Dr. Cornelia Marquardt leads our employment practice for Europe, Middle East and Asia. She focuses on individual employment law, works council negotiations and restructuring work.
Cornelia has extensive experience in individual and collective employment law matters. She has advised numerous national and international companies on the employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, including several cross-border deals, and in relation to restructuring, rationalisations and outsourcing projects including negotiations with works' councils and unions on social plans and tariff agreements. She also advises HR managers and managing directors of various German and international companies in their day-to-day business on all employment related law issues on an ongoing basis.
Major transactions and restructurings in which Cornelia has acted on over the recent years include the acquisition and a post-merger integration of Dresdner Allianz Bausparkasse and VVB, two German home savings bank formerly belonging to Commerzbank resp. Unicredit/Hypovereinsbank, for Wüstenrot & Würtembergische, and two Europe-wide projects for Qiagen to optimise the allocation of their personnel resources as well as various private equity deals. Further projects include the cross-border restructuring of a supplier for the semiconductor industry, the restructuring and sale of the custodian bank division of a German bank, and cost-cutting and mass dismissal procedures for a steel-working company and an international automotive supplier company.
Cornelia is recommended by leading legal directories such as Chambers Europe and Juve. For example, Chambers Europe 2014 lists Cornelia as a “notable practitioner” for employment law and quotes “impressed clients” saying “EMEA employment head Cornelia Marquardt is ‘diplomatic, clear about what our company can do and also very goal-oriented.’” She is also recognised as a leading labour and employment lawyer by the 2014 edition of the Labour & Employment Lawyers Expert Guide.
Cornelia gained her law degree in 1997 and – having spent some months as an intern at the Superior Court of San Francisco, California – was admitted as a lawyer in Germany in 1999. She finalised her doctoral thesis on employment law in 2001 and received her practical degree as a certified specialist for employment law (Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht) in 2003. She became a partner in 2005. She is fluent in German and English.
Cornelia regularly publishes articles about new employment law issues for the Arbeitsrechtsberater, a German legal magazine on employment law, and is co-author of a standard commentary on German employment law.