Helping clients navigate the challenges of German and European employment and privacy laws, and doing so with great colleagues, is something I enjoy every day.

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For more than two decades, Hanno has advised and represented leading domestic and international corporations in a wide variety of industries, including technology, consumer products, automotive, and infrastructure, on all data protection matters and employment law issues and disputes.

Hanno’s practice focuses on the labor law ramifications of corporate restructurings, the acquisition of German firms, and negotiations with employee representatives for the reconciliation of interests and/or social plans, as well as on the employment of management board members, managing directors, and chief executives. He frequently represents clients in complex employment litigation in all German employment courts, including the Federal Labor Court.

His second key focus is advising companies with respect to their complex data protection compliance projects and the implementation of compliance systems and corporate policies as required under the GDPR, as well as whistleblowing systems. Hanno regularly represents clients in matters concerning data protection authorities and in data protection litigation. He has extensive experience responding to data breaches.

Hanno is head of Morrison & Foerster’s Employment and Labor Group in Germany and is an acknowledged Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Specialist in Labor and Employment Law). He also served as Berlin managing partner from 2014 to 2017. He frequently publishes articles on employment and privacy matters.

Representative Experience

  • Legal advice of Gucci Germany, Yves Saint Laurent Germany and Bottega Veneta in all labor law matters and disputes.
  • Comprehensive advice of Sky Deutschland with respect to management board contracts.
  • Advised Carbone Lorraine (automotive supplier) on the restructuring of the German subsidiary (company pay agreement, social benefit plan, and reconciliation of inherent interests). 
  • Ongoing advice of a leading internet sales platform on all labor law issues and in all labor law disputes.
  • Extensive advice of a leading global satellite broadcaster with respect to internal investigations in Germany, the Netherlands and the USA.
  • Drafting of user general terms and conditions, and the privacy policy for the company website of Fox International Channels.
  • Advises Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (Berlin public transit company - BVG) on the introduction of a company pension plan.
  • Legal consultation of Bertelsmann Group in the implementation of a global compliance system, including a whistleblowing system.
  • Advice of Anschutz Entertainment Group on data transfer agreements and the migration of customer data.
  • Data protection advice of Primacom on the implementation of IPv6 addresses.
  • Provided advice to PubliGroupe SA in relation to a joint venture (Zanox) with Axel Springer.
  • Advisement of a German firm in the paper industry on the conducting of an internal investigation prior to an investigation by the German Federal Cartel Authority.
  • Comprehensive advice of an international paper manufacturer on the introduction of a compliance system in the EMEA.
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