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Dentons

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Overview

The employment practice at Dentons benefits from the firms impressive international footprint and polycentric model, with offices in more than 200 locations offering both local expertise and international nous.

In the past 12 months, Dentons has increased its global reach by forging combinations with firms in Bolivia, Ecuador, Mozambique, Tunisia, and Vietnam.

Sarah Beeby and her team in the UK have my preferred approach down to a tee. She has always impressed me with her client-focused attitude.

Multinationals regularly rely on the group, led by Purvis Ghani in London, to coordinate, compile, and analyse advice across large numbers of jurisdictions.

Specialisms

The team regularly acts on employment issues that are key to business-critical decisions. Among other advisory matters, clients go to the group for assistance with corporate projects, such as restructuring, M&A, or expansion projects.

The departments prowess in this area was demonstrated in advice to Yondr on a major cross-border expansion project, for which Dentons’ employment practice acted on business set-up requirements in 14 jurisdictions. The teams activity included assisting with contract drafting, and advising on collective bargaining agreements and how to meet multi-country D&I requirements in a consistent manner, as well as various ad hoc issues.

In another standout example of the firms cross-border dexterity, a pan-jurisdictional team led by partners Eugenie Nunes in the Netherlands and Sarah Beeby in the UK acted for KPS Capital Partners on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Lufkin Rod Lift Solutions from Baker Hughes. The team was able to advise on issues relating to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Mexico, Oman, Romania, and the US.

The team is also well placed to represent clients in disputes. Recent work has included unfair dismissal claims, allegations of workplace harassment, and litigation relating to workforces engaging in illegal collective actions.

Over the last 12 months, the department has been particularly active in assisting clients with emerging, urgent issues that require a quick turnaround. For example, it has acted for a number of leading clients on covid-19-related issues, such as return-to-work policies or compensation adjustments, and has also advised companies on workforce issues arising from Russias invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Other notable areas of activity include highly sensitive workplace investigations, pay equity, employee incentives, and data privacy.

Clients

  • 3M
  • Ripple
  • Canopy Growth Corporation
  • CBRE

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Experts based in...

Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bolivia, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czechia, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Profile provided by Dentons

We are the world's largest law firm. With more than 20,000 people, we have unique breadth, depth and diversity of talent to serve the needs of our clients. With offices in more than 200 locations across 80 countries, we can offer quality support on a variety of employment matters around the world. Please click here to find out more on our footprint.

Dentons' Global Employment and Labour Practice has more than 450 employment, immigration, and benefits lawyers operating in all continents, making it the largest full-service global employment practice in the world. Our team is known for its creative, business-savvy counselling skills and, when necessary, its results-driven, highly successful litigation practice.

With such a large team and thanks to our polycentric approach, our lawyers are familiar with the cultural, regulatory and legal systems in the markets clients need to do business. Our regional and global capacity and experience enable us to provide assistance on a truly global basis. We offer incisive legal and business solutions to domestic and multinational organisations on all aspects of employment and labour matters.

In addition to day-to-day support concerning executive compensation, immigration, data privacy, cyber security and GDPR, our experienced team assists on collective agreements and negotiations with trade unions and works councils.

Working together with colleagues from other groups on company expansions and reductions, we advise on legal due diligence, redundancy procedures, employment and benefits disputes, as well as on sensitive investigations projects.

Please click here to find out more about how our Employment and Labour team can help.

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