Employment Law Group Expands Recognition in Europe and Asia


Over the last several years, Orrick's Employment Law group has been building its practice and reputation in Europe and Asia. As more and more companies grow globally, the Employment Law group is utilizing its expertise to help clients with their cross-border employment needs.

Led by partners Christine Guillot-Bouhours in Paris, Nicola Whiteley in London, Arno Frings in Düsseldorf, Elizabeth Cole in Shanghai and Mark Weeks and senior associate Yumiko Ohta in Tokyo, and assisted by the Global Corporate Solutions team led by of counsel Laura Becking, Orrick's Employment Law group has been assisting multinational clients with all of their employment and benefits law advice and contentious proceedings in tribunals and courts.

The Global Employment Law group's cross-border engagements have included:

  • Global Social Networking Company: Serving as worldwide employment law counsel, providing all employment law, data privacy and global equity advice, and dispute representation.
  • JPMorgan Chase: Advising on the enforcement of nonsolicitation agreements in proceedings simultaneously litigated in the U.S. federal courts and before the High Court in the United Kingdom.
  • Adecco: Advising this Swiss-based company on its employment contract with its North American chief executive officers.
  • Intuit: Advising this accounting-software company on all of its employment law matters inside and outside the United States.
  • NVIDIA: Advising this world leader in visual computing technologies on data privacy obligations and the implementation of whistleblower hotlines outside the United States.
  • Western Union: Representing the company in two whistleblower claims in the United Kingdom.
  • Mitsubishi Electric Europe (Germany): Representing this electronic manufacturer in various employment law basic decisions, resolution proceedings, summary proceedings, reduction of personnel, negotiations regarding reconciliation of interests and social plans.

In addition to handling many high-profile engagements over the last year, the group has held a series of client seminars that have raised the visibility of Orrick's employment law expertise in local markets in Europe and Asia. In Japan, Mike Delikat, Yumiko Ohta and Mark Weeks addressed clients such as Goldman Sachs, NVIDIA and Apple on the increase of employment law litigation in Japan since the establishment of the labor tribunal court, and on cross-border protection of trade secrets.

In Frankfurt, the German Employment Law group, along with San Francisco partner Gary Siniscalco, hosted a seminar on national labor jurisdiction and legislation as well as cross-border employment trends. Held in cooperation with Amadeus FiRe AG, a leading financial personnel service company, the event was attended by more than 100 people and included representatives from Bank of America, BMW, DHL and Lufthansa.

In London, Gary Siniscalco and London employment law senior associate Mandy Perry discussed U.S. and U.K. bonuses, executive pay and severance agreements.

And, in Paris, Christine Guillot-Bouhours and Gary Siniscalco hosted a panel discussion on trade secrets and restrictive covenants. The panel included general counsel for Essilor Group, Carol Xueref, and senior advisor for ORM. Clients at the seminar included Gaz de France Suez, Total, and Société Générale.