Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey, Volume I

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This is the first in a two-volume set of treatises that gives attorneys detailed guidance on drafting and negotiating restrictive covenants and litigating trade secrets issues at the international level. The set helps both attorneys representing employers and representing employees. Volume I explores the differences between the U.S. and European Countries. Each country-specific chapter is authored by an attorney practicing in that country.


2010/1,254 pp. Hardcover/ABAWEB1926

Main Volume Information

Drafting and negotiating restrictive covenants or litigating covenants and trade secrets issues at the international level is no simple task. As the global economy continues to expand, it is becoming increasingly challenging for attorneys in the U.S. and in other jurisdictions representing employers to ensure such provisions are enforceable worldwide, and for those representing employees to ensure that their clients are able to retain their mobility in the event of a change in circumstances. 

Now there is a two-volume set of treatises that provides detailed comprehensive assistance for the drafting, negotiating, and litigating process, with information provided by attorneys in key countries around the world: Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey, Volume I and Volume IIVolume I explores the differences between the U.S. and European countries in regulating noncompetition and nonsolicitation provisions and in imposing restrictions related to confidential information and trade secrets, as well as use of garden leave and restrictions on equity compensation in this area. The authors also offer key insights on strategies and tactics that are essential to dealing effectively with these issues. Each country-specific chapter is written by highly-regarded local lawyers, and examines:  

  • Applicable country law, international conventions, and treaties
  • Practical issues in drafting restrictive covenants
  • Practical issues, strategies, and tactics in trade secret protection and enforcement 

In addition to the country-specific chapters, the books contain useful overviews including:

  • Confidentiality, Trade Secret, and Other Duties and Restrictive Covenants in a Global Economy, written by editors-in-chief Wendi S. Lazar and Gary R. Siniscalco
  • The Challenge of Cross-Border Litigation from an EU Perspective, written by Paul Goulding, QC, a noted British barrister who has litigated key cases in Europe and has written his own book on European issues, Employee Competition: Covenants, Confidentiality, and Garden Leave (Oxford University Press)
  • Regional Overviews offering expert insights of experienced practitioners who served as Regional Editors
Written by members of the International Labor and Employment Law Committee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, along with numerous country experts, this treatise and its second volume are perfect companions to International Labor and Employment Laws—as they were written by the same committee—and serve well as an international complement to the BNA Books State-by-State Survey series: Covenants Not to CompeteEmployee Duty of LoyaltyTortious Interference in the Employment Context, and Trade Secrets. Trust Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey, Volume I, for the answers you need to the many complex questions that arise in the context of an increasingly global economy with a growing population of multinational and highly mobile employees.

2014/Approx. 340 pp. Softcover/ISBN 978-1-61746-518-5/ABAWEB2518
Supplement Information
The 2014 Cumulative Supplement offers updates on the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United Kingdom.