“Against the backdrop of globalisation, we provide internationally active businesses with tried-and-tested advice on implementing global strategies locally, ensuring simultaneous compliance with differing national regulations as well as with European and international standards.”
– Volker von Alvensleben, employment partner with DLA Piper
DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world.
Presence and experience
The DLA Piper Employment group ranks among the leading Employment teams in Germany, offering dedicated lawyers in our four German offices – Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich.
Our lawyers have many years‘ experience in all aspects of employment law, staying abreast of developments through constant training. The team in Germany is part of our global employment group, which has more than 350 dedicated lawyers around the world.
Excellence for our clients
Our clients need lawyers who understand how employment law affects their operations – wherever they are. That is why employment law is at the heart of our own offering, a key capability which we are continuously extending and developing. Our lawyers are acknowledged authorities on the full spectrum of employment issues, their longstanding practices complemented by publications and lectures.
Our clients engage us in all kinds of employment-related matters, from helping their HR departments with day-to-day work to advising on complicated transactions and urgent or challenging restructurings. We have years of experience advising on the establishment and growth of businesses, as well as on disputes with works councils or single employees. Through close cooperation with colleagues in the tax and corporate practice groups, our lawyers are perfectly placed to advise on complex legal issues, such as those that can arise in outsourcing projects or the posting of senior executives around the world.
Our clients are businesses of various sizes and from different industries, including leading international corporations and large German Mittelstand companies. We have industry-specific know-how in the following areas: retail, services, commerce, information and telecommunications, manufacturing (especially the metal and electrical industries), chemicals and the financial sector.
Our German team can call as necessary on the resources of experienced colleagues worldwide. This international cooperation enables us to offer our clients targeted legal advice anywhere and anytime, and all to the same high international standard. In DLA Piper, our international clients have a partner that understands their specific challenges and offers real local insight in all parts of the world.
With over 350 lawyers globally, the international employment team has extensive experience in handling complex, politically sensitive employment-related matters, including multi-jurisdictional collective and class actions.
Our Employment lawyers have extensive experience in advising on all issues of individual and collective employment law, including the establishment and growth of companies, and disputes with works councils and individual employees.
We advise on employment contract law issues with board members and executives, especially in companies with co-determination. We also support our clients in restructuring existing company pension schemes or introducing new forms of pension schemes and the associated liability risks. In addition, we advise on transactions and critical restructuring projects.
Our frequent and close cooperation with other practice groups, particularly in the areas of tax, corporate and restructuring, and increasingly in the areas of data protection and compliance, enables us to advise on legally complex and cross-divisional issues. In addition to our full-service approach, our clients benefit from our direct access to one of the largest networks worldwide.
Our clients include major international corporations as well as large and medium-sized companies from numerous industries.
Our key areas of advice:
1. Employment Law
- Drafting of contracts
- Termination of contract (notice of termination, termination agreements) and settlement
- Personnel deployment at home and abroad and cross-border employment
- Creation and implementation of various compensation models
- Alternative employment models including the use of external staff (temporary employment, contract for work)
- Restructuring and reorganization
- Business transfer and outsourcing
- Mass redundancies
- Employment law due diligence
- Introduction of compliance systems, support with compliance measures and regulations
- Diversity and protection against discrimination
- Executive Board Law
- Data protection issues
- Dealing with works councils and legal support
- Dealing with social partners
- Litigation and court proceedings
2. Occupational Pension Provision
- Different forms of occupational pension schemes
- Provision of pension benefits
- Effects of business transfer and outsourcing on pension benefits
- Transfer and discharge of pension commitments
- Litigation and court proceedings