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About Dr. Elmar Schnitker

Elmar’s core area of work covers employment and pension issues arising in transactions and post-transactional integration and restructuring, including mass redundancies and the harmonisation of terms and conditions.

He specialises in restructuring and transactions, collective employment law (the law of co-determination, works council constitution law, collective bargaining law, share option schemes), with a particular focus on company pensions law.

Elmar also regularly advises clients in the course of establishing or terminating service agreements with board members or managing directors.

In addition, he is a dedicated specialist for occupational pension schemes (including public sector schemes such as VBL) and the establishment and handling of CTAs.

Elmar speaks German and English.


Recent work

  • Advising Hewlett Packard on the pension aspects of their demerger and various spin-off and outsourcing projects.
  • Advising Bayer on the pension aspects of the spin-off of Covestro and its internal group restructuring.
  • Advising Bayer, KPMG, Hewlett Packard, REWE, Agilent a.o. on CTA related matters.
  • Advising ista on the restructuring and sale of its German business.
  • Advising Ströer on its acquisition and restructuring of T-Online.



  • Doctoral thesis on employment law matters in connection with the transformation of companies, University of Münster, Germany

Professional qualifications

  • Rechtsanwalt, Germany


  • Verlag C. H. Beck "Umstrukturierung und Übertragung von Unternehmen" (Restructuring and Transfer of Companies)

  • Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt, (co-issuer, general editor as well as author of the two volume standard pension handbook Schlewing / Henssler / Schipp/ Schnitker) Arbeitsrecht der betrieblichen Altersversorgung (The law of company pensions)

  • Verlag C. H. Beck, (co-issuer and author) Arbeitsrecht bei Unternehmenskauf und Restrukturierung (Labour Law in Restructurings and Acquisitions)