IEL Elite

Hogan Lovells

Top-tier international firm



Kerstin Neighbour in Frankfurt heads up the impressive global employment law team at Hogan Lovells, which is spread across Asia and Europe, as well as Mexico, South Africa, and the US.

The team leverages its international footprint and close relationships with leading law firms in other jurisdictions to assist clients with varied multi-jurisdictional projects, from global pay equity reviews to employee transfers.

The firm has considerably strengthened its offering in the past year with the elevation to the partnership of David Baron in New York and Mary Carmen Fuertes Abascal in Mexico City.


The group is well placed to assist clients with disputes, including both litigation and arbitration proceedings. Representative work includes discrimination, harassment, and pay equity claims; unfair competition and employee solicitation disputes; and those arising from breaches of restrictive covenants.

The groups skillset in highly sensitive matters extends to supporting clients subject to audits by the authorities, as well as those undertaking internal investigations.

Advisory work for the team regularly consists of assisting with the employment aspects of M&A, joint ventures, or outsourcing processes, including multi-jurisdictional projects.

The department also offers notable expertise in labour relations, including in negotiations with unions or works councils, as well as advising on union organisation in general.

Aside from assisting clients with one-off, business-critical issues, the team also supports with more day-to-day matters – from implementing policies and codes of conduct through to modifying benefits, ensuring local compliance, and social security concerns. Pensions and health and safety matters are further areas of expertise.

In addition, experts from the team regularly run seminars and training workshops for clients.

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Experts based in...

China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

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