Dr. Alexander Willemsen

Employment LawInsolvency and Restructuring

Dr. Alexander Willemsen


Alexander Willemsen advises and represents German and foreign companies on all questions of individual and collective employment law. His work focuses on the restructuring of companies and businesses as well as the employment law aspects of M&A transactions. He also specialises on advising companies on the drafting and termination of service agreements with board members, managing directors and executive officers, and advises on the employers' side in court disputes with works councils and unions.

Alexander Willemsen is a member of the Automotive & Mobility sector group.

The JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms 2021/2022 names Alexander Willemsen as a frequently recommended advisor and, for the second time in a row, as „Rising Star of the Year“ in the field of employment law. The Legal 500 Deutschland 2021 names Alexander Willemsen as a key lawyer for employment law. Best Lawyers considers him to be one of the best lawyers in Germany for employment law. Alexander Willemsen was named a Top Lawyer in the field of employment law by WirtschaftsWoche 2023 for the second time.


Alexander Willemsen is a partner at Oppenhoff and specialist lawyer for employment law. He studied law at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and at Washington University in St. Louis, USA. His further vocational training included internships at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit) and in the employment law department of a major German commercial law firm. In 2009, Alexander Willemsen earned his doctorate (Dr. iur) under Prof. Dr. Ulrich Preis at the University of Cologne on an employment law topic. Alexander Willemsen is a member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA), the German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein e. V. (DAV)), the Cologne Bar Association (Kölner Anwaltverein e. V. (KAV)) as well as the Employment Law Working Group of the German Bar Association.

Dr. Alexander Willemsen

PartnerAttorneySpecialized Attorney for Employment Law

German, English

Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 23
50668 Cologne
T +49 221 2091 551
M +49 173 6291 635