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Markulf Behrendt


Allen & Overy Hamburg, Germany
Partner, Global Head of Employment & Benefits

Markulf’s combination of extensive experience in employment law, regular advice to leading B2C companies on complex proceedings, and his lecturing and speaking engagements on human resources issues, keep him at the cutting edge of his field. He holds several key management roles such as Global Head of Employment & Benefits and Co-head of the German Compliance Group. Being especially known for his expertise in all compliance related issues, Markulf is frequently involved in the development of modern corporate governance and compliance structures right up to establishing complex compliance management systems, but also in both internal and official investigations, together with related legal disputes, he also advises on employee leasing arrangements, working hours, health & safety, employee data privacy, damages claims, etc. Lately, whistleblowing has become a key issue he is advising on and asked to write or speak about.

With more than 13 years of professional experience as an employment lawyer and over 8 years of heading the Employment & Benefits group in Hamburg, Markulf’s clients profit of his depth of expertise. Markulf is highly valued by his clients and peers alike and “with his specialisation on regulation/compliance, he can become the driving force behind a generational change” (Juve Handbook 2018/2019) being described as “an excellent employment lawyer”, “fast, unbureaucratic and solution-oriented” and “excellently networked” (Legal 500 2018).

His experience and expertise has established many long-standing client relationships, particularly with international companies where his advice deals with multiple legal jurisdictions. Markulf is also widely recognised for his lecturing on human resources issues (Wismar University) and regular publishing and speaking engagements, both with a strong focus on compliance related issues and especially with regards to whistleblowing.

-“Understanding the client is key to a successful ongoing relationship. In today’s complex global business context they need straightforward, pragmatic advice from someone who is always reachable.”-

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