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Nicolas Roggel

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Nicolas Roggel is a partner in the firm's Berlin office and part of the Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety practice group. In this area, he focuses on national and cross-border corporate acquisitions and sales transfers business and restructurings, including operational changes and negotiations of the reconciliation of interests and social plans, the drafting and termination of contracts of employees and managers and dismissal proceedings.

Professional Background

Mr. Roggel joined K&L Gates as counsel in January 2012. In 2006, he worked for another leading international law firm in its Berlin office, and from 2007, was solely responsible for its Berlin employment practice. From 2004–2006, he was a lawyer both at an international law firm and a boutique law firm for labor and employment law in Berlin and Hamburg. He studied law in Marburg and Kiel, Germany, and in Cork, Ireland. In 2008, he qualified as a Specialist Lawyer for Labor and Employment Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht).

Speaking Engagements

  • Webinars and seminars on various topics; among others, anti-harassment, flexible working time, staff retention systems, minimum wage, freelancers in the start-up scene and post-contractual non-competition (ongoing)
Nicolas Roggel has advised, among others:

  • Santander Consumer Bank AG on the takeover of the German retail business of SEB AG, including, among others, the transition of a workforce of around 1,500 employees, the integration of different organizational structures and the harmonization of working conditions.
  • ThyssenKrupp AG on sales processes in various sectors.
  • Oakley capital on the sale of its investment as majority shareholder of the online comparison portal Verivox.
  • Verivox on various strategic acquisitions.
  • The Carlyle Group on the takeover of the VWD Vereinigte Wirtschaftsdienste AG.
  • Storengy Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of GdF Suez, on the takeover of underground gas storage sites from Exxon Mobil and BEB, a joint venture of Exxon Mobil and Shell.
  • An automotive supplier on compliance guidelines for the project related cooperation of its employees with customers’ employees.
  • A U.S.-based entertainment company, on posting and secondment matters including social security and VISA aspects.
  • EnerNOC, a U.S.-based leading provider of cloud-based energy intelligence software, on its takeover of the Germany-based Entelios AG.
  • A U.S.-based energy company on post merger harmonization process and on data privacy aspects in connection with the transfer of employees’ data to the United States.
  • KAMAN on the acquisition of GRW Bearing, a German-based designer and manufacturer of bearings, as well as employment law counsel on day-to-day aspects.
  • A U.S.-based manufacturer of chemicals and colors on dealing with data theft by former executive employees and representation in court.
  • A U.S.-based global provider of comprehensive, on-site machining solutions, on setting up business in various EU and non-EU countries as well as comprehensive counsel in a broad range of employment law matters including hiring scenarios, termination situations, data privacy and VISA aspects.
  • A UK-based multinational pharmaceutical company in connection with internal investigations following a serious of compliance issues.
  • A U.S.-based laboratory equipment provider on a business closure including negotiation with works council and mass dismissal.
  • Microsoft on a cross-border M&A transaction including post-merger integration aspects.
  • An international telecommunication company in a bidding process for a global outsourcing project involving approximately 200 employees in 12 jurisdictions.
  • An international telecommunication and network company in a bidding process for a global outsourcing project involving approximately 400 employees in 17 jurisdictions.
  • A UK-based real estate investor on the closure of its German asset management company, including mass dismissal and litigation.
  • A U.S.-based pharmaceutical company on general employment and immigration matters with a focus on cross-border issues.
  • A U.S.-based manufacturer for locomotives, freight cars and passenger transit vehicles on an acquisition of a German component manufacturer.
  • A U.S.-based company on general employment matters including litigation in connection with the dismissal of the German country manager and data privacy aspects.
  • A large U.S. bank on the acquisition of a German financial service provider.
  • Zumiez, Inc. on the takeover of the Blue Tomato group, a European retail business.