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Nicole Engesser Means began her career in 1991 as an employment law attorney at Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann (now Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) before joining Clifford Chance in 1996, becoming Partner and heading up the German employment law practice for many years. In 2015, Nicole joined SCHWEIBERT LESSMANN as a Partner. Since 2021 Nicole is Of Counsel at SCHWEIBERT LESSMANN. She assists clients in preparing and implementing restructurings and corporate downsizings, negotiating shop agreements and collective bargaining agreements with works councils and unions. She supports clients in internal investigations including identifying compliance violations and taking personnel measures. Further areas of specialty include remuneration systems of financial institutions and data privacy. She regularly advises and represents the interests of board members, directors and senior executives.

Together with her colleagues and based on her many years of international experience, Nicole advises German and international companies on all issues surrounding employment and labor law, including M&A, outsourcing and joint venture transactions. She also regularly represents clients in employment law litigation.

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Nicole Engesser Means has been ranked for many years, and again in 2018, as one of Germany’s leading practitioners in the field of employment law by the JUVE Handbook (special mention as “leading partner above 50”), Chambers Europe and Handelsblatt and the Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides – Women in Business Law. Best Lawyers voted her again as one of the “Lawyers of the Year” (category “Labor and Employment Law, Frankfurt/Main region”) in 2018. She is a contributor to professional journals on issues of employment law, has co-authored an employment law handbook on collective agreements and is a regular lecturer. Since 2016 Nicole is also a member of the Beirat Region Mitte of Deutsche Bank.

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