Raue provides advice in all fields of labour and employment law. Our litigation practice, which is active throughout Germany, complements our advisory group. Our clients are German and international enterprises that are listed on the stock exchange, medium-sized companies, employers governed by public law, as well as churches and associations.

Focus areas

  • Structuring contracts and variable remuneration models for members of management boards, managing directors, executives, and employees
  • Company pension plans (designing and structuring benefit plans, litigation)
  • Introduction and modification of compensation structures and working hours schemes
  • Restructuring measures and plant closures, including the negotiation of reconciliation of interests and social compensation plans or social wage agreements
  • Contract termination, both for individuals and in cases of mass dismissals
  • Public sector labour law matters (collective agreements for civil servants, public sector pensions)
  • Employee data protection and Compliance
  • International labour law and social security law, in particular with respect to secondments
  • Employee profit sharing plans (e.g. SOP, VSOP, profit-participation certificates, etc.)

Rankings

  • TOP Law Firm Employment 2019, WirtschaftsWoche 23/2019
  • Recommended for Labour and Employment Law, JUVE Handbook 2019/2020
  • Recommended for Labour and Employment Law, JUVE Handbook 2018/2019
  • Recommended law firm for Labour and Employment Law, JUVE Handbook 2017/2018
  • ”Collective bargaining and labor-management relations law: both fields in which Raue has long enjoyed an excellent reputation”, JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017
  • “Best known for its expertise in corporate co-determination law and its litigation capabilities.“ Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • Recommended for Employment in Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • ”Among the most visible and renowned names in Berlin”, JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2016

References

  • Successful implementation of plant closures for a manufacturer of electronic components (in 2012), for a kitchen manufacturer (in 2012/2013), and for an online service provider (in 2014), in each case accompanied by negotiations of agreements as to the reconciliation of interests and social compensation plans, the transfer of employees to a transfer company, and negotiations with the IG Metall metalworkers’ union on the conclusion of collectively bargained agreements – a company agreement and a social wage agreement.
  • Advice on the shut-down of two gas-fired power plants, including negotiations for the reconciliation of interests and a social compensation plan (2012-2014)
  • Advice on and successful implementation of the transfer of more than 800 employees from subsidiaries to a corporate holding company, respectively to sister companies, including a change of the wage scheme (2012-2014); litigation due to deviations from church labor law
  • Germany-wide lawsuits regarding unfair dismissals after an operational change during insolvency proceedings of a network services company; actions brought for damages suffered from the premature termination of employment pursuant to Section 113, sentence 3, of the InsO (Insolvency Statute) (2013-2015)
  • Advising a company pension fund on restructuring its benefits plan in order to limit the future vested pension rights under the company pension plan, conversion of the pension plan to a purely defined contribution plan with congruent reinsurance coverage, negotiations with unions and the works council
  • Modification of the shift system for the workshops of a public transportion company (2014-2015)