Emmanuel Bénard is an employment lawyer, respected for his deep
experience with challenging restructuring and complex collective litigation. Partner
in Orrick’s Paris office, he is Head of the Employment Law Practice in France
Emmanuel represents numerous
French and international companies on all aspects of employment law including international and cross-border issues.
His practice focuses on reorganizations, collective redundancies. He
notably advised key players of the Financial, Metal, Food and Beverages,
Pharmaceutical, Technology, Leisure and Music Industries in implementing
economic dismissals and voluntary departures. He also assists these clients
with employee representation and collective bargaining and sensitive individual
Emmanuel developed a special expertise in collective litigation as well
as criminal litigation and currently handles a number of sensitive cases
arising from works council and health and safety committee information
consultation procedure, professional elections, collective bargaining
agreements and employees performance appraisal system.
With a long-standing experience on landmark M&A, he regularly
supports HR Directors in dealing with works council information and
consultation procedures and transfer of employees triggered by such complex
projects, helping them achieving their strategic objectives.
Co-author of an insightful
and pedagogic book on all labor and employment facets of companies’
reorganization, Emmanuel is described by his clients as “a guru in the field of
employment law” and praised for his “business sense”.
Before joining Orrick in
2016, Emmanuel was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
in Paris, where he was in charge of the Employment, Pension and Benefits
Department. Prior to that he was partner at the boutique employment
law firm Bélier et Associés where he started his career.
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