Dr. André Zimmermann, a Certified Specialist for Employment Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht), heads Orrick’s German Employment Practice. With around ten years of international experience, André is well-versed in restructuring and headcount reduction, employment aspects of M&A transactions, and employment related litigation.

André works closely with our clients' in house counsel, management and human resources to ensure business-savvy and goal-oriented advice that meets the needs of our clients' industry sector and entrepreneurial culture. 

André is listed as "frequently recommended" employment law expert by JUVE Handbook of German Law Firms (2017/2018), Germany's leading lawyer ranking. Clients recommend André to JUVE as “uncomplicated" and "always refreshingly honest".

Our clients praise André's "creative and efficient style of working" and "a very practical and efficient style of providing advice", referring to him as "extremely responsive and accessible when we have urgent matters" and as "an excellent advocate in court hearings".

André advises companies on a wide range of HR legal matters, including hiring and discrimination concerns, reclassifications risks, multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment issues, HR data privacy compliance, roll out of employee handbooks and policies, performance management and terminations with a special sector focus on technology companies. Most recently, André has advised technology companies such as AppAnnie, Facebook, Flexera, GitHub, NVIDIA, Optimizely, Sabre, Sensata Technologies, Snap, Splunk, The Trade Desk and Visa on various employment matters in Germany.

A particular focus of his practice is on restructuring, outsourcing and headcount reductions. André has a long-standing experience in negotiating with works councils and unions and in restructuring measures of all kind. He is an acknowledged specialist in employing third-party personnel, especially through temporary agency work.

André is a core member of our global employment practice consisting of 70 specialized employment lawyers and world leading practices in our offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, offering the highest level of employment advice in all major jurisdictions. Our well-established teamwork across offices ensures international advice in employment law in our clients' cross-border projects. 


  • Ongoing/Day-to-Day Employment Advice

    • Facebook - Ongoing general advice in employment law
    • NASDAQ-listed California-based leading technology company - Ongoing general advice in employment law
    • World Triathlon Corporation/IRONMAN - Ongoing general advice in employment law
    • Leading academic social network - Ongoing general advice in employment law
    • NASDAQ-listed California-based leading technology company - Ongoing advice in employment law
    • NYSE-listed global IT service provider - Ongoing general advice in employment law with a focus on temporary agency work and contractor compliance
    • Various startups - Ongoing advice on all aspects of employment law including implementation of employee equity programs

    Restructuring/Outsourcing/Joint Ventures

    • World Triathlon Corporation/IRONMAN - Advice on post-acquisition restructuring
    • NASDAQ-listed leading US travel technology company - Advice on restructuring of Germany business including negotiations with works council and implementation of headcount reduction
    • NASDAQ-listed California-based technology company - Advice on restructuring of Germany business including headcount reduction
    • MDAX-listed Germany-based Koenig & Bauer AG - Advice on major intra-group restructuring including several spin-offs in order to implement a holding structure
    • NASDAQ-listed leading provider of printing technology - Advice on restructuring of Germany business
    • Leading global supplier of medical technology - Advice on restructuring of Germany business
    • Leading national IT service provider for banks - Advice on post merger reorganization
    • Leading national asset manager - Advice on outsourcing of property management


    • One of Europe's biggest hospital groups - Representation in more than 100 equal pay claims under the German Act on Temporary Agency Work before local and regional labour courts
    • Leading German bank - Advice on challenging first-time works council election and representation before local labour court
    • Leading global technology company - Post-acquisition redundancy scenario and representation before local and regional labour courts in numerous unfair dismissal claims
    • Leading global technology company - Post-merger redundancy scenario including ca 100 unfair dismissal claims before local and regional labour courts
    • Leading global technology company - Internal fraud investigation including representation in numerous unfair dismissal claims before court up to the Federal Labour Court


    • One of the Top 10 Unicorns - Advice on market entry in Germany including implementation of employment contracts and confidentiality agreements
    • Leading US technology company - Advice on restructuring in Germany and rollout of employee handbook
    • International trading corporation - Implementation of a firmwide code of conduct in Germany including data privacy requirements of whistleblower schemes


    • STEAG - Acquisition of Krantz business segment from Caverion Group
    • EQT - Sale of BackWerk to Valora
    • Ardian - Acquisition of a majority stake in  CNC technology company imes-icore
    • Hitachi Chemical - Acquisition of ISOLITE, a German thermal insulation manufacturer
    • DBAG - Acquisition of Abbelen Group, a leading German manufacturer of prepared foods
    • DBAG - Investment in radiology group
    • Ardian - Sale of Frostkrone stake to Emeram Capital
    • BIP Investment Partners and LUXEMPART - Acquisition of ARWE Group , a leading European provider of mobility services for car rental and car sharing companies
    • Fagerhult - Acquisition of WE-EF Group, a globally leading specialist in exterior lightin
    • TCV - Advised Palo Alto-based TCV on its first investment in Germany, one of Germany’s largest VC financings in 2016
    • Imagine Easy - Sale of Imagine Easy Solutions to Chegg, Inc.
    • Fagerhult - Acquisition of LED Linear GmbH
    • World Triathlon Corporation/IRONMAN - Acquisition of Lagardère Sports' endurance division