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Germany: Labour & Employment 2018

We identify 62 standout practitioners in this chapter, who have a proven track record in representing and advising management, and senior executives and partners, on all aspects of labour, employment and industrial relations law. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Björn Gaul CMS Hasche Sigle, Cologne
2. Gerlind Wisskirchen CMS Hasche Sigle, Cologne
3. Michael Kliemt Kliemt & Vollstädt, Düsseldorf
4. Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hamburg
5. Kara Preedy Pusch Wahlig Legal, Berlin

KLIEMT & VOLLSTÄDT boasts one of the foremost labour and employment teams in the country, achieving seven listings this year.
Founding partner Michael Kliemt is widely renowned as one of the leading practitioners in Germany, and is considered “up there with the very best” by market commentators.
Fellow founder Oliver Vollstädt is respected for his outstanding work on all aspects of labour and employment law including both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Barbara Reinhard enjoys “an excellent reputation” in the market, as a trusted adviser (to both international and domestic clients) who “always delivers”.
Stefan Fischer is “a very responsive and effective lawyer with a keen insight into the law” according to sources, who commend his fantastic work in relation to global mobility matters.
Markus Bohnau also gains recognition this year and wins widespread praise from international sources for his strong expertise in the field.

GLEISS LUTZ also performs well in this edition with seven impressive labour and employment practitioners recognised for their exceptional work in the space.
Martin Diller is widely respected in the market as “a pensions specialist” with a tremendous depth of expertise in the area. One peer effuses: “He is one of the leading pensions lawyers in the market.”
Doris-Maria Schuster is very well known among peers and clients alike, who highlight her adept handling of collective bargaining agreements and work council matters.
Christian Arnold focuses his first-rate practice on both collective and individual employment law, and wins high praise as a real star in the field.
Stefan Lingemann is a well-established figure in the German market, and is well versed in handling the whole gamut of employment matters from terminations to outsourcing.
Jobst-Hubertus Bauer is “exceptionally good” when it comes to negotiations with work councils and unions, an area in which he is considered a real specialist.

HEUKING KÜHN LÜER WOJTEK sees five leading lawyers noted for their expertise in the field of labour and employment law.
Wilhelm Moll stands out as “a senior name” in the market, and comes highly recommended by peers for his tremendous experience in the space.
Martin Reufels is internationally recognised as a leading light in Germany, and is highlighted for his first-class work in relation to corporate restructurings, negotiations with trade unions and collective dismissals.
Regina Glaser is highly sought after by clients who value the “fast and clear counsel” that she provides on the whole gamut of labour law matters.

We recognise four individuals from FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER in this chapter.
Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt is “a big name in restructuring matters” and stands out as one of the most prominent labour and employment practitioners in the country. One source notes, “He is a real star.”
Heinz Josef Willemsen boasts a great reputation among peers as “an outstanding lawyer”. He is frequently engaged in dealing with reorganisations, employee transfers and related litigation.
Boris Dzida stands out in the market as a top-notch lawyer, known for his excellent work handling post-M&A employment matters. 
Thomas Müller-Bonanni is also recognised among peers as an impressive practitioner with strong expertise in the area.

SCHWEIBERT LEßMANN & PARTNER sees three practitioners nominated in this chapter.
Nicole Engesser Means is highly regarded for her exceptional work handling the labour side of corporate restructurings and reorganisations, an area in which she is considered a true expert.
Ulrike Schweibert is a well-known name across the German market, and wins praise for her deep expertise in labour law matters, including outsourcing, pension schemes and restructurings.
Jochen Leßmann is an employment law specialist highlighted for the effective and insightful counsel that he delivers to both domestic and international companies.

German employment law boutique KÜTTNER RECHTSANWÄLTE also achieves three listings this year, illustrating its strong expertise in the area.
Tim Wißmann is “extremely active in labour law matters”, according to respondents, who note his particularly impressive expertise when it comes to restructurings. 
Founding partner Klaus-Dietrich Küttner is well versed in handling labour law matters relating to a wide array of corporate issues, from mergers and restructurings to dispute resolution.
Karl-Dietmar Cohnen boasts a world-class labour and employment practice which encompasses the whole gamut of related matters including reorganisations, collective bargaining and compliance.

Three individuals at CMS HASCHE SIGLE stand out in the German market as leading labour and employment specialists.
Björn Gaul boasts “a great reputation” as “an outstanding employment lawyer”, particularly when it comes to dealing with matters in the restructuring arena. One source notes: “He really knows how to deal with clients.”
Gerlind Wisskirchen is “very visible in the market” and features prominently in our research this year as one of the leading practitioners in the space. One respondent describes her as “one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with”.
Christopher Jordan impresses peers who consider him “an intelligent and engaging practitioner with a deep knowledge of German and EU law”.

Thomas Ubber is one of three lawyers from ALLEN & OVERY highlighted in this chapter. Respondents highly recommend him for his fantastic work in the field, and note that, “He is renowned as the go-to person in relation to strikes.”
Global head of the employment and benefits group Tobias Neufeld is “doing outstanding work” according to peers, focusing his top-tier practice on merger-related matters, cross-border restructurings and litigation.
Hans-Peter Loew is widely recognised for his brilliant work advising banks and financial institutions in relation to labour and employment matters. He gains particular recognition for his “substantial knowledge in remuneration cases”.

Full-service firm NOERR receives three nominations in this edition.
Stefan Tomicic is a labour law specialist, highly respected for his standout work handling collective agreements, employment contracts, pension schemes and outsourcing matters.
Hans-Christoph Schimmelpfennig and Heidi Mahr are also highlighted for their superb work in the space.

Kara Preedy at PUSCH WAHLIG LEGAL is “an excellent attorney” recognised for her impressive work handling both collective and individual labour law matters.
Tobias Pusch is a prominent name in the German market and receives plaudits for his invaluable experience dealing with corporate restructurings and M&As. 

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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