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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 361

Dr. Cornelia Marquardt is an employment lawyer based in Munich.

She 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. She regularly represents our clients in all German labour courts.

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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 - 2003
    • 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
    • German mortgage bank active in national and international markets – employment advice on a variety of matters and successful representation in various labour court proceedings on dismissals and employees' claims
    • Leading global provider of securities services for institutional investors, asset managers, financial intermediaries and corporates - Advice on use of external resources
    • Care Luxembourg S.A. - Sale of Linimed Group, a leading provider of non-clinical intensive care with more than 40 locations in Germany
    • Global leader in rail technology - on joint-venture for train business with strong union participation
    • 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.
    • German insurance group - on acquisition of majority share in fintech company
    • 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 1999
    • Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht 2003
    • Wirtschaftsmediatorin 2017
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Best Lawyers: Cornelia Marquardt was included in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Germany for Labor and Employment Law
    • Chambers Europe: Recommended lawyer for employment and labour law, 2008 - 2018
    • JUVE: Recommended lawyer for German employment law, 2013 - 2018
    • 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
    • Contractual options for holiday entitlement, ArbeitsrechtsBerater, Juli 2018
    • On the German Federal Constitutional Court's recent decision on time-limited contracts, Legal Tribune Online, June 2018
    • Co-author, "Tschöpe Arbeitsrecht Handbuch", March 2017
    • Co-author, "Gesamtes Arbeitsrecht, NomosKommentar", April 2016
    • Beck Personal-Lexikon, Online edition, with quarterly updates
    • Interview on liabilities of managers, Zeit Online, 2014
    • Classical pitfalls of sick pay obligations, Haufe Online, 2014
    • Protection of data protection officers, Immobilienzeitung, 2011
    • Co-author, "AnwaltKommentar Arbeitsrecht", October 2007
    • "Freie Erfindungen im Arbeitsverhältnis", January 2002
  • Languages
    • German
    • English