Dr. Sebastian Stütze

Local Partner, Frankfurt



Sebastian advises national and international companies on all aspects of labor and employment law.

A main focus of his practice is the advising in restructuring projects and personnel measures including negotiations with trade unions and works councils, in particular in the crisis and insolvency of companies. Moreover, he regularly advises on labor and employment related aspects in connection with mergers & acquisitions. Sebastian advocates companies in labor court proceedings through all judicial instances, often in the context of personnel measures and compliance investigations.

Following his studies with a focus on labor and employment law Sebastian was a research assistant and lecturer at the Institute for Labor Law at the University of Göttingen. Sebastian is a member of several law associations and publishes regularly in law journals. He is currently a lecturer on employment law at the Northern University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg.

Bars and Courts
Labor Lawyer
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Braunschweig
Dr jur
Georg-August-University Göttingen
First State Exam
Georg-August-University Göttingen


Advice of international manufacturing company in compliance matters, particularly with respect to employment law matters, including on-site service for several months in connection with the establishment of a compliance management system.

Advising in the restructuring, sale and shutdown of companies in different industries, particularly in the automotive industry (e.g., Henschel, Kemmerich, Schaidt, Whitesell), including negotiation of reconciliations of interests, social plans, and collective bargaining agreements as well as employment litigation.

Advising in employment and labor law related matters in connection with mergers & acquisitions, particularly advice of PE investors in the acquisition of / investment in automotive, health care and software developing companies (e.g., Ardian, Battery Ventures, Duke Street, EQT, FSN, Nordic Capital, Verdane).

Advising of companies in different industries on the modification or termination of collective bargaining agreements and remuneration schemes, particularly in the automotive, metal, and chemical industry sector (e.g., Daetwyler, Seidel).


Information on gender pay gap pursuant to "Transparency in Wage Structures Act" no indication for discrimination because of gender – Note to Regional Labor Court of Hannover, judgment of August 1, 2019 – 5 Sa 196/19, EWiR, p. 217 et seqq., 2020 (Auskunft über Vergütungsunterschiede zwischen den Geschlechtern nach dem Entgelttransparenzgesetz kein Indiz für Diskriminierung wegen des Geschlechts – Anmerkung zu LAG Hannover, Urteil vom 01.08.2019 – 5 Sa 196/19)

Fight or Flight? Required labor law reactions with an insufficient estate, ZInsO, p. 368 et seqq., 2019 („Fight or Flight”? Arbeitsrechtlicher Handlungsbedarf bei Masseunzulänglichkeit) (co-author with Hendrik Röger)

Social selection required when selecting employees for winding-up work because of company shut-down in insolvency proceedings – Note to Regional Labor Court Berlin-Brandenburg, judgment of December 13, 2018 – 5 Sa 1257/18 (“Air Berlin”), EWiR, p. 315 et seqq., 2019 (co-author with Hendrik Röger) (Sozialauswahl erforderlich bei Auswahl von Arbeitnehmern für insolvenzspezifische Abwicklungstätigkeiten wegen Betriebsstilllegung – Anmerkung zu LAG Berlin-Brandenburg, Urteil vom 13.12.2018 – 5 Sa 1257/18)

Chapter "Termination of Employments in Insolvency Proceedings" and chapter "Mass Dismissals in Insolvency Proceedings" in Hendrik Röger, Insolvency Employment Law, 2018 (Kapitel „Kündigung des Arbeitsverhältnisses in der Insolvenz" und Kapitel „Massenentlassungen in der Insolvenz" in Hendrik Röger, Insolvenzarbeitsrecht, 1. Aufl. 2018)

Employee's Remuneration Claim against "Strong" Preliminary Insolvency Administrator as Liabilities of the Insolvency Estate – Note to Federal Labor Court, judgement of July 27, 2017 – 6 AZR 801/16, EWiR, 23 et seqq., 2018 (co-author with Béla Knof) Vergütungsanspruch des Arbeitnehmers gegen den starken vorläufigen Insolvenzverwalter als Masseverbindlichkeit – Anmerkung zu BAG, Urteil vom 27.07.2017 – 6 AZR 801/16)

Chapter „Employment Law", p. 193-341 in: Daniel Gräwe, Business Law – Manual for Master Degree Students, 2017 (Kapitel "Arbeitsrecht" in: Daniel Gräwe, Wirtschaftsrecht – Lehrbuch für Master-Studiengänge)

Temporary Work: Time to Reform after the Reform? Selected Questions From Legal Practice, DB, 3071 et seqq., 2017 (co-author with Andreas Kössel) (Leiharbeit: Nach der Reform ist vor der Reform? Ausgewählte Fragen aus der Praxis)