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International Employment Law 2016


Speaker(s): Anders Etgen Reitz, Andrez Carberry, Baba M. Zipkin, Donald C. Dowling, Jr., Dr. Gerlind Wisskirchen, Dr. Thomas Müller-Bonnani, Edward C. O'Callaghan, Erika C. Collins, Eva Knipschild, Frances Phillips Taft, Gary R. Siniscalco, Hironobu Tsukamoto, Joanna (Jodi) Varon, Johan Lubbe, John W. Hamlin, Louise Patry, Marianne Granhoj, Nicola Rabson, Philip M. Berkowitz, Roselyn S. Sands, Wendi S. Lazar, Xiaolin Zhou
Recorded on: Jun. 9, 2016
PLI Program #: 150404

Anders Etgen Reitz heads the HR legal team at IUNO, a leading law firm in Denmark.

Anders is recognized as one of Denmark’s leading employment lawyers. He is a specialist in international employment law and advises multinationals on conducting business in the Nordic region and around the globe.

Anders is a regular speaker at international conferences on employment law issues. He co-edited several books on international employment law for the ABA's International Practitioner's Deskbook Series. Anders has also written a number of articles on national and international employment law.

Anders is Co-Chair of the Global Employment Institute (GEI) and former Co-Chair of the Discrimination and Equality Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) as well as a former Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) - International Employment Law Committee.

Anders is on the panel of experts on employment law (fagudvalget for ansættelsesret) and the International Committee of the Danish Bar Association (Danske Advokater). Anders was one of the founding board members of the Danish Employment Lawyers Association (Ansættelsesadvokater) and an active member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA).

Anders received his Master's Degree in Law in 2000 from the University of Copenhagen. He has pursued his international studies at Oxford and Harvard, and in 2005 he received an LL.M. in labour and employment law from New York University.


Andrez Carberry is the Head of Global Talent Supply and Diversity and Inclusion at John Deere, where he is responsible for leading the development of best-in-class talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion strategies for John Deere. 

Prior to joining Deere, Andrez served as the Chief Region Counsel at US Foods, where served as a “go to” legal representative to senior management on enterprise wide business matters including commercial and transactional negations and complex business projects that impact the regions and the business.

Prior to joining US Foods, Andrez served as the Chief Counsel of Global Labor, Employment & Social Responsibility; and Regional Compliance Director, North America at Avon Products, Inc.  In that capacity he served as the chief human resources attorney for the company, participated on Avon’s Global Human Resources Leadership Team and lead the Global Legal Organization’s Human Resources Practices Group.  As Compliance Director for NA, he counselled the business on varying matters and worked with a global team to identify risks, design and implement controls to mitigate those risks, track and report the effectiveness of said controls. Andrez also served as counsel to the NA business.

Andrez was formerly a Senior Litigation and Labor & Employment Associate at Fox Rothschild’s New York Office where he handled varying commercial litigation and employment related matters for a variety of clients in various industries.  He also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Office of the Corporation Counsel, Labor and Employment Division, where he successfully litigated several matters in state and federal courts, and tried several federal jury cases.

Andrez received his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law, a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Policy Analysis from Stony Brook University.


Baba Zipkin is the principal of Millrace Consulting, offering legal and HR services regarding international mobility and immigration matters to companies operating on a global basis.

Until January 2016, Baba was a Senior Counsel with IBM’s Corporate HR Law Group.

After joining IBM in 1999, Baba provided support for IBM’s global business in the area of domestic and international employment law, focusing on outsourcing and M&A deals, labor models, global mobility, and immigration issues.  In addition, as a lead for IBM’s extended global HR legal team, she handled a full range of domestic and international employment law issues for IBM’s commercial and public sector businesses, and worked closely with IBM’s regional and country lawyers and outside counsel on cross-border employment law matters. She also supported IBM’s Government and Regulatory Affairs organization in the immigration and wage and hour areas.

Baba began her legal practice in Brussels, Belgium with the law firm of Puelinckx, DeScheemacker & Dillemans, and prior to joining IBM was a partner with Hall, Dickler, Kent, Friedman & Wood in New York City, where she headed the firm’s employment practice.

Baba is co-vice chair and member of the management committee of XBHR, a global forum for cross-border human resources experts. She is a member of the International Bar Association’s Global Employment Institute, where she serves on the GEI Working Group. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the New York federal district courts, Southern and Eastern Districts, and the New York state courts.


Donald C. Dowling has extensive experience advising U.S.-based companies on outbound international labor and employment laws. Don provides counsel on a wide variety of global employment law matters, including codes of conduct and HR policies that guide operations in multiple jurisdictions, international compensation and benefits issues, whistleblower hotlines, and cross-border internal investigations and HR compliance audits. He regularly advises clients on employment matters that arise with international restructurings, reductions in force, mergers, acquisitions, and outsourcing. Additionally, Don helps clients properly engage independent contractors overseas, manage expatriate programs, and develop employment agreements and employee handbooks.

Earlier in his career, Don served as in-house international employment counsel for a Fortune 500 company in Paris and as an employment law consultant for a global consulting firm. He has delivered hundreds of presentations on international employment law issues in English and Spanish in countries around the world, and regularly publishes articles and teaches courses on a variety of global employment law topics.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Advisory Board
New York University School of Law’s Center for Labor & Employment Law

Former Chair
Cross-Border HR Group
XBHR

Recognition

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Chambers USA 2017

Named, Legal 500
US Labor & Employment, Workplace and Employment Counseling

Named, Super Lawyer
New York
Super Lawyers

Named, Attorneys Who Matter
2010
Ethisphere Institute

Named, Leading International Labor/Employment Lawyer
PLC Which Lawyer?

Order of the Coif

Education

  • J.D., Levin College of Law at University of Florida, 1985
  • A.B., University of Chicago, 1982

Languages

  • Spanish

Bar Admission

New York

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio


Dr Thomas Müller-Bonanni LL.M. is a partner with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the firm's head of the German speaking Employment Pensions and Benefits practice group. His practice covers the full range of labor and employment law with a special focus on mass lay-offs, restructurings, and mergers & acquisitions. Thomas has also broad experience in advising on remuneration systems including stock options. He furthermore represents regularly major German and international corporates in senior executive matters.

Recent work

His recent work includes advising Porsche on their conversion into a European Stock Corporation, ThyssenKrupp on the restructuring and sale of their shipyards business, E.ON on their group-wide restructuring program p2w and Weight Watchers on a reorganization of their sales organization.

Publications

Thomas is a regular lecturer at HR specialist seminars, both at national and international level, and author of numerous legal publications. Inter alia, Thomas is a co-editor of the American Bar Association's Practitioner's Guide to International Employment Law. He is also an author in a leading German handbook on labor and employment law and a handbook on international corporations.

Additional information

Thomas received his legal education at the universities of Cologne, Germany, Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland. He holds an LL.M. degree of New York University and was a scholar of the German Academic Exchange service.


Edward O’Callaghan has over twenty years of litigation experience in criminal and civil matters both in private practice and in government service. His practice focuses on defending financial institutions, public companies, asset management firms, and individuals in international and domestic regulatory investigations and criminal prosecutions, including cases involving allegations of securities fraud, insider trading and market manipulation, bank fraud, money laundering, accounting fraud, health care fraud, corruption, RICO, criminal antitrust, and matters involving alleged violations of the United States export controls and the FCPA.

Recent public instructions include the representation of Jeffrey Webb, the former President of CONCACAF and FIFA Executive Committee Member in the criminal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) indictment pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and Fokker Services, B.V., in the successful negotiation of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with DOJ involving historical violations of the U.S. sanctions, and related court proceedings in United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Edward has represented five of the largest financial institutions in the world in grand jury investigations, regulatory enforcement and compliance matters and in transactional due diligence investigations. He also handles complex civil cases, conducts internal investigations for corporate clients and constructs effective global compliance and risk assessment programs for multi-national corporations.

From 1999 until 2008, Edward was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Co-Chief of the Terrorism & National Security Unit during the last three years of his tenure. He acted as the lead prosecutor on a number of high-profile matters including the Department of Justice’s international financial fraud investigation and prosecutions related to corruption in the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program, RICO prosecutions of crime families, numerous banks and securities fraud cases, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters, export control enforcement, and other cases.

Mr. O’Callaghan is a recipient of the US Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (2008) and the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant US Attorney (2000).  He received a B.A. Government (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Georgetown University in 1991, a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1994 and was admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York in 1995.  After law school, he was Law Clerk to the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


Erika Collins is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the International Labor & Employment Law Group. Erika advises and counsels multinational public and private companies on a wide range of cross-border employment and human resources matters throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Erika represents U.S. and non-U.S. employers in all aspects of company growth and restructuring, from office openings, executive hires and workforce expansions to company downsizing, employment terminations, mass layoffs and office closures. She advises clients on preparing competitive employment packages and agreements, such as separation, expatriate and consulting agreements, that are compliant with local laws, as well as on payroll, benefits and vacation issues. Erika regularly conducts multi-country audits of employment laws and practices in order to provide advice to clients regarding compliance with data privacy, fixed term contracts, outsourcing, and working time and leave regulations among numerous other issues.

Erika has helped numerous companies comply with EU data privacy regulations, as well as other similarly onerous non-US data privacy regulations. She has conducted data privacy training for dozens of employers and her expertise in employee-related data privacy challenges spans the globe.

Additionally, Erika advises employers on sexual harassment and other misconduct allegations. She also is experienced in conducting due diligence on international subsidiaries and advising on applicable business transfer laws and employee transition issues in cross-border M&A transactions.

Erika is the editor of The Employment Law Review (7th Edition), which covers employment laws in 48 countries as well as three cross border chapters on M&A, Global Diversity and Social Media. In addition to authoring numerous articles on international employment topics, Erika is a regular speaker at the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Topics on which she has written and spoken recently include: “Cross-Border Transfers of Executives,” “Global Mobility Issues for Multi-Nationals,” “Employment Issues in Cross-Border M&A Transactions,” “The Landscape of Issues in International Employment Law,” “Global Diversity Programs,” “The Intersection of EU Privacy and Anti-Discrimination Laws,” and “Cross-Border Investigations.”

Memberships

International Bar Association (Senior Vice-Chair of the Industrial Relations and Employment Law Committee)

American Bar Association's Section of International Law,
International Employment Law Committee (Former Chair)

Housing + Solutions (Advisory Board Member)

XBHR (Member, Former Board Member)

Awards & Recognition

Chambers USA: New York: Labor & Employment 2007-2016

Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law 2010-2016

The Legal 500 United States: Labor & Employment: Workplace & Employment Counseling 2013, 2015-2016

Lexology Client Choice Award: Labor & Employment 2016

Euromoney: 2015 Americas Women in Business Law: Best in Labor & Employment

New York Super Lawyers 2007-2015

The International Who’s Who of Management, Labour & Employment Lawyers 2007-2013

Related Practices

International Labor & Employment

Non-Compete & Trade Secrets

Strategic Corporate Planning

Whistleblowing & Retaliation

French & EU Labor and Employment Law

Hiring & Background Checks

Mergers & Acquisitions

Privacy & Data Security

Higher Education

Education

University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D., 1994

Brown University, A.B., 1988

Admissions & Qualifications

New York

California

District of Columbia


Frances Philips Taft is a dual qualified attorney (US/UK) and has over 20 years of experience in United States and international employment law as in-house counsel and in private practice. Most recently, Fran was the Executive Counsel for Baker Hughes (GE company (BHGE)), an international industrial service company and one of the world's largest oil field services companies that provides the oil and gas industry with products and services for oil drilling, formation evaluation, completion, production and reservoir consulting. BHGE has operations in 120+ countries and employs over 61,000 employees.

At BHGE, Fran was the Company’s Global Labor and Employment Counsel and Global Data Privacy Leader with primary responsibility for data privacy compliance and labor and employment matters pending in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. Fran was responsible for providing strategic and legal guidance to the global human resources team and business leaders and for developing L&E strategy, driving HR compliance, data privacy compliance, anticipating new social legislation/key risks for the business as well as managing global employee relations, L&E litigation and supporting M&A transactions.

Prior to joining BHGE, she worked in Florence, Italy as Global Labor and Employment and Data Privacy Counsel for GE Oil & Gas and was a Senior Solicitor with the UK law firm Hammonds based in London, UK, successfully implemented Hammonds’ International Benefits Practice.  Fran was also in-house Benefits Counsel with McKinsey & Company, Inc. in New York and an environmental toxic tort litigator with the law firm Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps, LLP.

Fran is a frequent speaker on global labor and employment, ethics and compliance and data privacy issues. She has also written several articles on labor and employment and international pension and employee benefits and has contributed to several textbooks and publications.


Gary Siniscalco, Senior Counsel and Co-Chair of the EEO & OFCCP Compliance Group, has significant experience advising clients on complex employment litigation and advisory matters. He has particular experience in counseling and litigation defense for clients on equal opportunity, affirmative action (OFCCP) compliance, wrongful discharge, wage-and-hour matters and in working with companies on cross-border employment issues.

Gary has handled numerous class actions, pattern and practice cases and government audits, in court and before the EEOC and Department of Labor. He brings a particularly unique perspective to clients on matters involving the EEOC, having served as regional counsel and senior trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in San Francisco prior to joining Orrick.

Gary also has an extensive class actions practice, focusing on litigation, consent decree strategies and preventive advice. He has been designated as an expert or retained as special counsel in several federal court class actions throughout the United States.

Gary’s counseling practice extends beyond the United States and includes assisting U.S. multinational companies in dealing with complex employee issues in foreign jurisdictions

Gary has written numerous articles on employment law. Most recently, he is Management Editor-in-Chief of a two-volume treatise--Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey (BNA, 2010). Gary is co-author of “The Pay Gap, the Class Ceiling, and Pay Bias: Moving Forward Fifty Years After the Equal Pay Act”, ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, Vol 29, November 3 (Spring 2014), and “The Law of Employment Discrimination from 1985-2010,” ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Spring 2010).

Gary is widely recognized as one the top management employment lawyers in the United States by every major ranking organization, including Chambers USA, the National Law Journal, Best of the Best USA (Euromoney), and Who’s Who Legal. Among management employment lawyers in the United States and Europe, Gary is ranked in the top 10 of Who’s Who international management labor and employment lawyers and is described as “absolutely superb.”

Gary also serves regularly on the NYU faculty for training federal judges on employment law, the OFCCP Institute, PLI International Employment Law and ABA Labor and Employment Law Section programs.


Gerlind Wisskirchen specializes in advising international groups, providing added value through analytical expertise as well as precise and strategic recommendations. Her endeavors extend beyond simply providing legal advice. She and her team are performance-driven and creative and strive to forge workable and strategic client-focused solutions so that businesses can achieve their business objectives. Part of this advice is project management, thus understanding the relevant factors, defining the goals, selecting the best methods and tools, and precisely implementing the set objectives. Gerlind advises multinational groups with a focus on restructurings, national and international labor and employment law and compliance issues. Acting as a strategic advisor to the management or serving as advisory board member, she assists with the development of business plans and strategies from an HR and labor and employment law perspective. As an expert for the digitalization of the workplace, she has published the "Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Their Impact on the Workplace" report for the Global Employment Institute and testified as expert before the German and European parliament.

In a globalized world in which national borders are increasingly diminishing and corporations are facing global challenges, she has particular expertise in cross-border projects like business reorganizations (outsourcing, off-shoring), compliance issues, cross-border compensation programs, cross-border audits and internal investigations, board level codetermination, matrix structures of multinational corporations, the European works council, the implementation of codes of conduct, whistleblowing systems and IT-systems, and data privacy protection issues. She developed the "EU Labor & Employment Law Navigator", a comparative analysis of the labor and employment law systems in Europe.

Gerlind is a regular moderator and panelist at national and international conferences on the legal issues of international HR management and on issues of cross-border labor and employment law, such as the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Employment Law Council. She is a lecturer for the MBA program "International Human Resources Management" at Cranfield University, UK, one of Europe’s leading Business Schools, and has published numerous articles in German and in English.

From 1991 to 1995, Gerlind worked for two US law firms before joining the international department of the German Federal Ministry of Finance. She joined CMS in 1998 and was made partner in 2003.


Hironobu Tsukamoto specializes in litigation and arbitration of a broad range of commercial disputes, employment disputes and intellectual property disputes. Mr. Tsukamoto counsels and represents both domestic and foreign clients. He is also experienced in advising clients on non-contentious general corporate matters including employment law issues and intellectual property matters. Mr. Tsukamoto also counsels clients regarding employment law issues arising in relation to M&A transactions.

He graduated with an LL.B. from Kyoto University in 1998 and with an LL.M. from the University of Chicago in 2005. He was admitted to practice law in Japan in 2000 and in the State of New York in 2006.  He worked at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (Silicon Valley) as a visiting attorney from 2005 to 2007.


Joanna (Jodi) Varon is a Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Americas Division.  In that position, Ms. Varon is responsible for coordinating with and advising SMBC’s Human Resources Department on employment law matters, including review and legal analysis of employee relations issues, review of employment documents and policies, coordination of international employment law issues, and general advice and counsel.  Ms. Varon also acts as Bank counsel on litigation matters and provides support with respect to the general day to day functions of the Legal Department, including but not limited to reviewing/drafting of transactional documents.

Prior to joining SMBC, Ms. Varon was a partner at Duane Morris LLP, where she practiced in the areas of employment law, labor relations and litigation.  Ms. Varon was an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP from 2003 through 2007.

Ms. Varon is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was senior articles editor of the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, and a graduate, with high honors, of Rutgers University. 


Johan Lubbe is a shareholder at Littler Mendelson, the largest management-side workplace law firm in the U.S.  The firm has over 950 employment lawyers in 56 offices across the U.S., Mexico and Venezuela.  Johan is the U.S. Practice Co-Chair of the firm’s International Employment Law Practice Group.

Johan Lubbe provides strategic advice and counseling to multinational employers on a wide range of global employment law, labor relations, human resources, and data privacy matters. Who's Who Legal noted in its survey that Johan is "greatly admired" for his expertise in data privacy and the workplace. Johan also regularly advises foreign companies that do business in the U.S. on the compliance requirements of U.S. workplace law. Johan is an experienced trial lawyer and negotiator with unions.

Johan holds law degrees from leading law schools in the U.S., England and South Africa.  He started his legal career as a labor lawyer in South Africa and has been practicing in the U.S. for the past 18 years. He has authored a number of articles on cross-border employment issues, and is a frequent speaker at international employment law conferences in the U.S. and overseas.

Johan is recognized as a leading employment lawyer in a number of publications, including Best Lawyers in the U.S., Practical Law Company’s Labour and Employee Benefits Cross-border Handbook, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers, and the Legal Media Group’s The Best of the Best. Johan has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer in New York since 2007.


John Hamlin is Chief Counsel, Employment, Benefits and Governance for Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., one of the world’s leading professional services firms with over 60,000 employees in approximately 90 countries.  The firm’s operating companies include Marsh, Mercer, Guy Carpenter, and Oliver Wyman.  Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan, he was Of Counsel with the law firm of Paul, Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP.  While in private practice, he represented employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, before various state and federal courts and administrative agencies, and provided advice on an array of personnel-related issues.  Mr. Hamlin served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable B. Avant Edenfield, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in Savannah.

Mr. Hamlin is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  He has published various articles on employment law and has presented at numerous seminars on assorted employment-related topics.  In 2014 he was recognized as one of The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist “Corporate Counsel 100: Rising Stars,” which recognizes leading in-house lawyers for innovation, quality and excellence.  He was selected by the International Law Office and the Association of Corporate Counsel as the recipient of the 2015 ILO Global Counsel Award for Employment Counsel of the Year.  He is the recipient of a 2016 First Chair Award for Top Employment Counsel.   

Mr. Hamlin earned a J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Connecticut Journal of International Law


Louise Patry is a partner in the Labour & Employment, Litigation and Corporate/ Commercial practices.

Clients turn to Louise for her expert negotiation and arbitration skills, and her practical, expedient solutions.

Companies across a broad range of industries – public and private, in Canada and internationally – choose Louise to advise on their labour and employment matters. She advises clients on employee transfers, executive compensation, downsizing and consolidations, wrongful dismissal, pay equity, workers’ compensation, health and safety issues, employment aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, and pension plans. Over her 36-year career, Louise has also developed significant expertise in international employment law. She routinely advocates client interests before administrative and civil tribunals.

Louise’s experience working for the Quebec Union of Service Employees has given her a unique perspective for negotiating collective agreements and related matters on behalf of her clients.

Louise volunteers her time on pro bono matters for various charities and nonprofit organizations.


Marianne Granhøj is a labour and employment partner of the Danish full-service law firm, Kromann Reumert, with offices in Copenhagen, Aarhus and London.

Marianne has a significant international practice and provides labour and employment law advice on a daily basis to multinationals with a presence in Denmark. She is passionate about her international work and is an active participant in several international organisations, including board-related tasks, training and speaking activities.

She has an in-depth experience in advising financial businesses on the regulatory and collective agreement-based framework conditions applicable to this industry. Also, part of her day-to-day work is advice on the rules for listed companies and advice to company boards on the employment terms and salary/incentive schemes for executive officers, remuneration and diversity policies etc.

Marianne is frequently busy within the field of litigation, dispute resolution and internal investigations, including a large number of employment and discrimination cases before the ordinary courts as well as industrial and private arbitration proceedings. Marianne also regularly assists in negotiations concerning the executive management and key employees in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

ACTIVITIES

  • Vice-Chair of IBA Employment and Industrial Relations Committee
  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member of the European Employment Lawyers' Association (EELA)
  • Member of the Danish Association of Labour and Employment Lawyers
  • Member of the Danish Association for Labour Law
  • Member of Human Resources Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham)


Nicola is global head of the Employment & Incentives group at Linklaters and is a very well-known figure in the employment world, with significant experience across the breadth of employment law.

Nicola frequently advises clients on their most challenging and sensitive employment and HR related issues, as well as advising clients on their strategic initiatives such as those relating to diversity and inclusion and workplace culture. She is a solutions-focused and strategic adviser who will challenge clients and peers to deliver the right results.

She tackles the most complex of employment litigation and advice, with extensive experience of High Court and Tribunal litigation. In addition to her extensive litigation experience, Nicola advises her clients on crisis management, the employment aspects of purchases, related hirings, executive terminations, restrictive covenants and team moves, as well as managing large global projects in relation to redundancies, compensation reviews and the employment aspects of regulatory investigations.

She is listed as a leading individual in Legal500 and Chambers directories. Legal 500 describes Nicola as having ‘incredible instincts for the right course of action’ and Chambers notes her “widespread acclaim for her work representing employers across the full spectrum of employment issues”, with sources commenting that “her client service and ability to handle difficult issues or deliver unpalatable truths are exceptional”.

In June 2017, Nicola was the Times Lawyer of the week for her work on the Kevin Beatt whistleblowing case before the Court of Appeal.. She was also listed as a top 20 LGBT ally by OUTstanding in October 2014, after setting up the LGBT ally programme at Linklaters. Nicola is a firm believer in the importance of diversity and inclusion, and regularly speaks at events and is cited in the press on areas that focus on people management, culture, leadership, whistleblowing and diversity. Nicola is also a CEDR accredited mediator.


Practice Areas

Foreign Investment in China, Regulatory Compliance, Dispute Resolution

Professional Experience

Dr. Xiaolin Zhou is licensed to practice law in China and the State of New York, and admitted before the Federal (Southern District and Eastern District of New York) and state courts in the State of New York. He has over 30 years of legal work experience both in government and in private practice. As managing partner of the firm's New York Office, he focuses his practice on advising and assisting clients doing business with/in China and helping clients resolve legal and business problems in their operations in China. His clients include many Fortune 500 industrial and business corporations, banks, insurers, foreign law firms and international organizations, as well as many small and medium sized companies. He also regularly advises Chinese entities and individuals on doing business in the U.S.

Prior to entering private legal practice, Dr. Zhou served for seven years as Head of International Law Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. He also served as advisor to the Chinese Delegation to the UN General Assembly and Chinese delegate to the UN Legal Committee, Outer-space Legal Subcommittee and UN Charter Committee. He has participated in numerous international negotiations and was involved in handling major judicial and arbitration cases involving government agencies and enterprises in Chinese and foreign courts as well as international arbitration tribunals.

Education

Dr. Zhou received his Doctor of Juridical Science degree (SJD) from Harvard Law School and is a graduate of Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.

Professional Associations

Dr. Zhou is a member of the Bar of the City of New York and the All-China Lawyers Association.

Language Skills

Fluent in English and Mandarin.


Roselyn S. Sands is the EY Global Labor & Employment Law Markets Leader. She is based in Paris, France.

Roselyn is a graduate of the University of Florida Business School (B.S., Finance & Anthropology), the University of Miami School of Law (J.D.), as well as the University of Paris Law School (L.L.M). She is admitted to the Paris/Hauts de Seine Bar, as well as the Bar of the States of Florida, New York and California.

Roselyn has significant cross-border experience on both side of the Atlantic on HR/employment issues, particularly business transformations, mergers and acquisitions, carve-outs, post-transaction integration, global restructuring, CSR, SOX compliance, works council strategy, tactics & management, employee privacy, health & safety, technology and the workplace, discrimination and harassment issues and, more generally, managing the day-to-day workplace.

Roselyn’s first-hand knowledge of global companies and her business and solutions oriented pragmatism are central to her approach in assisting clients with the challenge of achieving their corporate objectives while complying with rigid and burdensome labor and employment laws around the world.

Roselyn has been teaching for many years in Paris at schools such as Institut de Sciences Politiques, the University of Paris Law School in both its Human Rights Master of Laws program and its International Human Resources Program (CIFFOP), and the INSEEC Business School of Paris.

For the Sixth time, Roselyn is again listed for 2020 in Who’s Who Legal as one of the most prominent labor and employment lawyers in France.

An American and French national born in Havana, Cuba, Roselyn is fluent in English, French and Spanish.


Wendi S. Lazar is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York where she co-heads the firm’s Individual Practice and the Executives and Professionals Practice Group. Ms. Lazar practices in many areas of employment law with a focus on executive agreements, including retention, expatriate, non-competition, talent, severance, and compensation arrangements. She also represents teams of executives, founders and partners transitioning during a sale, merger and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Ms. Lazar’s practice is international in scope, and she advises clients and attorneys in the U.S. and abroad on employment, contract, and often related immigration issues. Ms. Lazar represents individuals, partners, and management teams at portfolio and public companies, financial institutions (including banks, hedge funds, private equity companies), and entertainment, advertising and media companies. She also represents law partners and associates, accounting professionals, doctors and medical practitioners in all transactional matters. 

Ms. Lazar has a particular practice and stellar reputation representing senior women in employment negotiations, partnership agreements, pay equity and discrimination issues.  She has represented women in in all phases of their careers and is a trusting counselor to many female law partners.

Ms. Lazar has served as a commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women, 2015-2018, and she continues to work on the critical issues she advocated when she chaired the Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Bullying Committee.  She is currently the liaison for the ABA Labor & Employment Section to the Commission.

Ms. Lazar is former Diversity Co-Chair for the New York State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section where she has served in numerous positions for 8 years. She is an active member of NELA, ABA and other NYSBA committees. She is former Employee Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s International Labor and Employment Law Committee where she is an active speaker and leader.

Ms. Lazar was the founder of a quarterly column for the New York Law Journal entitled “Employees in the Workplace.” She regularly lectures on employment issues to bar associations and industry groups and has had numerous legal articles and book chapters published. She is the Editor in Chief of the book, Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession, an ABA guide to combatting sexual harassment in the legal profession, published in 2018. She also co-authored as Co-Editor In-Chief, "Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey," published in 2010 by the BNA and its supplements through 2013, which includes the chapter “Confidentiality, Trade Secrets, and Other Duties and Restrictive Covenants in a Global Economy.” In addition, she is also the author of the chapter “Negotiating and Drafting Expatriate Employment Agreements," in the 3rd Edition of Vol. 1B of International Labor & Employment Law, published in 2009 by the BNA.

Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Ms. Lazar as an AV “Preeminent” rated attorney. She was named to Best Lawyers in America 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 in the field of Employment Law – Individuals. Ms. Lazar was also recognized by Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Ms. Lazar has been selected as a 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyer. In 2014, Ms. Lazar was elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Ms. Lazar was named a New York Law Journal: Top Women in the Law 2016. She is also a Board Member of Work Life Law, UC Hastings College of the Law. Before she began practicing law in 1993, Ms. Lazar was a film and television producer. Her ten years of experience in that field include many television and feature film credits as well as an Emmy Award. Ms. Lazar graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College and received her J.D. cum laude from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she received a Ford Foundation Fellowship in International Law and was an Alexander Fellow, participating as a federal judicial law clerk.


In her legal practice Eva Knipschild engages in all aspects of employment law. She advises and litigates in matters concerning (collective) redundancy, the position of directors, reorganizations and acquisitions and employee participation law. She takes a special interest in the rights and obligations in flexible employment relations and in outsourcing/transfers of undertaking.

Eva is also an NMI-registered mediator in the field of employment and employee participation law. In recent years, she has handled various mediations, including individual and collective employment-law issues and disputes in the field of employee participation. In June 2013 the second edition of the book ‘Arbeidsrecht en mediation’ (dutch) (Employment Law and Mediation) (SDU 2013) was published. As a co-author, Eva edited the first edition from 2007 into a fully updated book that contains all information needed by attorneys and others to guide mediations in employment-law matters. Apart from her work as an attorney and mediator, Eva is editor of the employment case law journal JAR (dutch) and Tijdschrift voor de Arbeidspraktijk (TAP). Eva is also a lecturer, inter alia with JAR Verklaard, and she teaches the course Specialization Employment Mediation. Eva is a member of, inter alia, Vereniging Arbeidsrecht Advocaten Nederland (VAAN) (dutch) (Dutch Association of Employment Law Attorneys), Vereniging Arbeidsrecht Advocaten Amsterdam (VAAA) (Amsterdam Association of Employment Law Attorneys) and the International Bar Association (IBA).

Practice areas

  • Employment law in a broad sense, flexible labor relations
  • Outsourcing/transfer of undertaking
  • Employee Co-Governance law, from the perspective of both employers and works councils

Recommended in

  • Chambers Europe 2013“Eva Knipschild advises employment agency Yacht on various matters, which most recently have involved non-competition clauses and dismissals.”Chambers Europe 2012“Sources say of Eva Knipschild: "She gave us a huge amount of time and offered all the help and support we needed." She specialises in outsourcing and flexible employment, such as on-call workers and freelancers.”

Education

  • Employment Law, Grotius Academy, 2005
  • Law, University of Amsterdam, 2000
  • French literature, Université de Paul-Valéry in Montpellier, 1995-96

Teaching

  • SDU Legal Education: "Flexible employment relationships"
  • Hogeschool Utrecht: lecturer HBO law
  • Lecturer at Hafkamp Opleidingen
  • Various in-company courses in labor law to employees of process server’s offices

Professional Associations

  • Employment Attorneys Association of the Netherlands
  • Employment Attorneys Association Amsterdam
  • IBA

Editor

  • Editor of "JAR" (employment case law journal) and "JAR Verklaard"
  • Editor "OR Informatie", a newsletter for Works Councils


Littler Mendelson, P.C. is the largest employment law practice representing management in the world, with over 1,500 lawyers in more than 20 countries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Philip Berkowitz is co-chair of Littler 's Financial Services Practice Group and co-chair of its International Employment Law Practice. 

Mr. Berkowitz advises multinational and domestic companies in industries including financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, manufacturing, publishing, and other sectors on employment-related matters.  He has significant experience advising U.S., Asian, and European multinationals.  He also represents prominent international law firms in their U.S. employment law matters.

Mr. Berkowitz has repeatedly been named in America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Chambers USA; the Best Lawyers in America; and the International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers - Who's Who Legal.  He is a regular lecturer, nationally and internationally, on labor and employment and HR issues, is a columnist for the New York Law Journal, and is author of numerous legal publications.

Mr. Berkowitz is Co-Chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) Diversity & Equality Committee.  He is former Chair of the American Bar Association Committee on International Law, and is former Chair of the New York State Bar Association International Law and Practice Section. 

Education

Cornell Law School, 1977-78

Northwestern School of Law, J.D. 1978

State University of New York at New Paltz, B.A. 1975