A&O hires co-head of Hogan Lovells’ global employment group

Allen & Overy (A&O) has bulked up its Frankfurt office with the hire of the co-head of Hogan Lovells’ global employment practice.


Barbara Roth, Hogan Lovells
Barbara Roth, Hogan Lovells

Thomas Ubber, who has co-led Hogan Lovells’ employment team along with New York partner Barbara Roth, is understood to be taking a team of three associates with him.

Christoph Kueppers, Hogan Lovells’ regional managing partner for Continental Europe, said: “Munich-based partner Ingrid Ohmann-Sauer will be replacing Thomas Ubber as the leader of the global employment practice, alongside New York-based partner Barbara Roth.

“Our employment law practice is independently ranked for its strength across our five offices in Germany, including a significant number of lawyers who are widely recognised for their expertise.”

Ubber was a partner in legacy firm Lovells prior to its 2010 merger with Hogan Lovells. His practice sees him advise on a range of employment issues, with a particular emphasis on acquisitions, the employment aspects of corporate restructurings and redundancies and cost-cutting measures.

Meanwhile, Hogan Lovells has hired a Frankfurt-based capital markets team from US firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

The team is led by partner Michael Schlitt and includes partner Susanne Schäfer and five associates. Schlitt, who counts Commerzbank, Credit Suisse and UBS as clients, will head the firm’s German capital markets team.

David Harris, Hogan Lovells
David Harris, Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells joint CEO David Harris said: “Michael’s reputation in the German market is very strong and his team has a first-class track record.

“Their arrival will enhance our existing, highly regarded, capital markets offering in Germany, but will also be a significant boost to our broader corporate practice in Germany and internationally.”

Schlitt added: “The truly global presence that Hogan Lovells has gives me and my team a fantastic platform.  I look forward to working particularly with the capital markets partners in Frankfurt, London, and New York to strengthen the European capital markets practice and take advantage of the opportunities the international network offers.”

Schlitt and Schäfer were both previously at A&O, leaving to join US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson in 2007. From 2008 until now they have been partners at Willkie Farr.