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COVID-19 – managing employment costs during the economic slowdown

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP


At a time when global employers are facing significant business disruption, it is likely that attention will turn to ways to reduce costs. 

Redundancies are one potential option, but alternatives are available and may produce better outcomes overall.    

During this webinar a group of Freshfields lawyers from around Europe and Asia will discuss redundancies and alternative measures. Speakers will include  Rene Doering (Germany), Holly Insley (UK), Nicola Jones (Hong Kong) and Christel Cacioppo (France). 

Questions can be sent ahead of the session to jean-francois.gerard@freshfields.com and laura.llangozi@freshfields.com.

This new webinar follows a recent session during which we discussed initial workforce issues arising from COVID-19, which you can access here.


Rene Doering, partner

René is an expert in occupational pension schemes, and has a background in employment and tax law, as well as economics. He acts for corporations and pension funds, and has a successful track record advising on the outsourcing of pension liabilities. His clients also come to him for his expertise in the restructuring of pension scheme rules, and for his litigation skills.

René has worked on many M&A transactions and advises on all employment and pension aspects, including the transfer of employees, pension liabilities and plan assets, as well as post-transactional restructurings. He is a business-focused lawyer and clients appreciate his commercial and hands-on approach. He speaks German and English.


Holly Insley, senior associate

Holly advises on employment issues in an advisory, transactional and contentious context. She advises on the employment aspects of international transactions and has experience of both public and private mergers and acquisitions, as well as restructurings. Holly regularly advises on cross-border employment issues, advising companies involved in outbound investments in Europe, as well as European companies investing worldwide, with a particular emphasis on investment in Asia.

Her recent contentious experience includes unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, and race and age discrimination claims in the UK employment tribunal. Holly's general advisory work has included executive terminations, employee investigations, collective redundancy exercises and advice on the enforceability of restrictive covenants. She has also advised on executive remuneration issues.


Nicola Jones, associate

Nicola has a broad range of experience and regularly advises clients on employment and benefits issues, in an advisory, transactional and contentious context. Nicola has assisted clients with the structuring, implementation and operation of multi-jurisdictional employee share incentive schemes. She has also acted on large public and private M&A transactions, assisting with the employee, share scheme and pension elements, including in relation to complex business transfers. In a more advisory context, Nicola has frequently assisted clients with cross-border employment and share plan mandates, managing and coordinating multi-jurisdictional audit exercises.

Nicola is an associate in our Hong Kong people and reward team, currently on secondment from our London office which she joined as an associate in November 2015.


Christel Cacioppo, partner

Christel is a Partner in our people and reward group in Paris and specialises in all employment aspects of corporate transactions as well as day-to-day issues. She regularly deals with employment-related issues arising in the context of restructurings (in particular social plans), mergers and acquisitions, and more generally on all employment and pension issues for domestic and international clients.

She also advises on employment data protection issues in France and deals with employment-related litigation (individual and collective) as well as on social security issues. Christel speaks fluent French, English and Italian.


Rene Döring
Holly Insley
Nicola Jones
Christel Cacioppo


26 March 2020
09:30 - 10:25 UTC
55 min