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A Guide to Employment Law Compliance in Cross-Border M&A Deals

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Produced on November 16, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 3m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Years ago, a well-known London corporate lawyer told the New York Times that, in “merging two regular companies,” “you just do it―and sort out the people issues afterward.” If that was ever true, it no longer is. These days, in any merger or acquisition between two employers—especially in the cross-border context—human resources and employment law compliance considerations are absolutely vital.

Cross-border HR problems in an M&A deal are best-resolved up front, starting with due diligence and acquisition-agreement drafting, through closing and then post-merger integration. This fast-paced session, taught by Donald Dowling of Littler Mendelson P.C., offers a practical “how-to” guide to employment law compliance in cross-border M&A (and outsourcing) transactions. 

This program will benefit M&A transaction lawyers who work on international deals, labor & employment lawyers with cross-border responsibilities, and HR and M&A professionals at multinational organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Determine how employees transfer from seller to buyer in cross-border transactions―stock-sale, or asset/outsourcing deal implicating “acquired rights” and “TUPE”  
  2. Review international M&A employment due diligence—including a checklist
  3. Craft the employment provisions in cross-border M&A asset and stock purchase agreements
  4. Explore how an M&A buyer can successfully integrate the seller’s international workforce

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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.


Joseph V.

excellent presented, substantive and easily understood and presented.

Leland H.

Mr. Dowling is a great teacher. He obviously loves his work. His enthusiasm made this presentation both interesting and helpful to an understanding of the subject matter.

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