Isabel Hexel

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Isabel Hexel


Isabel Hexel is a partner at Oppenhoff and has many years of experience in providing employment law advice to both national and international companies. Clients appreciate her negotiating skills, her pragmatic approach and her ability to explain complex matters. She assists clients in the challenges posed by individual and collective employment law, for example in negotiations with works councils and unions during reorganisations, conciliation boards or concerning New Work. Isabel Hexel is also known for her particular experience in employment law compliance, especially in the handling of internal investigations, but also for her contract drafting for the deployment of flexible human resources (provision of temporary workers, interim management, freelancers, contracts for works). Her clients are able to draw upon her extensive international network at any time, built up by her over years of multi-jurisdictional projects, including matters concerning transfers of businesses or the establishment of a European Works Council.

Isabel Hexel is a member of the Compliance group at Oppenhoff and the Trade and Consumer Goods sector group. She heads the firm's Sustainability group.

Isabel Hexel is listed amongst the best lawyers for employment law in Germany by the US American publishers Best Lawyers and the commercial gazette Handelsblatt. The international law firm register Legal 500 lists her as a recommended lawyer for employment law.



Isabel Hexel is a partner and specialist lawyer for employment law. She studied law at the Universities of Freiburg, Swansea (Wales) and Berlin, and worked for several years as a research assistant at the German Bundestag in Berlin. Her legal training included an internship at the Federal Ministry for Economics and Labour (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit) and she worked for several months at BASF in Ludwigshafen and Singapore. Prior to studying, she completed her vocational training as Bankkauffrau (bank clerk) at Commerzbank AG in Osnabrück. Before joining Oppenhoff she worked as a lawyer at Latham & Watkins LLP in Hamburg and Linklaters LLP in Cologne. 

Isabel Hexel is a member of the German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein e. V. (DAV)), Cologne Bar Association (Kölner Anwaltverein e. V.) and Employment Law Working Group of the German Bar Association. 

Isabel Hexel

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