Dr. Gudrun Germakowski - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Gudrun Germakowski advises national and international companies on all aspects of individual and collective employment law.

She has extensive experience in advising clients on operational changes, the deployment of external personnel, and the drafting of employment agreements for the planned provision of services from abroad.

One of her main areas of practice is collective employment law. A particular focus is advising companies in negotiations with works councils, for example in connection with compensation structures or arrangements regarding mobile working. She also advises on issues of collective labor law, for example in connection with the question of the scope of application of collective bargaining agreements following mergers.

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Gudrun advised:

  • Main Capital on the Acquisition of a Majority Stake in Buchner & Camp Partner
  • VR Equitypartner (VREP) on the acquisition of a significant minority stake in Midoco Holding GmbH
  • An international group in the health care sector on contract drafting issues in connection with the employment of staff in companies in several member states while avoiding unintended employee leasing, as well as on the implications under collective employment law (under works constitution law and collective bargaining law) in connection with the integration of a newly acquired business unit

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  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™, Germany: Employee Benefits Law and Labor and Employment Law, 2025
  • The Legal 500 EMEA, Recommended, Germany: Employment Law, 2024
  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™, Germany: Labor and Employment Law, 2020-2024
  • The Legal 500 EMEA, Recommended, Germany: Employment Law (“Dr. Gudrun Germakowski and Dr. Sandra Urban understand how to advise beyond the boundaries of the specific individual mandate and how to keep an eye not only on short-term success but also on medium- to long-term effects.”), 2020


  • Düsseldorf Bar Association
  • German Bar Association (DAV)
  • FidAR e.V.


Specialist Lawyer for Labor and Employment Law, 2011
Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Second State Exam, 2005
University of Bochum, Dr. jur., 2004
University of Bochum, First State Exam, 2001


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