Dr. Kerstin Neighbour

Dr. Kerstin Neighbour


Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 69 962 36 358

Fax +49 69 962 36 100

LanguagesEnglish, German

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Clients praise (…) Kerstin Neighbour, who "understood our business quickly and gave pragmatic and sensible advice".

Legal 500 EMEA

Based in Frankfurt, Kerstin Neighbour is a highly respected senior employment lawyer with extensive experience in transactional employment law advice and restructuring projects. As German employment law is rarely black or white, and is typically nuanced and open to interpretation, you need practitioners like Kerstin in your corner that will provide you with sound advice and offer workable solutions. No sitting on the fence, but clear answers to your questions.

Kerstin is known for her solution-oriented advice and her instinct and tact when negotiating a balance of interests and social plans with works councils and their advisors. Among other things, this is why Kerstin's international and domestic clients have placed their appreciation of her work on record by praising her "pragmatic and sensible advice" (Legal 500 EMEA) as well as her "ability to get to the point quickly and balance risk and reward effectively" (Chambers Europe).

Kerstin also heads our Frankfurt office and our global employment practice group, the latter with over 120 lawyers in Europe, the United States, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. She is co-editor and co-author of the standard reference on employment law "Beck'sches Formularbuch Arbeitsrecht" (C.H. Beck, 4th edition, 2022) as well as co-author of the legal handbooks "M&A Agreements in Germany" (C.H. Beck, 2nd edition, 2020) and "Rechtshandbuch Industrie 4.0 und Internet of Things" (C.H. Beck, 2nd edition, 2020).

Kerstin read law in Münster and worked as a scientific assistant in the Employment Law Department of Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Her doctorate thesis deals with specific legal aspects of employee leasing.

Awards and recognitions


Recommended lawyer for Employment
Legal 500 EMEA


Listed as one of Germany's "Best Lawyers" for Employment Law
Best Lawyers

Education and admissions


Dr. iur., University of Münster, 2002

Second State Exam in Law, North Rhine-Westphalia, 2002

First State Exam in Law, University of Münster, 1998


Arbeitsgemeinschaft Arbeitsrecht im DAV

Representative experience

Advising a multinational conglomerate in all individual and collective employment law matters (including M&A projects, restructurings, outsourcing projects etc.).

Advising Ametek Inc. on the acquisition of Dunkermotoren Group, a leading manufacturer of electrical drive technology.

Advising a US private equity investor on the acquisition of a pharmaceutical business in Germany.

Advising Daimler on the employment aspects of a joint venture with BMW combining their global mobility services.


Advising Alstom on employment law aspects of the US$17bn sale of the energy business to General Electric.

Advising Erste Abwicklungsanstalt on the acquisition of risk-based assets and non-strategic business units of WestLB (book value ca. €71bn.).

Advising LabCorp on the employment aspects of its US$1.2 billion acquisition of UK-based Chiltern.


Advising 3M on the employment aspects of its US$1bn acquisition of the Separations Media business of Polypore International (a New York stock exchange traded company).

Advising a major global IT services and consulting company on the divestiture of one of its German businesses to a private equity investor.

Advising several companies of the metal industry on restructurings, including relocations of the production abroad.

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