The law firm GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte appoints Markus Erkert as partner and recruits five associates

Press release

Paris – 01/31/2022

GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte is pleased to announce the appointment of Markus Erkert as a partner in the labour law department. This appointment follows the arrival of five new associates at the end of 2021: Amélia Prélot, Benjamin Lied, Leonie Babst, Manon Colin and Carolin Stenz.

Markus Erkert was admitted as Rechtsanwalt in Germany in 2000 and as Avocat au barreau de Paris in 2001. He joined GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte in 2007 and was appointed Counsel in 2019.

He advises and represents international groups, mostly from German speaking countries, in matters of individual and collective French labour law and corporate governance.

Markus Erkert assists clients in their hiring as well as in the amendment or termination of employment contracts. He also conducts negotiations and court proceedings related to contract terminations. He supports human resources departments in their day-to-day business and advises management in the preparation and implementation of their projects, both in individual and collective labour law. He is also active in restructuring measures and pre-acquisition due diligence.

He brings his many years of experience in negotiating and the management of companies in structuring contractual relations with corporate officers or senior executives, from the perspective of both labour law and corporate law.

Markus Erkert also advises on the secondment or expatriation of employees, in particular as regards issues of labour and social security law.

He works in German, French and English.

He is a regular speaker on labour law topics and organises in-house seminars.

“I am pleased to be part of a strong and dynamic partnership and take part in the development of the employment law department “, says Markus Erkert, Partner.

Bénédicte Querenet-Hahn, partner in charge of the labour law & compliance departments, highlights: “Markus’ appointment as partner is part of our firm’s ambition to continue the development of the labour law department. It was a natural choice for all partners, as Markus has proven his human and professional qualities and he has a genuine interest and talent for the development of our firm.”


Along with the appointment of Markus Erkert, GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte has reinforced all departments with five new associates at the end of 2021.

Amélia Prélot is Avocate au barreau de Paris specialised in labour law and has experience in commercial criminal law. She joined GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte at Law in September 2021.

Benjamin Lied is Rechtsanwalt and Avocat au barreau de Paris. He joined GGV Avocats- Rechtsanwälte in September 2021 and practices in the Corporate and M&A department.

Leonie Babst is Rechtsanwältin and Avocate au barreau de Paris. She joined the Compliance team of GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte in October 2021.

Manon Colin is Avocate au barreau de Paris and joined the commercial law, litigation and arbitration teams in October 2021. Manon Colin is also qualified in Legal Design.

Carolin Stenz joined the commercial law, litigation and real estate teams of GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte as Avocate au barreau de Paris in December 2021.


The partners also confirmed Kim Linard’s mandate as Managing Partner of GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte.


About GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte

 GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte is a French law firm with an entrepreneurial DNA that characterises all its lawyers. GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte offers tailor-made services, a strategic orientation and a constant commitment to stand by its clients, both in advice and in litigation.

GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte positions itself as a privileged contact for international companies in France. GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte accompanies foreign companies with regard to the specificities of French law and supports the implementation of their projects.

The international know-how of GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte and the firm’s worldwide network enable teamwork with clients. Thanks to the complementary skills of its lawyers, GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte accompanies its clients in all areas of business and tax law.

Established in 1974, the firm counts 18 lawyers, 7 of whom are partners. The firm has 8 practice areas: commercial law, tax law, labour law, corporate law and M&A, Real Estate and Finance, Compliance, IP/IT/Privacy and Litigation/Arbitration. The lawyers of GGV Avocats – Rechtsanwälte are comitted to providing high value-added advisory services through a multidisciplinary and operational approach.

Press contact

Cédric Le Gall

+33(0)1 44 51 05 76