Hendrik Röger

Partner, Hamburg

Biography

Hendrik Röger supports national and international clients in the full spectrum of employment and labor law issues, with extensive experience in the aviation, energy and automotive sector.

Overview

Hendrik's practice focuses on labor law for national and international clients advising managers and HR departments in all areas of labor law. He is particularly specialized in navigating complex transactions with labor law issues, including transfer of undertakings (TUPE) and drafting M&A agreements. He has considerable experience handling extensive restructuring matters, including headcount reductions, operational changes, legal reorganizations, outsourcing projects and negotiations with works councils and unions, in particular in the aviation, automotive and energy industry. Hendrik also advises clients in compliance matters and disputes involving board members, managing directors, executives and employees. Hendrik regularly represents clients before labor courts in all instances (local labor courts, regional labor courts and federal labor court) and before civil courts.

Hendrik is particularly highly regarded as specialist for restructuring and insolvency labor law, acting for insolvency administrators, companies under self administration and investors in Distressed M&A deals. Germany JUVE handbook highlights Hendrik as as "lunar in the area of insolvency labor law" and Legal 500 states that Hendrik has "deep legal expertise, industry insight, high flexibility and intercultural competence, making a difference compared to competitors".

Hendrik has published several articles and legal commentaries in the area of insolvency labor law and labor law with reorganizations. Before joining White & Case, Hendrik Röger was a research assistant at the Institute for Labour Law at the University of Hamburg, visiting lecturer at the University of Hamburg, at Hamburg Media School and for the Bucerius Executive Education Program at Bucerius Law School. Hendrik is acting as trainer for Beck Akademie and Bar Association Stuttgart as well as in-house trainer for clients. 
Hendrik is a member of the Lawyers' Association Hamburg, the Hamburg Association for Labor Law and the Labor Law Group of the German Bar Association.

Bars and Courts
Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Labor Lawyer)
Rechtsanwalt
Education
Second State Exam
Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg
First State Exam
University of Hamburg
Languages
German
English
Danish

Experience

Insolvency and Restructuring Labor Law Advice – Employment, Restructuring, M&A
Advising in the restructuring, sale / acquisition or shutdown of companies in different industries, for example

  • Automotive / Metal: Auto Wichert, Duisburg Special Tubes, Ernst Koch, Gemo, Heinrich Huhn, Henschel, JD Norman, Linden / SMK, Metalsa / ISE Automotive, Piel & Adey, PZW, Schaidt, Sachsenring Bike Manufaktur, Whitesell
  • Aviation: Air Berlin, airberlin technik, Condor, Hamburg International, Hamburg Airways
  • Consumer & Retail: Beate Uhse, Hertie, Innova, Kronenbrot, Lux Deutschland, Schieder, Spiele Max
  • Energy: Conergy, Flexstrom, German Pellets, natGAS, TelDaFax
  • Fashion: Appelrath Cüpper, Bonita, Esprit, Gardeur
     
  • Health Care: AvP, Caritas Hamburg, Paracelsus, Sanicare
  • Shipping / Yards: FSG Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, Fosen Nordseewerke
  • Touristic / Leisure: GfR (Thomas Cook), NIKI, STA Travel
  • Other: Feilo Sylvania Germany (Lighting), Interconti Hamburg (Hotel), Tetenal (Chemistry / Photo)

Air Berlin Group – Employment, Restructuring, Litigation
Advising aviation group Air Berlin in several restructuring projects, including representation in works council negotiations, highly complex conciliation processes and court cases / injunctive relief cases.

Deutsche Telekom / T-Systems – Employment
Advising Deutsche Telekom and T-Systems in national und international employment matters.

Dow Jones – Employment, Litigation
Advising US media house Dow Jones in employment and litigation matters.

EWE Group – Employment, Compliance, Litigation
Advising Germany's #5 energy supplier EWE (electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, IT) and its subsidiaries, including contentious matters and compliance projects.

Publications

Handbooks

  • Insolvency Labor Law – Handbook, Munich, 2018, (Insolvenzarbeitsrecht – Handbuch)
  • Labor Law With Restructuring Asset Deals. In: Handbook Labor Law in Restructuring and Insolvency – Ed. Burkhart Göpfert and Steffen Schöne. Köln, 2nd Edition, 2019 (Arbeitsrecht in der übertragenden Sanierung, in: Handbuch Arbeitsrecht in Restrukturierung und Insolvenz, 2. Auflage, hrsg. von Göpfert / Schöne) (with Sven-Holger Undritz)
  • Labor Law with Cyber-Security – Preparedness and Response. In: Legal Handbook Cyber-Security. Ed. Detlev Gabel, Tobias Heinrich, Alexander Kiefner, Frankfurt, 2019 (Arbeitsrecht, in: Rechtshandbuch Cyber-Security, hrsg. Von Gabel / Heinrich / Kiefner)
  • Insolvency Money. In: Handbook Insolvency. Ed. Joachim Kraemer, Heinz Vallender and Norbert Vogelsang. Bonn, 76th edition, As of October 2016 (Insolvenzgeld, in: Handbuch zur Insolvenz, 76. Auflage, hrsg. von Vallender / Vogelsang) (with Bero-Alexander Lau)

 Legal Commentary

  • Commentary on §§ 4, 92 Act on Stabilization and Restructuring Framework for Enterprises. Ed. Christoph Morgen. Cologne, 2021 (Kommentierung der arbeitsrechtlichen Vorschriften von §§ 4, 92 StaRUG, hrsg. von Christoph Morgen)
  • Commentary on Sec. 322-325 Merger Act. In: Merger Act – Corporate Law, Tax Law, Procedural Law – Ed. Lars Böttcher, Oliver Habighorst and Christian Schulte. Baden-Baden, 2nd Ed., 2019 (Kommentierung der §§ 322 – 325 UmwG, in: Nomos-Kommentar Umwandlungsrecht – Gesellschaftsrecht | Steuerrecht | Verfahrensrecht, 2. Auflage, hrsg. von Böttcher / Habighorst / Schulte)

 Articles

  • Fight or Flight? Required labor law reactions with an insufficient estate. In: ZInsO 2019, Issue 8, Pages 368-374 („Fight or Flight”? Arbeitsrechtlicher Handlungsbedarf bei Masseunzulänglichkeit) (with Sebastian Stütze)
  • The competent works council for staff reductions in insolvency cases. In: ZIP 2018, Issue 43, Pages 2045-2054 (Das zuständige Betriebsratsgremium beim Personalabbau in der Insolvenz)
  • Enforced Social Plan With Business Demerger (Sec. 134 German Transformation Act) and Company Groups – Unlimited Liability? In: NZA 2012, Issue 6, Pages 294-299 (Der erzwungene Sozialplan bei Betriebsspaltungen (§ 134 UmwG) und Konzernverbindungen – Grenzenloser Durchgriff?) (with Nina Tholuck)
  • Any Volunteers? Legal and strategic aspects of Volunteer Leave Programs for Staff Reductions. In: NZA-RR 2011, Issue 8, Pages 393-398 (Freiwillige vor? Rechtliche und strategische Aspekte von Freiwilligenprogrammen beim Personalabbau) (with Holger Meyer)
Awards and Recognition

Highly Recommended Lawyer, Legal 500, 2022
Labor and Employment Law

Highly Recommended Lawyer, JUVE 2021/2022
Labor and Employment Law

Highly Recommended Lawyer, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2021
Labor and Employment Law