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 2011 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.” In addition, Best Lawyers Germany 2011 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.
- 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.
2011 Year-End German Law Update
Rolle der Mitarbeiter bei unternehmensinternen Ermittlungen (Role of employees in internal company investigations)
Internationale Korruptionsbekämpfung im Jahr 2010 (International anti-corruption efforts in 2010)
Mehr Schutz für Mitarbeiter bei internen Ermittlungen (More protection for employees in internal investigations)
Haftung deutscher Unternehmen nach dem UK Bribery Act (Liability of German companies according to UK Bribery Act)
Beteiligung des Betriebsrats bei unternehmensinternen Ermittlungen (Participation of works council in internal company investigations)
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