The Legal 500 Germany - again positive ranking for vangard | Littler

February 2023

vangard | Littler defends its position in tier 3 of 7 and once again occupies a good place in "The Legal 500 Germany" ranking and continues its successful course.

We are particularly pleased with the appointment of our partners Julia Viohl, Dr. Matthias Sandmaier and Dr. Esther Dehmel as "core attorneys" as well as the very positive feedback, for which we would like to thank our clients.


"The practice of vangard | Littler is consistently very competently staffed and, through the association with Littler, very internationally positioned. We are served by very experienced lawyers. The firm strives for a diverse setup and is committed to sustainability."

"Great team; pragmatic advice and good experience especially for advising young companies/start-ups."

"The team excels in representing each other seamlessly. If the main contact person for a topic is not available or absent, a substitute person jumps in without complications and gaps to handle the topic."

Further, "The Legal 500" cites:

"vangard | Littler assists a diversified client base on all individual and collective law issues. Recently, this expertise has been used in particular in mandates in the restructuring context as well as in connection with staff reductions, new work, new economy and company pension schemes. For the latter, litigator Tobias Berdesinski in Hamburg is a key contact. In Düsseldorf, Corinna Verhoek is an experienced contact for negotiating with works councils and supporting staff reduction measures, while Rajko Herrmann in Berlin is well-versed in co-determination law and often assists clients from the aviation, logistics, IT, software and media sectors. The digital advice wing was strengthened with the partner appointment of Esther Dehmel, who is well-versed in the IT and start-up sectors, in June 2022, while in January of the same year the partner level in transactional employment law was increased with the appointment of Dagmar Lessnau (also co-determination and works constitution law), and the competencies in permanent employment advice were underpinned with the simultaneous partner appointment of Stephanie Koch. Julia Viohl (contract drafting, separation processes under employment law, restructurings) and Matthias Sandmaier (restructurings, works constitution law, negotiations with employee representatives) also joined the partnership in January 2023. The firm's integration into the global employment boutique Littler Mendelson, P.C. also means that it is well-positioned for issues with cross-border elements, such as international recruiting, whistleblowing, data protection, mediation and German market entry; clients from the U.S. are often advised by Jan-Ove Becker in Hamburg."

As part of independent research carried out by experienced editors, based on hundreds of interviews and surveys of more than 23,000 clients, the publishing house publishes a comprehensive annual ranking that provides an overview of around 400 commercial law firms from 23 practice areas and around 2,700 attorneys.

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