Gunther Mävers
Office:
Hohenstaufenring 57
50674
City:
Cologne
Country:
Germany
Tel:
+49 221 50003 606
Fax:
+49 221 50003 636

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Dr Mävers, equity partner with michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB, registered employment law specialist and holder of a French law degree, is active in all fields of labour and employment law. Dr Mävers has accumulated considerable experience in the field of corporate immigration law and citizenship law. Having co-published one of the first commentaries dealing with business migration he is a very well-known expert also giving lectures to law firms and lawyers on a frequent basis. Dr Mävers speaks German, English and French.

What attracted you to a career specialising in corporate immigration and employment law?

I have always been interested in employment law, since my early studies at Cologne University and having spent time abroad (in France and Australia) to focus on international corporate immigration and employment law – so it was kind of logical. In particular, to work in a close collaboration with both the legal and the HR departments and their individual employees attracted me. Corporate immigration and employment law is a people business where you interact a lot with individuals rather than just reviewing files.

What is the greatest challenge currently facing corporate immigration practitioners in Germany?

The greatest challenge we currently face is probably the slowness of the authorities that cannot keep up to speed with the increasing demand from businesses to hire skilled talent from abroad.

What impact have global geopolitical issues such as Brexit and the Trump administration’s approach had on your practice?

The impact of both the decision of the UK to leave the EU and the election of Trump is huge and we can see an increasing interest of companies in investing in Germany, as well as of individuals migrating to Germany or naturalising.

How has the increasingly restrictive approach from the German government regarding local employment and immigration affected client demands?

The increasing level of regulation combined with the backlog of processing applications makes it more and more difficult for companies to sufficiently staff the projects they are working on for their clients in Germany. There is a clear trend for localisation, in terms of establishing subsidiaries in Germany and employing individuals locally on the basis of an employment contract subject to German laws and jurisdiction, as this facilitates migration to Germany. Moreover, the authorities have just started to take a closer look at the conditions of employment – in particular with regard to overtime, compensation for overtime and vacation – before consenting to grant a work permit.

How do you expect the revision of the EU Posted Workers Directive will impact corporate immigration in Germany?

The trend towards localisation is very well reflected by the recent revision of the EU Posted Workers Directive, according to which in case of assignments to Germany the local laws and applications will fully apply after 12 months (or in exceptional cases, after 18 months). Hence, it will be more difficult for companies established in another member state to bypass the local laws and regulations in case of assignments.

What advice would you give to younger practitioners looking to establish a career in the field?

The best advice I can probably give from my own experience is to focus and specialise on an area of law – and, given that global mobility is quite likely to increase, corporate migration is likely to remain a hot potato for many years. To have an employment law background is certainly not only helpful, but can also generate additional business opportunities that a practitioner solely practising corporate migration would miss.

How would you like to see your practice develop over the next five years?

We would very much like to see our practice develop further by way of organic growth, on the one hand, but also by way of collateral hires by strengthening the boutique character. We see a trend in which international corporate immigration and employment matters are not dealt with by the big firms as much as in the past, and we are ready and prepared to take over that piece of the cake.

What is your secret for success?

Looking back, to have always published a lot seems to have helped me to build a very solid knowledge of the laws and regulations in my area of practice. Moreover, to have started in a large firm environment, and to get involved in conferences on a global scale from the very beginning, certainly helped. The rest has probably been a bit of luck – being introduced to many colleagues from the corporate migration scene whom I now call friends, and chasing opportunities when they have presented themselves.

Biographies:

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Dr Mävers is equity partner with michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB, a boutique law firm with eight lawyers (and no less than six labour lawyers) based in Cologne and operating throughout Germany. Michels.pmks is well connected nationally and internationally. In cross-border cases, the firm works with carefully selected international partners that they have known personally for many years.

Dr Mävers, registered employment law specialist and holder of a French law degree, is also a founding partner of the firm. Since the beginning of his law career, he has been active in all fields of labour and employment law. Areas of specialisation include the legal assistance of international companies, especially from the Anglo-American world, in cross-border matters and all related labour law issues. Thanks to his worldwide network of independent partners, Mr Mävers also coordinates labour law matters for clients abroad, together with foreign counsel. He consults companies from, among others, the IT, leisure and automotive sectors.

Dr Mävers has accumulated considerable experience in the field of corporate immigration law and citizenship law. Having co-published one of the first commentaries dealing with business migration he is also a very well-known expert, frequently giving lectures to law firms and lawyers. He is a board member of Visalaw International, and a board and global member of the Alliance of Global Business Immigration Lawyers. He regularly speaks at sessions of the International Bar Association’s immigration and nationality law committee, where he served as chair (2015–2016). He is a council member and treasurer of the Global Employment Institute.

Dr Mävers speaks German, English and French.

WWL says: Gunther Mävers stands out as one of the foremost corporate immigration practitioners in Germany. Respondents consider him “number one” and “an important figure in the market”, praising his expert handling of complex cross-border issues.

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Dr Mävers is equity partner with michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB, a boutique law firm with eight lawyers (with no less than seven labour lawyers) based in Cologne and operating throughout Germany. michels.pmks is well connected nationally and internationally. In cross-border cases, we work with carefully selected international partners that we have known personally for many years.

Dr Mävers, registered employment law specialist, is also a founding partner of the firm. Since the beginning of his law career, he has been active in all fields of labour and employment law. Among his specialisation is the legal assistance of international companies, especially from the Anglo-American world, concerning cross-border matters with all the related labour law issues. Thanks to his worldwide network of independent partners, Mr Mävers also coordinates labour law matters labour for clients abroad together with foreign counsel. Amongst others he consults companies from the IT and automotive sectors.

Beyond that, Dr Mävers has accumulated considerable experience in the field of corporate immigration law and citizenship law. He is also a board member of Visalaw International as well as a board and global member of the Alliance of Global Business Immigration Lawyers and regularly speaks at the sessions of the immigration and nationality law committee of the International Bar Association, where he has been appointed chair.

Dr Mävers speaks German, English and French.

WWL says: Gunther Mävers is "the top name in Germany" who peers "wouldn't hesitate to recommend" for his broad international expertise and excellent client service.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration which can be purchased from our Shop.

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