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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Gunther Mävers is an “excellent immigration and global mobility lawyer” with “outstanding knowledge”, according to impressed peers.​

Questions & Answers

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 and author of numerous publications and articles, 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.

Describe your career to date. 

Having started as a labour and employment lawyer about two decades ago, I have been able to transform myself into a very experienced international employment lawyer with special expertise in corporate migration due to many clients that have trusted me and our team.

What do you enjoy most about working in the corporate immigration field?  

What I like most is the challenge of having to take several aspects of law into consideration on the one hand when facing a tight schedule, and the slowness of the authorities on the other hand. In corporate migration you do not litigate, you have to find a pragmatic solution as soon as possible. This is sometimes frustrating, but mostly exciting.

How has the market changed since you first started practising? 

Clients are nowadays even more demanding than in the past and time seems to be always of the essence, which is fine, but of course a challenge. Moreover, there is a race to the bottom in terms of pricing for high-volume clients, in which law firms should not participate in my view.

What impact has covid-19 had on your practice? 

Whereas the spread of the pandemic has stopped the entire industry all over the world, the situation in Germany has and still is very much different in a way that we are not hit as hard as many other countries. We are nevertheless facing many problems with most of the authorities having been shut down for many months and now only getting back to speed very slowly. Moreover, there are still many travel restrictions in place and only a few exceptions apply.

How has the development of EU immigration law in recent years affected your practice? 

EU law has an ongoing and increasing impact on corporate migration in Europe. For instance, the posted workers directive that has just been implemented in Germany recently provides for a more complex regulatory framework and will trigger many new questions to be solved.

How do you anticipate the corporate immigration market changing in the next five years, and how will your practice adapt to these changes? 

We do not foresee any major changes for our practice even though legal tech may play a role in the bigger firms. For us, to present a tailor-made solution to our clients worked out directly with lawyers rather than inexperienced paralegals is and is always going to be key.

What advice would you give to younger practitioners hoping to one day be in your position? 

Build your own network and try to find a niche area in which you specialise; raise your profile by publishing and speaking.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Corporate Immigration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Gunther Mävers is an “excellent immigration and global mobility lawyer” with “outstanding knowledge”, according to impressed peers.​

Biography

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.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Gunther Mävers is held in high esteem among peers, who readily endorse his impressive corporate immigration practice and first-rate counsel he provides to clients in the IT and automotive sectors.

Biography

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.

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