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Chris Bracebridge advises multinational employers on global mobility, international employment and workforce transactional matters, including the expatriation and dismissal of senior employees who work abroad or across borders. He co-heads a Global Workforce Solutions team providing the employment, employee benefits, tax, immigration and other advice required in these complex situations. A keen advocate for increasing the diversity of the legal profession, Mr. Bracebridge also leads the London office’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

Mr. Bracebridge’s domestic practice comprises contentious, commercial and advisory employment experience. He advises on the HR aspects of company and business acquisitions and disposals, and outsourcing transactions, defends major employers in dismissal, discrimination, equal pay and whistle-blowing cases, and advises corporate clients on the full range of day-to-day employment issues (in particular, listed company executive departures), as well as data privacy and pensions matters.

  • Advising SK Holdings on the employment aspects of the acquisition by its wholly-owned subsidiary, SK Biotek Co., Ltd., of a pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing facility in Ireland from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. 
  • Advising Merck on the employment aspects of its €2.1 billion acquisition of Antelliq Group, a leader in digital animal identification, traceability and monitoring solutions, the fastest growing part of the animal health industry. 
  • Advising Microsoft in relation to expatriate issues arising from post-acquisition integration with Nokia global mobile phone business.
  • Advising Indivior plc (formerly RB Pharmaceuticals) on cross-border employment and benefits aspects of its demerger from Reckitt Benckiser and £1 billion listing on the London Main Market.
  • Advising Consort Medical plc on employment and benefits issues arising from its £230 million acquisition of Aescia Holdco Ltd.
  • Advising EMI Music Publishing in relation to employment matters arising from its $2.2 billion acquisition by Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
  • Advising Giorgio Armani S.p.A. on employment and benefits aspects of the acquisition of its retail and wholesale UK business from Club 21.
  • Co-ordinating U.S., Dutch and German tax, employment, immigration and benefits advice in relation to a U.S. listing of a Dutch company and relocation of senior managers.
  • Advising a NYSE-listed corporation in relation to a Singaporean /UK expatriate dismissal.
  • Co-ordinating a 37-country employment law survey for a major Fortune 50 corporation.
  • Assisting with employment and variable compensation aspects of the hire of a European CEO for a FTSE-listed company.
  • Structuring the cross-border tax and employment aspects of the transfer of a UK executive to an Indian entity for a U.S. conglomerate.
  • Successfully disposing of a significant UK whistleblowing claim for a U.S. listed corporation.
  • Advising a U.S./UK corporate regarding multi-million pound, multi-jurisdictional dismissal and employee benefit claims from a senior executive.

Pro Bono

  • Advising a global charity in relation to expatriate contracts and policies.
  • Advising numerous UK charities on employment and employee benefits issues.
  • Nominated for LawWorks 2012 Pro Bono Award for Best Contribution by an Individual.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Employment Lawyers' Association of England and Wales
  • The Lawyer Awards, shortlisted in the Employment Team of the Year category (2015) 
  • IFLR European Awards, shortlisted in Deals of the Year: M&A (2015)
  • Legal 500 UK, Employment (2014-2016)
  • The British Legal Awards, the firm's Employment practice was shortlisted in the Commercial Team of the Year category (2014)
  • Shortlisted for “Assistant Solicitor of the Year 2009” by The Lawyer magazine.