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Labor, Employment & Pensions Lawyers

With more than 90 employment lawyers based in Germany’s major commercial centres, we are able to offer excellent advice tailored to your specific needs.

Our clients include companies of all sizes, based both within Germany and worldwide from DAX-listed corporations to high-performing SMEs.

Clients and competitors alike agree that CMS is now “the first choice in Germany” for employment law. We pride ourselves on always remaining aware of the wider context – without losing sight of important details – and develop real-world, sustainable solutions to your legal challenges.

Always by your side, nationally and internationally

Where there are cross-border aspects, we provide one-stop international legal advice, involving international teams if required.

Our excellence clusters – specialist knowledge focused on your business

We have established excellence clusters. These clusters combine the specialist and industry knowledge relating to specific legal issues or particular practice groups and sectors as well as on individual and collective employment law aspects. This type of focus is unique within the German labor & employment law market.

What others say about us

 "None of its competitors is as active in providing high-end advice on employment law. In addition, no other firm has the manpower to work in parallel on a large number of complex projects at the same time as providing long-term advice to a high-calibre client base."
(JUVE Handbook, 2012/2013)

"CMS Hasche Sigle provides ‘great performance at a reasonable price’, and has an admirably comprehensive practice capable of acting on high-end cross-border matters as well as domestic issues."
(Legal 500, 2012)

We are strategic partners of the

The Bundesverband der Arbeitsrechtler in Unternehmen (BVAU) is an independent body representing the interests of employment lawyers. It promotes the transfer of knowledge and exchange of information, seeks to raise the profile of employment lawyers in companies and supports education and training for junior lawyers. At CMS Germany, our support for the BVAU and its objectives includes active participation in its events.

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Christopher Jordan
Dr. Christopher Jordan
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law) | Global Co-Head of Employment & Pensions Group, CMS
Germany, Cologne
Christopher Jordan advises German and international companies on all labor and employment law matters that arise in the context of restructurings, outsourcing projects and operational changes, such...
Angela Emmert
Dr. Angela Emmert
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin | Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Cologne
Angela Emmert is a widely experienced labor and employment lawyer, advising German and international clients on restructurings and business unit spin-offs, flexible staff deployment, mass...
Martina Hidalgo
Martina Hidalgo
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin | Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law) | Head of Labor, Employment & Pensions Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Munich
Martina Hidalgo specialises in labor and employment law, including corresponding social security matters. She in particular handles employment aspects of transactions and restructurings as well as...
Matthias Kappus
Dr. Matthias Kappus
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Matthias Kappus is an employment law specialist with many years of experience advising companies on employment agreements for managers, managing directors and board members, including hiring,...
Andreas Hofelich
Dr. Andreas Hofelich
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Cologne
Andreas Hofelich focuses on advising German and international companies on all aspects of occupational pension schemes. He has long-standing experience in launching, modifying and closing such...
Nina Hartmann
Dr. Nina Hartmann
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin | Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Munich
Nina Hartmann advises German and international companies on all aspects of employment and labor law. She focuses on corporate restructuring projects (including outsourcing) as well as corporate...
Björn Gaul
Prof. Dr. Björn Gaul
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Cologne
Björn Gaul has extensive experience in advising German and international companies on corporate restructurings, business outsourcings, changes of collective bargaining agreements, flexible staff ...
Björn Demuth
Dr. Björn Demuth
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt, Tax Adviser | Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht (Certified lawyer for tax law)
Germany, Stuttgart
Björn Demuth’s practice focuses on corporate compliance, succession planning and tax law. He is a tax advisor and certified tax lawyer with long-standing experience advising his clients on the Ge...
Thomas Glaesmann
Thomas Glaesmann
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Duesseldorf
Employment and labor law expert Thomas Glaesmann has special expertise advising his clients on the deployment of outside personnel as well as on the employment aspects of corporate restructurings,...
Alexander Bissels
Dr. Alexander Bissels
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Cologne
Alexander Bissels advises companies on all labor law aspects of restructurings, transfers of undertakings as well as outsourcing projects. He has special expertise in cross-border personnel...