Comment: This highly recommended employment practice is among the large outfits in the market and has used the clout gained in recent years to full advantage. A number of young lawyers carved out good positions, incl. Mückl, who advised on a major restructuring case on the side of the corporate lawyers and was frequently involved in SE aspects. His appointment as equity partner underscored Noerr’s positive development. Like Latham & Watkins, Noerr changed its practice setup: the good track record in the insurance and corporate practices acted as a gateway to high-end work for corporates for the employment lawyers, as shown by work for Ergo (with Maat) and key players in the auto sector. Like CMS, the practice knows how to remain strong in stand-alone employment advice: it landed an extensive instruction on the interface with corporate rescue incl. aspects of restructuring and the supply of temporary workers.
Strengths: Expertise in the ?media and aviation sectors; advice to the Mittelstand. Restructuring.
Recommended: Dr. Hans-Christoph Schimmelpfennig (“excellent in every respect”, “objective, competent and target-oriented”, competitors), Dr. Wolfgang Schelling, Tillmann Hecht (“reliable and proficient, doesn’t shy away from complex issues”, client), Dr. Andreas Butz, Daniel Happ, Nicole Heider, Dr. Patrick Mückl (“distinguished restructuring expert, esp. for changes of corporate form”, competitor).
Practice: Focus of the broad practice is on advice (esp. to companies) on projects (incl. restructuring, outsourcing), structuring of personnel (incl. flexible wage/working-time models) and legal framework conditions (collective bargaining). Strength in data protection. To a lesser degree, advice to decision-making bodies and managers. (6 equity partners, 7 salary partners, 1 counsel, 20 associates)
Clients: ?? Ergo on cross-border restructuring; ongoing advice to Air Berlin on data protection; Dihag Holding on employment and insolvency law; software company on change of corporate form into SE; ActivumSG Capital on takeover of real estate developer.
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