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Employment and Benefits

Employment law at the highest level of quality – locally and globally

Our German Employment and Benefits team advises national and international companies on all aspects of collective labour and individual employment law. It represents clients at every level in labour courts.

In focus

Partners Dr Hans-Peter Löw, Thomas Ubber, Markulf Behrendt and counsels Dr Bettina Scharff, Sören Seidel, Peter Wehner and Boris Blunck lead a team of more than 20 employment lawyers. We have extensive expertise in company sales and acquisitions, merger and integration processes as well as restructuring and outsourcing. We are experienced in negotiation strategies of employee representatives, their legal advisors and trade unions – from reconciliation of interests or social compensation plans, to conciliation committees and major reorganisations.

Our expertise

The team specialises in collective bargaining and industrial action law, HR compliance, co-determination at company level, company remuneration policies (variable remuneration systems and employee share plans) and company pension schemes as well as conclusion and termination of employment contracts with management board members and managing directors.

We have access to specialists in key industries:

  • automotive
  • banking
  • chemical
  • healthcare
  • IT
  • logistics
  • transport
  • insurance.

National and international legal directories regularly recommend our partners as leading legal advisors in German employment law.

International Employment and Benefits practice

We offer national and international companies comprehensive and effective legal advice on cross-border employment.

We work closely with the German Employment and Benefits team and many others.  

News & insights

Publications: 24 NOVEMBER 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus and global employment law: Managing your workforce throughout the pandemic – part 3

In the third in our series of webinars, members of Allen & Overy’s Global Employment team discussed the significant issues and challenges that employers need to prioritise in relation to managing and…

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News: 18 NOVEMBER 2020

Allen & Overy advises Banco Santander on its acquisition of technological assets of Wirecard

Allen & Overy has advised Banco Santander, one of the largest banks in the world, on the acquisition of highly specialised technological assets of the European merchant payment services and processing…

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News: 03 NOVEMBER 2020

Allen & Overy advises Hg on the sale of STP Group to Bregal

Allen & Overy has advised Hg on its sale of STP Group, a leading DACH-based provider of legal tech solutions, to Bregal Unternehmerkapital. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant…

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News: 30 OCTOBER 2020

Allen & Overy advises NORD Holding on merger of AI Group with Jumpers

Allen & Overy has advised NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft mbH on the merger of AI Group, which operates 28 studios under the A.I. Fitness brand, with its existing studios portfolio…

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