Dr. Timon Grau

Employment Partner, Düsseldorf


Timon specialises in economically and strategically relevant fields of employment law. Along with providing employment law advice on transactions, outsourcings, carve-outs and restructurings, Timon advises domestic and international clients from various sectors in particular on works constitution and collective bargaining law, on corporate co-determination as well as on board and management board matters and in connection with remuneration systems, occupational pensions and litigation. Furthermore, he is a highly experienced advisor in the fields of employee data protection, compliance, crisis management and internal investigations. Timon is one of the leading figures in our interdisciplinary Compliance & Crisis Management Group in Germany. 

He regularly appears as speaker and author on strategic employment law, compliance, investigations and data protection matters. He is visiting lecturer for labour law at the Universities of Bayreuth and Siegen, Germany.

Quotations & Rankings:

Legal directories like JUVE, Legal500 and Chambers as well as newspapers such as WirtschaftsWoche and Handelsblatt list Timon as one of the leading employment lawyers in Germany.

Work highlights:
  • A major international bank: employment law advice in connection with a cross-border merger and prior restructuring of a German entity including staff reductions and negotiations with the works council.
  • A listed vehicle manufacturer: employment and pension law advice on the intra-group transfer of a business division to a subsidiary.
  • Audi: employment law advice in connection with entry into Formula 1.
  • Daimler: advising on executive employment contracts and employment contracts for board members and top level management.
  • EDP Renováveis: advising on the successful acquisition of a 70% stake in solar project developer Kronos Solar. 
  • E.ON Energie Deutschland: advising on the acquisition of the photovoltaic provider Klarsolar.
  • Mondi: advising on the sale of the Personal Care Components business to Japanese Nitto Denko Corporation through a carve-out.
  • Leading manufacturer of propulsion and energy systems: legal and strategic advice in connection with internal investigations as well as whistleblowing cases, including a complex whistleblowing case initiated by the employee in connection with a termination he feared against a public authority.
  • Leading parcel and logistics group: consulting and training in connection with LkSG, implementation of ESG measures and international occupational health and safety conventions.
  • Porsche / Volkswagen: employment law advice on the IPO of Porsche AG.
  • PSI Software: advising on the change of legal form to a European Company (SE).
  • thyssenkrupp: advising on various board matters, as well as on various transformational - confidential - projects.
  • Uniper: advising on complex corporate governance and novel remuneration issues in the context of the rescue package by the German government worth €13.5 billion in state support.