Boots on the Ground: Employment Considerations for Technology Companies Expanding Overseas

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An article and webinar series in cooperation with Baker & McKenzie LLP.

For a company to expand its global footprint in a competitive marketplace it almost always requires engaging new employees on the ground. The risks and opportunities in structuring this employment relationship differ significantly around the world and intersect with other areas of law, including tax, corporate, compensation, and immigration. These issues must be considered holistically along with the company's business model and objectives in order to develop a sound market-entry strategy.

The faculty presenting this program will address those issues and more, providing jurisdictional-specific examples of pitfalls to avoid and practical solutions for expanding a technology business overseas.

Educational Objectives:
•Understand best practices for engaging employees in foreign jurisdictions.
•Find out about the most significant risks to consider when expanding your global footprint.
•Learn tips for avoiding common mistakes made by companies expanding into new jurisdictions.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Corporate counsel including both generalists and attorneys specializing in corporate maintenance or with international expansion responsibilities; labor and employment attorneys; human resource professionals operating in more than one jurisdiction.



As a partner in Baker & McKenzie’s Palo Alto, California office, Lothar Determann’s practice focuses on counseling companies on taking their products, data, intellectual property and contracts international as well as related commercial and compliance matters. Dr. Determann has been a member of the Association of German Public Law Professors since 1999, and he teaches data privacy law, computer law and internet law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Hastings College of the Law, Freie Universität Berlin, and Stanford Law School. He frequently presents on international and intellectual property law topics and has authored more than 80 articles and treatise contributions as well as four books, including Determann’s Field Guide to International Data Privacy Law Compliance.

Dr. Determann is admitted to practice in Germany and California. He is recognized as one of the top 10 copyright attorneys in California by the San Francisco Daily Journal and as one of the top 25 intellectual property attorneys in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal; listed in the World’s 250 Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Practitioners by the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine; and ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA, Legal 500 USA and California Super Lawyers.


Susan Eandi, a partner with Baker & McKenzie, is the lead of her firm's Global Employment and Labor Law sub-practice group for North America and co-chair of the San Francisco/Palo Alto Compensation and Employment Law Practice Group. She speaks regularly for organizations including SHRM, ASINTA, ITAA, TEI, NFTC, Argyle and in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Eandi has been published extensively in various external legal publications in addition to handbooks/magazines. She is recognized as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers of Northern California and a recommended lawyer for U.S. Workplace and Employment Counseling by Legal 500. She was also selected as a leading employment lawyer in California and one of the top 20 lawyers under the age of 40 in California by The San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal. Ms. Eandi also serves on the advisory board of Practical Law Company (PLC).

Ms. Eandi focuses her practice on cross-border employment matters arising throughout the employment relationship. She serves as trusted counsel to companies on various employment law matters, helping them enter - and succeed - in new jurisdictions, manage global workforces and terminate employment relationships. Ms. Eandi likewise advises on employment law matters arising from mergers, acquisition and divestitures, tax and supply chain restructuring, post-acquisition integration, outsourcing and online marketplace models.

Ms. Eandi earned a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a B.A. from the University of California at Davis. She is admitted to practice in California.


Barbara Klementz is a partner in the Global Equity Services Group in Baker & McKenzie's San Francisco office, where she is co-chair of the San Francisco/Palo Alto Compensation and Employment Law Practice Group. She has practiced in the area of global equity and executive compensation for more than twelve years and serves as a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, the Global Equity Organization and the San Francisco Bar Association. Ms. Klementz is ranked as "Up and Coming" in Chambers USA and has been described by her clients as "thorough, practical and talented." She has authored several articles on global equity issues for the BNA Executive Compensation Journal, Journal of Corporate Taxation and San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal, among others. She is also a frequent speaker on a variety of global equity topics. Ms. Klementz chairs the Green Initiative of the Firm’s San Francisco/Palo Alto office.

Ms. Klementz focuses her practice on global equity compensation programs, employee benefits and executive compensation. She regularly advises multinational companies on implementing their equity compensation programs worldwide - particularly as it relates to tax and securities law matters and exchange control regulations. Ms. Klementz also frequently advises on the treatment of such programs in corporate spin-offs and other corporate transactions, as well as on the tax treatment of cross-border employees.

Ms. Klementz earned an LL.M. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and also attended the University of Bonn. She is admitted to private practice in California and Duesseldorf, Germany.