“Very responsive, provides highly professional experienced employment law advice, and is a pleasure to work with."

“He is a living encyclopedia. When you have a question, you call him, and you have a direct answer, and then you receive an e-mail confirming the advice or recommendation. Extremely happy with the quality of the services delivered.”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Matthias Rubner

  • 45, rue Saint-Dominique
  • Paris 75007
  • France

Matthias Rubner is a partner in the Paris office of Latham & Watkins. He primarily advises on employment law.

Mr. Rubner provides French and international clients with labor law advice related to corporate reorganizations and downsizing, business outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions, and relationships with unions and employee representatives. He frequently engages in negotiations with unions, work councils, and the labor administration and related litigation.

Mr. Rubner has strong expertise in the area of data protection law, employee privacy, codes of business ethics, and whistleblower procedures. He regularly advises US clients on how to conduct investigations in France and how to reconcile export control legislation with EU and on French data protection and employee privacy rules.

Mr. Rubner is fluent in French, English, and German. He is a frequently featured speaker at seminars in France, the UK, Germany, and the US.


“Matthias Rubner is a living encyclopedia: he knows the law well, but above all, he makes it understandable and makes proposals for an approach, taking into account the advantages and disadvantages. It facilitates decision making. He is clearly a business lawyer, and that is what I look for most often.” The Legal 500 EMEA 2022

Mr. Rubner is recognized as a Leading Individual. Chambers Europe 2022

“An excellent lawyer: he is easy to talk to, knows his subject and takes good care of clients.” The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Recognized in Chambers Europe 2020 rankings. 

“Noted for his profound expertise in employment issues arising from M&A, including consultations with employee representatives. He also handles contentious matters concerning redundancies and social security.” Chambers Europe 2019

“Mr. Rubner, who is in sole charge, has deep and perfect knowledge of the German language and legislation.” Legal 500 EMEA 2018

“A well-reputed expert in the fields of employee privacy and data protection, frequently advising US clients on matters concerning EU legislation. “Very good experience in HR cases, strong listening and advisory capacity and support in negotiations.”Chambers Europe 2017

He is regularly quoted in Chambers Europe, Legal 500 EMEA, Legal 500 Paris, Best Lawyers and Décideurs. He is described as “hard-working, always available and has a fantastic global perspective.”

Ranked as Excellent in the field of collective negotiations and social relations, and as Essential in the field of social management of M&A and social audits, by Décideurs, the Paris office's employment law team is particularly well known on the French market.

His recent representative experience includes:

  • Redundancy plans in the industrial and services sectors, negotiation with works councils and unions of collective agreements
  • Implementation, for major international groups of corporate governance rules, codes of ethics, delegations of liability, employee mobility/working time policies, and contracts of employment - multijurisdictional: Europe, Middle East, and South Eastern Asia
  • Advice and implementation of compensation and retention plans in the financial sector
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