KÜTTNER

Comment: Like competitor Seitz in Cologne, this firm highly recommended for employment operates from a single office. But Küttner focuses more on national activity, with an esp. respectable track record in large restructuring projects. Such work included advice to Atlas Copco Energas, where associate Faas, who joined the boutique three years ago with Cohnen, earned his stripes. The loss of well-known associate Dr. Tilman Isenhardt to michels.pmks was thus not too painful. Küttner often advises on the employment aspects of transactions, although the corporate element is handled by firms with their own renowned employment practices.
Strengths: Restructuring projects.
Recommended: Jürgen Röller (“very competent”, competitor), Dr. Tim Wißmann, (“fast and reliable”, “superb for restructuring and company pensions”, competitors), Dr. Wolfgang Rebel, Karl-Dietmar Cohnen (“excellent and very efficient, sets the necessary priorities”, competitor), Bernd Esser, Thomas Niklas (“assertive”, competitor), Dr. Benjamin Ittmann, Thomas Faas.
Practice: Broad advice on individual and collective employment law on the side of the employer and (less frequently) works councils. Focus on the media, insurance, auto and pharma sectors. The firm is involved in strategic projects, e.g. restructuring, outsourcing. Company pensions and compliance. Advice to company management and decision-making bodies. (11 partners, 5 associates)
Clients: ?? 1&1 Versatel on restructuring in connection with integration; DHL Supply Chain Management on introducing bonus system; Francotyp Postalia on exiting employers’ association; Suez Deutschland on acquisition of incineration plant; ongoing advice to Atlas Copco Energas.
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