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Carsten Domke, LL.M., Maître en Droit

Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)

CMS Hasche Sigle
Neue Mainzer Straße 2–4
60311 Frankfurt
Languages German, English, French

Carsten Domke advises German and multinational companies on restructuring and outsourcing projects and negotiates collective bargaining agreements, reconciliations of interests and redundancy programmes. He is experienced in shaping – and cancelling – manager service agreements and he has special expertise in all matters related to the protection of employee’s personal data in groups including the international aspects involved, in particular in the context of transferring data to India and the USA. Carsten Domke is specialised in setting up international compliance programmes, implementing whistleblower systems and integrated production systems as well as stock option plans.

Carsten joined CMS in 2005. Prior to that, he worked with two business law firms (in Paris and Cologne) as well as with the Federal Law Society and the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union, both based in Brussels.

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Memberships & Roles

  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • IPBA
  • Association of German and French Lawyers
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  • Betriebsstilllegung oder Betriebsverlegung?, Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht im Unternehmen (ZAU) 2022, 610
  • "Ist der Kündigungsschutz des AGG strenger als der des KSchG?", DB 05 2016, p. 297-298
  • "La prudente réforme du droit du travail français", ParisBerlinmag., Januar 2016
  • "Konzernarbeitsrecht", Kapitel "Arbeits- und Dienstverhältnisse im internationalen Konzern", Unterabschnitte "Anwendbares Recht und "Gerichtsstand", Beck Verlag; 2015
  • "Bonusregelung und Freiwilligkeitsvorbehalt – wie passt das zusammen?", DB 2015, p. 1352-1353
  • "Social Media in Germany", Keller/Darby (BNA/ABA Social Media Chapter); 2015
  • Die Grenzen der "Mitarbeitgeberschaft", ParisBerlinmag, September 2014
  • "Gesetz zur Regelung der Tarifeinheit", CMS Handelsblatt, März 2014
  • "CMS Guide to Data Privacy", CMS, Juli 2013
  • Ein Update - Social Media am Arbeitsplatz, AuA 2/13
  • World Law Group Global Guide to Whistleblowing Programs, Juni 2012
  • Arbeitnehmerdatenschutz - Neuer Koalitionsentwurf kommt in Bewegung, HR-Szene, Ausgabe Mai 2012
  • Social Media-Leitfaden für Arbeitgeber, HR-Szene, Ausgabe 07/2011
  • Arbeitszeiten in Zeiten von Mobile Devices, HR-Szene, Ausgabe 05/2011
  • Transfer of Untertaking Against Employment Contract Terminations in German Law Apply When Transferring Entity Is Outside of EU Just As They Do When Both Entities Are Inside EU, Courts Holds, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Issue August 2011
  • Social Media Policies, HR-Szene Newsletter, Ausgabe 04/11 Sept. 2011, p. 3
  • Entscheidung des BAG zur Tariffähigkeit der CGZP: Nüchterne Bewertung statt Panikmache, ArbR 6 2011, p. 136-139
  • BlackBerry & Co.: Was ist heute Arbeitszeit?, DB 37 2010, p. 2052-2055
  • Amendments to Stock Corporation Act Regarding Supervisory Board Members? Compensation Codifies Existing Practices", ABA Newsletter October 2009
  • Kommentar zum BAG Beschluss "Videoüberwachung im Betrieb" (1 ABR 16/07), BB 50 2008, p. 2752
  • Japanische Produktionsmethoden: Kaizen, Kanban & Co. im Lichte der betrieblichen Mitbestimmung, BB 17 2008, p. 890-896
  • Dossiers Internationaux, Allemagne, Droit Social, Editions Francis Lefebvre 2007
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Lectures list

  • CMS Webinar on ECJ Safe Harbor Decision, December 2015
  • CMS Compliance Roadshow, October 2015
  • HR Fitnessclub: Target Agreements, September 2015
  • Inhouseseminar Labor Relations, Hamburg, August 2015
  • 14. CMS Arbeitsrechtskongress, Minimum Wages & Co. - Influence by French Law, June 2015
  • 25 anniversary German-French University program Köln/Paris 1: Paneldiscussion "La protection des droits de l'Homme au sein de l'Union Européenne" in Sorbonne, Paris, May 2015
  • "International and Multinational Organizations Using Social Media", ABA, National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law, March 2015
  • Inhouseseminar: Labor Relations, November 2014
  • Seminar "Practice of collective labor law", Siegen University, June 2014
  • CMS Arbeitsrechtskongress "Negotiating the Implementation of new IT systems with the works council", June 2014
  • Moderation "Media under the rule of law"
  • Inhouseseminar: "Labor law for executives", December 2013
  • "The Right to Privacy is Dead - Or is it? Social Media use from a global perspective", ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law, April 2013, Berkeley/California
  • "Social Media Seminar" Bundesverband Druck und Medien, November 2012, Frankfurt
  • "Works constitution act in practice", TAW Seminar, May 2012, Berlin
  • "Use of electronically stored information in trial", ABA Tech Committee, April 2012, New York
  • "What Do You Mean I'm Too Old for Cirque du Soleil? Age Discrimination Around the Globe", ABA Midwinter Meeting, March 2012, Las Vegas
  • "Toolkit for successful due diligence investigations", Vorträge AIJA, Oktober 2011, Paris
  • "Arbeitsrecht labor law - Social Media", v. Rundstedt, Juni 2011, Wirtschaftsclub Düsseldorf
  • "Background Checks in Germany", ABA Tech Committee, April 2011, New York
  • "International Privacy Issues: Technology is Not Always Your Best Friend", ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, April 2011, New Orleans
  • "Legal Consequences of Misclassifying Employees, Independent Contractors and Others", ABA Section of International Law 2010 Fall Meeting, November 2010, Paris
  • "Code of Ethics and Compliance for employees", Inhouse Seminar, October 2010, Rheinsberg / September 2010, Düsseldorf
  • "Dealing with Low Performers", v. Rundstedt, Juni 2010, Wirtschaftsclub Düsseldorf
  • "International E-Discovery", ABA Technology in the Practice & Workplace Committee, Mid Year Meeting, April 2010, New York University School of Law, New York
  • "The transparent employee - about the fine line between data privacy and a monitoring scandal", Inhouse Seminar, CMS Hasche Sigle, December 2009, Cologne
  • "Human Resources & Employee Relations - In Context of Global Competitiveness", Indian Chamber of Commerce, CII, December 2009, New Delhi
  • "European Employment Law Update" Falconbury Seminar, December 2009, London
  • "The stony path overseas: legal requirements for working in Europe and the actual arrangements for the secondment in the home country" AIJA / ABA Conference, June 2009, Hamburg
  • "International Dataprotection Congress", GDD-Fachtagung, April 2009, Berlin
  • "Investing in Germany: Labor", German Equity Forum, November 2008, Frankfurt
  • "Trade Secrets in Employment Relationships", ABA CLE Conference, September 2008, Denver
  • "Managing Expats Abroad – Transborder Data Privacy", OGLETREE Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar, May 2008, New Orleans
  • "Europeanizing U.S. Labor and Employment Law", U.S. Chamber of Commerce, May 2008, Washington
  • "Workplace monitoring in Europe", ABA Tech Committee Conference, May 2008, Chicago
  • "Whistleblowing and data protection" vbw - Vereinigung der Bayerischen Wirtschaft e.V., 2006, Munich
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  • Maîtrise en droit at Université de Paris I and Magister Legum Cologne-Paris (LL.M. Köln-Paris)
  • Law studies at Cologne University, Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and Berlin’s Humboldt University
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CMS advises Silver Investment Partners on setting up COHEMI Group
Frankfurt/Main – Consulting firms SIRIUS Consulting & Training, Acuroc Solutions and IQ Solutions have joined forces and will operate as members of the COHEMI Group going forward. The newly formed group will focus on IT, process and organisational consulting services. The aim is to jointly leverage the growth opportunities in the market and create economies of scale at group level. The planned growth will be supported by an investment from Silver Investment Partners (SIP), an independent equity finance investor specialising in medium-sized companies. The existing management of all three companies will remain both operationally and financially involved.A CMS team headed by lead partner Dr Peter Polke advised SIP on all legal aspects of acquisitions made in connection with structuring and expanding the majority stake in the COHEMI Group. Dr Peter Polke previously advised SIP during his time at King & Wood Mallesons. The private equity specialist moved from KWM to CMS with effect from 1 January 2024 and is now reinforcing the private equity practice at CMS. Based in Königstein im Taunus, SIP is an independent equity finance investor for medium-sized companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As an entrepreneurial, experienced and trusted partner, Silver Investment Partners takes majority and minority stakes in companies with revenues of between EUR 5 and 100 million, with a focus on companies in the EUR 10 to 50 million range. The COHEMI Group comprises SIRIUS Consulting & Training GmbH, Acuroc Solutions GmbH and IQ Solutions GmbH. Their operational businesses currently employ almost 100 consultants across four locations in Germany, with the headquarters in Frankfurt am Main. The consulting group’s main focus at present is on IT governance, IT project management, (IT) service management, change management, asset strategy & performance management, data management and software asset and license management. The group intends to steadily expand its portfolio by pursuing a long-term buy-and-build strategy. CMS Germany Dr Peter Polke, Lead Partner Dr Dirk Baukholt, Principal Counsel Hanno Brandt, Senior Associate Julian Buhr, Legal Coordinator, all Corporate/M&A Carsten Domke, Partner Jonas Hötzel, Associate, both Labor, Employment & Pensions Philipp Lotze, Partner Theresa Lenger, Senior Associate, both IP/IT Stefan Lehr, Partner, RegulatoryPress Con­tact presse@cms-hs. com
CMS advises Supervisory Board of SÜSS MicroTec SE
Frankfurt/Main – A CMS team has provided the Supervisory Board of SÜSS MicroTec SE with comprehensive legal advice around the wish by CEO Dr Götz Bendele to take time out in order to care for a family...
EU Directive 2019/1152 on transparent and predictable working conditions...
Current status of the implementation by member states The adoption of EU Directive 2019/1152 on transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union extends the obligations of employers...
Current status of the implementation of EU Directive 2019/1152 by member...
28 October 2022 The EU Directive 2019/1152 on transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union substantially extends the obligations of employers to provide information on the essential aspects of their relationship with employees. Implementation of the relevant requirements into national law was due by 31 July 2022. As a result, changes in employment law practices are expected in the near future. The following is an overview of the status of im­ple­ment­a­tion in EU member states, which is being updated on an ongoing basis:
HR management of COVID: have our neighbours been more creative?
A year on from the shutdown of the global economy, we thought it would be interesting to examine the solutions adopted by our European neighbours to manage an unprecedented crisis. Our roundup begins...
CMS advises US elec­tro­tech­no­logy company AMETEK on the takeover of the...
Frankfurt/Main – AMETEK, a leading worldwide provider of electronic measuring instruments and elec­tromech­an­ic­al devices, has taken over the entire business of EGS Auto­mat­is­ier­ung­s­tech­nik GmbH.A CMS...
CMS accompanies listed French electrical power and advanced materials group...
Stuttgart – Electrical power and advanced materials group Mersen SA, listed on Euronext in Paris, has signed a binding agreement to acquire family-owned GAB Neumann GmbH. All parties involved have agreed...
CMS advises Evago Group shareholders on investment by KKA Partners
Stuttgart – Evago Holding GmbH, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of temporary infrastructure, has gained Berlin-based investor KKA Partners as a strategic partner.A CMS team headed...
CJEU decision tightens working time regulations
EU employers must now keep detailed records of their employees’ working hours, following a recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). National lawmakers face the challenge of...
CMS advises US elec­tro­tech­no­logy company AMETEK on acquisition of camera...
Frankfurt/Main – the listed American AMETEK, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of electronic measuring instruments and elec­tromech­an­ic­al devices, has acquired all shares in Motec GmbH, a leading provider...
International CMS team advises PREMIUM Equity Partners on majority stake...
Stuttgart – Funds advised by PREMIUM Equity Partners have taken a majority stake in the CLARUS Films Group, which is headquartered in Dietzenbach near Frankfurt. The seller is PINOVA Capital, a private...
CMS International HR Gathering - Amsterdam
We are delighted to invite you to our International CMS HR Gathering in Amsterdam on 14 June 2018!  Tech­no­lo­gic­al developments have presented legislators and employers with a big dilemma about the permanent...