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Dr. Eckard Schwarz

Partner
Hamburg

Dr. Eckard Schwarz

German employment law is said to be a complex, ever changing area, but if understood and used wisely, its rules can offer a wide range of chances for employers. You need an advisor who navigates you through your toughest legal issues by understanding your business and creating workable solutions. Eckard Schwarz is a highly regarded senior employment lawyer and 'Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht' (Specialist in employment law) who brings over 20 years of knowledge and experience, anticipating and helping international and domestic clients to solve their cutting-edge employment law challenges. 

Eckard focuses on company reorganizations and restructurings as well as employment law aspects of transactions, where he offers efficient support from start to finish, i.e. from the strategic planning of a project to its full and final implementation. He is valued for his ability to combine profound legal advice with a client centric and innovative approach. When it comes to negotiations with works councils and their advisors, you can trust Eckard to deliver clear and pragmatic solutions that gets the job done, while protecting your brand reputation and employee relations.

His clients praise Eckard as a 'knowledgeable, creative and service-oriented' advisor (JUVE) who 'comes up with strategies that lead to success' (Legal 500 EMEA). Leading German business magazines like Handelsblatt and WirtschaftsWoche as well as renowned legal directories like Best Lawyers or JUVE usually rate him in the highest categories.

Eckard balances his practice with carrying out employer duties for 200 employees as the Managing Partner of our Hamburg office. Hence he has a deep understanding of the challenges for employers. He also heads the employment law department at our Hamburg office. Eckard is co-editor of as well as contributor to the German standard reference on employment law "Beck'sches Formularbuch Arbeitsrecht", which is one of the most regarded books on employment issues in Germany.

Representative Experience

Advising General Electric (GE) on the employment aspects of the sale of its global real estate equity and debt portfolio business.

Advising Küppersbusch Hausgeräte GmbH, a subsidiary of the Spanish Teka group, on a comprehensive restructuring project.

Advising a multinational transaction between GSK and Aspen Pharmaceuticals Ltd., including the sale of the Bad Oldesloe operation of Glaxo Welcome GmbH & Co. KG.

Assisting SIAG in relation to the acquisition of a shipyard (involving the transfer of 700 employees) from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

Advising Danfoss Group on the sale of its worldwide business unit "Danfoss Household Compressors" to the industrial holding AURELIUS AG as well as on the sale of its business unit "engine and gears" to Altra Group.

Education and admissions

Education

  • FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität)
  • Universität Hamburg
  • University of Freiburg
  • Washington College of Law, American University

2013-2014

Knowledgeable, creative, service-orientated

JUVE Handbook

2013

Ranked as Key Individual for employment law advice in Germany

Chambers Europe

2013

Eckard Schwarz comes up with strategies that lead to success

Legal 500 EMEA

2012-2013

Eckard Schwarz is listed as a top lawyer for employment law

Best Lawyers® Germany

2012

Highly recommended lawyer for employment law

WirtschaftsWoche

2012

Eckard Schwarz is listed as a top lawyer for employment law

Handelsblatt Legal Success

2012

Eckard Schwarz wins praise for his broad-ranging practice“

Chambers Europe

2012

Highly recommended lawyer for employment law

Legal Experts EMEA

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