DLA PIPER

Comment: Staff upheaval kept this firm highly recommended in employment busy: following the moves of Michael Magotsch (to Bryan Cave), Dr. Andreas Imping (to FGvW) and others to Fieldfisher, two employment lawyers were made partners in Frankfurt and Cologne. The team focuses on certain sectors more consistently than competitors and thus boosted the quantity and quality of work. It no longer needs to fear comparison with Baker: DLA creates an impressive mix of stand-alone work – increasingly for German corporates and the internationally active Mittelstand – and a tight international and interdisciplinary network. The practice coordinated a major transfer of business for an international steel company. DLA stepped up advice on compliance aspects. The team only lags behind in terms of the market’s perception of individual partners. Nationally renowned company pensions specialist Arteaga is an exception.
Strengths: International network (pan-European, US).
Recommended: Volker von Alvensleben, Dr. Bernd Borgmann (“vast expertise, fair negotiator”, competitor), Dr. Kai Bodenstedt, Dr. Jens Kirchner (“a wealth of experience, easy to work with”, competitor), Dr. Marco Arteaga.
Practice: Extensive practice, providing advice on collective and individual employment law, projects (restructuring). Also transactional advice in cooperation with corporate lawyers. Increasingly company pensions. (6 partners, 3 counsel, 18 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Expert opinion for Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs regarding social partner model for company pensions; Qualcomm regarding JV; Millacron on corporate rescue; Sophos on global contract drafting; ongoing advice to Yello.
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