Tobias Neufeld is an employment lawyer with 20 years of experience in leading international law firms. He is the founder of Neufeld Recht. Beratung., an HR-specialist law firm based in Germany. The firm advises international and domestic employers on all HR and HR compliance matters, with a combined expertise in employment law, benefits and company pensions law, and employee data protection law; its offering is unique in the market.
The firm works for employers from all industries and of all sizes, from SMEs to listed companies and global conglomerates – particularly those from Germany, the UK and the US. The firm has special industry experience in banking, insurance, asset management, private equity, tech, web, life sciences and healthcare, chemical, and retail.
Tobias Neufeld has been ranked as a leading employment and benefits lawyer in Germany for several years. Feedback from peers and clients includes: “Tobias Neufeld offers outstanding expertise”; “He is a very good communicator and is extremely responsive and client-oriented”; and “Tobias Neufeld stands out for his impressive work advising clients on the labour aspects of major corporate restructurings and mergers.” Further, he is said to offer “excellent client service” and “transfer detailed legal knowledge into excellent advice”. He is credited with “significant understanding of labour law in different countries”, and he is “capable of translating international laws in a way that helps the client understand and have a perspective on the legal environment of his own country”.
Prior to founding Neufeld Recht Beratung, Tobias was a partner and global head of the market-leading employment and benefits practice (270 lawyers in 24 countries) at the international law firm Allen & Overy LLP. He also headed the Düsseldorf employment team, the German pensions practice and the German data protection practice.
A leader and innovator in employment, benefit and pensions, and data privacy law, Tobias is known for “getting things done”. He has a reputation for successfully guiding clients through challenging HR change projects, cross-border reorganisations, design of benefit plans, boardroom issues and risk mitigation/litigation cases. Being qualified as a German Rechtsanwalt, a certified employment law attorney, and a solicitor in England and Wales, his clients benefit from his vast international expertise. His data protection expertise has been certified by the IAPP, the largest privacy organisation in the world, with the advanced privacy qualifications of privacy professional for Europe (CIPP/E) and information privacy manager (CIPM). Tobias has studied law, business and computer science at Münster University, BPP Law School (London), Harvard Law School, INSEAD and UC Berkeley.
Always available for his clients, Tobias's depth of experience is reflected in several key management roles he has held, as a partner, in his career. His multinational expertise, international perspective and management experience positions Tobias to better understand his clients' businesses. He maintains a wide range of relationships that are key to the success of his client and management roles. He is known as a team player and leader, and clients often comment on his personal attention, which goes beyond the business relationship. Tobias publishes extensively in leading publications and is a highly sought after and valued speaker, facilitator and seminar leader. He is a visiting professor at WWU Münster University Law School and the International School of Management (ISM).