IBA Annual Employment and Discrimination Law Conference-Our-Sponsors 2018

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Ius Laboris

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Ius Laboris

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Ius Laboris is a close-knit alliance of leading HR law firms working together in one global group. We offer employers advice on cross-border employment law, employee benefits and pension issues. We have over 1,400 lawyers focusing on HR law based in more than 160 cities in over 50 countries anddeliver labour and employment legal professional services to the highest international quality standards.

For successful management of a multinational workforce, an in-depth knowledge of local HR laws and practices is crucial. Through the best independent local firms, Ius Laboris provides employers with a deep and thorough knowledge of local employment laws, culture and processes.

Why Ius Laboris?

  • With over 20% more ranked employment lawyers and recommendations in over 10% more jurisdictions than any other global competitor, Ius Laboris really does offer access to the best HR law experts in one global team.
  • "Elite" band one ranking in Chambers' Global Guide 2017.
  • Our combination of leading local HR lawyers operating in a seamless global group, means we understand and advise on local employment laws and processes in an international setting.
  • Ius Laboris firms are handpicked on the basis of being a leading specialist in labour and employment law in their country, ensuring quality and scale across the board.
  • Ius Laboris has a market-leading quality program of continuous assessment, for which it has been recognised with an award at The Lawyer European Awards.
  • Clients benefit from access to international HR training events, workshops and the online Global HR Law Guide at www.globalhrlaw.com

Ius Laboris
280 Boulevard du Souverain,
1160 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 761 46 10
Email: info@iuslaboris.com



L&E Global is the leading alliance of employers’ counsel worldwide. Our member firms provide specialised, business focused advice on labour and employment law matters. We deliver real value, because we are committed to the client’s needs ahead of everything else, in order to help them achieve their objectives.

Our member firms have more than 1,500 legal professionals across six continents, advising clients on both global and local matters. Our members focus on understanding our clients, their sectors and their markets. Our members provide pragmatic, commercial advice and clients tell us that our member firms are approachable and straightforward in the way that they work with them.

As a client-centric alliance of international employment law firms, working with some of the world’s leading organisations, we understand the importance of delivering excellent service. L&E Global‘s quality control system QualityWorkx© and seamless management support the sustainable delivery of consistent, high-quality services in every jurisdiction.

With L&E Global firms, employers receive high value services at competitive rates across the globe, from dedicated lawyers who work hand-in-hand with clients and are committed to establishing long-term business relationships.

L&E Global has received accolades from esteemed legal industry insiders including The Lawyer European Awards 2016 (“Global Network of the Year”), the FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2015 (“Commended” as an “Innovator in Growth and Business Development”) and Chambers Global 2017 (Band 1 Leading Law Firm Network).

For more information on how L&E Global can help you with your global labour and employment law objectives, please contact our Executive Director Jeroen Douwes at jeroen.douwes@leglobal.org or +31615585082. We look forward to working with you!

Avenue Louise 221
B 1050 Brussels
T: +32 2 64 32 633
E: leglobal@leglobal.org

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CMS covers 42 jurisdictions worldwide and has the largest employment team in Europe. It offers co-ordinated cross-border advice through a single point of contact. This means clients deal with a local firm in their own country and in their own language whilst also benefiting from the integrated expertise of a wide multi-jurisdictional team of round 4,500 lawyers, from whom the employment team accounts for 400 lawyers.

Operating under a common identity, the CMS firms have a long history of satisfied clients and are often leading names in their respective jurisdictions. They together represent a formidable force within the professional services market. Each CMS firm has a deep understanding of its home market and an extensive network of contacts with fellow professionals and institutions. Each firm is accustomed to making deals happen, both at home and abroad. Each has a commercial approach to advising clients and an entrepreneurial attitude to the development of their clients’ businesses.

Our experienced and renowned team acts for clients across the whole spectrum of commerce and industry, including major public companies, multinationals, banks and other financial institutions, professional firms, public sector bodies, high profile executives, and indeed many small and medium-sized businesses.

Our client profile reflects the strengths of CMS in key sectors of industry including construction & development, consumer products, energy & utilities, financial institutions & services, hotels & leisure, infrastructure & project finance, lifesciences and TMC. In addition to deep legal knowledge and experience, close familiarity with the business sectors and businesses of clients are an indispensable foundation for the thorough legal advice we provide.

The CMS employment team advises on employment law issues affecting businesses across Europe and beyond. These may include:

  • the effects of mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing, off-shoring, nationalisation, and privatisation;
  • workers’ councils’ co-determination rights at company, national and international levels;
  • compliance with national and international laws and standards, including remuneration changes;
  • behaviour at work, misconduct and discrimination issues;
  • individual and collective dismissals and severance agreements;
  • employee share / stock ownership schemes and employee pension schemes;
  • wage tax, fringe benefits, social security matters, expat regulations and cross-border secondments;
  • dispute resolution, litigation and mediation with respect to employment and pensions matters, including labour law / trade union issues / disputes;
  • employee non-competition and confidentiality commitment procedures; and
  • employment contracts, policy advice, shop agreements and collective agreements.


Chambers 2017 on CMS Europe-wide Employment Department:

"The firm has a very good international reach."

"CMS is a well-known firm with the capacity to offer global solutions."


Because they are so complex, employment issues require expertise from other areas such as corporate law in cases of restructuring or tax law when dealing with senior management contracts and international mobility. Where necessary, the CMS Employment Group works closely together with specialists from other practice area groups and specialist CMS groups.


Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice with more than 1,300 attorneys in over 75 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for over 75 years.

Littler has a seasoned team to serve the needs of our clients throughout the Americas and in Europe, with local practices in Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, The United Kingdom and Venezuela. Littler attorneys are also dual-qualified to practice law in Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, The Netherlands, South Africa, and The United Kingdom. They often work with leading attorneys in jurisdictions worldwide to provide clients global legal services with a single point of contact.

Littler’s attorneys provide clients with extensive support in:

  • Assessing risks and benefits of global operational decisions
  • Managing global labor relations
  • Protecting corporate reputation and brand
  • Managing global human resources
  • Addressing international data protection issues
  • Reviewing expatriate employee programs
  • Developing multilingual management training

We are proud to have practitioners with vast experience in international employment law on our team. A number of our lawyers have served as in-house counsel for major international corporations, while others have practiced employment law in various countries. Still others have assisted companies with cross-border labor issues, including global labor relations matters, international compensation and benefits issues, multijurisdictional data privacy projects and global workforce reductions. In addition, our team frequently acts as the Adviser to the Employers’ Delegation to the annual International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

We provide advice on international matters including:

  • Global Labor Relations
  • Global Labor Relations
  • Cross-Border Litigation, Arbitration and Discovery
  • Works Councils
  • Codes of Conduct
  • Workforce Management
  • Data Privacy
  • Employment and Transfer Agreements
  • Expatriate Programs
  • Transnational Restructuring

A hallmark of Littler’s practice is our employment law training and coaching services, in person or online, and with an individual or in a group. Our multilingual programs help managers from outside the United States to adapt to U.S. laws and human relations expectations, and U.S. managers adjust to laws in other countries. To complement these services, we have compiled a practical overview of employment and labor law consisting of basic questions and answers about international workplace laws. The Littler Mendelson Guide to International Employment and Labor Law is a five-volume set that provides information on the laws and regulations of over 60 countries/territories and the European Union.

Littler Mendelson, P.C.
650 California Street
20th Floor
San Francisco
CA 94108



MGGL is a large, highly specialised labour boutique that stands out for its institutionalised approach. With more than 30 lawyers dedicated to labour and employment matters, the firm provides consistently high quality legal services to leading multinational and national clients in a modern and efficient manner The firm's six partners all have PhD or Master's degrees from leading universities including Harvard and Tulane in the US.

History & institutionalisation

MGGL was founded by three highly experienced partners with postgraduate degrees from top US universities and a wide range of expertise in Mexican labour and employment law. Their goal was to build an institutionalised labour and employment boutique with a focus on providing world-class legal services.

Investment & growth

MGGL has invested heavily in the education of its lawyers and in cutting-edge software for efficient and effective case management and, following years of sustained growth, is widely considered a market leader in México.


MGGL has large teams in Mexico City and Guadalajara, coordinating cases at a national level through arrangements with a network of firms across more than 50 Mexican cities. This allows the firm to deal with a high volume of concurrent lawsuits.

Clients & international work

MGGL represents leading multinational and national clients, including some of the biggest employers in Mexico. Clients come from a wide range of sectors, including the finance, insurance, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, energy and natural resources and automotive sectors, and stands out for its market-leading experience advising insurance and financial services companies.

The firm advises leading multinational companies from the US, Europe and Asia, among other jurisdictions, on their labour and employment concerns in Mexico. Such work includes advising on the establishment and management of local operations, cross-border transactions including M&A and restructurings, and international disputes including international arbitration.

Market-leading labour practice

MGGL is ranked as a leading firm in the Mexico labour and employment sections of both Chambers Latin America and The Legal 500 Latin America. The firm is ranked in Band 1 by Legal 500, with clients singling the firm out as 'the best labour law firm in Mexico' and praising it for 'always having solutions, options and answers'.

MGGL handles complex, sensitive and strategic labour and employment matters, ranging from high-profile disputes and collective bargaining to the labour aspects of high-end M&A and corporate restructurings.

The firm is renowned for its expertise in labour litigation; the team handles large, complicated disputes before all levels of the court, including several recent cases before the Supreme Court of Justice, and has been called as expert witness in international arbitration cases.

The firm has an equally strong practice in non-contentious labour matters, including the labour aspects of major M&A and corporate restructurings, as well as collective bargaining; in this respect the firm has developed strong, longstanding working relationships with unions.

Across all areas of its practice, MGGL works closely with its clients to identify strategic alternatives and solutions to problems, in a context of rigid legislation and an ever-changing and dynamic global marketplace.


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The firm was established in Mexico City in 1994 by a team of highly-qualified lawyers focused on offering professional, sophisticated and quality legal services to satisfy its clients’ business needs. The firm started out as a financial, securities and M&A legal boutique. Today our firm is full-service, conformed of approximately 100 professionals (including 15 partners, as well as accountants for our tax practice and engineers for our patent law practice).

Our Labor & Employment practice group is formed by highly-qualified attorneys in labor litigation, appeals (amparo proceedings) as well as by attorneys focused on consultancy in the different fields of labor & employment law. We also advise our clients in matters regarding prevention and solution of collective bargaining disputes. 

Our practice is led by Mr. Claudio Jiménez De León who from the outset of his career has focused on labor and employment law, advising national and foreign, public and private companies in various sectors. In recent years, he has become a leader in labor consultancy services provided to different oil and gas companies with respect to its investments in Mexico after the opening of the Mexican energy sector after the enactment of the new oil & gas legislation.


Proskauer’s International Labor & Employment Law Group has decades of experience working with global companies on international and cross-border workplace issues. We have lawyers in our offices across the United States, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Beijing as well as close cooperative relationships with leading labor and employment practices around the globe. These resources enable us to provide clients with a seamless "one-stop shop" on international labor and employment matters, wherever they arise.

Through our wealth of collective know-how and experience, we have developed a deep understanding of the different cultural and legal approaches to labor and employment law throughout the world and a finely-tuned sensitivity to the nuances and unique workplace issues that arise in different jurisdictions. Our knowledge extends to a wide variety of areas including restructuring, employee benefits, mergers and acquisitions, employee investigations and cross-border litigation. We deliver clear direct and practical advice and pride ourselves on collaborating with our clients to find innovative solutions and workarounds when these are needed.

Chambers USA praises our "eminent " team for its "real expertise" and notes the “very knowledgeable” co-head Erika Collins for having extensive experience in cross-border labor and employment issues including corporate transaction-derived work, such as employee transition and international subsidiary due diligence within M&A contexts. Chambers UK praises co-head Daniel Ornstein for his "thorough analysis of the legal situation which allows him to come to a pragmatic solution” and his strong reputation for High Court litigation work.


Members of our team regularly speak together at internal and external events on international labor and employment issues and provide thought leadership on emerging trends.


Stikeman Elliott LLP is a global leader in Canadian business law and the first call for businesses working in and with Canada. Our offices are located in Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, New York, London and Sydney. We provide clients with the highest quality counsel, strategic advice, and workable solutions. The firm has an exceptional track record in major U.S. cross-border and multijurisdictional matters and ranks as a top firm in our primary practice areas including mergers and acquisitions, securities, business litigation, banking and finance, competition and foreign investment, tax, restructuring, energy, real estate, project development, employment and labour, and pensions.

Stikeman Elliott LLP
1155 René-Lévesque Blvd. West
41st Floor
Montréal, Quebec H3B 3V2
Phone: +1 514 397 3000
Fax: +1 514 397 3222


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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is one of the major commercial law firms in Germany. National and international clients trust in the competence and experience of about 350 lawyers, tax advisors and notaries. We represent the interests of medium-sized and large companies from all industries. Associations, public corporations and distinguished private clients also make use of our expertise in a wide variety of legal fields.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has eight offices in Germany and one each in Brussels and Zurich. Additionally, our firm maintains close contacts with selected international law firms in all major markets around the world, thus assuring qualified advice at all times and representation as well in international matters. The partnership is also embedded in an international network of law firms with which it cooperates on a “good friends” basis without being tied to exclusivity agreements.

The Employment Law Practice Group consists of a team of more than 30 highly specialized lawyers and certified specialist lawyers for employment law. Our activities focus on comprehensive advice and support of our clients in all matters of collective and individual employment law. As entrepreneurs, we are acutely aware of the requirements and requests of our employer clients, which is why we are offering practice-oriented and targeted solutions for day-to-day business operations.

In the case of larger projects, we cooperate in teams of specialists across several offices, where this is beneficial for the project and requested by the client – such as for clients with several locations, extensive reorganization cases, changes in the business or the support of company transactions under employment law. In order to obtain tailor-made solutions, we can also call on our tried and tested collaboration with expert advisors from the human resources and outplacement fields and we gladly collaborate with consultants, who are already working with our clients.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
Georg-Glock-Straße 4
40474 Düsseldorf, Germany
+49 211 600 55-00


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Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP is a New York litigation firm founded by senior trial lawyers dedicated to using their decades of big firm litigation experience to effectively represent clients faced with sophisticated and demanding legal issues.

We are known internationally for its expertise in criminal law in both state and federal courts. We routinely represent clients in business crime matters and both criminal and civil government investigations.

This includes representing individuals and institutions in investigations by the U.S. Government, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal agencies and departments.

Our experience in criminal investigations also includes representing clients in matters with various state agencies, such as the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the New York State Department of Financial Services.

10 East 40th Street
New York, New York 10016
(212) 689-8808


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