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Oliver Simon

Dr. Oliver Simon

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

CMS Hasche Sigle
Schoettlestraße 8
70597 Stuttgart
Germany
Languages German, English

Oliver Simon has extensive experience advising German and international companies on all aspects of individual and collective employment law. He often advises employers on restructurings and transactions and has special experience in negotiating with work councils and other employee representatives on, among others, works agreements, reconciliation of interests and social plans. Oliver also heads the firm’s “codetermination & SE” excellence cluster and assists companies with their strategic considerations regarding group internal restructuring measures, such as converting organisations into a Societas Europaea (SE) or cross-border mergers. His practice furthermore focusses on providing advice on the establishment and terminations of service agreements with board members and managing directors.

In 1998, he started his legal career in a corporate and M&A boutique in Stuttgart. He joined CMS in 2000 and became a partner in 2005. In 2004, he was seconded to CMS Cameron McKenna in London for a period of six months. Alongside his legal practice, Oliver lectures at Steinbeis University Berlin and is a permanent contributor to the legal journal Betriebsberater.

Headed by Oliver Simon from 2013 until 2019, our employment law practice has consistently been ranked in Band 1 of relevant publications and law firm guides, such as JUVE German Commercial Law Firms (GCLF), the annual Kanzleimonitor survey by the German Federal Association of Corporate Lawyers (BUJ), Chambers & Partners directories and The Legal 500, as well as received a number of industry awards in current years.

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"experienced, with a feel for what is possible", competitor

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2021 (GCLF)

Listed for employment law

Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2020 - Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers

Recommended for employment and labor law

Kanzleimonitor 2020, 2021

Education


  • 1998: PhD; topic: Europan Convention of Human Rights
  • 1995 - 1997: Trainee lawyer with Regional Court Stuttgart
  • 1991 - 1995: Law studies at the University of Tübingen
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Memberships


  • aba Arbeitsgemeinschaft für betriebliche Altersversorgung
  • German Bar Association’s employment law working group
  • Deutscher Arbeitsgerichtsverband
  • EELA European Employment Lawyers Association
  • IBA International Bar Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany)
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Publications


  • "Branchenzuschläge in der Zeitarbeit - ungeklärte Fragen und neue Probleme", Neue Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht (NZA) 2018, 755, Jg. 2018 (together with Dr Maximilian Koschker)
  • Co-author of the chapter: "Vergütung bei Dienstverhinderung, Vergütung bei Tod, Versorgung: Ruhegeld, Versorgung: Hinterbliebenenversorgung" in: Holthausen/Kurschat (ed.), Vertragsgestaltung für Geschäftsführer, Vorstände und Aufsichtsräte, 1st edition 2017, C.H.Beck Verlag
  • "Betriebliche Altersversorgung beim grenzüberschreitenden Betriebsübergang", in: Braun/Wisskirchen (Hrsg.), Konzernarbeitsrecht. C.H.Beck Verlag
  • "Employment & Labour Law in Germany", in: Arnold/Feldbaum/Kisgen/Faix, International Business Law, Steinbeis Edition, 2015
  • "Ständige Erreichbarkeit in der Arbeitswelt 4.0 – Flexibilität ohne Grenzen?", Lebensmittelzeitung, Heft 39/2015, p. 52
  • "Arbeiten von überall – Mobiles Arbeiten in der Arbeitswelt", Lebensmittelzeitung, Heft 36/2015, p. 66
  • "Umfassende Kündigungsbefugnis für Personalleiter", Der Betrieb (DB) 2015, p. 807 ff.
  • "Einseitige Regelungen auf dem Prüfstand - Grenzen von Jeweiligkeitsklauseln", Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht (AuA) 2015, p. 92 ff.
  • "Löcher im Fallschirm – Neue Risiken beim Fremdpersonaleinsatz", Lebensmittelzeitung, Heft 6/2015, p. 49
  • "Security-Checks sind Arbeitszeit", Lebensmittelzeitung, Heft 51/2014, S. 34
  • "Stolperfallen vermeiden - Comeback der Kurzarbeit?", Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht (AuA) 2013, p. 455 ff.
  • "Überlassungen befristet vereinbaren, Expertentipp, Personalmagazin 2013, Heft 9, p. 68
  • "Befristungsrecht in ständiger Bewegung", Rechtsessay, Human Resources Manager Heft 3/2013, p. 96 ff.
  • "Betriebsrentenanpassung im Fokus von Praxis und Öffentlichkeit", (NZA) 2013, p. 169
  • "Eine für alle": kurze Ausschlussfrist des § 15 Abs. 4 AGG gilt auch für konkurrierende Anspruchsgrundlagen, BB-Kommentar, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2012, p 3210
  • Flexibilisierung von Bonusregelungen – eine unlösbare Aufgabe?, Neue Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht (NZA) 2012, p. 1071 ff
  • Kein Anspruch eines abgelehnten Bewerbers auf Auskunft über anderweitige Besetzung der Stelle, BB-Kommentar, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2012, p. 1226 ff
  • Kündigung wegen Whistleblowing?, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2011, p. 2421 ff
  • Vergütungssysteme auf dem Prüfstand – Neue aufsichtsrechtliche Anforderungen für Banken und Versicherungen, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2011, p. 120 ff
  • Die Änderung des Betriebskonzepts bleibt ein zentrales Gestaltungsmittel zur Vermeidung eines Betriebs(teil)übergangs, Anmerkung zu BAG vom 17.12.2009 – 8 AZR 1019/08, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2010, p. 1282 ff
  • Flashmob – eine grundlegende Neujustierung des Arbeitskampfrechts?, BB-Kommentar, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2010, p. 381 ff
  • Verbandsaustritt – Ablösung eines nachwirkenden Tarifvertrags, BB-Kommentar, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2010, p. 62 ff
  • Ersatz der steuerlichen Nachteile durch den Arbeitgeber – Bochumer Verband, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2009, p. 1815 ff
  • Aktienoptionspläne – Zulässigkeit von Wartefristen und Verfallklauseln, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2009, p. 168 ff
  • Massenentlassung – Kündigungsausspruch während der Entlassungssperre, BB-Kommentar, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2009, p. 725 ff
  • Bonuszahlung bei unterbliebener Zielvereinbarung, BB-Kommentar, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2008, p. 619 ff
  • Arbeitsrechtliche Instrumente in der Finanz- und Wirtschaftskrise, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2008, p. 2795 ff
  • Freiwilligkeitsvorbehalt bei Sonderzahlungen, BB-Kommentar, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2008, p. 2465 ff
  • Abbau von Leiharbeit vor betriebsbedingten Kündigungen?, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2007, p. 2454 ff
  • AGG: Haftung des Arbeitgebers bei Benachteiligungen durch Beschäftigte und Dritte, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2007, p. 1782 ff
  • Tarifpluralität - Abschied vom Grundsatz der Tarifeinheit?, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2006, p. 1852 ff
  • Die Freistellung von der Arbeitspflicht - neue Risiken und Nebenwirkungen, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2005, p. 2462 ff
  • Ablösung und Bestandsschutz von Altersversorgungsregelungen beim Betriebsübergang, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2003, p. 2510 ff
  • Wahlberechtigung und Ermittlung der Betriebsratsgröße, Neue Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht (NZA) 2002, p. 365 ff
  • Flexible Bonusregelungen im Arbeitsvertrag, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2002, p. 1807 ff
  • Betriebsvereinbarungen zur E-Mail-, Internet- und Intranet-Nutzung, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2001, p. 1950 ff
  • Neue Regelungen zur Teilzeitarbeit, BetriebsBerater (BB) 2001, p. 146 ff
  • Die neue Elternzeit, Neue Juristische Wochenschrift (NJW) 2001, p. 258 ff
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Lectures list


  • "Employment Law Update", event at the Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce, 29.09.2020
  • "Current topics and decisions in employment law", BPM Coaching Day, Stuttgart, 29.01.2020 (together with Valerie Grothe)
  • Employment law update - an overview of current legislation and case law, Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce, 24.09.2019 (together with Dr Tilmann Restle)
  • "Current employment law", BPM Coaching Day, Bundesverband der Personalmanager e.V. (BPM), 08.02.2019"New developments in employment law", Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce, 21.03.2018
  • "German Enhancement of Company Pensions Act" - a Curse or a Blessing for the Employer", Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce, 19.02.2018
  • "The latest developments in employment law – An overview of current legislation and case law", Bundesverband der Personalmanager e.V. (BPM), Stuttgart, 24.01.2018
  • "New developments in employment law", Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce, 21.03.2018
  • "Employment law – What to watch in 2017", Bundesverband der Personalmanager e.V. (BPM), Stuttgart, 25.01.2017
  • "Using external staff – New developments on hiring out temporary staff and contracts for works and services", Württ. Verwaltungs- und Wirtschaftsakademie (VWA), Stuttgart, 19.11.2016
  • "Update from Brussels and Luxembourg, Bundesverband der Arbeitsrechtler in Unternehmen e.V. (BVAU), Frankfurt/M., 14.11.2016
  • "Outlook on employment law 2016", HR Contrast, Offenburg, 26.01.2016
  • "Employment law – What to watch in 2016", Bundesverband der Personalmanager e.V. (BPM), Stuttgart, 19.01.2016
  • "The German Minimum Wage Act – Risks to companies and reducing liability", Stuttgart Chamber of Industry and Commerce, 14.12.2015
  • "Outlook on employment law 2016", HR Fitness Club, Stuttgart, 25.11.2015
  • "The minimum wage: Meeting the compliance challenge", BUJ Compliance-Summit, Frankfurt/M., 08.10.2015
  • "Minimum Wage Act", Stuttgart Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Stuttgart, 23.02.2015
  • "Hot topics in employment law: Using hired-out staff, minimum wage and more", Bundesverband der Personalmanager e.V. (BPM), Stuttgart, 28.01.2015
  • "Minimum wage in practice, general conditions and pitfalls", Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Ulm, 12.01.2015
  • "Agenda 2014 – the Grand Coalition's new plans for employment law", 13th CMS Employment Law Congress, Frankfurt, 03.06.2014
  • "Focus on deploying outsourced staff - temporary employment and contracts for work and services", Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung e.V. (DGFP), Düsseldorf, 07.05.2014
  • "The right way to deal with the external workforce - how to avoid mistakes in practice", SOLCOM Unternehmensberatung GmbH, Stuttgart, 10.04.2014
  • "Commercial lawyers committee - the Grand Coalition's new plans for employment law", Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce, 02.04.2014
  • "Focus on temporary employment and contract for works and services", Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce, 26.03.2014
  • "Temporary work, contract for work and services and Co. - deploying external staff in a legally secure way", Stuttgart Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Stuttgart, 29.10.2013
  • "Amending and adapting pensions commitments of modified framework conditions: employment law pitfalls", Uhlmann, Luedwig & Menzel, Hamburg, 25.09.2013
  • "2013 update on employment law", AUREN Personal Services, Stuttgart, 17.01.2013
  • "Internal investigations - employment law challenges", Compliance Roadshow, CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart, 09.10.2012
  • "Employment law aspects when hiring employees", Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung (DGFP), Stuttgart, 04.10.2012
  • "Changes in employment law - fixed-term contracts, labour leasing, termination...", Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Ulm, 02.10.2012
  • "2012 update on employment law", AUREN Personal Services, Stuttgart, 26.01.2012
  • Lecturer in employment law at Steinbeis Hochschule Berlin for the Executive MBA course of study and for the St. Galler Management Seminar

This is just a selection of lectures held by Dr Simon. If you require a full list of lectures please contact him.

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06/01/2020
CMS ad­vises HUBER Pack­aging Group on sale to Envases Group
Stut­tgart – Envases Europe A/S (Den­mark), which is a mem­ber of the Envases Uni­ver­sales Group, a lead­ing glob­al man­u­fac­turer of con­sumer goods pack­aging, has agreed to ac­quire HUBER Pack­aging Group GmbH.A...
04/12/2020
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Stut­tgart – ter­ranets bw GmbH has ac­quired re­gion­al gas trans­mis­sion op­er­at­or Gas-Uni­on Trans­port GmbH. This move will al­low ter­ranets bw to ex­pand its trans­mis­sion net­work from south­ern Ger­many to...
05/11/2020
CMS ad­vises Mod­ine on sale of the li­quid-cooled por­tion of its auto­mot­ive...
Stut­tgart – Mod­ine Man­u­fac­tur­ing Com­pany, a pub­licly lis­ted di­ver­si­fied glob­al lead­er in thermal man­age­ment tech­no­logy and solu­tions based in Ra­cine, Wis­con­sin, USA, has an­nounced that it has signed...
17/08/2020
CMS ad­vises pack­aging spe­cial­ist Syn­t­e­gon Tech­no­logy on sale of Vi­ersen...
Stut­tgart – Syn­t­e­gon Tech­no­logy GmbH (formerly Bosch Pack­aging Tech­no­logy GmbH) is selling its loc­a­tion in Vi­ersen and most of its product port­fo­lio to Rotzinger Group AG, which is based in Kais­eraugst...
27/07/2020
CMS ad­vises real es­tate ser­vice pro­vider Savills on ac­quis­i­tion of prop­erty...
Stut­tgart – Real es­tate ser­vice com­pany Savills has ac­quired prop­erty and fa­cil­it­ies man­age­ment com­pan­ies OMEGA Im­mob­i­li­en Man­age­ment GmbH and OMEGA Im­mob­i­li­en Ser­vice GmbH. Savills is us­ing the ac­quis­i­tion...
02/03/2020
CMS ad­vises tex­tile ma­chine man­u­fac­turer Stoll on sale to Karl May­er Group
Stut­tgart – Re­ut­lingen-based tex­tile ma­chine man­u­fac­turer STOLL is be­ing sold to the Karl May­er Group. The Karl May­er Group is seek­ing to ac­quire the Stoll Group’s op­er­a­tion­al busi­ness, in­clud­ing...
18/12/2019
CMS ad­vises Schuler on sale of Body Pan­el busi­ness unit to Ac­cur­sia Cap­it­al...
Stut­tgart – Schuler Pressen GmbH has sold its Body Pan­el busi­ness unit to a con­sor­ti­um com­pris­ing private equity firms Ac­cur­sia Cap­it­al and Nav­ig­at­or Cap­it­al as part of an as­set deal. The busi­ness unit...
15 November 2019
CMS ad­vised ABB on the ac­quis­i­tion of Cas­santec Ltd
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05/12/2018
Circle Me­dia Group re­lies on CMS again for ac­quis­i­tion of Körner Druck...
Stut­tgart – Circle Me­dia Group, a lead­ing European print and me­dia com­pany, has ac­quired the op­er­a­tions of Ger­man print­er Körner Druck GmbH & Co. after reach­ing an agree­ment with the Heer Me­dia Group...
26/02/2018
CMS ad­vises VTB Group on the mer­ger of its European op­er­a­tions un­der a...
Frank­furt/Main - On Decem­ber 29, 2017, VTB Group com­pleted the re­align­ment of its European op­er­a­tions. VTB Bank (Europe) SE was es­tab­lished through the cross-bor­der mer­ger of VTB Bank (Aus­tria) AG in­to...
11/09/2017
CMS ad­vises on sale of An­dretta Fruch­tim­port GmbH
Stut­tgart – The Gemüser­ing Group is tak­ing a stake in An­dretta Fruch­tim­port GmbH, primar­ily with the aim of strength­en­ing its fruit and trop­ic­al fruit product areas at its loc­a­tion in Stut­tgart...
21/06/2017
CMS ad­vises on cor­por­ate suc­ces­sion at Karl Reichen­bach GmbH
Stut­tgart – CMS has ad­vised the Wüst-Reichen­bach fam­ily on the sale of a ma­jor­ity stake in Karl Reichen­bach GmbH to private equity firm Lampe Privat­in­vest. In ad­di­tion to Lampe Privat­in­vest, shares...