Simone Zündorf

Lawyer / Associate Partner
  • Specialist Lawyer for Building and Architectual Law
Immermannstraße 20
40210 Düsseldorf

Since 2009, Simone Zündorf has focused on construction and architectural law, as well as real estate law. In the field of services contract law, she advises and represents her clients – both out of court and in court – and conducts mediation proceedings. In addition, Zündorf advises numerous small and medium-sized companies on commercial law matters. Zündorf also regularly conducts legal client training, with a particular focus on contract drafting.

  • Expertise
    • Employment law disputes

      Although our advice is aimed at preventing conflicts, legal disputes in the context of employment law are often unavoidable. FPS represents clients before all German courts and the European Court of Justice. In particular, we represent companies in proceedings concerning the legitimacy of trade union industrial action. Besides collective cases, representation also extends to individual dismissal protection proceedings as well as disputes in the areas of remuneration, the Employee Inventions Act, non-compete clauses and discrimination. We also support our clients in works council hearings and in approval procedures before the Integration Office. In addition, our mediators have considerable experience in out-of-court dispute resolution to avoid court proceedings.

    • Drafting employment contracts

      Drawing up employment contracts for managing directors and board members as well as work contracts for employees at individual contract law level is one of our main focal areas in the field of employment law. This particularly includes the structuring of bonus and target agreements as well as other special allowances or employee share schemes (stock options, stock appreciation rights, etc.). In addition, we sit down with our clients to come up with tailored, innovative solutions to make working time models more flexible – by way of part-time contracts, working time accounts or fixed-term contracts, for example – and we are also very experienced in handling the termination of employment relationships, whether through dismissal or termination/settlement agreements, and dealing with the resulting issues regarding severance packages, holiday pay or preclusion periods.

    • Real estate financing

      In the context of any real estate transaction, the financing of the transaction itself also plays a key role. FPS not only advises in the area of due diligence, but also drafts and negotiates loan agreements and deals with complex portfolio financing. In addition, our experts examine refinancing options with traditional or alternative forms of financing and advise on meeting the loan disbursement requirements.

    • Neighbour law

      The high level of importance accorded to property ownership in Germany requires a large number of neighbour regulations that govern the legal relationships between landowners and play a major role in the approval or modification of construction projects. When it comes to negotiating and concluding neighbourhood agreements that take into account the interests of all parties, our experts have wide-ranging expertise acquired over a number of decades. In many projects, and in particular high-rise building developments in Frankfurt, we have been successfully working in the field of neighbour law for many years.

    Language skills

    German English French
  • Education
    since 2018Associate Partner at FPS 
    2012Certified Specialist Lawyer for Construction and Architectural Law
    2009Admission to practise law in Germany 
    2008Second state law exam
    2006First state law exam
  • Memberships
    • ARGE Baurecht (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bau- und Architektenrecht im Deutschen Anwaltverein)
    • Deutscher Baugerichtstag e.V.
    • International Bar Association
    • FIDAR e.V. – die Frauen in die Aufsichtsräte e.V.