European & Asia-Pacific Employment & Labor Law workshop

07 March 2017

08.30 - 15.00

The Grand Hyatt Hotel, Union Square, 345 Stockton Street San Francisco

Join us at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco on 7 March 2017, where we will be delivering a full-day workshop exploring the curious worlds of European and Asia-Pacific Employment & Labor Law, in the context of acquisitions and restructuring the workforce.

The increase of large restructuring deals by US corporations acquiring European and Asian companies has made it critical for U.S. in-house practitioners to understand the challenges and pitfalls that can occur when doing business in these jurisdictions. Our workshop will provide an in-depth and practical look at the challenging world of European employment and labor law, in the context of acquisitions and restructuring, in particular focusing on:

  • Key differences between US/European employment law
  • Union rights and works councils
  • Mandatory employee transfer rules and employment contracts
  • Pre- and post-acquisition considerations (including due diligence)
  • Developing an effective strategy in choosing acquisition targets
  • The impact of BREXIT on UK employment law

We will also provide a broad comparison of the different legal approaches adopted in key jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region and how these compare to the systems followed across Europe. In particular we will be exploring Australia, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Our workshop will be chaired by former Northrop Grumman European Assistant General Counsel, Wolf von Kumberg, who has over 25 years' practical experience dealing with European transactions and restructuring projects. He will be joined by the co-head of Bird & Bird's Asia-Pacific employment team and employment lawyers from Bird & Bird's offices in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the Nordics and the UK. Together, they will provide cross-jurisdictional, strategic employment law expertise that any U.S. corporation contemplating or already doing business in either Europe or the Asia-Pacific region cannot afford to miss.

In addition, Bird & Bird's CEO, David Kerr, will be providing an overview on the impact of BREXIT and what it means for U.S. businesses operating in Europe.
We have held similar events in Washington D.C. and London. For a flavour of what you can expect, watch our highlights video here.

MCLE Credit: This event offers MCLE credit, pending approval - further details to be announced.

Fee: This event is free of charge.


To register click here.

The programme

08:30 - 09:00

  • Arrival and registration

09:00 - 12:00

  • Key differences between US / European / Asia-Pacific employment laws
  • Shedding lights on Co-Determination: 'Works Councils, Health & Safety Committees, Trade Unions and European Works Council
  • Explaining transfer of undertakings and employment contracts
  • Pre-acquisition actions
  • Road-map for integration

12:00 - 13:00

  • Lunch

13:00 - 15:00

  • Case study
  • Implementing and integration plan
  • Strategic Consulting 
  • The implications of BREXIT
  • Panel and questions

15:00 onwards

  • Canapés, Drinks and Networking

Getting here

The Grand Hyatt Hotel
Union Square
345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA, 94108
United States

Click here for directions.