Dr. Holger Meyer

Partner, Certified Lawyer for German
Employment and Labour Law

T +49 40 27 88 537 11
F +49 40 27 88 537 21
h.meyer@schrammmeyerkuhnke.de

 

Holger Meyer completed his legal education at the Christian-Albrechts University Kiel. During his post graduate legal training (Referendariat) he worked amongst others in Kiel, Frankfurt / Main and Washington D.C. In 2003, he graduated as a doctor of law (Dr. iur) with a doctoral thesis in which he dealt with specific problems of the transfer of undertakings-legislation in Germany and Europe. He was appointed as a Certified Lawyer for German Employment and Labour Law in 2004. Holger Meyer worked from 2001 until 2010 as a lawyer in the employment, pensions and benefits practice group of the leading international law firm White & Case LLP in Hamburg, where he was appointed as a Local Partner in 2006. In 2010 he became a founding and active partner in the law firm SCHRAMM MEYER KUHNKE. Holger holds lectures and publishes in professional journals on employment law topics regularly.

Holger Meyer is recommended as a leading German employment and business lawyer since many years in numerous rankings, e.g. JUVE handbook ("proven in restructurings", "high level of professional expertise" - handbook 2016/2017), Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers, Lawyer Monthly ("Labour & Employment Lawyer of the Year - Germany 2013"), Legal 500.

 

Areas of expertise

Holger Meyer advises international and national companies in all aspects of individual and collective employment law. One of his main areas of practice is the legal and strategic preparation of restructuring and outsourcing projects as well as carrying out related negotiations of collective bargaining agreements, the reconciliation of interests and social compensation plans with labour unions and works councils, and the conclusion of transfer agreements. Furthermore, he advises clients on labour law issues in connection with the sale of companies (or parts of companies), amongst others in crisis or insolvency and in connection with the privatization of public institutions. 

 

Memberships

Member of the working group for employment and labour law of the German Lawyer's Association (Deutscher Anwaltsverein)
Member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)
Member of the Hamburg Employment Lawyers Association (Hamburger Verein für Arbeitsrecht e.V.)

 

Languages

Holger Meyer advises in German and English.

Publications

Transfer of Business in the Event of Insolveny / Transferring Restructring and Staff Reduction, in: Röger (ed.), Insolvency Labour Law, 1st ed. 2018, Publ. C.H.Beck

Chapter for Germany, in: Global Legal Insights - Employment & Labour Law, 6. Ed. 2018,Publ . Global Legal Group Ltd. (London) (with Sophie Kuske)

Chapter for Germany, in: Global Legal Insights - Employment & Labour Law, 1. Ed. 2012, Publ. Global Legal Group Ltd. (London), Page 35 et seqq. (with Michael Kuhnke)

Volunteers first? Legal and strategic aspects of voluntary leave programs in case of a staff reduction (Freiwillige vor? Rechtliche und strategische Aspekte von Freiwilligenprogrammen beim Personalabbau), NZA-RR, Page 393 et seqq., 2011 (with Hendrik Röger)

The 'core for added value' as a suitable requirement for a transfer of undertakings? (Der "Kern der Wertschöpfung" als geeigneter Anknüpfungspunkt für das Vorliegen eines Betriebsübergangs?), Entwicklungen im Arbeits- und Wirtschaftsrecht. Festgabe für Peter Kreutz zum 70. Geburtstag. Ed. Jakob Hoffmann and Claudia Schubert. Frankfurt am Main et al., Pages 91-101, 2009 (with Christian Rebel)

Possible schemes used by employers in cases of deferred compensation (Arbeitgeberseitige Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten bei der Entgeltumwandlung), Der Betrieb, Issue 28/29, Pages 1533-1539, 2009 and BetrAV, Issue 6, Pages 507-513, 2009 (with Markus Janko and Lars Hinrichs)

Co-Determination of the works council for minor spin-offs: Is size relevant? (Mitbestimmung des Betriebsrates bei Bagatellausgründungen: Auf die Größe kommt es nicht an?), BB, Page 894 et seqq., 2009 (with Hendrik Röger)

Comments on the decisions of the District Labour Court of Hamm dated 8 July 2008 ( 14 SaGa 25/08) and of the District Court of Hamburg dated 5 June 2008 (8 SaGa 1/08) regarding § 8 TzBfG (Kommentierung zu LAG Hamm, Urteil vom 8.7.2008, 14 SaGa 25/08, und LAG Hamburg vom 5.6.2008, 8 SaGa 1/08, zu § 8 TzBfG). in: Handelsblatt dated 17 September 2008, Page 23 (with Markus Janko)

Comments on the decision of the District Court of Cologne dated 11 June 2004 (12 Sa 374/04) regarding the retroactive effect of an objection to a transfer of business (Kommentierung zu LAG Köln, Urteil vom 11.6.2004, 12 Sa 374/04, zur Rückwirkung des Widerspruchs gegen einen Betriebsübergang, EWiR 2005, S. 563-564

Employees included? – New requirements in cases of a transfer of business (Arbeitnehmer inklusive? – Neue Anforderungen bei Betriebsübergängen), KU, Page 339, 2004

The elements of a transfer of business according to recent case law of the ECJ and the Federal Labor Court (Der Tatbestand des Betriebsübergangs nach der Rechtsprechung des Europäischen Gerichtshofs und des Bundesarbeitsgerichts). Dissertation, Frankfurt am Main et al., 2004

References

The publicly-known clients advised by Dr. Holger Meyer – partly during his time with another law firm – concerning employment and labour law aspects of the respective projects include:

Clinton GmbH (inter alia "Camp David") with respect to the acquisition of J.Philipp Herrenkleiderfabrik

Allianz - AMOS SE with respect to a (2nd generation) outsourcing of IT services to HP

HOCHTIEF Hamburg GmbH with respect to the spinoff of the Hamburg plant of HOCHTIEF Solutions AG including the transfer of the employees concerned

Allianz - AMOS SE (at that time: ASIC) with respect to the transfer of the Dresdner bank application business to Commerz Systems GmbH including the transfer of approx. 200 employees

Kreis Pinneberg with respect to the part privatisation of Regio-Kliniken GmbH by the sale of a majority of shares to Sana Kliniken AG

Sunfilm AG with respect to its merger with Sontor GmbH, a daughter company of Q-Cells SE

Adecco S.A. with respect to the acquisition of D.I.S. Deutscher Industrie Service AG 

Hansestadt Lübeck with respect to the reorganisation of Entsorgungsbetriebe Lübeck by public private partnership (PPP). The reorganisation contained amongst others a transfer of the business units waste disposal, street cleaning and winter services to a new company and the sale of shares in this new company to Nehlsen GmbH &. Co. KG

Nordwind Capital with respect to the acquisition of the insolvent companies Automotive Group ISE Innomotive Systems Europe GmbH and Automotive Group ISE Industries GmbH, both acquisitions connected with a far-reaching labour restructuring of the companies

Schieder-Gruppe / Advising the insolvency administrators of Europe's largest manufacturer of furniture in connection with the labour restructuring, sale and part closing of certain affiliated companies

Allianz - AMOS SE with respect to the IT outsourcing of the business units desktop, network and telecommunication services to Fujitsu Services GmbH containing the transfer of employees designated to the mentioned business units

Veolia with respect to the acquisition of Germany's second-largest disposal services company Sulo 

QSC AG with respect to the merger with Broadnet AG

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