Webinar: Top 5 Termination Mistakes Across Europe

10:00 – 11:00 AM (ET), 3:00 – 4:00 PM (BST), 4:00 – 5:00 PM (CEST)

Webinar | June.27.2019 | 10am - 11am (Eastern Daylight Time)

Online Webinar

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:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • Internal Investigations
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Pay Equity

Mike Delikat Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations

New York

Michael Delikat, a partner in the New York office, serves as Chair of Orrick’s Global Employment Law Practice, which has employment law teams in the European Union, Asia as well as the United States.

He also is the founder of the firm’s Whistleblower Task Force. He previously served as the Managing Director of Orrick’s Litigation Division.

Under Mike's leadership, Orrick’s Employment Law & Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California for the fourth consecutive year by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters. The practice group has also been chosen as one of the top national employment law practices by Law 360. In recognition of Mike's practice, Chambers USA and Chambers Global awarded him a Band 1 ranking, noting he is "sought out by premier clients to handle high-stakes employment litigation and investigations," and "a very persuasive advocate who knows the law inside out and is able to get to the heart of the issue very quickly."

He represents a broad range of major corporations in all facets of labor and employment law. Mike has an active trial, arbitration and appellate practice and handles a number of high-visibility class action and impact cases. Mike has extensive experience with litigation arising from trade secret misappropriation and the enforcement of post-employment restrictions, EEOC systemic investigations and litigations, wage-and-hour collective actions and other class actions based on gender and race, with particular expertise representing companies in the financial services industry.

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Practice:

  • Compensation & Benefits

Laura L. Becking Partner Compensation & Benefits

New York

As companies around the world expand and contract, they require expert guidance on the resulting HR and compensation issues. Laura Becking has devoted her career to facilitating this process. Her guidance empowers companies, regardless of size or stage, to align their workforce and business objectives.

Her practice is unique in the market. In addition to leading Orrick’s Global Employment & Equity Compensation practice; she is also integrated into the firm’s top-tier employment practice and compensation and benefits practice, enabling her to offer comprehensive solutions for the modern workplace.

Her strategies extend beyond regulations and compliance, into the company’s overall culture and societal nuances of their local workforce. By blending these elements, her targeted plans address a wide range of issues, including hiring, performance management, terminations, discrimination, reclassification, HR data privacy compliance, employee handbooks and policies. She also helps implement employee equity and other compensation and benefits arrangements outside the U.S., and covers all aspects of securities, foreign exchange and tax filings triggered by such rollouts. Whether working with a pre-IPO start-up or an international corporation, Laura remains focused on her client’s human capital.

Laura’s distinctive approach places her in high demand for corporate transactions, in particular IPOs and acquisitions. She advised on the employment and/or equity compensation aspects of Facebook’s and Cisco’s global acquisitions; various global transactions for GoPro, Sabre, and Snap; the pre- and post-merger integration for Digicert’s acquisition of Symantec’s Website Security Business; as well as the global acquisitions and global tender offers for a large number of pre-IPO clients. She has also advised companies such as Pinterest, Elasticsearch, GitHub, Nvidia, Optimizely, Scale, Splunk, Twist, Viasat, Vice and VMWare on global employment and equity compensation matters and transactions.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Nadège Owen Of Counsel Employment Law & Litigation

Paris

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

She advises French and international companies on all employment law matters.

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

Mandy Perry Partner Employment Law & Litigation

London

Mandy Perry, a partner in the London office, is a member of the Employment Group. Mandy’s practice includes acting in high value litigation disputes in the High Court and Employment Tribunal where she has gained particular expertise in claims involving whistleblowing, discrimination and post termination restrictions.

Mandy specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law and advises clients across diverse sectors with particular emphasis on corporate and technology clients.

Mandy advises on the strategy and handling of redundancies, wrongful and unfair dismissals, TUPE, cross-border disputes, financial services remuneration issues, data protection and a full spectrum of employment-related legal issues.

Legal 500 describe Mandy as "a joy to work with, very experienced and knowledgeable". She is an accomplished speaker and regularly provides client training on legal updates, diversity matters and presents on all aspects of the employment relationship.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Mario Scofferi Of Counsel Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Milan

Mario Scofferi, Of Counsel in the Milan office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution 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 Technology Companies Group, Employment Law & Litigation

Düsseldorf; Munich

Dr. André Zimmermann, a Certified Specialist for Employment Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht), heads Orrick’s German Employment Practice. With well more than ten years of international experience, André is well-versed in restructuring and headcount reduction, employment aspects of M&A transactions, and employment related litigation.

André is listed as "frequently recommended" employment law expert by JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms, editions 2017/2018 and 2018/2019, Germany's leading lawyer ranking, and has been ranked as top employment lawyer by renown German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche 2019. Clients recommend André to JUVE as “straight shooter" and "always refreshingly honest".

Our clients praise André's "creative and efficient style of working" and "a very practical and efficient style of providing advice", referring to him as "extremely responsive and accessible when we have urgent matters" and as "an excellent advocate in court hearings".

André advises companies on a wide range of HR legal matters with a special sector focus on technology companies, including hiring and discrimination concerns, misclassification, multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment issues, HR data privacy compliance, roll out of employee handbooks and policies, performance management and terminations.

Most recently, André has advised leading multinational technology companies such as AppAnnie, Facebook, Flexera, GitHub, NVIDIA, Optimizely, Sabre, Sensata Technologies, Splunk and The Trade Desk on various employment matters in Germany.

Having long-standing experience in negotiating with works councils and unions in restructuring measures of all kind, a special focus of André's practice is on restructuring, outsourcing and headcount reductions. He is an acknowledged specialist in employing third-party personnel, especially through temporary agency work.

André is a core member of our global employment practice consisting of 70 specialized employment lawyers and world leading practices in our offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, offering the highest level of employment advice in all major jurisdictions. Our well-established teamwork across offices ensures international advice in employment law in our clients' cross-border projects.