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Dr. Niklas Eckert

Principal Associate

Employee benefits/Executive compensation

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About Dr. Niklas Eckert

Niklas is a certified specialist for employment law. He advises in all areas of individual and collective employment law.

He provides ongoing employment law advice, with a particular focus on employment law-related disputes and drafting of employment contracts. He also advises on the employment law-related areas of corporate restructurings and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Niklas advises clients on the employment law aspects of internal investigations and compliance matters. In 2019, he did a secondment in our Beijing office.

Currently, he advises numerous companies on combating the COVID-19 crisis.

Niklas speaks German and English.

Recent work

  • Advising numerous companies on combating the COVID-19 crisis (especially on the implementation of short-time work and alternative measure)
  • Advising Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) on the acquisition of wpd offshore GmbH, a leading offshore wind-farm developer, from wpd AG
  • Advising Advent International on the acquisition of Deutsche Fachpflege Gruppe, the leader in non-clinical intensive care in Germany
  • Advising KAR Auction Services, Inc. on the acquisition of the Belgium-based CarsOnTheWeb group
  • Advising the buyer on the acquisition of the Frankfurt hotel and office complex "THE SQUAIRE", one of the largest commercial properties in Germany
  • Advising the global technology company Freudenberg on the sale of its IT business "Freudenberg IT" to the Canadian Syntax Systems Ltd.
  • Advising the automotive company Takata on various employment law aspects in Germany in the course of its worldwide restructuring
  • Ongoing employment advise for one of the world's largest private equity firm
  • Advising Volkswagen in in terms of employment and civil law in the so-called Diesel issue



  • Bucerius Law School, Germany (first state exam and doctorate of laws)
  • University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Legal clerkship (Referendariat) at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg with work in Berlin, Hamburg, and Bangkok, Thailand

Professional qualifications

  • Rechtsanwalt, Germany
  • Certified specialist for employment law