Annabel Lehnen advises international and national companies in relation to strategic employment law issues. She focuses on providing long-term legal guidance for HR departments, in particular on collective employment law such as drafting collective agreements (i.e. Security Policies), HR change or downsizing measures and Post Merger integration processes but also with regard to creating contracts with a view to employer branding and compliance topics and in relation to complicated individual matters.

Annabel advises international companies on constructing employment law structures in the context of setting-up new locations in Germany or professionalizing their HR departments including the implementation of employment matrix structures. She also provides advice to managing directors and management boards.

Annabel studied in Passau and has practised with the Bayer Group in Paris, Barcelona, and Manchester. She qualified as a lawyer in 1996, as a specialist in employment law in 2001, and became a partner in Osborne Clarke in 2008. She worked for a well-known commercial law firm in Düsseldorf before joining Osborne Clarke in 2001.

She is a regular speaker at events from German HR Associations on current employment law issues. She also publishes regularly and is co-author of a legal reference book about Working Time Models.

Her industry and market recognition:

  • JUVE (German legal publisher): Annabel Lehnen has been ranked as a highly recommended lawyer
  • WirtschaftsWoche (German Business Magazine): TOP Law Firm 2020 for Employment Law with Annabel Lehnen being ranked as TOP lawyer 2020 for Employment Law
  • Handelsblatt (German Business and Financial Newspaper) / Best Lawyers: Annabel Lehnen has been ranked as one of the best lawyers 2020 in Germany

Osborne Clarke has advised SaaS start-up aifora on its sale to US-based Centric Software, read more.


Osborne Clarke advises the founders of justETF GmbH on the sale of the company to Scalable Capital GmbH, read more


Osborne Clarke advises Onit on acquisition of BusyLamp, read more


Osborne Clarke named "Law Firm of the Year Germany 2020", read more


Osborne Clarke awarded TOP Law Firm 2020, read more

Sequoia Capital and firstminute capital

Osborne Clarke advises Sequoia Capital and firstminute capital on investment in n8n GmbH, read more

Reifenhäuser Group

Osborne Clarke advises EDS owner on takeover by Reifenhäuser Group, read more


Advised GSA on student accommodation partnership with GIC. 


Advised Spigit on deal with Corel, read more


Advised GSA on the acquisition of the Headquarter portfolio. 

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