Dr. Norma Studt


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Summary Open

Norma is a Managing Associate in the Employment group of the Hamburg office of Watson Farley & Williams. She is a qualified employment lawyer.

Norma advises national and international entities on all individual and collective employment law questions as well as on employment law related disputes. She has experience in works council and union negotiations including interim injunction proceedings and reconciliation board negotiations. She also specialises in national and multinational M&A and private equity transactions, reorganisations and outsourcings of any size.

For many years, Norma lectures for external seminar providers and conducts in-house seminars. She has published various employment-law related articles and is co-author of employment law commentaries/standard works.

Experience Open

    Norma’s experience includes advising:
    • Various national and international clients on works council and collective bargaining negotiations including conciliation proceedings.
    • Various national and international clients on restructurings including transfers of undertakings or parts thereof, terminations, mass dismissals and reconciliation and social plan negotiations.
    • Various national and international clients on employment law-related litigation.
    • A British group of companies within an Asset Deal including preparing relocations, dismissals, drafting of purchase contract clauses and information letters pursuant to Section 613a BGB to the employees, with continuous support in answering various employment law-related questions of the day-to-day business.
    • A US group of companies regarding daily employment law related issues including ordinary and extraordinary dismissals and litigation.
    • Various private equity clients on day-to-day employment law-related questions, particularly regarding the setting up and terminating of management contracts.
    • Various clients on (multinational) transactions, in parts including preparatory employee reconciliation and social plan negotiations or subsequent employee synergy measures.
    • National and international clients regarding social security insurance disputes with respect to so-called false self-employment in social security-related disputes (advise, hearing, objection and social court proceedings).

Education Open

  • 2005: Qualified employment lawyer
  • 2002: Doctorate degree, University of Hamburg
  • 2000: Second German State Exam, Higher Regional Court Hamburg
  • 1996: First German State Exam, University of Hamburg

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Often recommended lawyer by JUVE (a., “Outstanding qualified, fast and binding” (competitor))
  • Lecturer Quadriga Hochschule Berlin
  • Co-author of “Gesamtes Arbeitsrecht”, Nomos, regarding § 14 TzBfG / Contracts Limited in Time pursuant to Section 14 of the Part-Time and Contracts Limited in Time Act
  • Co-author of “AnwaltFormulare Arbeitsrecht“, DeutscherAnwaltVerlag, regarding Contracts Limited in Time
  • Der umwandlungsrechtliche Interessenausgleich nach § 323 UmwG / The reconciliation of interests pursuant to Section 323 para. 2 of the Reorganisation of Companies Act, Dissertation, Duncker & Humblot, 2001

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • German Lawyers‘ Association
  • Hanseatic Bar Association Hamburg

Employment Record Open

  • 2018 – present: Watson Farley & Williams, Hamburg, Managing Associate
  • 2009 – 2018: Latham & Watkins, Counsel
  • 2001 – 2008: Latham & Watkins, Associate
  • 2000 – 2001: Gaerdertz Rechtsanwälte, Attorney-at-Law

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