Mergers and restructures

Our lawyers are adept at handling the employment implications of boardroom restructuring, takeovers, management buyouts and earn-outs.

We regularly act for company owners and directors, drafting and reviewing executive service agreements, advising clients on redundancy consultations and severance issues, and helping clients navigate the implications of the TUPE regulations on business transfers.

Our recent cases include advising the senior management team of Candy Crush Saga’s owner during its acquisition by Activision Blizzard. This high-profile deal, during which our clients signed new long-term contracts and we negotiated their bonus structures, appeared on the front page of the FT and involved cross-jurisdictional employment and share issues.

We also represented executives of a US retail brand with annual revenues of more than $400 million in a complex transaction involving the buy-out of their equity interests.

Our work often has an international dimension and, with offices across the globe and client interests in over a 100 countries, we frequently advise senior executives on secondment and cross-border relocation arrangements.

We have the benefit of back-up from our colleagues in our personal tax and wealth planning teams, enabling us to offer a fully integrated service for clients looking to structure their personal and business assets tax-efficiently.

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Winton Capital Management

Winton is a global investment management and data technology company that uses scientific methods to develop intelligent investment systems. The company contacted Withers for advice on internal restructures and mobility issues between its various locations. Our global reach and knowledge of multiple markets meant we were ideally placed to advise on issues in London and Oxford in the UK, and also in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Renault Sport F1 Team

Since Renault Group's cross-border acquisition of Lotus F1 in December 2015, our employment team have provided continual support to the Renault Sport F1 Team. This work has included: advice in relation to a TUPE transfer of employees; drafting and negotiating employment contracts/consultancy agreements with senior employees and key contractors - many with cross-border elements; advising on the disciplining and/or exit of employees; and advising on arrangements with contractors and the termination of such arrangements.

SSAFA, the armed forces charity

Withers has had a long and very successful relationship with the armed forces charity SSAFA and we have acted for them on many issues over the years. We are immensely proud of our continued association with this worthwhile organization. Our team was on hand to advise when the charity went through a redundancy exercise and TUPE transfer in Germany. We successfully negotiated when two senior executive roles were terminated, alongside more junior members of staff, one of whom brought a disability discrimination claim. In another notable instance, we advised an Employment Tribunal in the UK over whether the charity could be held liable for an allegedly discriminatory decision taken by the MOD. We secured a ruling in our client's favour.

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