International Employment

In today's global marketplace, international operations are integral to the success of Cooley's clients. Our International Employment practice combines sophisticated legal expertise, a practical understanding of non-US employment laws and comprehensive knowledge of the technology sector to deliver fully integrated, multidisciplinary solutions for companies operating worldwide.

Our understanding of employment, labor and benefits laws in other countries - along with a strong network of relationships with top-tier local counsel in over 40 countries located in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America - enable us to assist clients with the full range of employment-related needs arising from worldwide operations, including:

  • Employee hiring and separation issues
  • Employment and intellectual property agreements that comply with local laws and are competitive by local standards
  • Payroll, equity compensation, benefits, vacation and wage issues
  • Sexual harassment and other misconduct allegations
  • Office openings, mass layoffs, office closures, consulting relationships and corporate structuring

We also work with Cooley's transactional attorneys, conducting due diligence on foreign subsidiaries, preparing deal-related employment agreements, advising on business transfer laws and assisting with employee transition issues. We also:

  • Help corporations expand (or scale back) their organizations overseas
  • Assist with issues related to "doing business" in particular jurisdictions, including corporate, tax, social security and benefits laws
  • Advise clients on company registration requirements and foreign subsidiaries
  • Work with tax advisors to determine the appropriate legal presence in each overseas location

We have advised over 400 public and private companies on international employment matters in more than 50 countries. With our experience, knowledge base and network of foreign local counsel, we are uniquely positioned to advise multinational technology companies on a comprehensive range of international employment challenges, enabling them to effectively compete in the world market.

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