Comment: This recommended employment practice provides much advice on collective employment law and pursues a similar approach to CMS: work is managed by individual, renowned partners, some of whom are broadly positioned. CMS is a big step ahead when it comes to practice management, but HKLW is enjoying success in its efforts to form specialties within the overall practice. The Cologne office, for instance, established a specialty in changes of corporate form into SEs. Hamburg offers employment related to the sport and maritime sectors; the team is involved in a major case concerning the supply of temporary workers for Lübecker Hafengesellschaft regarding the insolvent port operating association.
Strengths: Advice on the interface with ?corporate, ?insolvency and restructuring and ?distribution.
Recommended: Prof. Dr. Martin Reufels (“superb expertise, obliging and straightforward negotiating partner”, competitor), Christoph Hexel (“experienced negotiator for board and management matters”, competitor), Bernd Weller (“adept, esp. in labor-management relations law”, competitor), Astrid Wellhöner, Dr. Thorsten Leisbrock, Dr. Johan-Michel Menke, Dr. Andreas Walle (“pragmatic”, client).
Practice: Practice provides all-round and regular employment advice, litigation and project work, also transactional support. Some lawyers are active in other fields, e.g. ?distribution and ?corporate. Litigation also provided to members of decision-making bodies, management and executives. In Hamburg, specialty in employment law in the sport sector. (17 equity partners, 4 salary partners, 16 associates)
Clients: ?? 1. FSV Mainz 05 in precedent case concerning temporary contracts in professional sport; Datagroup on change of corporate form into SE; Lübecker Hafengesellschaft concerning insolvent Lübeck port operating association, incl. collective bargaining and the supply of temporary workers; RTL on restructuring; ongoing advice to German soccer league.
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