Dr Gunther 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 who also frequently gives lectures to law firms and lawyers. Dr Mävers speaks German, English and French.
What inspired you to pursue a legal career?
Having always loved language and thinking in a structured manner, with a great interest in politics and public interest, studying law was sort of logical to me. Since I like to work with others, focusing first on labour and employment law and then on global mobility was my first choice. Last but not least, I very much like the diversity of matters and the challenge of dealing with different kinds of matters for various clients at the same time.
What did you find most challenging about entering the field of corporate immigration law?
The complexity. When dealing with corporate immigration law matters, having a profound knowledge of corporate immigration law is only a starting point. In addition, one needs to know how these laws and regulations are applied in practice by the authorities. Moreover, being at least aware of the tax and social security consequences is required. Finally, time is always of the essence and you have to deal with the company and the assignee, both of them having high expectations.
How does your work as a lecturer and author enhance your work in private practice?
Every time I write an article or contribute to a book and every time I teach – be it to clients or other lawyers – I learn. I learn from preparing myself by updating my knowledge, but more importantly I learn from the questions asked by the audience and the discussion and interaction we have.
What qualities make for an effective immigration lawyer?
Knowledge of the laws and practice, together with fluency in English, flexibility and efficiency by always being on the lookout for pragmatic solutions is key to an effective immigration lawyer in my view.
What steps do the German immigration authorities need to take to ensure that processes are quicker and more effective in addressing the demand of businesses for skilled talent from abroad?
German authorities could certainly work on streamlining their processing in order to facilitate and accelerate the process. They could make better use of digitalisation and should consider the processing of the file a service they render to the community, businesses being desperately in need of talent to face the demographic development.
How has technology shaped the field of immigration law since you started practising?
Actually not much in my field of expertise and practice since we are not working on high-volume matters.
What is the best piece of career advice you have received?
When I was a junior lawyer I got an invite to attend the 2nd Biennial Global Immigration Conference in London and not being sure whether I would go, I asked the partner in charge at the time who immediately approved my participation. This was the start of building my network; hence, to build a network is probably the best piece of career advice I can give.
Gunther Mävers is an “excellent immigration and global mobility lawyer” with “outstanding knowledge”, according to impressed peers.
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.