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Dr. Mark Zimmer

Mark Zimmer is a German-qualified partner in the Munich office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Mark Zimmer advises companies in all labor and employment-related matters. His practice particularly covers reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, collective dismissals and outsourcing as well as negotiations with works councils or unions and hiring and separation of executives.  He also represents companies in court.
A special focus of his practice is compliance, especially prevention and detection of, as well as reaction to, fraud, corruption and similar violations. Mr. Zimmer has developed particular expertise in the international and German law aspects of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) as well as of the UK Bribery Act and he is experienced in FCPA investigations. He has conducted internal investigations relating to businesses in several European countries, as well as in Egypt, Brazil, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Russia and Uzbekistan. Especially noteworthy is his work as part of the Siemens Compliance Monitorship Team.
The JUVE Handbook 2011/2012 recommends Mr. Zimmer and has previously commented on his “outstanding expertise”, while Chambers Europe 2013 ranks him as one of the leading lawyers in Germany in labor law matters, noting that “sources appreciate his excellent guidance as well as his availability and business sense.” and “he is really commercial and solution-focused." In addition, Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers Germany 2013 recognizes him as a leading lawyer in the Litigation category and the JUVE Handbook 2011/2012 recommends the Munich office’s White Collar Defense and Investigation Practice Group, which includes Mr. Zimmer, in the category “Compliance Investigations”.
Mark Zimmer has published several articles on labor law matters. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on HR and compliance issues, such as restructuring, outsourcing and corruption, and a guest lecturer at the German Armed Forces University in Munich.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn in 2008, Mark Zimmer worked in other international law firms throughout Germany.
He is fluent in English and also speaks French and some Arabic.

Selected Clients

  • Several site closures and mass redundancies, especially in the metal and electrical industry.
  • Consult companies with regard to M&A projects and joint ventures, including negotiations with unions and works councils.
  • Separation negotiations with executives.
  • Advise to the Siemens Compliance Monitor (Dr. Theo Waigel).
  • Internal investigations for industrial companies in, among other places, Egypt, Brazil, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Russia and Uzbekistan.
  • Pilot trials at Federal Labor Court.

Recent Publications (Auflistung: analog zu Veröffentlichungen)
2012 Year-End German Law Update
Tenfold Increase of Corporate Fines for Compliance Violations in Germany
Haften Unternehmen nach dem US-amerikanischen Alien Tort Statute?
Rolle der Mitarbeiter bei unternehmensinternen Ermittlungen
Internationale Korruptionsbekämpfung im Jahr 2010
Mehr Schutz für Mitarbeiter bei internen Ermittlungen
Haftung deutscher Unternehmen nach dem UK Bribery Act
Beteiligung des Betriebsrats bei unternehmensinternen Ermittlungen
Rolle der Mitarbeiter bei unternehmensinternen Ermittlungen

University of Munich, Passau und Wurzburg; Law Degree 1993, Dr. jur. 1994
Certified Expert in Labor Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht) since 1999

Membership of Professional Bodies
Admitted as a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) since 1996
Member of German-American Lawyers’ Association

Fields of law
  • Employment Law
  • White-collar crime