IEL Elite


Pre-eminent domestic boutique



The highly regarded employment boutique Kliemt.HR is headed up by Dr Michael Kliemt in Düsseldorf, who founded the firm in 2002.

Jessica Jacobi in Berlin is another key name in the team, which also operates from Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich.

As the German member of the Ius Laboris network, the firm is able to seamlessly provide a worldwide service.

Clients include multinationals and public entities, as well as employees. The department offers notable expertise in technology companies, start-ups, and financial services organisations, as well as professional sport matters.


The team regularly advises on employment due diligence and business transfers, and other issues relating to corporate transactions – including cross-border matters.

As part of this, the department boasts extensive experience in assisting with restructuring and transformation processes – from initial strategy through to post-merger support, including voluntary redundancy schemes, outsourcing, and integration and harmonisation procedures, as well as negotiations with works councils.

The firm also offers a dedicated top management practice, which can advise on the gamut of issues impacting the c-suite, from contracts and remuneration through to contentious issues.

Further areas of advice include collective bargaining and flexible collective pay agreements.

Contentious work for the team includes litigation over breaches of duty, and on related directors and officers (D&O) insurance. The team regularly represents clients before conciliation bodies and labour courts.

In addition, the group has a recognised employee-side practice, and is able to advise on data privacy issues and employee monitoring.

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