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Markulf Behrendt

Partner, Global Head of Employment & Benefits


Behrendt Markulf
Markulf Behrendt

Partner, Global Head of Employment & Benefits


Markulf’s combination of extensive experience in employment law, regular advice to leading B2C companies on complex proceedings, and his lecturing and speaking engagements on human resources issues, keeps him at the cutting edge of his field.

Being known for his expertise in restructuring advice and all compliance-related issues, clients value his clear advice, ability to distil complex issues down to simple elements, and providing high quality, client first service. Markulf holds several key management roles such as Global Head of Employment & Benefits and Co-head of the German Compliance Group. His long-standing client relationships include nationally as well as internationally based companies.

With more than 13 years of professional experience as an employment lawyer and over 8 years of heading the Employment & Benefits group in Hamburg, Markulf’s clients profit of his depth of expertise. Being regarded by colleagues and clients as highly pragmatic, he helps his clients through challenges, including the difficulties of company wind-ups, negotiations and restructurings. Markulf is able to outline complex legal issues easily understandable and always delivers a clean answer. He provides his clients with the opportunity to access his wide personal network which often opens unexpected business opportunities to them.

Markulf is highly valued by his clients and peers alike, being described as “an excellent employment lawyer”, “fast, unbureaucratic and solution-oriented” and “excellently networked” (Legal 500 2018).

His experience and expertise has established many long-standing client relationships, particularly with international companies where his advice deals with multiple legal jurisdictions. Markulf is also widely recognised for his lecturing on human resources issues (Wismar University) and regular publishing and speaking engagements. Clients regard him as proactive and personal.

“Understanding the client is key to a successful on-going relationship. In today’s complex global business context they need straightforward, pragmatic advice from someone who is always reachable.”

News & insights

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Publications: 20 JANUARY 2020

Pensions: what's new this week - 20 January 2020

Welcome to your weekly update from the Allen & Overy Pensions team, bringing you up to speed on the latest legal and regulatory developments in the world of occupational pensions.

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Publications: 09 OCTOBER 2019

New EU Whistleblower Directive adopted – scandals necessitated reforms

Whistleblowers have been making headlines almost every month these past years – and this follows a string of scandals such as LuxLeaks, Panama and the Paradise Papers as well as Dieselgate and Cambridge Analytica, which have exposed the limited assistance available for people seeking to expose wrongful corporate behaviour in the public interest.

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Publications: 13 JUNE 2019

ECJ ruling on working time records - practical impact for your European workforce

Employers are required to establish a system to measure their employees’ daily hours worked, the European Court of Justice (the ECJ) has said in a recent and widely-publicised ruling.

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Publications: 31 OCTOBER 2018

European Commission proposes directive to protect whistleblowers – scandals necessitate reform

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Assessor, Germany, 2005

Referendar, Germany, 2002

Published work


Comments on court rulings

  • Berlin Labour Court: Mass redundancies of ground handling staff at Tegel Airport – social plan ineffective (Comment on ruling by Berlin Labour Court dated 07/07/2015 – 13 BV 1848/15; published in German); in: Betriebs-Berater, 45.2015, pp. 2746 ff.
  • Managing directors as consumers (in collaboration with T. Neufeld; comment on ruling by German Federal Labour Court dated 19/05/2010 – 5 AZR 253/09, published in German); Betriebs-Berater, 2010, p. 2639