Comment: This firm recommended for employment is mostly known for its strong Rhein-Ruhr connection. The market lavished praise on partners Braun (Cologne) and Schreiner (Essen), who are experienced in collective bargaining, for their work in the Metro Cash & Carry restructuring. But the established employment lawyers at other offices also had a successful year: the Berlin office was active in another precedent case with work for Deutsche Bahn concerning the effects of the Act on Collective Bargaining Agreement Unity, and Hamburg made a mark with a huge restructuring instruction. The departure of Dr. Gunnar Straube (to Göhmann), however, left the Hanover office with no partners.
Strengths: Collective bargaining and strike law; expertise concerning the healthcare/hospital sector, esp. privatization.
Development potential: One medium-term task is to make the practice as visible in other regions as it is in western Germany.
Recommended: Prof. Dr. Robert von Steinau-Steinrück, Axel Braun (“highly professional, excellent expertise, very proficient”, competitor), Michael Rinke, Stefanie Prehm, Dr. Thomas Thees, Dr. Paul Schreiner.
Practice: Broad practice focusing on advice to companies. The firm is active in litigation and project-related advice on transactions and restructuring, as well as ongoing all-round advice to large (international) companies in the capacity of an external legal department. Collective bargaining and strike law. Advice to management. (14 partners, 20 associates, 3 counsel, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Deutsche Bahn before Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) regarding collective bargaining agreement unity; DB European Railservice on ending overnight train service; Metro Cash & Carry on restructuring and in conciliation boards concerning framework pay agreement for Bavarian wholesalers; Rittal on site closures; ZTE Deutschland on redundancy plan.
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