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Eversheds Sutherland

Highly acclaimed global practice

International

Overview

Eversheds Sutherlands employment team draws praise for its practical and helpful approach. ESG expert Diane Gilhooley leads the team from London.

The team extends across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and North America, and is able to offer joined-up, harmonised cross-border advice. The firm’s alliances in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America further boost its international offering.

In the past year, the group has bolstered its capacity through the lateral hire of Hannah Mahon, who joined the London team from GQ Littler in July 2022.

Meanwhile, Manon Lamotte in Paris made partner in May 2022, as was Radek Matous in November 2021. Matous is also the new head of employment for Czechia.

Other key names include Michael A Hepburn in Washington DC, Déborah Attali in Paris, Frank Achilles in Munich, and Constanze Moorhouse in Cambridge.

Specialisms

The team is able to act on the gamut of employment and pensions matters – from day-to-day HR support through to strategic business-critical issues – and draws particular acclaim for its aptitude in matters involving trade unions.

As part of the groups advisory services, it regularly assists with contracts, policies, and data privacy concerns. In recent years, the team has been active in aiding companies with new ways of working, particularly in light of covid-19 – including remote working policies. For example, Moorhouse assisted PPD Global with a global work-from-home policy across 26 jurisdictions.

A major area of activity for the group is acting on corporate transactions, as well as restructuring or workforce reorganisation issues.

In particular, the group is able to leverage its extensive global footprint to offer seamless support in corporate matters impacting multiple jurisdictions. This was evidenced by the groups work for Expedia on the sale of its corporate travel business Egencia to America Express Global Business Travel. Advice spanned 25 jurisdictions, across Asia-Pacific, North America, and Europe, and included staff transfers, consultation processes, and retention arrangements.

In another example, a team led by Fares Elheni – who splits his time between Paris and Tunis – acted for Hewlett Packard on the employment and social security aspects of the spin-off of Hewlett Packard Enterprises in Africa. The project involved 17 countries and included the closure of the entity’s Algerian and Congolese branches.

Another client of note is DHL, which regularly appoints the department on a host of strategic cross-border matters. In the past year, this has included advising on the TUPE arrangements associated with its transfer of employees from the UK to Austria in light of Brexit, as well as related consultations with trade unions and the European Works Council – led by UK senior partner Paul Cotton. In addition, a group based in Vienna, led by Silva Palzer, also acted for the logistics provider on social security arrangements for local ground staff.

Clients

  • SONY Europe
  • NetJets
  • Avantor
  • ITC Infotech India
  • Wolverine Worldwide
  • Outokumpu Stainless
  • CyrusOne
 

Other key names

  • Geraldine Ahern (UAE)
  • Timo Jarmas (Finland)
  • Wijnand Blom (Netherlands)
  • Ewa Łachowska-Brol (Poland)
  • Naeema Choudhury (UK)
  • Jacobo Martínez (Spain)
  • Stefan Corbanie (Belgium)
  • Marc Meryon (UK)
  • Oana Dobre (Romania)
  • Bernd Pirpamer (Germany)
  • Paul Fontes (UK)
  • Tambet Toomela (Estonia)
  • Elizabeth Graves (UK)
  • Per Westman (Sweden)
  • Joanne Hyde (Ireland)
  • Hannah Wilkins (UK)

Experts based in...

Angola, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iraq, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.  

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