Dr Hans-Christoph Schimmelpfennig

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer), certified specialist in employment law
Practice Group: Employment & Pensions
Practice Group: Restructuring & Insolvency

Dr Hans-Christoph Schimmelpfennig is a partner in Noerr's Munich office. He has extensive experience in advising on employment law in the restructuring of industrial, commercial and aviation companies and in advising executives. As co-author of the "Stichwortkommentar Arbeitsrecht" (NOMOS), he is responsible for the keywords operational change, reconciliation of interests, social compensation plan, compensation for disadvantage and transfer company. In addition to his work as a lawyer, he is chairman of the expert committee for labor law II at the Munich Bar Association.


  • Employment and labour law
  • Corporate law :
  • Operational changes and restructuring
  • Transfers of undertaking, outsourcing, changes of corporate form
  • Social plans and interest reconciliation
  • Board of conciliation proceedings and preliminary proceedings
  • Labour-management relations law and collective bargaining law, particularly concerning aviation companies
  • Service contract law for managing directors and boards of directors


  • Legal studies at the Universities of Berlin and Munich
  • Doctorate at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (1988)
  • At Noerr since 1989
  • Admitted to the Munich Chamber of Lawyers


  • Leading individual for labor and employment law, "Lawyer of the Year" Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers in Germany (2019)
  • Recommended lawyer for employment law, Chambers Europe (2018)
  • Leading individual for labor and employment law, Best Lawyers in Germany (2018)
  • Recommended lawyer for employment law, Chambers Europe (2018)
  • Recommended lawyer for employment law, Legal 500 Deutschland (2018)
  • Leading lawyer for labour & employment, Who's Who Legal (2018) 
  • Frequently recommended lawyer for employment law, JUVE Handbook (2017/2018)
  • Recommended as one of the best employment lawyers, WiWo-Top-Kanzleien (2017)
  • Recommended as a lawyer for employment law, Focus-Anwaltsliste (2013 and 2014)
  • • Acknowledged as one of the "best German Employment Lawyers" (WirtschaftsWoche 2019)
  • "Lawyer of the Year" 2019 Labor and Employment Law Bayern (Best Lawyers)


  • Chair of the committee of employment law experts II at the Munich Chamber of Lawyers
  • Employment Working Group at the German Lawyers' Association (DAV)
  • Munich Lawyers' Association (Münchener Anwaltverein)

Selected Publications

  • Sozialplanverhandlungen bei unternehmensübergreifenden Umstrukturierungen (with Nicole Heider), Kölner Schrift zum Wirtschaftsrecht (KSzW) 2014, p. 244
  • Musterarbeitsverträge, Beck'sche Online-Formulare Vertrag, Krause/Weise (eds.)
  • StichwortKommentar Arbeitsrecht, Nomos Verlag (author: Betriebsänderung, Interessensausgleich, Sozialplan, Nachteilsausgleich; co-author: Transfergesellschaft)