Dr. André Zimmermann, LL.M.

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Düsseldorf, München

Dr. André Zimmermann, a Certified Specialist for Employment Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht), heads Orrick’s German Employment Practice. With well more than ten years of international experience, André is well-versed in restructuring and headcount reduction, employment aspects of M&A transactions and employment related litigation with a sector focus on technology companies and multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment law issues.

André is listed as "frequently recommended" employment law expert by JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms, editions 2017/2018, 2018/19 and 2019/2020, Germany's leading lawyer ranking, and has been ranked as top employment lawyer by renown German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche 2019. Clients recommend André to JUVE as “straight shooter" 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 with a special sector focus on technology companies, including hiring and discrimination concerns, misclassification, multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment issues, HR data privacy compliance, roll out of employee handbooks and policies, performance management and terminations.  Having long-standing experience in negotiating with works councils and unions in restructuring measures of all kind, a special focus of André's practice is on restructuring, outsourcing and headcount reductions. He is an acknowledged specialist in employing third-party personnel, especially through temporary agency work.

André has thorough knowledge of and genuine passion for the tech industry. Most recently, he has advised leading multinational technology companies such as Pinterest, Flexera, GitHub, Nvidia, Optimizely, Sabre and Splunk on various employment matters.

André is a core member of our global employment law practice consisting of 80 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 Law Advice

    • NASDAQ-listed California-based leading technology company - Ongoing general advice in employment law
    • NASDAQ-listed leading US travel technology company - Ongoing general advice in employment law
    • World Triathlon Corporation/IRONMAN - Ongoing general advice in employment law
    • Leading social network - Ongoing general 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 and early stage technology companies - Ongoing general advice in employment law


    • 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 restructurings 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 labor courts
    • Leading German bank - Advice on challenging first-time works council election and representation before local labor court
    • Leading global technology company - Post-acquisition redundancy scenario and representation before local and regional labor courts in numerous unfair dismissal claims
    • Leading global technology company - Post-merger redundancy scenario including ca 100 unfair dismissal claims before local and regional labor courts
    • Laeding German retailer - Advice  on challenging first-time works council election and strikes
    • Leading global technology company - Internal fraud investigation including representation in numerous unfair dismissal claims before court up to the Federal Labor 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 rollout of employee handbook
    • International trading corporation - Implementation of a firmwide code of conduct in Germany including data privacy requirements of whistleblower schemes


    • VR Equitypartner - Acquisition of a majority share in Auto-Pflege-Zentrum, Germany's largest nationwide provider of vehicle preparation services, from TÜV SÜD AG
    • creditshelf - IPO in Prime Standard of Frankfurt Stock Exchange
    • Flexera - Acquisition of Brainware Group
    • EQT - Sale of E.I.S. Aircraft Group's Aviation Operations Business to QinetiQ
    • KUKA Home - Acquisition of Rolf Benz
    • 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