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With more than 140 partners dedicated to employment and labour law worldwide, CMS offers clients an extensive team to handle employment and pensions issues.

Christopher Jordan in Cologne and Caroline Froger-Michon in Paris co-lead the highly integrated team, which comes into its own on matters that require the input and coordination of multiple jurisdictions.

In 2022, the global practice was further strengthened with the appointment to partner of Boris Alles in Frankfurt, Mia Kalajdžić in Zagreb, Dr Anja Naumann in Leipzig, and João Paulo Gomes in Funchal. Kalajdžić was recognised in IEL’s 2022 Tomorrow’s Leaders survey.


The team covers the breadth of employment-related matters, from advisory work through to support in disputes. Expertise includes work councils, social security issues, severance agreements and employee ownership schemes.

In the past 12 months, the team has been particularly active advising clients on the new EU Whistleblower Directive. As an add-on service, the firm is able to host independent whistleblower channels for clients. Other recent examples of the team’s prowess in advisory work includes assistance to PerkinElmer with bonus structuring and remuneration schemes, as well as global digital termination management. CMS experts from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland acted for the client, with support extending to South Africa, Turkey, and Israel, among other jurisdictions.

Another key area of recent activity has been to support clients with covid-19-related issues. The team’s prowess in this domain, and its ability to pool together multi-jurisdictional teams, was demonstrated in its advice to Korn Ferry. Partners in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands advised the global consulting firm on covid-19-related temporary unemployment, salary reductions, dismissals, and teleworking protocols.

On the contentious side, the group is regularly appointed to represent clients in disputes arising from restructuring processes, whistleblower claims, and discrimination and misconduct allegations, including those involving multiple jurisdictions.

The group is also well-versed in assisting multinationals with the employment aspects of corporate operations, including M&A, restructuring, and expansion projects. For example, the department advised Honeywell on the employment law aspects of opening its new plant in Poland. This involved a TUPE transfer and the coordination from Poland of work in another five European jurisdictions, requiring the support of partners in Austria, Croatia, France, and Switzerland.

The firm also offers an ex-pat service, comprised of employment, tax, and immigration specialists, who are able to advise on the specific issues facing foreign employees.


  • Coty Inc
  • Gucci
  • Volkswagen/Porsche
  • E.ON
  • Corning Inc

Other key names

  • Susana Afonso (Portugal)
  • Lucinda Hinxman (South Africa)
  • Enzo Canales
  • Katja van Kranenburg-Hanspians
  • Wolf Christoph (Austria)
  • Daniela Krömer (Austria)
  • Gaël Chuffart (Belgium)
  • Melanie Lane (UK)
  • Vincent Delage (France)
  • Sophie Marquet (Monaco)
  • Carsten Domke (Germany)
  • César Navarro (Spain)
  • Katarzyna Dulewicz (Poland/CEE)
  • Fabrizio Spagnolo (Italy)
  • Adriana Escobar (Colombia)
  • Catherine Taylor (UK)
  • Lakshanthi Fernando (Singapore)
  • Gabriella Ormai (Hungary)
  • Claudia Flecha (Peru)
  • Gerlind Wisskirchen (Germany)
  • Björn Gaul (Germany)
  • Alison Woods (UK)
  • Christian Gersbach (Switzerland)
  • Jeanette Yu (China)
  • Bernhard Hainz (Austria) 

Experts based in... 

Albania, Angola, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

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