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Dr. Rolf Kowanz, Partner

Dr. Rolf Kowanz


Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht


German, English

Practice areas

  • Employment law
  • HR Consultancy
  • Labor law and trade union issues
  • Pensions
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms

Practice notes

Rolf is a Partner at Eversheds Sutherland and a Certified Specialist in Labour and Employment Law. He has over 20 years' experience in national and cross-border restructurings, acquisitions, redundancies, outsourcing projects and negotiations with works councils and unions on all collective bargaining issues. In addition, he focuses on advising national and international companies regarding company pension law and employer-related social security issues. Rolf heads the German Pensions and Benefits Group of Eversheds Sutherland.

Rolf regularly holds seminar events on labour law-related topics in Germany and abroad, among others for FORUM Institut für Management on the topics temporary employment and labour law for executives.

Rolf is recognized and recommended by German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche, Legal 500 Deutschland and Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers as one of the top lawyers for Labor and Employment Law in Germany. Legal 500 names Rolf as a lawyer who is "excellent in every respect" and remains "calm and competent even in difficult negotiations". He “has outstanding ways to offer pragmatic solution in a complex legal environment.” Chambers Europe names Rolf as a frequently recommended lawyer for works constitution law and restructurings, drawing particular attention to his 'excellent strategic advice and his ability to explain the German law system to other colleagues, especially to American colleagues'.

Rolf’s recent experience includes:

  • Ongoing labour law advice and representation in court of a globally leading technology company
  • Advice to a globally acting cosmetics manufacturer on national and international restructuring projects
  • Advice to retail chains and branch stores operating across Germany on all matters related to works constitution and collective bargaining law
  • Ongoing labour law advice to a globally leading provider from the IT security sector
  • Advice to and representation of members of the management board, managing directors and executives

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