Comment: Four years after launching, this boutique recommended for employment is still growing. Vangard expects an upswing in Frankfurt due to Brexit and it is no secret that the firm plans to open its fifth German office here. The firm also added company pensions expertise to its Hamburg office with two new partners: Maximiliane Kempermann from michels.pmks and Tobias Berdesinski from Ruge Krömer. Competitors see such growth as strategic, although much integration and management effort is needed to maintain homogeneous quality in advice. This seems to be working so far: the team is increasingly seen on the side of firms active in corporate, e.g. in the aviation sector. Fittingly, a new client emphasized, “We appreciate firms like Vangard that specialize deliberately in employment advice. The lawyers are dynamic and think outside the box.”
Strengths: Advice to management, expertise in advising IT companies, soccer clubs.
Development potential: Competitors doubt that Vangard can profit from inbound US work via Littler Global. Large international firms such as FBD and CMS have been trying to intensify US work for some time – with limited success. Although Vangard has advised on initial instructions, esp. in data protection, it will convince its critics most effectively by expanding additional European offices.
Recommended: Dr. Stefan Röhrborn, (“vast expertise, prepared to take risks”, client; “specialist for advice to managers”, “focused, precise, clever and pleasant”, “best high-end employment lawyer”, competitors); Dr. Frauke Biester-Junker (“dynamic, pragmatic and efficient”, “quick and knowledgeable”, “extremely precise”, competitors), Dr. Thomas Griebe (“competent, experienced, innovative and a strong communicator”, “strategically and entrepreneurially minded”, competitors), Dr. Rajko Herrmann (“a breath of fresh air in employment”, “very quick and extremely knowledgeable”, “strong negotiator, exceptionally competent”, competitors), Dr. Matthias Kast (“highly experienced, quick and legally impeccable”, competitor), Dr. Sebastian Maiß (“distinguished expert, very pleasant to work with”, “dedicated employer representative”, competitors), Sebastian Juli, Dennis Lüers (“pre-eminent expertise, exceptionally solution-focused and good understanding of companies within international corporate structures”, client).
Practice: Regular advice, incl. as an outsourced HR department, project work in collective employment law, e.g. restructuring, outsourcing and staff cuts. Supply of temporary workers. Advice to managers, to a lesser extent executives. Advice on transactions and changes of corporate form into SEs. Expertise in employment law related to aviation, the maritime sector, churches and insolvency. Specialization in the IT and hospital sectors. (19 partners, 15 associates)
Clients: ?? C&A on restructuring headquarters and IT; Areva on upcoming reorganization in Germany and restructuring; Altigi on staff cuts; Sixt on supply of temporary workers.
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