GLEISS LUTZ

Comment: A leading employment practice which held its position in the market and remains one of the most visible outfits among German companies. Advice to the Audi and VW supervisory boards on the diesel scandal is an example of the top-class activity. Litigation for Tui in the high-profile ECJ proceedings involving codetermination in the supervisory board attracted attention nationwide. One name in particular is synonymous with this work: Dr. Christian Arnold is well on his way to becoming the team’s formative figure and, in advice to decision-making bodies, follows seamlessly in the footsteps of veteran Prof. Dr. Jobst-Hubertus Bauer. His good relationship with his namesake in the corporate team is an asset here. The fact that the practice is harvesting the fruits of a strategy completed a few years ago, where interoffice teams focus on certain issues such as deployment of external staff, is almost overshadowed. Through this, young partners like Günther are making names for themselves. The practice was not as visible in company pensions – competitors such as Freshfields or even small boutiques like Maat were singled out more frequently by market observers.
Strengths: Extensive restructuring work.
Development potential: One ongoing issue in the market is the weaker presence in Hamburg and Berlin compared to the other offices, compounded by the loss of a Berlin counsel last year. Although Lingemann is a well-known partner active at both offices, growth in staff would be an important sign for the development of younger partners.
Recommended: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Röder (“professional and quick lawyer for complex matters”, client), Dr. Martin Diller, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Baeck (“fast, precise and always have good ideas”, client on both; “respectable lawyer with outstanding knowledge”, “target-driven, competent, collegial”, competitors), Dr. Stefan Lingemann, Dr. Katrin Haußmann, Dr. Doris-Maria Schuster (“exceptionally good negotiator”, competitor), Dr. Frank Merten, Dr. Christian Arnold (“well known, reliable and good”, client), Dr. Steffen Krieger, Dr. Thomas Winzer (“superb expertise”, competitor), Dr. Jens Günther.
Practice: Extensive employment practice active for a large number of German and internationally active top-level companies. The practice is frequently involved in complex projects, specialist issues, landmark decisions and international litigation (US). Intensive lobbying work, instructor and publication activity. (10 equity partners, 7 salary partners, 2 counsel, 25 associates, 2 of counsel)
Clients: ?? VW and Audi supervisory board regarding emissions affair; Tui before ECJ concerning codetermination; Daimler on supply of temporary workers; AlzChem on planned IPO; Armira on acquisition of F24; Bayerische Rundfunk in employment status proceedings.
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