Webinar: Top 5 Termination Mistakes Across Europe

Webinar | June.27.2019

Webinar - Recording Available

In most European jurisdictions, "at-will" employment is not a recognized concept. This means dismissals can be more complicated — formal requirements, fair reasons and employee representatives can all be relevant when terminating an employee. Please join members of Orrick’s Global Employment Law Team for their first-hand observations on common termination pitfalls across Europe and how to avoid them.

CLE Credits Available: Y

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Practice:

  • Finance Sector
  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • Interne Revision
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Arbeitslohn und Arbeitsstunden
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Komplexe Streitfälle & Streitbeilegung
  • Pay Equity

Mike Delikat Partner

New York

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.

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  • Employment Law & Litigation

Nadège Owen Partner

Paris

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.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Komplexe Streitfälle & Streitbeilegung

Mario Scofferi Partner

Mailand

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.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Cross Border Employment Law Issues
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • 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".

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Compensation & Benefits

Chanani Sandler Of Counsel

New York

Chanani Sandler is a trusted advisor to his clients across industry sectors who are looking for practical advice on how to grow and manage their human capital around the globe.

Chanani advises multinational companies across all industry lines on a variety of employment-related matters and implementation of global equity compensation programs. He globally manages large multi-country and large multi-function HR projects.

From an employment law perspective, Chanani advises his clients on a wide range of employment-related matters outside the United States, including global/local offer letters and employment contracts, rollout of HR policies and employee handbooks as well as termination and settlement agreements. His work also covers advising clients hiring, HR data privacy compliance, discrimination risks, as well as performance management and terminations. He also works with his clients to consider the employment-related impact of, and undertake due diligence for, cross-border corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, and IPOs.

Chanani also counsels his clients on how to effectively design, implement, communicate and administer equity-based compensation programs and other long-term incentive awards to their employees and other service providers worldwide. His work covers securities law, foreign exchange, employment, tax and other compliance requirements related to these programs. He also provides services in the areas of corporate tax planning, cross-border tax planning, payroll support and employee education with respect to global equity programs, including in the context of corporate transactions.

He has presented at industry educational forums, such as the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) and Global Equity Organization (GEO), on topics related to tax compliance as well as effective design, implementation and administration of global equity-based awards and other long-term incentive plans.