Making your acquisition a success - how to restructure the European workforce effectively


Date: 16 June 2016
Time: 08.30 - 16.00 GMT    Venue: 15 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1JP


This seminar provides an in-depth and practical look at the challenging world of European employment law in the context of acquisitions and restructuring, with particular focus on:

  • An overview of the European legal landscape
  • Union rights and works councils
  • Data Protection Highlights
  • Mandatory employee transfer rules and employment contracts
  • Pre- and post-acquisition considerations (including due diligence)
  • Developing an effective strategy in choosing acquisition targets

This is a seminar that no in-house lawyer or HR professional with current or contemplated business in Europe can afford to miss.

Chairing the event will be Northrop Grumman's former European Assistant General Counsel, Wolf von Kumberg, who has over 25 years of practical experience dealing with European transactions and restructuring projects.

He will be joined by employment and data protection lawyers from across Bird & Bird's international offices, who will provide the full range of cross-jurisdictional and strategic employment law expertise that any company contemplating or already doing business in Europe will need to know.

The seminar coincides with the England v Wales UEFA Euro 2016 football match. We will finish just in time for the 14:00 kick-off and invite you to join us for an afternoon of networking, where we will be screening the match live alongside a drink reception.

Would you like to attend?

The programme

08:30 - 09:00

  • Registration

09:00 - 09:10

  • Introduction
    Wolf von Kumberg, former European Legal Director, Northrop Grumman

09:10 - 09:25

  • Key differences and similarities between UK and Mainland European law
    Katarina Åhlberg, Partner, Bird & Bird Sweden

09:25 - 09:50

  • Shedding light on Co Determination: 'European Works' Council, Trade Unions and Health & Safety Committees
    Nathalie Devernay, Counsel, Bird & Bird France
    Catharina Klumpp, Associate, Bird & Bird Germany

09:50 - 10:05

  • Break

10:05 - 10:25

  • Explaining transfer of undertakings and employment contracts
    Ian Hunter, Partner, Bird & Bird UK

10:25 - 10:50

10:50 - 11:20

  • Road-map for integration
    Philip Hartman, Partner, Bird & Bird Netherlands

11:20 - 11:30

  • Panel and questions
    UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and Sweden

11:30 - 11:45

  • Data Protection Update: Europe's new laws, the Privacy Shield and other challenges
    James Mullock, Partner, Bird & Bird London

11:45 - 12:15

  • Lunch

12:15 - 12:25

  • Case study introduction
    Miguel Pastur, Counsel, Bird & Bird Spain

12:25 - 12:50

12:50 - 13:05

  • Panel and questions
    UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and Sweden

13:05 - 13:35

  • Strategic consulting
    Wolf von Kumberg, former European Legal Director, Northrop Grumman
    Philip Hartman, Partner, Bird & Bird Netherlands

13:35 - 13:50

  • Panel and questions

13:50 - 14:00

  • Concluding remarks and next steps

14:00 - 16:00

  • Networking and viewing of football match (England v Wales)

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