Dr. Christian Rolf

National Partner

Frankfurt
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
An der Welle 4
D-60322 Frankfurt am Main
T +49 69 79302 151
F +49 69 79302 222
crolfwillkie.com

Dr. Christian Rolf is a partner in the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Department and member of the Compliance Practice Group. He specializes in advising companies and enterprises on all aspects of labor and employment law and social security issues. Christian regularly assists senior executives with employment contracts and compensation related matters, and is particularly specialized in handling negotiations with works councils and trade unions. He is also specialized in restructuring scenarios and complex litigation. Christian has also extensive experience in  structuring and designing of employment compensation and incentive schemes and often advises investors and management teams with respect to management equity participations.

Labor Law and Social Security Issues

Christian advises companies in labor law and social security issues in connection with acquisitions, redundancies, restructurings and business reorganizations. He also advises on business transfers, employee pension issues, employee participation programs and share option plans.

Compliance

Christian is a member of the Frankfurt Compliance Group, where he specializes in HR compliance, data privacy and employment related aspects of internal investigations including litigation.

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Dr. Christian Rolf is a partner in the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Department and member of the Compliance Practice Group. He specializes in advising companies and enterprises on all aspects of labor and employment law and social security issues. Christian regularly assists senior executives with employment contracts and compensation related matters, and is particularly specialized in handling negotiations with works councils and trade unions. He is also specialized in restructuring scenarios and complex litigation. Christian has also extensive experience in  structuring and designing of employment compensation and incentive schemes and often advises investors and management teams with respect to management equity participations.

Selected Significant Matters

  • Management of t-online.de and InteractiveMedia in the sale of t-online.de and InteractiveMedia to Ströer SE
  • Rockwood in the sale of Ceramtec and Sachtleben group France Telecom Orange in the Procurement JV with Deutsche Telekom
  • Management of SLV in the acquisition of SLV group by Cinven
  • St. Gobain Group in various restructuring scenarios and disputes with works councils
  • Gigaset with respect to the realignment of the German operations
  • Riemser Pharma GmbH’s Animal Health Division and production facility located in the Greifswald-Isle of Riems by IDT Biologika (Riems) GmbH & Co. KG
  • Eschenbach Group by Barclays Private Equity
  • Various companies and enterprises with respect to restructuring redundancies and transfer of businesses
  • Accel Instruments by Varian Medical Systems
  • The Paper Chemicals Business of Lanxess by Kermira Celanese AG by Blackstone
  • Klöckner & Co. by LGB
  • PRA International in the acquisition of Pharmacon
  • Sintex Industries in the acquisition and restructuring of Geiger technik
  • Red Fuel Cards in the acquisition and restructuring of the fuel card business from LOMO
  • State of North Rhine Westphalia in the restructuring of its public service real estate division
  • A leading U.S. manufacturer of medical devices on the HR and pension implications of a transfer of business

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie, Christian was a local partner with a US law firm in Frankfurt. He began his professional career in 2000 practicing in the labor law group of Gleiss Lutz and later gained significant international experience while working in Gleiss’ Shanghai office and while pursuing secondments with Herbert Smith in London and Stibbe in Brussels and Amsterdam.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Christian is a member of the Frankfurt Bar Association and a member of the Labor and Social Affairs Committee of the AmCham Germany.

Selected Publications and Lectures

Christian's publications include:

  • “Foreign Companies and German Codetermination Issues,” published in the Festschrift for Prof. Löwisch (with Gerhard Röder, March 2007)
  • “Google, Facebook & Co as data source for Companies in the recruitment process?”; published in Recht der Datenverarbeitung, pages 263-267 (with Michael Roetting, 2009)
  • “Remuneration of Board Members under the revised German Stock Corporation Act as new challenge for the Supervisory Board”, published in Board Report, pages 43-46 (2010)
  • “May the Remuneration of an Companionship’s Board Member only be decided by the Plenum of the Supervisory Board?”, will be published soon in Neue Zeitschrift für Gesellschaftsrecht (with Andreas Hautkappe and Stephanie Schmidt-Ehemann)
  • Redundancies during Short Term Work Periods, published in Betriebs-Berater; pages 1597-1599 (with Jochen Riechwald, 2010)
  • The revised law on redundancy companies published in Betriebs-Berater; pages 2805 -2808 (with Jochen Riechwald, 2011)
  • Co-Author, The German Holiday Act (2012)
  • Several remarks on employment law court rulings

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