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Manfred Schmid

Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht, Partner, Head of German Employment & Reward

About Manfred

Manfred is a Partner specialising in HR & Employment. He advises both German and international technology companies on all aspects of individual and collective labour law. He also supports clients regarding social security, privacy and immigration matters and the planning and execution of complex restructuring projects. A particular focus of his practice is advising technology companies on labour law aspects of M&A, outsourcing and technology transactions. He is an expert lawyer for employment law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht). Manfred provides in-house training for clients' employees and executives on all relevant aspects of employment law. He represents technology companies in negotiations with employee representatives, as assessor in arbitration committees and in front of labour and civil courts across Germany. Furthermore, he regularly provides talks and lectures and publishes articles on employment law-related topics.


Partner at Pinsent Masons, since 2012

Associate/Partner at a law firm which specialised in advising technology companies, Munich, 2007

Associate at the Munich office of a major US law firm, Munich, 2001

Expert lawyer for employment law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht), 2005

Admitted as Rechtsanwalt, 2001

Studied law at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich


  • Advising a telecommunications company on the outsourcing of its field services
  • Advising a US software company on the restructuring of its German workforce
  • Advising a UK company on the acquisition of several German companies and their subsequent restructuring
  • Acting for a US software company in the course of an internal investigation
  • Representing a US semiconductor company with regard to the re-negotiation of various shop agreements with local works councils
  • Advising a US company on the restructuring of its European sales force
  • Acting for a German biotech company with regard to the outsourcing of its research & development department
  • Acting as an external HR department for a British drilling business

Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • "Der Konzernbetriebsrat – Chancen für ausländische Arbeitgeber", Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht 10, 2016.
  • "Lass mal Dampf ab" (Interview zu Äußerungen über Chef und Kollegen in sozialen Netzwerken), Süddeutschen Zeitung 9, 2015
  • „Umgestaltung von Büroräumen – Zusammenarbeit mit dem Betriebsrat“. Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht 2, 2015.
  • "Arbeits- und sozialrechtliche Fragen bei Beschäftigung auf Offshore-Anlagen". Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht 11, 2014.
  • "Social Media am Arbeitsplatz". Kölner Schrift zum Wirtschaftsrecht 4, 2014.
  • "In Zeiten des War for Talent – Mitarbeiterbeteiligung". Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht 1, 2014.
  • "Sozialversicherungspflicht des GmbH-Geschäftsführers". Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht 10, 2012.