"Gleiss Lutz’s ‘high quality and innovative’ practice remains the undisputed ‘market leader’."

Legal 500 Deutschland 2014

Employment

Gleiss Lutz has for a long time been a market leader in Germany in the area of employment law. We advise and represent companies both in Germany and internationally in all areas of individual and collective employment law. Clients benefit from our high quality standards, our unrivalled experience, and our extensive specialisation. We stand for exceptional legal advice tailored for the specific needs of the industry and for the business goals of the client.

Restructuring and reorganisation

A key strength of our practice is advising on the employment law aspects of all types of company or group restructurings and reorganisations. We provide advice and support in the transformation of enterprises. We also develop practical, tailored solutions for business transfers, outsourcings, and corporate acquisitions. Where required, we implement staff reduction programmes and the closure or relocation of production sites, and set up job creation companies together with our clients.

Litigation

In-court representation of clients is an inseparable part of our work. We protect and advance clients’ interests at all levels of the German court system, as well as before the ECJ. Cases typically include unfair dismissal proceedings initiated by individual employees, conflicts with works councils regarding the scope of co-determination rights, and disputes on the permissibility of industrial action by trade unions.

Negotiations with trade unions and works councils

Negotiating reconciliations of interest and social plans or (company) collective agreements demands profound legal knowledge and extensive experience. We are renowned for our negotiating skills, bringing practical know-how, industry knowledge and a feel for the negotiation situation to the table in critical talks with works councils or trade unions.

Working conditions

Whether clients need to introduce innovative remuneration systems or more flexible working arrangements, or require assistance with complex provisions on other working conditions, we offer solutions tailored to their specific requirements. We also draft all the relevant employment law agreements. Where subject areas are complex, we prepare legal opinions as a basis for making key decisions, providing in-depth legal assessments that are both clear and geared towards our clients’ needs.

Pensions

An important focus of our work is the structuring, closing, amendment or restriction of pension funds. We conduct test cases on the existence and amount of pension claims. In M&A transactions we perform pension-related due diligence audits and advise on the drafting of contracts. We set up, amend, and transfer contractual trust arrangements (CTA) and other forms of intracorporate insolvency protection, such as working time accounts and partial retirement credit. When necessary, we can draw on our proven networks and our strong, long-term cooperation with pension reviewers, expert pension advisors, and major German life insurance providers.

Top management

We advise both enterprises and managers on the conclusion and termination of service contracts for top managers. Both sides can benefit from our experience and negotiating skills in putting their cooperation on a sound contractual basis or ending it by means of a severance agreement.

International reach

We also advise clients on international projects. Our global network of leading local law firms enables us to cover all major jurisdictions around the world. This gives us the flexibility to put together hand-picked, multi-jurisdictional teams best suited to the task at hand. And as an independent law firm, we are free to choose local advisers based on clients’ specific requirements – ensuring consistently high-quality advice and seamless service across borders
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