The acquirer attempted to contractually transfer employees to a so-called "transitional company" (Transfergesellschaft) for a few hours only. The employees involved had previously signed five different employment offers presented by the acquirer, some of them limited, some unlimited in time. The acquirer subsequently accepted one of the offers, which was a fixed term contract. The court held that this was an unlawful circumvention of the business transfer rules, which are intended to safeguard the continuation of the employment relationship in the event a business is acquired by a new owner. This represents a fairly blunt example of an attempt to avoid statutory laws. However, a purchaser could conceivably acquire solely the assets of an insolvent company after the employees have been transferred to a transitional company, and acquire the employees from the transitional company at a later time. Due to increased scrutiny from the labour courts, precise planning of any such transfer would be required.