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Christopher Walter works with employer clients on domestic and international HR-legal compliance, disputes, and transactional projects. Mr. Walter co-chairs the firm’s International Employment practice, and previously served for eight years as Managing Partner of the London office.

Mr. Walter’s advisory practice encompasses the full range of employment and employee benefits issues that matter to leading multinational employers, including the drafting of share and other incentive plans, global mobility, privacy compliance, employment issues in M&A transactions, outsourcing, workforce integration, and the implementation of core policies/codes of conduct, with a particular focus on business and human rights.

  • Advising Microsoft Corporation on the global employment law aspects of its US$7bn acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business and subsequent corporate integration, involving over 25,000 former Nokia employees across 60 countries.
  • Assisting clients with the implementation of human rights initiatives, including the drafting of transparency statements for the purposes of the U.K. Modern Slavery Act, the conduct of benchmarking and comparative analysis, advice on the scope of the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive, and human rights risk due diligence.
  • Providing international employment law advice to AstraZeneca in relation to its acquisition of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s interests in the companies’ global diabetes alliance across 40 jurisdictions.
  • Coordinating advice across 28 countries concerning restrictive covenants and clawback provisions in the stock plans of a U.S. public company. Drafting amendments to ensure enforceability internationally.
  • For a global publishing company, providing a quick and cost-effective solution to a dispute with an independent sales representative protected by German/EU commercial agency rules.
  • Advising a Japanese technology client on the international employment, pensions and incentives aspects arising on the formation of a joint venture with operations in the U.S., Asia and Europe.   
  • Successfully defending a UK bank against claims of constructive dismissal pursued by 800 sales staff.
  • Working with the global HR Director of Reckitt Benckiser on the merger and renegotiation of two European Works Council agreements.
  • Successfully defending a U.S. investment bank against claims pursued in Spain relating to impact of EU employment laws on termination provisions in US stock plan.
  • Devising data privacy compliance programme relating to international HR data processed by U.S.-headquartered multinational.
  • Working with the UK Government and representatives of the aerospace and defence industries in an effort to reconcile tensions between U.S. trade control laws and European anti-discrimination and privacy rules.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • International Committee of the Employment Lawyers' Association, Chair
  • Share Plan Lawyers Group, Member
  • European Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • Founder of the Global In-House Employment Lawyers’ Society
  • The Lawyer Awards, shortlisted in the Employment Team of the Year category (2015)  
  • Chambers UK, Employment (2011-2015)
  • Who's Who Legal, Labour, Employment & Benefits (2007-2016)
  • Chambers Global, Employment, UK (2011-2012)
  • Chambers Europe, Employment: Employer (2012)
  • Super Lawyers - London, Employment Law (2013)
  • Best Lawyers in United Kingdom, Employment (2009-2014)
  • Legal 500 UK, Employment (2009-2016)   
  • Legal Business Report, Acknowledged Expert in Employment Law (2008-2009)