GmbH & Co. KG


Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions GmbH

Global Management Service GmbH

GlobalFoundreis Management Services Limited Liability Company & Co. KG

HAHN Group / Walther Systemtechnik GmbH

Interroll Gruppe


JobRad Holding AG

Joynext GmbH

Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Bayerns

Kreissparkasse Miesbach-Tegernsee

Lensing Media GmbH & Co. KG


Lyreco Deutschland GmbH


N26 AG

nGAGE Specialist Recruitment GmbH

Nomos Verlag

Norddeutsche Landesbank AöR


Räuchle GmbH


S&T AG/ Kontron Unternehmensgruppe

Schweitzer Fachinformationen Gruppe

SieMatic Möbelwerke GmbH & Co. KG

Solaris SE

Suer Nutzfahrzeugtechnik GmbH & Co. KG.

Syntax Systems GmbH & Co. KG

Thomas Sabo GmbH & Co. KG

Turbodynamics GmbH


Windstar Unternehmenensgruppe

Winning Group


  • Advising Lixili/Grohe on employment law in connection with the drafting and termination of employment contracts for managers and the development of an LTI plan.

  • Advising Norddeutsche Landesbank AöR on the revision of remuneration systems for the board of directors and employees.

  • Advising Winning Group on various employment law restructuring projects and litigation.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Competencies of Flick Gocke Schaumburg's employment practice span unions and works councils negotiations, transaction-related employment matters, individual personnel measures, litigation in connection with staff reduction measures and works constitution disputes. Tobias Nießen, who is extensively experienced in individual and collective employment law, heads the practice.


Tobias Nießen

Weitere Kernanwälte:

Sandy Siegfanz-Strauß; Ursula Neuhoff


Limbach Gruppe

Global Gruppe



Ryanair Gruppe

+simple SAS


  • Ongoing employment law advice for Haribo Group, in particular in various legal proceedings.

  • Ongoing advice to Ryanair Group on employment and social security law, including legal disputes and collective bargaining.

  • Advice on employment law for Global Group related to various transactions; also advice on social security law.

Jones Day

Due to its close cooperation with the firm's corporate and M&A team, Jones Day's employment practice is particularly experienced in supporting transactions as well as restructuring and reorganisations; here, clients also benefit from the group's international network. The practice is further experienced in employment disputes before court and arbitration boards. Friederike Steininger, who is also adept at company pension schemes and false self-employment audits, heads the practice.


Friederike Steininger


‘Highly professional and always pragmatic and solution-oriented. Very quick advice that focuses on essentials. This leads to fair cost ratings. No artificial consulting effort is generated.’

‘Paul Melot de Beauregard: Very good expertise that is implemented quickly and pragmatically. (Almost) always available and incredibly quick to process.’

‘I work a lot with Friederike Steininger, who gave us very good advice. Due to her wealth of experience, she can always point out good, pragmatic alternatives. Her availability is excellent and she has great negotiating skills.’

‘The accessibility of the partners and the quality of the advice is very good.’

‘I work with Friederike Steininger in the area of ​​employment law – she is the ultimate specialist – I trust her advice completely.’

‘Guaranteed competence and the highest level of advice by a diverse team.’

‘Good employment law practice, very good networking and coordination. A single contact who handles everything else internally makes communication easy and pleasant. Quick and pragmatic advice, industry experience is apparent.’

‘Markus Kappenhagen has known our company for many years. He is an experienced employment lawyer, always available, quick turnaround, pragmatic advice that always helps.’


Cardinal Health

Expedia Group

Micron Semiconductor Deutschland GmbH

SUSE Software Solutions Germany GmbH

Toyota Material Handling Group


  • Advising a German food manufacturer on employment law in connection with restructuring measures, including the conclusion of collective agreements; also litigation regarding numerous model procedures.

  • Advice on employment law for an international production company, including assistance with works council negotiations, company agreements and negotiations with the union.

  • Representing a company from the construction industry in various legal proceedings before employment and civil courts.


LUTZ | ABEL RECHTSANWALTS PARTG MBB's employment practice is led by Henning Abraham, who frequently leads advice on matters relating to transactions, restructuring and reorganisations, while New Work, the use of external personnel and compliance as well as management consulting represent additional practice pillars. The significance of digital transformation and New Work was underlined with Claudia Knuth's promotion to the partnership in January 2023. Thomas G.-E. Müller (employee data protection, governing bodies advice) joined GvW Graf von Westphalen in autumn 2023.


Henning Abraham

Weitere Kernanwälte:

Claudia Knuth; Christoph Valentin


‘The team combines an extremely high level of professionalism with pragmatism for everyday operational life and human skills. The teams are highly technically competent – every question can be answered in detail – but always find a way to present the complex issues in a “user-friendly” and “everyday” way. A perfect team in every respect!’

‘The commitment, excellence of the suggestions and help is impressive. Despite the size of the firm and team, one has the feeling of being looked after by an exclusive team. Proximity to clients is not just proclaimed here, but actively practiced.’

‘Henning Abraham is an absolute specialist in his field. His help and answers are not only of highest legal quality, but also implementable and practical. It doesn’t get any better.’

‘They look for practical solutions, address business needs and develop holistic solutions.’

‘Claudia Knuth: Very present, strongly connected, innovative, collegial.’

‘Extraordinarily competent, coupled with a high level of empathy.’

‘Always an open ear. Honest, open words. Available at any time. Short response time.’

‘The team offers the quality of a large law firm with the advantages of a smaller unit.’


ABL-Technik Entlackung

AlphaPet GmbH

arive GmbH

Ass-Ass GmbH

Bayern Kapital GmbH

Bechtle GmbH

Believe Digital Gruppe

Benz Catering GmbH

Bettertrust GmbH

biddz GmbH

Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien e.V.

Candis GmbH

cbs Corporate Business Solutions Unternehmensberatung GmbH

CEEREAL e. V. im Auftrag von Kellogg’s

Certifaction AG

Change of Scandinavia Germany GmbH

charles & charlotte GmbH

CMA CGM (Deutschland) GmbH

Containerships CSG GmbH

CWind Ltd.

Deel Inc.

Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH

Die Sparkasse Bremen AG

DKB Service GmbH

Dreamlines GmbH

E.V.A. Energieversorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft Aachen / Stadtwerke Aachen AG / Aachener Straßenbahn und Energieversorgungs-AG

edyoucated GmbH


Fachverband Biogas e.V.

Flip GmbH

ForestGum GmbH

Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg – Senatsverwaltung

fritz-kulturgüter GmbH

GerontoCare GmbH & Co. KG

Gertrud digital GmbH

Getränke Waldhoff GmbH & Co. KG

Gitpod GmbH

Granular Insights Inc

GWA Hygiene GmbH

Haus von Beck (Rainer Beck)

HCF Merkle GmbH

Holidu GmbH

Hotelbird GmbH

HV Manager GmbH

HZD – Druckguss Havelland GmbH

i2x GmbH


IMBRO Immobilien GmbH

Indivumed GmbH

InNuce GmbH

Intagus GmbH

IQM Germany GmbH

iteratec GmbH

JDI Europe GmbH

Jenoptik AG

Junior Digital Media GmbH

Kalorimeta GmbH

KKP Architekten Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB

klarx GmbH

kobaltblau Management Consultants GmbH

Kurt König Baumaschinen GmbH

Laserhub GmbH

Lassie AB

Laya Technologies GmbH

leadtributor GmbH

LEIPA Georg Leinfelder Gruppe

Lendis GmbH

Leonet AG

Liefergrün GmbH

Lieken GmbH

Lloyd’s Register EMEA

LRQA Deutschland GmbH

Luminator Technology Group Ulm GmbH

Mayr-Melnhof Gruppe

Mediengruppe Klambt

Memsource GmbH




Montessori Biberkor e.V.

Müller-Boré & Partner Patentanwälte PartG mbB GmbH

Nachrichtentechnik Emmerl GmbH

Nansen Pte. Ltd.

NEPTUN Werft GmbH & Co. KG

Next Level Coffee GmbH

Nordex SE

One Data GmbH

Orbis AG

Organoid Technologies GmbH

Oxford PV Germany GmbH

Peter Wrede Gruppe

Peturo GmbH

PM Immobilien Gruppe

Point Nine Verwaltungs GmbH

PowerUs GmbH

Pyrolyx AG


Quantum Brilliance Pty Ltd

R&K Ingenieure GmbH

Raffinerie Heide GmbH


Rügenwalder Mühle Carl Müller GmbH & Co. KG

Schlesinger Group

Schmidt Kühltransporte München GmbH

Service-Reisen Heyne GmbH & Co KG

SMCP Deutschland GmbH


Stadtwerke Norderstedt


Sunvigo GmbH


Temedica GmbH

The Stryze Group Holding GmbH

TradeLink TL Digital Solutions GmbH

TUM Campus Heilbronn gGmbH


TV1 GmbH

Ulrich Lippert GmbH & Co. KG

Vincorion Gruppe

Vinzenz von Paul Kliniken gGmbH

Vitafy GmbH

Wadle Bauunternehmung GmbH

Walberg Urban Electrics GmbH

Watson-Marlow GmbH

wealthpilot GmbH

Wiegmann und Gebauer sozialräumliche Hilfen GmbH

Wiener + Wieners GmbH

Willi Elbe Gelenkwellen GmbH & Co. KG


zealaxx AG


  • Advising CMA CGM on issues primarily relating to works constitution law, including several restructurings and various company agreements including conciliation bodies and court proceedings to determine the company structure.

  • Assisting MEYER NEPTUN Group with two major workforce reductions at Meyer Werft in Papenburg and Neptun Werft in Rostock as well as with the establishment of MEYER WISMAR Group for the completion of Global One on behalf of Disney.

  • Assisting Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg with a compliance investigation, including accompanying employment law measures to enable a proper investigation and a provisional, effective compliance structure.

michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte

michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte's employment practice focuses equally on day-to-day matters as well as on assistance with projects such as restructuring and reorganisations. Thus the group advises clients from the manufacturing and media industries, medium-sized companies, corporations and the public sector on various individual and collective employment law issues, including mobile work as well as working time and remuneration models. This expertise is complemented by litigation skills and knowledge of social insurance and health law. Gunther Mävers (project work, employment migration law) and Marcus Michels (governing bodies consulting and project business) in Cologne as well as Sebastian Maiß (New Work, day-to-day business) in Düsseldorf jointly head the practice.


‘The firm’s performance was very good both out of court and in court proceedings.’

‘Marcus Michels: Excellent specialist knowledge paired with very practical solutions. He has a wealth of experience from which we as a company have absolutely benefited so far. Any time.’

‘Gunther Mävers: An absolute expert in the field of employment migration who helped us very well in really difficult cases.’


Adler TS

Brauerei zur Malzmühle Schwartz GmbH & Co. KG

DTM Deutsche Tele Medien GmbH

Duisburger Hafen AG

Johnson & Johnson

METRO Markets GmbH

Music Store Professionals GmbH

Reuter Gruppe

UFA Show & Factual GmbH


Raue's individual and collective employment law advice ranges from reorganisations and restructuring, including collective bargaining agreements, social plan and reconciliation of interests negotiations to New Work, compliance and employee data protection as well as social security law-related matters, which are covered by Sascha Herms. He jointly leads the team with Judith Heyn, who is also experienced in company pension schemes; both practice heads are well versed in litigation.


Judith Heyn; Sascha Herms

Weitere Kernanwälte:

Gernod Meinel; Jakob Degen


‘The long, close collaboration means that the law firm knows our company well and is therefore able to quickly react.’

‘Due to different focal points, clients are presented with very good options for action. The team combines knowledge that benefits our company.’

‘Jakob Degen and Gernod Meinel are colleagues we particularly value when cooperating.’

‘The team coordinates the exchange of information internally across disciplines. This simplifies our communication and also saves costs for us.’

‘Creativity in the search for practical solutions is important to us – also looking at interpersonally amicable solutions is absolutely in our interest.’


Rauch Gruppe

Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin

Kliniken Nordoberpfalz

PayFit GmbH/PayFit SAS

Labor Berlin GmbH

Omnicare Beteiligungen GmbH

Berliner Ensemble GmbH

BT Berlin Transport GmbH

BVG Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe

Doctari GmbH

Hochland SE/Hochland Deutschland GmbH

IHK Berlin

Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker

Walter de Gruyter GmbH


  • Advice and representation of Rauch Möbelwerke GmbH (RMG) on restructuring, including reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations, mass layoffs in combination with short-time work as well as advice and representation before employment agencies on the introduction of short-time work.

  • Support for the regulatory audit program of the Nordoberpfalz clinics that began as part of the restructuring, including billing and employment law compliance. In addition, litigation to terminate contracts with senior doctors.

  • Supporting PayFit GmbH/PayFit SAS in the closure of its German location, including mass layoffs and winding down of business operations.