Volker Teigelkötter - McDermott Will & Emery


Volker Teigelkötter advises clients on the entire spectrum of German and European employment law.

He has particular experience in restructuring and reorganization, downsizing, closure and relocation of businesses, outsourcing of business activities, negotiations with employee representatives on works agreements and social plans, and other issues of collective labor law.

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Volker advised:

  • A grocery chain on the worldwide rollout of a new sample employment contract for directors
  • A leading manufacturer of small arms on serious offenses committed by a number of employees; work included counseling during internal investigations and employment litigation
  • A leading manufacturer of tooling machines on the relocation of part of its headquarter to Switzerland
  • A media group on the employment law aspects of a large second-source outsourcing project
  • A retail company during negotiations with trade unions on a collective restructuring agreement
  • A US company on the acquisition and the post-merger integration of the beef snack business of a multinational company


  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™, Germany: Employee Benefits Law and Labor and Employment Law, 2020-2024
  • JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms, Recommended for Employment Law (“very good; great experience in complex restructurings”, competitor), 2022-2023
  • The Legal 500 EMEA/Germany, Recommended for Employment Law (“very profound and at the same time very pragmatic”, 2022; “High level of commitment, trustworthiness, broad expertise with very in-depth specialist knowledge, can also convey complex issues in a clearly understandable manner, quick to very fast response time, comprehensive view of the respective facts”, 2021), 2018-2023


  • Association of Licensed Specialists for Labor Law
  • European Employment Lawyers’ Association


Specialist Lawyer for Labor and Employment Law, 2000
University of Münster