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Katharina Fischer

Dr Katharina Fischer

Senior Associate

Dr Katharina Fischer advises national and international clients on all aspects of individual and collective employment law, both in court and out of court. A focus of her advice is legal advice on restructurings (in particular in connection with negotiations on reconciliation of interests and social plans), company transfers, M&A transactions, works constitution law and questions of corporate co-determination.

Katharina is a lecturer for employment law at the Fresenius Hochschule in Hamburg and regularly publishes articles in law journals.

Areas of FocusEmployment
Professional QualificationsRechtsanwältin admitted with Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg


  • Advising a shipyard group and its shareholders on a comprehensive, 1.5-year restructuring.*
  • Advising a DAX-listed automotive group on the spin-off and IPO of a business unit.*
  • Advising on numerous M&A transactions (asset and share deals) in various industries (e.g. chemicals, publishing, tourism, FinTech, recycling), on the buyer and seller side.*
  • Regular advice to a client in the textile industry on questions of works constitution law, in particular on IT issues and plant shutdowns.*
*Denotes experience from previous firm
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Higher Regional Court of Hamburg, Second State Examination, 2017
  • Bucerius Law School, PhD, 2016
  • Bucerius Law School, First State Examination, 2015


  • Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers 2023/2024: Recognised as “one to watch” for employee beneifts law and labor and employment law


  • Operational risk in pandemic-related closures, GWR 2022, 71
  • Union law imprints on German labor law through preliminary rulings (with M. Fuhlrott), RdA 2022, 19
  • The statutory right to ask companies about vaccination status (with M. Fuhlrott), ArbRAktuell 2021, 489-492
  • Duty to vaccinate in the employment relationship? (with M. Fuhlrott), NJW 2021, 657
  • Finally: Virtual decision-making for employee representatives (with M. Fuhlrott), NZA 2020, 490
  • Labor Law and Corona 2.0 - Further Legal Changes (with M. Fuhlrott), NZA 2020, 409
  • Corona: Viral Adaptations of Labor Law (with M. Fuhlrott), NZA 2020, 345
  • Application of "transformed" collective bargaining conditions after chain transfer, comment on BAG, Urt. v. 12.6.2019 - 1 AZR 154/17 (with T. Grau), NZA 2019, 1469
  • No substantive fixed-term notice in the case of prior employment dating back eight years and nine months, comment on BAG, judgment of 20.3.2019 - 7 AZR 409/16, GWR 2019, 373
  • Repeat termination. Consumption of design rights and res judicata in dismissal protection proceedings (doctoral dissertation), Duncker & Humblot, 2017

Prior Experience

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Katharina worked in the labour and employment law practice of another international law firm.

Additional qualifications

  • Lecturer for employment law at the Fresenius Hochschule in Hamburg