Orrick Webinar: Restructuring across the EU and UK – Critical Employment Law Issues

7 – 8 am PDT // 10 – 11 am EDT // 3 – 4 pm BST // 4 – 5 pm CEST

Webinar | September.12.2018

Webinar - Recording Available

Most EU jurisdictions provide a good level of employee protection when it comes to restructurings, notably rights of protection against dismissal. While there are some similarities, the legal approach in EU member states varies substantively and has been the subject of new legislation in France. As such, the challenges Multinationals face can be quite different across borders.

In our 60 minute webinar, our International Employment Team will look at the key issues, latest developments and most common challenges that arise in restructuring scenarios in the UK, Germany, France, and Italy and provide practical and strategic guidance on how to navigate the maze of legal requirements.

Topics include

  • What are the new laws impacting restructuring?
  • The why, how, what and when of notice
  • How to calculate severance
  • What relevant procedure to follow
  • How to comply with information and co-determination rights of labor authorities, works councils and other employee representative bodies
  • How to retain key employees

MCLE credit will be given for this program.

For more information or questions, please contact: Matthew Gerstenberg

CLE Credits Available: Y



  • Finance Sector
  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Arbeitsrecht & arbeitsrechtlicher Streitvergleich
  • Whistleblower und Ermittlungen im Unternehmen
  • Interne Revision
  • Rechtsstreitigkeiten im Zusammenhang mit Geschäftsgeheimnissen
  • Arbeitslohn und Arbeitsstunden
  • Cybersecurity & Datenschutz
  • Komplexe Streitfälle & Streitbeilegung
  • Pay Equity

Mike Delikat Partner

New York Office

Michael Delikat, a partner in the New York office, was the previous Chair of Orrick's Global Employment Law Practice for over twenty years.

He is also the founder of the firm’s Whistleblower Task Force. He previously served as the Managing Director of Orrick’s Litigation Division. The practice group under Mike’s leadership was chosen as one of the top national employment law practices by Law 360.

Chambers USA and Chambers Global has ranked him in Band 1 since it began publishing its rankings, noting he is "a giant of the employment bar, widely regarded as an expert in whistleblowing matters and sex harassment claims,” “sought out by premier clients to handle high-stakes employment litigation and investigations,” and "one of the best lawyers on the East Coast for financial institutions."

Mike has an active trial, arbitration, and appellate practice and handles a number of high-visibility class action and impact cases. He is regularly retained by boards of directors and audit committees to conduct high exposure internal investigations of corporate wrongdoing.



  • Arbeitsrecht & arbeitsrechtlicher Streitvergleich

Nicola Whiteley Partner


Nicola is head of the London Employment Team and has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, with a particular focus on complex and/or cross border issues for multinational clients and on the Technology and Finance sectors.

Leading a "straightforward and solutions-focused" team in London, Nicola is listed and noted for her "business-oriented approach" in Who's Who Legal and recognised by Legal 500 as a "very responsive, thoughtful, and pragmatic consummate professional", with clients praising her "excellent judgment and knowledge." 

She is a member of the International Committee of the Employment Lawyer's Association.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • Arbeitsrecht & arbeitsrechtlicher Streitvergleich
  • Grenzüberschreitende Arbeitsrechtsfragen
  • Diskriminierungsrecht
  • Pay Equity

Dr. André Zimmermann, LL.M. Partner

Düsseldorf; München

Dr. André Zimmermann LL.M., Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht und Partner in unserem Düsseldorfer Büro, leitet die Arbeitsrechtspraxis von Orrick in Deutschland. Er berät seit über 15 Jahren in komplexen Fragen des Arbeitsrechts, mit einem Beratungsschwerpunkt auf den arbeitsrechtlichen Aspekten von M&A-Transaktionen, Umstrukturierungen und Personalabbau und einem besonderen Branchenfokus auf Technologieunternehmen.

André Zimmermann berät Unternehmen in allen Wachstumsphasen, von Pre-IPO-Startups und Scaleups über Unicorns bis hin zu internationalen Konzernen, in sämtlichen arbeitsrechtlichen Angelegenheiten, von der Begleitung im arbeitsrechtlichen Day-to-Day bis hin zu komplexen Transaktionen, von der strategischen Planung bis zur Post-Merger-Integration. Mit seinen umfangreichen Erfahrungen in Verhandlungen mit Betriebsräten und Gewerkschaften bei Restrukturierungsmaßnahmen aller Art liegt ein besonderer Schwerpunkt seiner Tätigkeit auf Restrukturierungen und Personalabbau.

Er hat bei über 300 M&A-Transaktionen und Finanzierungsrunden in verschiedenen Branchen zu arbeitsrechtlichen Fragen beraten. Seine Beratung umfasst dabei insbesondere die arbeitsrechtliche Begleitung bei komplexen, internationalen Technologietransaktionen, M&A-Projekten sowie Private Equity und Venture Capital Investitionen, von der Due Diligence bis zur Integration.

André Zimmermann hat besondere Erfahrung in der Technologiebranche. In den vergangenen Jahren ist er zu einem wichtigen Ansprechpartner für mehrere marktführende und wachstumsstarke Technologieunternehmen aus der Bay Area geworden. Zuletzt hat er führende globale Technologieunternehmen wie GoPro, Pinterest, GitHub, Nvidia, Sabre, Snap und Splunk in verschiedenen arbeitsrechtlichen Fragen beraten.

André Zimmermann wurde für seine Arbeit mehrfach ausgezeichnet, unter anderem:

  • Deutschlands führender Brancheninformationsdienst JUVE zeichnet André seit 2017 als "häufig empfohlenen" Arbeitsrechtsexperten aus;
  • Best Lawyers und Handelsblatt haben André 2020 und 2021 als einen der besten Anwälte Deutschlands im Arbeitsrecht empfohlen;
  • WirtschaftsWoche hat André 2019 als einen der Top-Anwälte für Arbeitsrecht in Deutschland ausgezeichnet;
  • IEL Elite, ein Ranking weltweit führender Anwälte für Arbeistrecht, empfiehlt André im Ranking 2022 als "Key Lawyer".

Unsere Mandanten empfehlen ihn gegenüber JUVE als "immer erfrischend ehrlich" und betonen seine "unkomplizierte Art". Sie loben seinen "kreativen und effizienten Arbeitsstil" und seinen "sehr effizienten und praxisorientierten Beratungsstil". Sie bezeichnen ihn als "extrem reaktionsschnell und immer erreichbar" und als "ausgezeichneten Anwalt bei Gerichtsverhandlungen". Unsere Mandanten schätzen besonders seine "klare, fundierte und pragmatische praxisnahe Beratung" und seine "besonderen Kenntnisse der Technologiebranche".



  • Arbeitsrecht & arbeitsrechtlicher Streitvergleich

Nadège Owen Partner


Nadège Owen is an employment Partner in Orrick’s Paris office. 

Nadège advises French and international companies on all employment law matters with a recognized experience on employment law aspects of corporate transactions. She regularly deals with employment law related issues arising in the context of restructurings (in particular social plans), mergers and acquisitions as well as more generally on all employment law aspects for domestic and international clients, regarding day to day issues, executive severance and relations with employee representatives and trade unions.  

Prior to joining Orrick, Nadège was an associate for eight years in the Employment, Pensions & Benefits team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.



  • Arbeitsrecht & arbeitsrechtlicher Streitvergleich
  • Komplexe Streitfälle & Streitbeilegung

Mario Scofferi Partner


Mario Scofferi, Partner in the Milan office, is a member of the Employment Group.

Mario deals with labor law and industrial relations, assisting Italian and foreign clients, both in judicial and out-of-court matters, related to every aspect of the management of employment relationship, agency relationship and self-employment relationship in all its forms including inter alia:

  • drafting of employment agreements (also for managers), drafting of para-subordinate employment agreements (so-called co.co.co.), self-employment agreements, agency agreements;
  • drafting additional clauses to employment agreements (for example, non-competition and confidentiality clauses, etc.);
  • drafting of incentive plans (including stock option plans);
  • remote control of employees;
  • change of duties and transfer of employees;
  • individual and collective dismissal.

Specifically, Mario assists clients in the negotiation of self-employment and employment agreements, during their respective relationships as well as in their termination, with the stated objective of guaranteeing high quality services according to rigorous detailed studies and constant interaction with the clients.

His clients operate in the tourism, tertiary and services sector, as well as credit and chemistry sector and in the public administration (i.e. companies owned by the latter).

Mario has also gained considerable experience in managing relationships of the companies with the members of their Board as well as in disputes between social security institutions and companies.

Mario is author of numerous articles in the field of labor law published in trade magazines.

He is registered in the Milan Bar Association, as well as being both a member of AGI – (Italian Employment Lawyers Association) and of the Italian Journalists Association.