„This boutique firm, one of the leading firms in employment law, is already the biggest in terms of attorneys, but Kliemt & Vollstädt is certainly not thinking of standing still.“
Assessment: This boutique firm, one of the leading firms in employment law, is already the biggest in terms of attorneys, but Kliemt & Vollstädt is certainly not thinking of standing still“: most recently, it significantly expanded its Frankfurt location with the addition of Dr. Philipp Wiesenecker, the experienced Friedrich Graf von Westfalen partner, and an associate. In Frankfurt, competitors also particularly respect Reinhard, who is increasingly making a name for herself not only in restructuring but in consulting on occupational pension plans. In Düsseldorf too the team has continued to grow, following the return of an attorney at partner level from Mütze Korsch. The projects which kept the team on its toes were once again primarily restructurings, for example at Vodafone, Tom Tailor or Hewlett-Packard.
Strengths: Restructurings, advice for banks.
Often recommended: Prof. Dr. Michael Kliemt („knows everything and has enormous experience“, „assertive“, competitor), Dr. Oliver Vollstädt, Dr. Markus Bohnau („a good strategist“, competitor), Dr. Alexander Ulrich („fast, precise and pragmatic“, competitor), Stefan Fischer („a professional“, competitor), Martin Wörle („intelligent, imaginative lawyer“, „highly competent“, competitor), Dr. Barbara Reinhard („a lucky choice“, client; „experienced and solution-oriented negotiator“, competitor)
Practice areas of the firm: Comprehensive advice and representation of enterprises, boards, directors, supervisory boards, professional athletes, authorities and not-for-profit institutions and provider organisations on restructurings, outsourcing, in-house wage agreements, employee pension schemes and international assignment (including in particular IT) . Liability of company officers and representative bodies. (15 partners, 6 of counsel, 45 associates)
Best Lawyers 2014/Handelsblatt: Four Kliemt & Vollstädt attorneys are among the best employment lawyers in Germany
„In 2014, Best Lawyers - one of the oldest and most prestigious peer review publications for lawyers - selected four attorneys at Kliemt & Vollstädt as leading employment-law experts in Germany: Prof. Dr. Michael Kliemt, Dr. Oliver Vollstädt, Dr. Markus Bohnau und Sabine Schwarz-Holl.
For over thirty years, the renowned American publication Best Lawyers has annually identified the best lawyers worldwide in approximately sixty areas of commercial-law practice. To do this, the Best Lawyers research team interviews attorneys and legal experts to find out which attorney from another firm they would recommend to their clients if time pressures or conflicts of interest meant they could not act themselves. Germany, the list was published exclusively by Handelsblatt in its 10 June 2014 edition.“
Who’s Who Legal Germany 2014
„Kliemt & Vollstädt establishes itself as a leading firm in the field with a commendable four listings.
Founding partner Michael Kliemt is widely acknowledged as one of the jurisdiction’s „leading employment lawyers“ and advises domestic and international enterprises throughout Germany on all aspects of employment law. He specialises in labour law consultancy during large reorganizations, as well as post-merger integrations and collective agreements. Alongside him is the „superb“ Oliver Vollstädt, a „leading authority“ on German employment law, particularly in relation to the drafting and negotiation of employment contracts and redundancy schemes. Markus Bohnau is the former head of the employment law department (of Lovells) in Düsseldorf and has a „highly proficient practice“, providing advice on redundancy schemes, corporate acquisitions, outsourcing projects and works council elections. Christoph Crisolli heads the Frankfurt office and is a „go-to guy“ for all questions of individual and collective employment law. In particular he is lauded as an „impeccable consultant“ on company transactions and restructuring.“
Legal 500 Deutschland 2014
„The 'first-class' boutique Kliemt & Vollstädt, a member of Ius Laboris, cuts a convincing figure advising a large number of large, small and medium-sized enterprises in virtually all branches. The firm's large and 'very good' team specialises in the intensive and comprehensive ongoing provision of advice to clients and also in particular in restructuring instructions and international projects.“
„Particular emphasis must be given to the advice provided to Hewlett Packard on staff cuts and on spin-offs, and the firm was also instructed by the gas producer Air Liquide, which is a permanent client, in a comprehensive restructuring process in Germany. A particularly complex matter was the cross-border consultancy for Anheuser-Busch, in which the firm profited from the international network Ius Laboris. In addition, long-term clients include the Santander Bank Group, Merz Pharma, Axel Springer, the insurance company ERGO and a large number of hospital operators and public service institutions. Competitors respect in particular Michael Kliemt, Oliver Vollstädt, Christoph Crisolli and Barbara Reinhard as 'outstanding employment lawyers'.“
JUVE Directory 2013/2014
„Scarcely any other boutique firm unites within its ranks so many partners who are visible in the market and recommended as this, one of the leading employment-law firms.“
Assessment: Scarcely any other boutique firm unites within its ranks so many partners who are visible in the market and recommended as this, one of the leading employment-law firms. And so it is traditionally regarded as the firm of choice for complex restructurings, recently for example for Hewlett-Packard or Lufthansa Systems. But it is not only in this field that the firm exercises its expert knowledge, for in addition to Michael Kliemt, the name partner, who has been referred to by a competitor as the "eminence grise of employment law", attention repeatedly focuses on other partners too: Reinhard is developing more and more into a specialist on employee pension schemes; Bohnau deals with the international topics. In introducing a new training system, Kliemt is taking the next step towards steering the personnel expansion of the last years into more ordered waters.
Strengths: Restructurings, advice for banks.
Often recommended: Prof. Dr. Michael Kliemt ("very good, skilful negotiator", competitor), Dr. Oliver Vollstädt, Dr. Markus Bohnau, Dr. Alexander Ulrich ("fast, precise and pragmatic", competitor), Stefan Fischer ("calm, judicious negotiator on a high professional level", competitor), Martin Wörle ("decidedly competent and strategic support in legal proceedings", competitor), Dr. Barbara Reinhard ("very good employment lawyer", competitor)
Practice areas of the firm: Comprehensive advice and representation of enterprises, boards, directors, supervisory boards, professional athletes, authorities and not-for-profit institutions and provider organisations on restructurings, outsourcing, in-house wage agreements, employee pension schemes and international assignment (including in particular IT). Liability of company officers and representative bodies. (13 partners, 4 of counsel, 41 associates)
JUVE-Awards 2013: Kliemt & Vollstädt is the Law Firm of the Year for Employment Law
"First-class clients, a new training programme and a convincing international involvement: Kliemt & Vollstädt prepared to attack on all levels and has now impressively established itself as one of the first ports of call in employment law. It has even overtaken a number of confidently established competitors."
"What is most impressive is the new structuring of the training programme. (…) The firm now offers its up-and-coming young lawyers a new career profile which comprises not only training sessions - sometimes together with highly regarded law faculties -, but also working for periods of time at the partner law firms in the international employment-law network Ius Laboris. In this way, Kliemt & Vollstädt has steered the explosive growth of the past years into ordered waters.
In the top German restructurings such as those of Hewlett-Packard, Sal. Oppenheim or Lufthansa-Systems, Kliemt & Vollstädt is in any case one of the most visible law firms at present - and it has also intensified its networking with Ius Laboris, which was already very close, on the working level. The firm is increasingly involved in cross-border projects. This allows the lawyers other than the best-known partners like Prof. Dr. Michael Kliemt to develop their own areas of specialisation, for example in international employment law."
Legal 500 Deutschland 2012/2013
„The very highly regarded employment law boutique Kliemt & Vollstädt, member of Ius Laboris, is seen as a serious competitor of the big international law firms and has significant presence in the market.“
The firm advised Lufthansa Systems on its restructuring and Santander on the integration of SEB Retail. (…) Michael Kliemt and Oliver Vollstädt are highly regarded.“
Legal 500 EMEA and US Edition 2013
„Employment boutique Kliemt & Vollstädt, member of Ius Laboris gives „superb advice“ and has „an established market position.“
The team assists clients such as Santander Bank and Merz Pharma with restructuring (…). The highly regarded Michael Kliemt is the key figure.“
JUVE Directory 2012/2013
„This firm, one of the leading employment-law firms, presents itself in undiminished strength. (…) The team is now one of the biggest in Germany.“
Assessment: This firm, one of the leading employment-law firms, presents itself in undiminished strength. The firm suffered the loss of a Frankfurt partner who became self-employed, but it succeeded in gaining Dr. Barbara Reinhard, an aspiring Bieten Burkhardt partner. The core competence of the firm's work remains restructuring and reorganisation for a number of prominent clients from banking and also industry, which the firm can comfortably handle with its large team and the close integration of its locations. Equally closely linked with the employment-law network Ius Laboris, the company receives a large number of briefs raising international questions.
Strengths: Restructuring, advising banks.
Development possibilities: Specifically in the most recent past, K & V has had considerable staff growth; the team is now one of the biggest in Germany. (…)
Often recommended: Prof. Dr. Michael Kliemt ("professional competence of the highest degree, precise, always accessible", client; "very experienced, qualified and a skilled tactician", competitor), Dr. Oliver Vollstädt, Dr. Markus Bohnau, Dr. Alexander Ulrich, Stefan Fischer, Martin Wörle ("a very shrewd brain, pragmatic and with unerring judgement", competitor), Dr. Barbara Reinhard ("we are enthusiastic and will be remaining with her after her move", client)
Practice areas: Comprehensive advice and representation of enterprises, management boards, directors, supervisory boards, professional sportspersons, authorities and non-profit-making enterprises and provider organisations on reorganisation, outsourcing, in-house wage agreements, company pension schemes and international assignment (in particular including IT). Liability of company officers and representative bodies (…)“
Chambers Europe 2012
Sources commend this dedicated employment boutique for its tremendous knowledge of the domestic market as well as its international links, thanks to its membership of the Ius Laboris network. (…) A very successful employment firm, it is one of the strongest in Germany and offers a high level of service but without the big-firm fees.
The firm: Sources commend this dedicated employment boutique for its tremendous knowledge of the domestic market as well as its international links, thanks to its membership of the Ius Laboris network. Recent highlights include advising La Prairie on individual and collective labour law issues, as well as carrying out negotiations with the works council. (…)
Sources say: A very successful employment firm, it is one of the strongest in Germany and offers a high level of service but without the big-firm fees.
Key individuals: Founding partner Michael Kliemt draws praise for his strong work ethic and highly specialized approach: „He is an outstanding lawyer, one of the first to open a niche firm in this practice. He´s a great negotiator and also pleasant to work with.“ Sources recognise Oliver Vollstädt as a leading figure in this market and respect his enterprising spirit. As one peer enthuses, „he´s done an admirable job of building up the practice.“
Legal 500 Germany 2011/2012
„The boutique firm Kliemt & Vollstädt, member of Ius Laboris, attracts interest by reason of its strong international connections, and in addition, even in difficult times in the market, it actively advised on corporate transactions.“