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
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • Indagini interne
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Retribuzione oraria
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Risoluzione contenziosi e vertenze complesse
  • Pay Equity

Mike Delikat Partner

New York

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.



  • Employment Law & Litigation

Nicola Whiteley Partner


Leading a "straightforward and solutions-focused" team in London and offering an “outstanding and efficient service”, Nicola is listed and noted for her "business-oriented approach" in Who's Who Legal and recognised by Chambers and Partners as “an excellent lawyer” who is "extremely responsive, commercially astute and pragmatic" and “an absolute pleasure to work with”, with clients praising her "solution orientated” nature, “very good sense of customer service” and her ability to “get to the heart of a legal problem very quickly” and “simplify complex legal matters into understandable chunks”.

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



  • Technology & Innovation
  • Technology Transactions
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Cross Border Employment Law Issues
  • Discriminazione, molestie e ritorsioni
  • Pay Equity

Dr. André Zimmermann, LL.M. Partner

Düsseldorf; Monaco

André advises companies of all stages, pre-IPO startups, scaleups, unicorns and international corporations on a wide range of matters, having handled everything from day-to-day practical advice tailored to his clients’ needs, to complex multi-jurisdictional transactions from strategic planning through post-merger integration. 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 restructurings and headcount reductions.

He has advised on the employment law aspects in over 300 M&A transactions and financing rounds across various industries. Transactional advice includes employment law advice in complex, international technology transactions, M&A projects as well as private equity and venture capital investments, from due diligence to post-closing integration.

André has thorough knowledge of and a genuine passion for the tech industry. Over the last years, André has become the go-to-advisor of several Bay Area tech-companies, leaders in their market and high-growth tech companies. Most recently, he has advised leading global technology companies such as GoPro, Pinterest, GitHub, Nvidia, Sabre, Snap and Splunk on various employment matters.

André has received several awards for his work, inter alia:

  • Germany's leading lawyer ranking JUVE recognizes André as "frequently recommended" employment law expert since 2017;
  • Best Lawyers and Handelsblatt have listed André as one of Germany's best lawyers in employment law since 2020;
  • Germany's leading business weekly WirtschaftsWoche ranked André as one of the top employment lawyers in Germany in 2019;
  • IEL Elite, an in-house guide to the world’s leading employment and labour teams, recognized André as a "Key Lawyer" in 2022.

Clients recommend André to JUVE as “straight shooter" and "always refreshingly honest". Our clients praise his "creative and efficient style of working" and "a very practical and efficient style of providing advice", referring to him as "extremely responsive and always accessible" and as "an excellent advocate in court hearings". Clients appreciate André's "clear, sound and pragmatic real-world advice" and his "in-depth knowledge of the tech employment world".


  • Employment Law & Litigation

Nadège Owen Partner


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.


  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Risoluzione contenziosi e vertenze complesse

Mario Scofferi Partner


Mario si occupa di diritto del lavoro e delle relazioni industriali, assistendo clienti italiani e stranieri, sia in ambito giudiziale che stragiudiziale, in relazione a ogni aspetto della gestione del rapporto di lavoro subordinato, rapporto di agenzia e rapporto di lavoro autonomo in tutte le sue forme e in particolare:

  • redazione di contratti di lavoro (anche per dirigenti), redazione di accordi di lavoro parasubordinato (cd co.co.co.) e di lavoro autonomo e di contratti di agenzia;
  • redazione di clausole aggiuntive agli accordi di lavoro (ad esempio clausola di non concorrenza, clausole di riservatezza, etc.);
  • redazione di piani di incentivazione (ivi compresi piani di stock option);
  • controllo remoto dei dipendenti;
  • mutamento di mansioni e trasferimento dei dipendenti;
  • licenziamenti individuali e collettivi.

In particolare, Mario assiste la propria clientela nella negoziazione di contratti di lavoro autonomo e subordinato, nella fase di svolgimento dei rispettivi rapporti nonché nella loro cessazione, con l'obiettivo dichiarato di garantire servizi di alta qualità secondo rigorosi studi dettagliati e una costante interazione con i clienti.

La sua clientela opera nei settori del turismo, terziario, servizi, credito, chimico e nell'ambito della pubblica amministrazione (i.e. società da quest'ultima partecipate). 

Mario ha inoltre maturato una considerevole esperienza non solo nella gestione del rapporto delle società con i propri membri del Consiglio di Amministrazione ma anche nelle controversie tra enti previdenziali e società.

Mario è autore di numerosi articoli in materia di diritto del lavoro pubblicati su riviste di settore.

E' iscritto all'Ordine degli Avvocati di Milano, oltre a essere membro sia dell'Associazione AGI (Avvocati Giuslavoristi Italiani) che dell'Ordine dei giornalisti.