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Cornelia Marquardt

Head of Employment and Labour - Europe, Middle East and Asia

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Cornelia Marquardt


T:+49 89 212148 421

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 and in relation to restructuring, rationalisations and outsourcing projects. A strong focus of her work is on negotiations with works' councils and unions.

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  • Education

    • Qualification as business mediator/Wirtschaftsmediatorin (Münchener Ausbildung zum Wirtschaftsmediator), 2016 - 2017
    • Qualification as specialist lawyer for employment and labour law, 2001 - 2002
    • Traineeship with Superior Court of California, San Francisco, 1999
    • Referendarausbildung in Regensburg, 1997 - 1999 + 2nd state exam
    • Law studies at University of Regensburg, 1992 - 1996 + 1st state exam

  • Representative experience
    • Global pharmaceutical company - on re-organisation of sales force incl. negotiation of social plan and voluntary leaver programme with works council.
    • Global engineering company - on partial closure of German manufacturing site incl. negotiation of social plan and transfer company with works council and unions.
    • Munich bank - on implementation of variable pay scheme for executive employees and new service contracts with board directors.
    • Supplier for semi-conductor industry - on cross-border restructuring and mass dismissal.
    • Steel-working company - representation in negotiations with unions on cost-cutting tariff agreement.
    • German home savings group - on acquisition and post-merger integration of German home savings banks.
    • Leading global provider of sample technologies for pharma - project-management of pan-European optimisation of allocation of personnel resources.
  • Admissions
    • rechtsanwältin
    • fachanwältin für arbeitsrecht
  • Rankings and recognitions


    • Chambers Europe: Recommended lawyer for employment and labour law, 2008 - 2016
    • JUVE: Recommended lawyer for German employment law, 2013 - 2017
    • IBC: Leading Professional of the World, 2015
    • Expert Guides: Expert for Employment & Labour in Germany, 2014
    • Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law: Leading Lawyer for Labour and Employment - Germany, 2012
  • Publications
    • Regular contributions to ArbeitsRechtsBerater, legal magazine on employment law developments in Germany
    • Co-author, "Gesamtes Arbeitsrecht, NomosKommentar", April 2016
    • Co-author, "Tschöpe Arbeitsrecht Handbuch", March 2015
    • Beck Personal-Lexikon, Online edition, since 2012 (with quarterly updates)
    • Co-author, "AnwaltKommentar Arbeitsrecht", October 2007
    • "Freie Erfindungen im Arbeitsverhältnis", January 2002
  • Languages
    • German
    • English